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Medical tourism: A faraway health fix

Medical tourism: A faraway health fix

When Stan Long's doctor told him he needed prostate surgery, the unpleasant procedure bothered him less than the part of the price tag he'd be on the hook for: $15,000 for the hospital stay his Medicare plan didn't cover. So Long, who lives in Washington state, followed the lead of a friend who had been going to Mexico for inexpensive dental work, and headed south for a better deal. With the help of medical tourism facilitator Planet Hospital, last summer Long flew to San Diego, where he was picked up by a limousine that drove him two hours to a hospital in Mexicali. After the four-hour TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) procedure to remove a section of his...

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