Kentucky is not likely to become a destination for patients from other states looking to save money on healthcare, given our insistence on wasteful Certificate of Need policies.
Failing that kind of commonsense change, we should quickly encourage our health insurance companies to cover medical services Kentuckians can get in other countries:
“Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, India, charges $4,000 for cardiac surgery, compared to about $30,000 in the United States.”
“A rhinoplasty (nose reconstruction) procedure that costs only $850 in India would cost $4,500 in the United States.”
“An MRI in Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Singapore or Thailand costs from $200 to $300, compared to more than $1,000 in the United States.”
As the 2009 General Assembly draws closer, we really need some healthcare reform. Unfortunately for us, too many Kentucky politicians only see that in terms of spending more tax dollars.