Smaller companies like newspaper publisher Stephens Media and mega-employers like Kroger and Walmart are now or will soon offer airfare and a waiver of out-of-pocket expenses for their employees to travel to medical centers around America, according to The Los Angeles Times. In some cases, the employers are even putting up family members at hotels in distant cities as you go in for your surgery.
This is a reversal of the medical tourism I’ve long talked about. Traditional medical tourism has involved Americans going out of the country for cheaper health care in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand or Hungary, among other places. Hungary and Costa Rica, in particular, are hot spots for cheap reconstructive dental procedures. The savings can be extraordinary — up to 75 percent.