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Medical Tourism: An Alaskan’s Adventure

My name is Cale Green and on July 10th I fell off my bike and broke my collarbone.

I am uninsured.

While exploring options for surgery in Alaska, I quickly realized that the process was needlessly cost prohibitive and started exploring other solutions. Eventually, after doing research, I landed on surgery in Mexico and decided to film the whole process to try and raise awareness on something that probably happens far too often. Here is the video I made of my experience.

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During the video I spoke with my friend, and medical tourism professional, Sarah Brown, as well as Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D – Anchorage), who sponsored a medical transparency bill that went into effect in January. Thank you to all those who made this video possible. If this raises awareness just a little bit, it will have been worth it.

Here is a link to the group that I found down in La Paz, Mexico. They were incredible and very professional. Ask for Dr. Ramón Gaxiola-Robles. If you can’t afford medical coverage in the United States, know that other options exist. Things don’t change in the market place unless we make them.

Cale Green has worked as a video content creator in Alaska since 2013. His career as a videographer started with political work; he has since distinguished himself as one of Alaska’s premier drone operators.

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akbright

Sorry you broke your collarbone…and more sorry you had to travel to Mexico, in that condition, to get affordable medical help. Actually, it’s pretty fucked up that citizens from this country have to do this.

Loss of the affordability act mandate has significantly weakened that law’s mission to make healthcare affordable.

Mt1Dan

I had rotator cuff surgery at OPA, though very nice professionals, they never once gave me the total cost before the surgery: They did not tell me the anesthesiologist, the cost of the anesthia, building costs, operating room costs. They gave me only the doctors fees. Rehap was $300 per session and the affordable care act cut me off before fulling recovered. $80,000+