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Would You Switch Insurance Companies if Your Medical Decisions Were Being Made Overseas?

mrosen814 2012/07/25 22:00:00
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Some healthcare companies are starting to shift clinical services and decision-making on medical care overseas, primarily to India and the Philippines. This means, that your medical records are no longer only available in the United States.

Some of the jobs being sent abroad include "so-called pre-service nursing, where nurses at insurance firms, for example, help assess patient needs and determine treatment methods." We're used to calling customer support lines and sorting out our technical issues with overseas workers. However, does being medically assessed from India or Pakistan concern you? Does this warrant switching insurance companies to those who partake in overseas healthcare?

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  • Squatch 2012/07/26 00:18:21
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Squatch
    +5
    Sorry but I am a Nurse and I am very reluctant to give any advice over the phone. Bottom line is you need eyes on the patient to make good decisions.

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  • Pele Emerging 2012/07/31 06:51:50
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Pele Emerging
    Insurance companies make decisions adversely affecting patients when the doctor seeing the person should be making them. Since when did insurance companies EVER have the best interests of the patient at heart?
  • mae 2012/07/30 22:42:54 (edited)
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    mae
    Isn't that what Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and many others are doing already? The lowest bidders are placed on the 'Preferred Provider" lists? I had a hard enough time getting my computer fixed by phone, with a technician in Bangladesh--Thanks, Dell--Why would I want to go through this again, but this time for myself? Forget It!
  • the fuze 2012/07/30 12:22:17
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    the fuze
    +1
    Enough of the overseas crap already.
  • thefatguy 2012/07/27 07:03:30
    No, it doesn't bother me too much.
    thefatguy
    I haven't used medical insurance in 12-15 years.
  • Dickens 2012/07/26 23:40:17 (edited)
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Dickens
    ..oh goody, some Granada-type fake doctor making medical decisions( remember the little rich prick, crappy-doctors-in-training from the fake med schools in Granada during the Bonzo years; you know, the ones who couldn't get into a real med school?? Well, the only jobs they could get were with insurance companies and they'll be the one making your medical decisions from now on..) America's health care problems are not with the medical community; they lie with the incredibly, unvelievably greedy MEDICAL INSURANCE industry. When a highly-trained doctor saves lives makes $100,000/ a year and a crooked health insurance company executive makes $140 MILLION a year by denying insurance claims, THAT is system that is severely broken, probably beyond repair...
  • Reggie☮ 2012/07/26 23:16:55
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Reggie☮
    Ohhhhh pleezzzz, how did the computer tech support go when they moved it to India?????
  • docdj 2012/07/26 23:02:54 (edited)
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    docdj
    Although every time I call them I talk to the Philippines..



    philipino telemarketer
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/07/26 23:00:15
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    So not content with mandated insurance purchase, companies will now keep trying to increase their bottom line by outsourcing.

    My doctors determine my needs and treatment, not my insurance company. I've been on Medicare for a few years now, and I've never had a problem with the government (much to my surprise) -- any hassles have been with my supplemental provider.

    Yes, our healthcare IS in worse shape than we thought.
  • TikkiPurdy 2012/07/26 21:43:37
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    TikkiPurdy
    Uh, kinda wanna keep that in the states, so yeah.
  • BigFig#9 2012/07/26 21:28:16
    No, it doesn't bother me too much.
    BigFig#9
    +1
    As long as they're qualified - better a qualified person somewhere else than an unqualified person here.
  • Daryl 2012/07/26 20:43:55
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Daryl
    Due to the sorry state of our government schools, I may need to change my mind.
  • Horace Nick 2012/07/26 18:32:07
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Horace Nick
    Honestly never thought about this questions, will have to think about it. honestly questions
  • Daniel Secrist 2012/07/26 17:56:14
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Daniel Secrist
    Already fired BC/BS for this, and a host of other evils too tedious to list.
  • RachelA7X 2012/07/26 16:06:56
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    RachelA7X
    Well in the Uk
  • w2xad 2012/07/26 15:54:47
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    w2xad
    Keep it here.
  • JCD aka "biz" 2012/07/26 15:44:29
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    JCD aka "biz"
    +2
    Actually, I want my medical care here in France, it is less expensive, and our life expectancy is higher.
  • FordCrews 2012/07/26 15:38:43
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    FordCrews
    +1
    Praise Allah, Hail Obama, Obama care gives the insurance companies carte blanche, we are so screwed.
  • us 2012/07/26 15:17:09
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    us
    It is another way to save cost, control the ameircan people, What happen to the privacy act. Which is a joke, because any doctor in the world can see your medical records,
    but a family member ask, they can not tell them. So, now anytime I go in I write my husband name, mom, daughter, so they can find what going on.
  • Jen 2012/07/26 14:26:52
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Jen
    WTF?!?
  • Kigan 2012/07/26 14:19:47
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Kigan
    +1
    I don't want my medical records going to India so that someone with an accent I can understand can view them and try to tell me what to do.

    Doctors and Nurses need to not only be in the same country, but within a reasonable distance from their patients!
  • alex 2012/07/26 14:08:56 (edited)
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    alex
    +1
    It's hard for me to hear through accents, ecspecily through the phone, should I ever need to contact them.
  • L1 2012/07/26 13:02:35
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    L1
    Nope, I rather have someone here that actually saw me and can be held accountable for their assessment and treatment.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/07/26 09:22:40
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    MOMMA THOMAS
    WRONG..
  • baxter 2012/07/26 08:09:14
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    baxter
    YES I WOULD
  • xxemogirlxx 2012/07/26 08:06:15
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    xxemogirlxx
    may b i think idk
  • charles_1 2012/07/26 06:12:48
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    charles_1
    I'm skeptical of the problems that could arise. I'd rather have those decisions being made by the people who have actually examined me.
  • JingerJewels 2012/07/26 06:05:29
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    JingerJewels
    +1
    Keep jobs in America jobs america
  • gvc 2012/07/26 04:23:40
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    gvc
    Hello this is Peggy.
    Hell NO, I don't want to talk to some idiot in a foreign country, reading off a script.
    I would drop that insurance company so fast their head would spin.
  • mikeeonly 2012/07/26 04:09:00
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    mikeeonly
    After having a botched surgery in the Philippines, it's a no brainer
  • ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪ 2012/07/26 03:44:45
    No, it doesn't bother me too much.
    ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪
    +1
    Why is it such a big deal?
  • beachbum ♫♪‼Chlo... 2012/07/26 15:45:29
    beachbum
    My sister knows a gentleman who suffered a heart attack while in France. Fortunately, because he had good insurance, they did treat him. When he got back here to the US,and went to his cardiologist, his doc told him the treatment they used was fine, but had been outdated here by about 20 years - in other words, they didn't have the latest technology that we have here.
  • Daniel ... beachbum 2012/07/26 17:59:34
    Daniel Secrist
    +2
    Ah, but in France they aren't required to use the latest and most expensive, proprietary, approach when an older less expensive, public domain, solution will do as well.
  • Dickens Daniel ... 2012/07/26 23:55:58 (edited)
    Dickens
    +2
    ...and be affordable by and available to everyone, unlike here in the U.S.; in the U.S. 45,000 people die annually from medically treatable illnesses and injuries because American medicine says they don't have enough money to be considered worthy of living...
  • JCD aka... beachbum 2012/07/27 16:43:10
    JCD aka "biz"
    Funny thing is our life expectancy here in France is higher than in America.
    I'm "outdated" too, I'm 72.
  • Rock 2012/07/26 02:32:30
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Rock
    +2
    Why would I want my medical decisions made by people that might hate Americans? The medical community already removes themselves from caring as much as they can.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/07/26 01:50:16
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Christopher Kirchen
    +2
    Overseas their medical standards aren't worth much; ever seen a Brit's teeth, for example? If my medical decisions were made by someone with that kind of mindset hell yes I would switch.
  • Fredrick House 2012/07/26 01:45:56
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Fredrick House
    +1
    Not so fast. I am a retired MD and whether you know it or not, a lot of your after hours xrays are being read by overseas doctors at night, including Scans and ER xrays.
  • JohnT 2012/07/26 01:02:46
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    JohnT
    +1
    Enough already we have 44 million people that don't have insurance and now they want to screw with those of us that do. It didn't work for computers and the Internet problems what makes them think this makes any kind of sense. Just the thought of medical evaluations from Pakistan is pretty bad. I can see receiving a vial of arsenic for my diabetes. REALLY. Is some dumb ass number cruncher in the Insurance business coming up with this stuff?
    Get ready for one huge class action law suit.
  • Squatch 2012/07/26 00:18:21
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    Squatch
    +5
    Sorry but I am a Nurse and I am very reluctant to give any advice over the phone. Bottom line is you need eyes on the patient to make good decisions.
  • actionjksn 2012/07/26 00:14:49
    Yes, I want my medical care in America!
    actionjksn
    If all things are equal I would use the company that isn't outsourcing. But if I'm getting the better deal from the outsourcing company, well I'm afraid I'm going to have to save some money.

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