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Should Government Plan Members Seek Care Overseas?

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A medical travel company says Medicare and Medicaid plans should consider helping participants go outside the United States when non-U.S. health care is less expensive.

BridgeHealth International Inc., Denver, a company that sells medical travel services to health insurers and other payers, notes that Medicare recipients living abroad already can use Medicare to pay for care at international hospitals.

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The United Kingdom National Health Service has been using BridgeHealth to help NHS plan members seek care in the European Union, BridgeHealth says.