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Morgan Spurlock's Inside Man: Club Med

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Just watched this show. Fascinating show.

Surf, sand and surgery? Inside medical tourism - CNN.com

Review on the show can be read here.

https://www.medigo.com/blog/featured-articles/inside-man-club-med-review/

Here's what he had done over a period of 2 days. An Executive Check-up; a full-body checkup which includes bloodwork, a cardio stress-test, an eye exam, a chest x-ray, and a full abdominal ultrasound to check the entire body for disease. The series of exams is completed in a single day. He also decided to have a colonoscopy, which used the latest technology and involved swallowing a capsule containing a set of cameras which transmitted images wirelessly to a device he carried around with him. When he was done they gave him a bill on the spot. No waiting for the hospital to send it to him after they got the chance to jack with it. His cost was $3,000. The total trip (air fare, hotel, etc) cost him $4,300. The medical procedures alone would have cost him about double that or more in the US.

he visited the Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand

https://www.bumrungrad.com/

Now why can't we accomplish the same level of treatment here?
 

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Just watched this show. Fascinating show.

Surf, sand and surgery? Inside medical tourism - CNN.com

Review on the show can be read here.

https://www.medigo.com/blog/featured-articles/inside-man-club-med-review/

Here's what he had done over a period of 2 days. An Executive Check-up; a full-body checkup which includes bloodwork, a cardio stress-test, an eye exam, a chest x-ray, and a full abdominal ultrasound to check the entire body for disease. The series of exams is completed in a single day. He also decided to have a colonoscopy, which used the latest technology and involved swallowing a capsule containing a set of cameras which transmitted images wirelessly to a device he carried around with him. When he was done they gave him a bill on the spot. No waiting for the hospital to send it to him after they got the chance to jack with it. His cost was $3,000. The total trip (air fare, hotel, etc) cost him $4,300. The medical procedures alone would have cost him about double that or more in the US.

he visited the Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand

https://www.bumrungrad.com/

Now why can't we accomplish the same level of treatment here?

That's more than most people in Thailand MAKE in a year. That's why.
 

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That's more than most people in Thailand MAKE in a year. That's why.

You need to see the episode Maggie. The facility is every bit as modern (if not more so) as any hospital in the US. Most of their doctors are trained over seas and over 300 of the are US accredited.
 

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You need to see the episode Maggie. The facility is every bit as modern (if not more so) as any hospital in the US. Most of their doctors are trained over seas and over 300 of the are US accredited.

What she is saying is that the dollar has a lot of power over there. You can get 5 star hotel rooms that would cost $2,500 a night here for around $100 there
 

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What she is saying is that the dollar has a lot of power over there. You can get 5 star hotel rooms that would cost $2,500 a night here for around $100 there

I get that, but that's not the whole point of the show. It all started when Spurlock needed and MRI for his shoulder. He called around to all the facilities near him and had quotes ranging from $600 to $2600 just for the MRI. That's ****ing insane. Another thing is the longest he waited to see a doctor or specialist was 15 minutes. He had all his procedures (except the colonoscopy) done in a single day. that would be an impossibility here in the US.

As to the cost, the people they interviewed from the hospital admitted that they were on the expensive side in Bangkok and catered to those with more money. They still see over 1 million patients a year.
 

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I get that, but that's not the whole point of the show. It all started when Spurlock needed and MRI for his shoulder. He called around to all the facilities near him and had quotes ranging from $600 to $2600 just for the MRI. That's ****ing insane. Another thing is the longest he waited to see a doctor or specialist was 15 minutes. He had all his procedures (except the colonoscopy) done in a single day. that would be an impossibility here in the US.

As to the cost, the people they interviewed from the hospital admitted that they were on the expensive side in Bangkok and catered to those with more money. They still see over 1 million patients a year.

Except thats the equivalent of what he paid in Thailand, the price for everything is much cheaper there. You are asking why cant the US accomplish the same standard for the price and the US does have the same standard of care when you base the cost vs median income
 

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You need to see the episode Maggie. The facility is every bit as modern (if not more so) as any hospital in the US. Most of their doctors are trained over seas and over 300 of the are US accredited.

Respectfully, a physician in Thailand makes less an $12,000 a year. Most people are making less than $5,000 a year. Most people in that country can't afford what we consider almost a pittance. I mean, great. Go there for cheap medical care. Dental, too, I'd bet the farm on. But unless you want to live in abject poverty like many in Thailand do, don't wish that economy on us.

I think this mentality is why many people around the world hate our guts. We're proud of what many people would call slumming.
 
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