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  •  Medical Cruises To Taiwan? (8+ / 0-)

    An ex-pat went back for Lasic surgery, granted, he knew where the best doctor/facility in the country was, but $1800 later, his eyesight is as fine as it would have been for the $5000 stateside cost.

    My biggest rant is that we all know what a gallon of milk costs, a gallon of gas.  The insurance company negotiates rates for procedures, etc.  Why isn't there a uniform pricing clause in the ACA?  Now that I can see what my company pays for it, I for one would SERIOUSLY consider dropping my companies $1800 a month plan (and my massive bi-weekly contribution) and get catastrophic or high-deductible coverage only.  $20,000 a year can buy an awful lot of services if there were a uniform pricing,  but I'd be screwed into paying double the insurer's rate out of pocket.

    •  FWIW, I paid, ~$3k for PRK a couple years back (2+ / 0-)
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      Way more than $1800, but not too bad, I think.

      "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

      by Hayate Yagami on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 10:21:50 AM PST

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      •  Yes, all medical/dental pricing (3+ / 0-)
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        james321, qofdisks, ladybug53

        Depends a great deal on where you live.

        If its a high cost area, it's going to cost a lot. There's a lot of overhead to a hospital or clinic, and if building costs, utilities, insurance, salaries, etc. are higher, your cost will be higher. Doesn't matter what the product is, really. Every business has that problem to some extent.

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