Rocky Point, Mexico (PressExposure) July 23, 2008 -- If you ask Frank Carrillo, visionary health care provider and founder of SIMNSA, he'll tell you about the benefit U.S. insurance companies to give immigrants the choice to return to their home countries for surgeries where they can benefit from their family support systems. And in this case you're matching up huge cost savings to insurance companies with compassion for the patients.
"They want to be close to their family, sisters; their support system. Given the choice I'm sure they'd like to be in their home country", said Carrillo, a concept that he's proven over the last 12 years starting with lobbying for cross-border care and resulting in over 40,000 legal immigrants insured by several major U.S. insurance companies being reimbursed for care in Mexico.
Carrillo and his CEO Christina Suggett are preparing and lobbying for the next logical step; a U.S. insurance company taking the lead on extending the same type of humane and compassionate insurance coverage to all U.S. employers employing foreign immigrants of any nationality.
"The insurance companies would save money," said Carrillo, "It will be a great marketing tool for the first U.S. insurance company to provide global health care where the patient wants it. They can pick their own country; their own doctor."
"I think Aetna will be the ideal company to start this trend, and if Aetna starts it most of the other insurance companies will follow," said Carrillo.
It's a great concept from the standpoint that insurance companies will be able to lower their costs, and the insured will get the health care they want.
"It's good competition for the U.S. health care system," said Carrillo, "They need global competition. They don't need to compete within themselves.
To learn more about how both U.S. and foreign insurance companies are responding to global competition visit http://www.traveling4health.com.