Joy Guion of Hickory, N.C., recently took her first trip on a plane – a flight to the sun-soaked Central American tourism hot spot, Costa Rica, to stay at a four-star hotel with a local driver and personal concierge – but a full-fledged vacation this is not. Because of a family history of diabetes and heart decease, Guion, 39, went to Costa Rica for weight loss surgery.
Joining her on the trip was Gary Harwell, 65, a retired manager at the same plant where Guion works, who was getting knee replacement surgery.
Their company is paying the entire bill. It gave them a choice: Choose a traditional insurance plan or outsource their care in a foreign country for certain surgeries.
Americans have long gone abroad for medical care, but now more and more U.S. companies are footing the bill.
HSM, the furniture manufacturer in western North Carolina where they both…
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