This topic comes up from time to time. I might have been the one that brought it up the last time. Its just that every time I have some medical issue while I am traveling I am stunned at the difference in cost and service.
I will spare you the details, but in the last 2 years I have had one procedure that would have been $5,000+ in the US (insurance would not cover) and another that the out of pocket here vs with insurance in the US cost about the same (maybe a little less here). Yesterday I had two diagnostic tests and nearly an hour with a specialist that, with insurance, would have cost about the same as what I paid out of pocket. Biggest difference has been the quality of service. Tests done by the doctor not a PA or nurse or tech. No waiting, polite, helpful, kind, and outstanding facilities. Most of the other patients are Hungarian, Swiss or Austrian for some reason. And this is about the poorest country in the EU. And dont even get me started on dental costs. And none of this is through the public healthcare, this is all private providers.
Now I did pay more for a prescription today. What the insurance in the US would have paid 100% of, I had to pay about $2.75 for (one less glass of wine tonight).
Then there is a little more complicated procedure that I have been putting off for years. The cost difference is significant. Even with US insurance.