During my internet perusal, driven by worries about how socialized healthcare will affect pathology, I stumbled upon the following gem: Outsource your surgery to Thailand Submitted by Carrie Ulrich on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 11:43am. Here's a creative solution to the high cost of healthcare in the U.S. (Reuters): Unable to pay the $30,000 that U.S. surgeons would charge to operate on her herniated disc, [June] Flowers had spent more than three years trying to keep the pain at bay with chiropractic treatments and cortisone injections. Watching the "60 Minutes" television show in 2005, she learned about Bumrungrad, where most of the doctors are Western trained but the cost of treatment is about one eighth of that in the United States. It was a daunting but tempting prospect. "My son said to me 'Mom, don't you know that's a third world country?'. But the surgery there cost just $3,500. I knew right then I had to go." Hooray for globalization!