For the longest time it has been thought that health care is one of the industries least vulnerable to dislocation from globalization. As we see in many service businesses, health care is usually delivered where it is purchased. Some of the trends began with specific diagnostic procedures, such as MRI scans. Some estimates suggest the outsourcing of many administrative procedures in health care could reduce health care costs in America by as much as $70 billion.
A number of factors are driving the globalization trend. One of the primary reasons is the high cost of medical care in the United States, which is the source of the largest number of patients. About 45 million Americans are uninsured and many more are underinsured and they are faced with high copayments for some of their expensive procedures. Many of these people find it far cheaper to fly aboard to get treatment. Rising costs of insuring their workforces are starting to persuade some large American companies to look aboard.
The globalization of health care saves the United States from 20 to 35 percent of those costs in the United States. Countries like Mexico, India, and Singapore are the three largest recipient countries of American patients where more of 1 million patients were treated in 2007. The international movement of health personnel across borders has become a significant component of the trade in health services and has attracted considerable attention in the scientific and lay press (Inter. Business 9th Ed, Page 42).
I believe the globalization of health care is good for patients. Some might be worried about the quality of the medical care in these other countries, but most of the physicians that treat those patients were trained in the United States or Britain. Those physicians have the same training as the physicians treating people in the United States. They all went through the same schools and training. Everyone that needs a medical procedure can benefit from globalization of health care, even the individuals that are not insured.
Adrienne De Forrest had hip surgery in Chennai, India and David Jones had bypass surgery in New Delhi. Both of these individuals we uninsured. De Forrest’s surgery cost $8,000 and Jones’ cost $16,000 to include travel expenses. Now, if the operations had been done in the United States, She would be looking at a $45,000 bill and he would be paying a $250,000 bill. Although we (Americans) can benefit from the medical services from other countries, not everyone can afford or have access to quality health care.
Natives to those countries should have the ability to receive quality care, regardless if they have money or not, and regardless if they live in a more developed country or not. For Americans $8,000 might not be a lot of money, but for the locals in those countries this is a great amount of money that they might not be able to afford (Inter. Business 9th Ed, Page 42).
Universal health insurance could change the trends in the health care industry. If someone losses their job, their insurance must likely goes with it. Under universal system, citizens will not have to worry about this issue.
Individuals could carry their insurance from employer to employer, especially since most companies require a 90 days of service before you qualified for their benefits, to include health care. This means that people would have to go 90 days worrying about getting sick and not being able to go to a hospital since they will be stuck with the bill. Countries that have some kind of universal coverage usually spend less. This is due to the costs of universal coverage are less than a private system. The Aetna insurer launched a pilot scheme in partnership with Singaporean hospitals.
This insurer started to give Americans the option to have procedures costing $20,000 or more in the United States performed in Singapore, where the company reckons that the quality of care is better than at the average American hospital. Aetna and any other Insurance company with the same benefits make it feasible for American families to be able to afford health care insurance. We have to worry enough about money issues when it comes to putting your kids through college or adapting to the high prices on products in the country we live. Having an insurer like Aetna will help us feel relaxed especially when you have a family member that requires a very expensive medical procedure.
- Hill, Charles W. L. International business: competing in the global marketplace/Charles W. L. Hill. —9th Ed. Oxford Journals, Int. Journal for Quality in Health Care, Volume 17 issue 4, Page 277-279 http://intqhc. oxfordjournals. org/content/17/4/277. full
- Brazen Life Philip TW, June 9, 2009, The Pros and Cons of Universal Health care in the UShttp://blog. brazencareerist. com/2009/06/09/the-pros-and-cons-of-universal-health-care-in-the-united-states/