Pharmacy Tourism: Insurer Pays Gringos to Save in Mexico

Pharmacy Tourism: Insurer Pays Gringos to Save in Mexico: Forbes
Pharmacy Tourism: Insurer Pays Gringos to Save in Mexico: Utah News

To fight high #drug prices, #Utah will pay for public employees to go fill prescriptions in #Mexico.

Pharmacy Tourism: Insurer Pays Gringos to Save in Mexico: Utah News

PEHP (Public Employee Health & Benefit) covers 160,000 public employees and family members. Some need certain expensive drugs for multiple sclerosis, cancer, and autoimmune disorders.
Now they can get:
* a free plane ticket to San Diego,
* transportation to a clinic comparable to a Mayo or Cleveland clinic but in Tijuana, and
* a $500 cash payout.
That money is pretty small in comparison to the difference between US prices and Mexico prices.

The price disparity between Mexico and America is vast. For example, Avonex, which treats MS, costs about $6,700 for a 28-day supply in the US. In Mexico, it’s about $2,200 through PEHP’s contracted clinic in Tijuana.

For three months’ supply — the maximum allowed under the program — the savings is $13,500. That more than covers the $500 reward and transportation, typically less than $300 per person.

Pharmacy Tourism: Insurer Pays Gringos to Save in Mexico: Forbes

A red state in America’s heartland is sending its medical patients to Mexico for health care. Regardless if a new wall gets built or not.

Utah’s PEHP previously offered coverage for out-of-country medical procedures. But it did not directly incentivize patients to seek it. Now with cash back, rather than out of pocket, expect Utahans to jump at the chance to save and travel.

#Medical tourism across the border is necessary for many Americans. Health care prices can vary by a factor of ten across US borders. Hence some #insurers have offered cross-border plans for years.

Medical tourism is so widespread that insurance companies even offer specific products designed to cover incidents during trips abroad.

What’s good enough for insurers is good enough for patients, eh? Insurers profit by avoiding risk. That means vetted health providers in Mexico are safe. To use ours, contact DocTours to arrange everything.

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Author: jeffery

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