Medical Tourism

Has anyone had thier pacer changed by this method? If so, where, cost, and opinion on quality of care, please?

I know that my health and logevity come before costs, but we are in jeapordy of losing our home and having to make big, stressful decisions ($50K) about our future...being an honest, tax-paying member of the "middle class" sucks sometimes.



Thanks Elke

by exsailor66 - 2008-10-07 03:10:14

My wife and I are also considering moving out of the US, either permanently or temporarily in order to get this done.

It is such a shame, because we love our home in Savannah. Of course, our timing is all wrong with the real estate situation as it is, but it is what it is. We are examining a few more alternatives, such as a house swap with someone in Canada for six months or so, and moving to Costa Rica for good...I hate this situation. It is so hard to avoid stress.

Good luck, and thanks in advance for the info.



by Elke - 2008-10-07 12:10:39

Hi Mike,
I'm a citizen of Germany who has lived in the US for 35 years. I'm moving back to Germany next April due to health care costs.At first I was considering just going back for medical care, but we since sold our property and are heading back for good.
There are several good clinics in Germany who cater to foreigners. I will be very busy this week, but when I get more time, I will try to send you some info. Just of the top of my head, I can tell you that the surgery is a lot cheaper in Germany. Pacemaker implants are generally 10,000 -15,000 Dollars and that includes 2 weeks of follow-up care in the hospital.. They have accommendations for family members. -Of course you will have to consider Airfaire. I was last quoted 1,200 dollars for a Lufthansa round trip. But all in all, it would cost less than half of what you would pay here.-Make sure you call your pacemaker manufacturer and find out, if your model and leads are available in Germany. Are you fit for travel?.-The care is excellent !!
Of course there are other options, like Mexico. But I don't have a clue about cost and other details.
I'll get back with you,

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