Dr. Thomas Parisi, patient travel to Mexico for total knee replacement where it costs $18,000 less

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Orthopedic surgeon Thomas Parisi, MD, of The Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin in Franklin met a patient at a private Mexican hospital to perform a total knee replacement, reports El Paso Inc.

Six details:

1. The patient's coverage was through her husband's employer, which allows employees and dependents to travel for such procedures with no out-of-pocket copayments or deductibles.

2. The company covered the travel costs and wrote a $5,000 check for the patient, according to El Paso Inc.

3. The procedure cost $12,000 at Galenia Hospital in Cancun and would cost around $30,000 on average in the U.S., according to El Paso Inc.

4. Dr. Parisi received $2,700, equating to roughly three times what he would get from Medicare.

5. He is one of roughly 40 U.S. orthopedic surgeons collaborating with Denver-based North American Specialty Hospital to travel to Galenia Hospital to perform orthopedic procedures.

6. NASH is a nonprofit company that charges a fixed amount per case and receives compensation from the employer or an intermediary organizing the treatment.

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