In other countries, there are serious efforts to reduce medical costs. From Bloomberg, meet Devi Shetty, a cardiologist and entrepreneur, who has opened some 21 medical clinics in India, has reduced the cost of heart bypass procedures to $1,521 and aims for $800 in the years ahead. The same procedure in the US costs up to $150,000.
Heart Bypass Operation In India is 70 Times Cheaper
From Zero Hedge is a graph comparing various costs of heart bypass surgery. They wouldn't dare put the cost of such a procedure in Thailand, because it probably would be much lower still. (click image to enlarge)
Cost of Appendectomy in US is 4 Times Higher Than Europe
Zero Hedge also had an article about the cost of an appendectomy comparing the the US to some European countries. The average cost of an appendectomy in the US is about 4 to 5 times the cost of that same procedure in Europe. Interestingly, the cost of an appendectomy in Thailand, done at the most expensive hospital in Bangkok (Bumrungrad) costs about the same as in Europe. Have a look at US costs and those in Europe: