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Hurting from high medical costs, patients seek alternatives to local hospitals and doctors -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:13am

Hurting from high medical costs, patients seek alternatives to local hospitals and doctors -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com: "Consumers increasingly are trying alternatives to their local hospitals and doctors, from going abroad for less-costly surgery to seeking quick, basic care at new clinics in drugstores and discounters, experts say.

The number of people heading abroad for ``medical tourism'' could jump tenfold in the next decade, to nearly 16 million Americans a year seeking cheaper knee and hip replacements, nose jobs, prostate and shoulder surgery, and even heart bypasses, according to a forecast by health care consultants at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions."

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