1. An interesting article appeared in the NY Times yesterday. It described the great variation in cost of procedures and services in the U.S. This is something we all know, but it is dramatically detailed here. To read the article: Download costs_medical.pdf
2. Quite by chance, a companion piece appeared on NPR yesterday under the Health Care section.
Tourists Seek Cheaper Medical Procedures in Asia
by Fred de Sam Lazaro
All Things Considered, February 14, 2005 · Travel to the developing world has long been associated with health threats and advice on how to avoid becoming ill. But a growing number of tourists are now traveling to certain countries -- among them India, Malaysia and Thailand -- because they want medical care. Fred de Sam Lazaro of Twin Cities Public Television reports on what's being called medical tourism. If you click on the link above, you may be able to listen to Mr. de Sam Lazaro's fine piece.