It feels like it’s been a long time since the last time I posted anything here and yet, it hasn’t even been two weeks… I need to chill out…
I was in Dominican Republic all of last week.
Although I normally tell people that I go to Dominican Republic to visit my mother (which is true), I think it’s time I came clean and told people the actual truth. It’s important that I do.
I practice medical tourism.
For the past couple of years I’ve been struggling with certain health issues. Specifically, fertility issues as a result of what’s been called a “pre-existing condition”. Sadly, my health insurance doesn’t feel it’s necessary to cover anything that would qualify as above average care and the stuff that they do cover, comes with a mess of co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles that would drive the sanest person crazy and eventually broke.
So I travel.
A few years ago, I signed up for the best insurance coverage available in the Dominican Republic at a cost of US$100 per month (a fraction of the cost of my policy in the US), and have received the same level of care (if not better) than I receive here. Every doctor I have seen has been US trained and is Board certified , every test has been performed with state of the art technology, and every hospital stay has given me privacy and peace. All without deductibles or co-pays.
It is unfortunate that I have to leave the country to receive the care I need in an affordable fashion, but sadly this is the reality of the times we live in. Even my doctors here validate my decision and have done a great job working in tandem with my foreign doctors.
You are probably asking yourself why I’m telling you this…
In the next couple of days, the Supreme Court is going to decide whether or not to uphold Obamacare. I have heard some people’s opinions in regards to the healthcare law and though I don’t agree with everyone, I think this is one of those situations where every viewpoint is valid. However, we need to look at the facts.
1. Everyone will need healthcare at some point in time.
2. Health care coverage is very costly.
3. Nobody should have to go deep into debt over illness or injury.
Obamacare may not be perfect, but I think it is a step in the right direction. The Declaration of Independence states that among other things, we have the right to life.
The best way to safeguard this life is by having the ability to take care of our health.
Medical tourism has saved me over US$20,000 in the past few years and I’m glad that for me that is a viable option and one I will continue to use for as long as I need it. But I am not everyone.
I hope, the Supreme Court will consider that healthcare coverage should be a right (even if it’s by mandate). I also hope that healthcare reform and “preventive care” will begin expanding in its definition to include the government’s role in healthy eating and food education. (Though based on what happened to the GM labeling amendment to the Farm Bill, I seriously doubt it).