Letter from Langdon: Happy with Health Care?

[imgbelt img=health-care-fair-2320.jpg]A Missourian takes the pulse of citizens on health care issues, gazes
south of the border, and routes the results to Washington, D.C.


medical tourism. Slim’s company, Grupo Star Medica, is building state-of-the art hospitals in popular baby boomer resort towns like Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, and in Los Cabos on the Baja California peninsula. By offering economical treatment plans for medical tourists from the US, Slim is also spurring a development boom for new homes that he expects U.S. residents to buy so they can be closer to their Mexican doctors. A Star Medica hospital was even approved to treat President George Bush on his 2007 trip to the Yucatan Peninsula.

If it’s good enough for Bush II, it’s good enough for me, but I hope I never need it. Still, my wife Linda, grandson Ryan, and I spend $1000 a month for medical insurance in addition to a $5000 deductible, and no help with prescription meds, dental or eye care. Last year our total medical expense including insurance premiums was well over $20,000.

Patricia says it takes her six days to drive from Yucatan back to St Joe, where she visits her daughter and grandchild. The good news is that Grupo Star Medica is expanding facilities into border towns like Ciudad Juarez for those U.S. residents who prefer being closer to home. 

So chin up, America, reasonable health care costs along with cheap luxury housing await you, not here, but just across our southern border.