Skip to main content

Tourist Owes Mexican Hospital $40K - Claims They Won't Let Her Leave

Fox News reports that a retired Idaho Teacher, who got sick while on vacation in Mexico, now owes $40,000 to the Mexican Hospital.  Her son claims they won't release her until she pays the balance owed. About $8,000 has been paid so far.

The article does not state whether the 67-year-old is covered by Medicare or a retiree health plan.  Either way, it seems that her domestic health insurance isn't going to do much on her behalf (they are using a GoFundMe to try and raise the balance).  Certainly not until she returns home and files claim forms.  

Stories like this are a good reminder of the importance of global health insurance coverage when traveling abroad.  Insurance companies like GeoBlue provide benefits in over 180 countries and handle any claims in the host country.    

Fox News Article



May 17, 2017.  Follow up article says she was allowed to leave last Friday and is now home in Idaho.  


Popular posts from this blog

Right Angle: ObamaCare At Death's Door

The Right Angle team (Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Steven Green) on the Bill Whittle YouTube Channel give their take of the current state of the Affordable Care Act.  

Some very interesting information in this video.  

Oren Cass Manhattan Institute Article referenced in the video:

No, Obamacare Has Not Saved American Lives


Mo Brooks Introduces One Line Bill to Repeal Obamacare

Mo Brooks (R-AL) has entered a one sentence bill for repeal of the ACA (ObamaCare). Seen as more of a symbolic gesture (the bill did not go to vote in the House), he gets right to the point in a succinct fashion...

“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.”
Full article from The Libertarian Republic


Kaiser Foundation Interactive Subsidy Map (TrumpCare vs. ObamaCare)

An interactive subsidy map provided by Kaiser Foundation allows you to see the impact of tax credit subsidy (2020) versus income-based subsidy (current).  Sorted by county in all 50 states.  Those above 400% federal poverty level would do much better, those below, depends on county and income.  Most below 200% would do much worse.  

Subsidies under ACA are based primarily on income.  Tax Credits would be based primarily on age.