Interview: David Foster – Vietnam Medical Care Experience

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  2. I paid $6 dental cleaning at a state of the art facilities 2 months ago in Vietnam’s central Highlands. I am used to paying $145 in the states. I was so shocked I kept staring at the bill on the way out.

  3. In Thailand private hospital are great and price are affordable unless you need surgery or specialized healthcare. They have tier prices and foreigners pay more and more. Public hospitald are cheaper and not the most modern especially in smaller cities.

  4. Oh yea, health care is so inexpensive in Asia country’s. It seems just crazy for someone living in US. I once went to the ER in Thailand just for the experience, didn’t really have to go. I have some arthritis in my ankle so thought I’d see, first, what their diagnosis would be and then what they would recommend , if anything. When you enter the hospital they asign an attendent to you, a female who stays with you and shows you where to go. They took all my vitals in the lobby not in a private room. All the equipment was very modern, even more so then in the VA in the US.
    The doctor spoke english but the Thai’s do not pronounce alot of words the same way Americans do so I needed to listen very carefully to hear everything he said and even then I could not understand some things even after asking him to repeat.
    Total cost of the ER was $15 plus the meds he gave me which I picked up right at the hospital, the prices were very competitive with pharmacies.
    I also did some blood test which I brought the paper-work from my US doctor and they accepeted that and did the tests. Cost was about $20 per test. In the US that’d be $200 to $300 per test, that was back then, years ago, with some being even more.
    I did the same-thing in the Philippines and the cost per test was roughly the same and they also accepted my US doctor paper-work.
    I had the same test done in Philippines, Thailand and the VA IN US and the results were almost identical on all 3 . Some people did warn me that doing blood test in 3rd world countries may not be accurate but looks like as far as my experience they were.

  5. I wish you could have talked with David about the difference in dating in Vietnam as opposed to the Philippines. Your interview was very informative thank you.

  6. Hi Henry, Interesting interview with David Foster…I considered going to Vietnam for a medical issue and there’s your interview! May I please have contact details from David regarding the hospital? Thanks, Ian

  7. Great video! Agree with the overall comments. Question though as this brings up a a good topic. Given that the healthcare is very affordable… out of pocket. Does it even make sense to get/buy any type of healthcare plan if it may be cheaper to just pay for it out of pocket for anything that happens than paying a monthly fee to a health insurance co (Safety Wing/World Nomads/Alienz). For example a plan such as Safety Wing (Cheapest I found) would have a plan for insurance ($60USD p/mth) in the event of say a major emergency such as falling off a bike and breaking some bones and you have to go to a hospital and take an ambulance which would require a $250 deductible but then they would cover 100%. So the insurance is there for emergencies but if the cost of falling off a bike/ambulance or other major emergency is cheaper out of pocket does it make sense to even get a health insurance plan considering health insurance at least for 40-49 years old with Safety Wing would cost you $720 p/yr + $250 deductible. vs just paying for anything out of pocket that may come up even in a major emergency that would require some sort of major surgery. Thoughts?

  8. $128? for all that? That’s nearly unbelievable. an EKG alone can cost $1000

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