Quality of service exceeds anything offered in the United States. The facilities are state of the art in many hospitals in Southeast Asia and the doctors are highly trained in western medicine many of which are not native to the respective country. I know a radiologist that practices in Thailand, the limited regulations allow many doctors to practice to the full extent of their abilities. The problem with treatment is liability which is a double edge sword. Doctors go above and beyond to take proper precautions not necessarily to make sure you're getting the proper treatment but to cover their own ass, there are medications and operations that work quickly and generate greater results but unless you meet the serve prerequisites doctors in the States would not qualify you for those options for the sake of liability.
Originally Posted by BobK
How about comparing quality to price? There must be a reason that anyone with money comes to the US for treatment. You get what you pay for.
As for mjoke's argument, he has a valid point.
"Beginning in 2014, those who do not comply with the mandate must make a "shared responsibility payment" to the Federal Government...The Act provides that the penalty will be paid to the Internal Revenue Service with an individual's taxes, and 'shall be assessed and collected in the same manner'" - Pretty obvious what this indicates.
"In 2016, for example, the penalty will be 2.5 percent of an individual's household income, but no less than the $695 and no more than the average yearly premium for insurance that covers 60% of the cost of 10 specific services"
The tax becomes essentially a fixed payment, it doesn't hurt you if you're naturally low income. This becomes a problem for your average middle class families, those right in between the 90-125k mark (between the couple). They will be the ones that are more than likely to not qualify for government subsidized Medicaid/Medicare. The same can be said about smaller businesses that are in the middle of the pact who has to provide coverage to employees. Private healthcare isn't cheap for those who can't don't qualify for government subsidized programs for those that still haven't figured it out.