IgD

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http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-outsource30jul30,0,7181625,full.story?coll=la-home-business

"Carl Garrett of Leicester, N.C., will fly to a state-of-the-art New Delhi hospital in September for surgeries to remove gallstones and to fix an overworn rotator cuff. His employer, Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc. of Canton, N.C., will pay for it all, including airfare for Garrett and his fiancee. The company also will give Garrett a share of the expected savings, up to $10,000, when he returns."

I think this is interesting especially in light of the recent discussions about private reimbursement rates vs. Tricare. People (non-physicians) see these kind of stories and then say what a wonderful system Tricare is.
 

USAFdoc

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IgD said:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-outsource30jul30,0,7181625,full.story?coll=la-home-business

"Carl Garrett of Leicester, N.C., will fly to a state-of-the-art New Delhi hospital in September for surgeries to remove gallstones and to fix an overworn rotator cuff. His employer, Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc. of Canton, N.C., will pay for it all, including airfare for Garrett and his fiancee. The company also will give Garrett a share of the expected savings, up to $10,000, when he returns."

I think this is interesting especially in light of the recent discussions about private reimbursement rates vs. Tricare. People (non-physicians) see these kind of stories and then say what a wonderful system Tricare is.
and I find it disheartening that many that defend military medicine continue to use comparisons to the WORST that the civilian world has to offer.
 

orbitsurgMD

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IgD said:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-outsource30jul30,0,7181625,full.story?coll=la-home-business

"Carl Garrett of Leicester, N.C., will fly to a state-of-the-art New Delhi hospital in September for surgeries to remove gallstones and to fix an overworn rotator cuff. His employer, Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc. of Canton, N.C., will pay for it all, including airfare for Garrett and his fiancee. The company also will give Garrett a share of the expected savings, up to $10,000, when he returns."

I think this is interesting especially in light of the recent discussions about private reimbursement rates vs. Tricare. People (non-physicians) see these kind of stories and then say what a wonderful system Tricare is.
Bad insurance is bad insurance, whether it is Tricare that cheats and alienates doctors in the U.S. or a crummy company ERISA that ships its employees to a cut-rate hospital on the other side of the world to save a few bucks.
 
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