Monday, August 13, 2007

Can Medical Tourism reduce health care costs? The US Govermnent wants to know

The globalization of health care : can medical tourism reduce health care costs? : hearing before the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, Washington, DC, June 27, 2006.

The US Congress has had hearings into how "outsourcing" health care or "medical tourism" can be way out of the healthcare problems of millions of Americans. Read the testimony of Howard Stabb and Maggi Grace.

Howard Staab is a 53 year old carpenter who has no insurance and needs a heart valve surgery. Facing a $200,000 cost he selects to go to India...a leap of faith by any standards. His story is both moving and a guide for others. So that others like him dont have to start from zero, the web site was created to help and guide them to make a decision.

More on Howard's story is also at


David said...

It will be a while before the US government takes this seriously. I expect to see activity at the state level.

If you are interested in the topic please visit

David Williams

Global Medic said...

I will definitely be a while before the government can realize the opportunity here. The web site actually challenges the individual American to take charge and be aware of this option......not really wait for the government to take the next can make or break a family's financial future.