Re "Worries grow as health jobs go offshore," July 25
The outsourcing of nursing-related healthcare jobs is appalling. Though still in its early stages, it's easy to imagine corporate decision-makers chomping at the bit to transform the human body into a commodity subject to the same market forces as a common household object — a blender, for instance.
My guess is that someday the idea of healthcare will no longer exist; instead, it will simply be considered an extended warranty.
Certainly a lot of insurance company and hospital jobs can be outsourced in a global economy. But globalization may be beneficial to U.S. patients.
Some medical-dental practitioners have warned U.S. patients about the risks of "medical tourism." Imagine the affordable healthcare for Californians if U.S. and foreign companies were to build world-class hospitals in Baja California. How about $5,000 for excellent care at a hospital in Mexico instead of $100,000 for two days in an L.A. hospital?
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