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The Outsourced Patient

Americans are saving untold thousands of dollars on major surgeries by traveling thousands of miles, even halfway around the world.

By Jeff Greenwald // Infographic by Flying Chilli // Winter 2008
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A growing number of Americans are saving untold thousands of dollars on major surgeries by traveling thousands of miles, even halfway around the world. State-of-the-art hospitals on nearly every continent—many of them accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), a branch of the U.S. hospital accreditation organization—have sprung up to offer care for fees as much as 85% lower than their U.S. counterparts’. Though there are no official numbers (patients travel as tourists, not under medical visas), as many as half a million Americans might be travelling abroad for treatment each year. Some do so at the urging of employers and benefits providers, who are also beginning to recognize the potential savings of medical tourism. Here’s where Americans are going, what they’re having done, and for how much (the numbers cited are estimates and can vary widely).

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