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Inside Man: A CNN Story Documenting An American Traveling To Thailand For Healthcare

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You might not think that someone who once ate nothing but McDonald’s food for an entire month is someone you should ask for advice about the best way to access health care.

American television host and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock covered his medical tourism trip to Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand for his prime-time show Inside Man . Spurlock made a name for himself with his 2004 feature-length documentary Super Size Me, which exposed the health-effects of McDonald’s food on an average adult. Since then he has gone on to feature in other documentaries and host the hit TV show 30 Days with Morgan Spurlock.

Spurlock’s story is all too familiar to us at Make Medical Trip. After finding out he needs an MRI to determine if he needs shoulder surgery, Spurlock becomes quickly frustrated trying to compare out-of-pocket prices for a basic medical procedure. He calls 6 different clinics around his home in New York City and receives estimates ranging from $600 to $2600. He talks to Dr. Micheal Sparer, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, to find out why it was so hard for him to get an answer.

Dr. Sparer explains that the “extraordinary variation” in the cost of everything related to health care in the US is partly due to the fact that health care providers are “not interested in communicating the true costs to the patient. They would rather have that conversation with the payers,” he said.

Spurlock goes on to explain that the reason there are so many uninsured and under-insured patients in the United States has to do with the US doubling-down on private insurance after World War II. Most other industrialized countries began developing nationalized health care schemes. Instead, the US offered tax breaks to employers that covered their employees health insurance.

Since most patients were paying by using private insurance companies, doctors and clinics began raising their prices to maximize profits. Insurance companies raised premiums to keep up,  and soon began pricing out low-income and then middle-class Americans.  In recent years, many Americans have also found themselves with health insurance that doesn’t begin to cover their health expenses and still find themselves bankrupted due to high copays and deductibles.

This leaves millions of Americans with three options; pay out-of-pocket, seek charity care, or  travel abroad  and engage in medical tourism.

Spurlock booked a trip to Bumrungrad International Hospital online. He was immediately struck by the price transparency available abroad. He was amazed to find that  even flying all the way to Bangkok and with his accommodations he would still pay less out-of-pocket for imaging and surgery than he would staying home.

After arriving at the hospital, Spurlock was whisked away after waiting just seconds for his consultation. His consultation determined that he needed an MRI, and he was immediately sent to have one done. After the MRI, he went straight back upstairs for the results to be interpreted by his doctor. The very same day, it was determined that he wouldn’t need surgery and simple exercises would help rehabilitate his rotator cuff. Spurlock paid $400 in Thailand, flat rate, for the MRI and two expert consultations. He received his bill right away in the lobby.

Spurlock was able to interview a few other international patients while he was there. Andrew Day, an American patient who was there for a follow-up after having  back surgery,  was also impressed by how efficiently the hospital was run. He had previously visited Bumrungrad for regular check-ups and when he needed back surgery he thought it was a no-brainer. He had to stay in Bangkok for recovery, and paid about $100 per day to recuperate in a luxury hotel with a view of the ocean.

Another patient, William Brockwell, enjoyed the more personalized care. Brockwell visited the hospital to have a battery replaced in his Pacemaker. He found the hospital much more efficient than hospitals in the US, the doctors in Thailand take more time with patients, and that the conditions in the hospital were better than those in the US. The longest he said he waited to see a doctor in Thailand was 15 minutes. In the US he was accustomed to waiting up to 2 hours, he said. How much did he pay to stay in the hospital to recover? “A two-person room was about $120 per night,” Brockwell said.

Spurlock decided while he was there to get an Executive Check-up; a full-body checkup which includes bloodwork, a cardio stress-test, an eye exam, a chest x-ray, and a full abdominal ultrasound to check the entire body for disease. The series of exams is completed in a single day. He also decided to have a colonoscopy, which used the latest technology and involved swallowing a capsule containing a set of cameras which transmitted images wirelessly to a device he carried around with him.

Dennis Brown, the CEO of Bumrungrad, doesn’t shy away from the point that catering to patients this way is just smart business. “That’s the patient population’s expectation,” he says of the hospital feeling more like a hotel than a medical center, “We are providing care to people that are spending disposable income.” And it’s a successful business model; one that pulls in nearly $500 million every year.  “People are coming here more because of the access, the level of the sophistication of the doctors, of the technology, that is not available at home.”

Spurlock had a great experience with medical care in Thailand. Like so many medical tourism patients, he started by doing his research through a reputable medical tourism company. He choose an accredited hospital with a long track record of treating international patients and board-certified doctors. In short, Spurlock’s successful trip was as much about him doing his research ahead of time as it was about the doctors doing their jobs well.

Spurlock’s bill after the Executive Check-Up and colonoscopy? $3000. $4300 including his flights and hotel.  In America, the average estimated price for just the medical services he received reached as high as $14000.  The numbers speak for themselves.

Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man aired on CNN.

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CNN Documentary Shows Medical Tourism in Thailand is a Serious Business

Dan Peltier, Skift

January 30th, 2015 at 11:00 AM EST

Bumrungrad hospital in Thailand is perhaps the shining star of affordable, foreign hospitals for medical tourists seeking treatment although most foreign hospitals aren't at the same caliber yet and may not always be a cheaper option than U.S. hospitals.

There’s now a decent chance that flying half way around the world for medical procedures or surgeries will be cheaper than driving across town to a local hospital in the U.S., along with it being just as safe.

CNN yesterday broadcast a documentary, part of the network’s “Inside Man” series hosted by Morgan Spurlock, that follows Spurlock on a medical tourism journey to Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand where he receives a comprehensive check-up that many Americans never experience.

The Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act may have helped the 40 million Americans who were previously without health insurance obtain plans, but it didn’t lower the cost of healthcare at U.S. hospitals and doctors’ office, although that was one of its goals.

Frustrated by the high cost of healthcare in the U.S., Spurlock flew to Bangkok to prove he could spend two nights in a hotel there, have procedures done at Bumrungrad such as a colonoscopy, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening, blood panels and consultations for a sore shoulder all for significantly cheaper than going to his local hospital in the U.S.

The final tally: Spurlock’s treatment at Bumrungrad amounted to 94,000 Thai baht, or the equivalent of $3,000. Tack on the hotel stay and airfare and his trip cost $4,300. Spurlock added the average cost in the U.S. for the medical services he received in Thailand and figured that tally would be about $14,000.

Bumrungrad’s accreditation as a Joint Commission International hospital, the first Asian hospital to receive this accreditation, is key for attracting the 1.1 million foreign medical tourists it serves each year. In some cases, its healthcare quality rivals some U.S. hospitals, as evidenced with Spurlock’s colonoscopy procedure.

Rather than the traditional method of performing a colonoscopy, doctors gave Spurlock a capsule to swallow equipped with cameras to live-stream video and pictures of his colon.

Spurlock said in 2013 medical tourism fed the equivalent of $4.7 million into the Thai economy, and that 18% of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is generated from healthcare, a $3 billion industry.

The hotel stay in Bangkok was $100 a night, and Spurlock’s MRI, for example, cost $400 compared with the $500 to $3,000 it likely would have cost in the U.S.

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You likely know Morgan Spurlock as the guy who taught us all to pass on extra fries in his 2004 Academy Award-winning documentary “Super Size Me.” In the film, Spurlock challenged himself to only eat McDonald’s food for one month, documenting the effects the diet had on his health and overall well-being.

His latest project continues to play on his fondness for full immersion. “ Inside Man ,” a series airing on CNN, puts him at the helm of insider investigations into a variety of topics. The one that got my attention recently, though, was an episode on medical tourism .

The setup takes into account the fact that although healthcare reform has provided loads of Americans with insurance who didn’t have coverage before, it hasn’t done a whole lot about the cost of care. The result is millions of people who are either under-insured or who have high-deductible plans are still facing pretty sizable out-of-pocket expenses.

Spurlock decided to price out an MRI for some shoulder pain that had been bugging him and eventually compared quotes here in the U.S. to those at medical tourism destination Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok. And soon, the inside man was in.

Spurlock and his crew spent days immersed at Bumrungrad, where he got that MRI as well as a host of other preventive health screenings, from a colonoscopy to chest scan to abdominal ultrasound. In the end, his tab came to about $3,000 for treatment and about $4,300 total with hotel and airfare.

When thinking about those high deductibles here at home, medical tourism starts to make a whole lot of financial sense.

But it wasn’t just price that got Spurlock’s attention during his trip. It was also the environment he was in. Bumrungrad was visually stunning, the epitome of hospitality in healthcare. More than aesthetics, though, the building ran like clockwork. Medical tourists who Spurlock interviewed noted the efficiency, one saying wait times are just minutes, if that, compared to hours in the U.S. And it all came with the same outcomes, or better, than you’d expect domestically.

And when patients aren’t in the hospital, Bangkok’s white sand beaches and coconut drinks were calling. It’s not a bad picture that’s being painted, and plenty have taken notice.

According to Patients Beyond Borders , 1.2 million Americans were expected to travel outside the U.S. for care in 2014 (and frequently to tropical locales), with the worldwide market estimated between $38.5 billion and $55 billion and growing at a rate of 15-25 percent. Top destinations include Costa Rica, Malaysia, Mexico, and Thailand, among others. The types of care being sought cover cosmetic surgery, dentistry, cardiovascular care, orthopedic care, cancer care, and all those general health screenings that Spurlock had done.

It’s certainly a market full of opportunity, and designers should take heed.

The healthcare experience at Bumrungrad has been carefully crafted for those who have the cash to pay for—and expect—its luxury services. Those services, ironically, just happen to be more affordable for many here in the U.S. than those available close to home.

Overall, it comes down to a lot of dollars and cents, for sure. But after watching this, there’s no doubt that the environment of care is a huge piece of Bumrungrad’s success and probably the success of just about any medical tourism destination. From streamlining operations to creating an ideal patient experience, design is helping providers carve out their stake in the market.

For more on medical tourism and how recent projects were designed with an eye on travelers, see “ Medical Tourism: An Evolving Market That’s Ripe For Growth And Opportunity .”

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Morgan Spurlock did not grow up with the goal of becoming a documentary filmmaker. “I wanted to be Spielberg,” the West Virginia native says over the phone. “I wanted to write and direct scripted movies.” Sometime in his early 20s after graduating from NYU film school, Spurlock changed his mind. In 2003, he released Supersize Me and became famous. Engaging and accessible, Spurlock’s style of journalism does not appeal to everyone. “There were people who, when that film came out, called it ‘ Jackass journalism,'” the filmmaker recalls. “Here was something that combined that insane, watching people do something crazy and asinine [style] with real, proper journalism documentary filmmaking.” But Spurlock is not a “doc purist.” “The whole genre is evolving. There are docs that can be comedies, there are docs that can be dramas, there are docs that can be thrillers. We’ve broken the idea of movies into so many different genres and subgenres; documentaries have the same amount of subgenres in the way that you can tell the stories.”

This weekend, the second season of Spurlock’s series Morgan Spurlock:   Inside Man will air on CNN. As the title suggests, each episode is a short documentary in which Spurlock penetrates the inner circles of America’s mad, bad, and dangerous to know. In the first episode, “Celebrity,” Spurlock trolls Jamie Lee Curtis and a sweating Ray Liotta as a paparazzi photographer. In the second, Spurlock meets a particularly unsettling group of “futurists,” who believe that they can become immortal.

EMMA BROWN: Was there any one episode that was particularly difficult to get through?

MORGAN SPURLOCK: Each episode is trying at different times for different reasons. There were parts of the celebrity episode, which is the premiere episode, where I started to feel dirty for what I was doing, as I’m sitting outside an alleged crack house hoping I might catch a glimpse or a photo of Lamar Odom. You can’t help but start to feel a little sleazy in those moments. But I think that’s part of what makes the show special—we’re taking you into these worlds in a way that you normally don’t get to. You  see that there are things that are emotionally trying, that are taxing, that are hard for people to deal with. But you’re seeing that in a way that you don’t normally get to experience.

BROWN: Did becoming a paparazzo meet your expectations—did you expect to feel disgusted with yourself? 

SPURLOCK: No, I didn’t expect to feel that bad about it. I thought that we’d be taking silly pictures. I didn’t know what my assignments were going to be, I didn’t know what I was going to get sent to go do or take pictures of. It’s eye-opening.

BROWN: Did you enjoy anything about being a paparazzo?

SPURLOCK: I love the people that you meet in these worlds; I loved spending times with Giles, the photographer who took me under his wing and showed me the ropes. He’s a fantastic guy. What you start to realize is that there are these guys who are good people. They’re not all scumbags; these are guys who get continually thrown under the bus, and there are guys out there who are good guys. They have families and real ethical standards when they take photographs. They won’t shoot kids. There are people out there who give that profession a good name, while simultaneously, as with any job, there are people who do the inverse and sully the name of people who are trying to do their best.

BROWN: Do you ever find it hard to keep your opinions to yourself ? If you come across an unethical paparazzo, for example.

SPURLOCK: For me, it’s all about finding the things that make people tick: what makes them make the choices they make, how they defend the choices they make. I don’t want to come in and judge someone. It’s not my position to come in and judge you, it’s my position to come in and tell your point of view and give people access to that point of view. Then you, as the viewer, [can] make up your own mind. That’s what I want to have happen—I want you to come into this show, see what the topics are, see what we talk about, and then walk away with your own opinion.

BROWN: Have you ever finished an episode with the same opinion you had coming into the episode?

SPURLOCK: That never happens with anything we make. Years ago, pre- me making my first feature film, I called a doc filmmaker friend of mine and asked for some advice. He went, “Sure, I’ll give you some advice. If the movie you end up with is the exact same movie you had in the beginning, then you didn’t listen to anyone along the way.” And that’s a fantastic piece of advice for any doc filmmaker. Unless you’re making a historical doc—telling something where you know how it ends—you have to go in with an open mind and be willing to be influenced by people you meet or stories you hear. Because what will happen is, you’ll come to a door and that door will be closed, but three more will open. Someone will tell you something that will point you in a completely different direction where you’ll suddenly realize, “This isn’t the story we should be telling at all, it should be this story.” This season, we went in to an episode of Inside Man to tell a story about privacy and the NSA—on the heels of all the Snowden stories breaking. As we started getting into the idea of all this privacy, it became much more about personal access and personal privacy. We started realizing that we, as a population, give up more of our own private information without even thinking twice about it. We put ourselves out there in the open for the world to see; we are becoming this open generation of people. As we were telling the story, it shifted and this became the bigger story to tell.

BROWN: Have you ever had to give up on an investigation?

SPURLOCK: We’ve been really fortunate in everything that we’ve done—whenever we’ve started shooting something, we’ve never been in the position where we’ve had to bail, or stop shooting, or abandon the process. We’ve always done enough preparation to know why the story is important, or why we think people will find it interesting. The question then is getting access. If you look at this season, there’s an episode about student athletes—these kids who basically make millions of dollars for their universities. The question is: should these kids get paid? Should they be getting a piece of that, more than just getting a “college education”? As we started calling universities, there were a lot of colleges that did not want us coming onto their campus and telling this story. Colleges that had had many offenses against them from the NCAA, they’d been fined many times for breaking the rules. I think these schools did not want to be in the position of admitting or putting their program under a microscope. So that was one of the situations where it was difficult for us to find access, but once we got it—it’s a breakthrough show.

BROWN: You found student athletes that were willing to talk to you?

SPURLOCK: We filmed that episode at Ole Miss, in Oxford, Mississippi, a huge football program—one of the biggest football programs in the United States. The fact that that school let us in and let us tell the story is incredible, and there were students who were brave enough to talk about it. You need more kids like that. You need people who are willing to speak out and let people know their thoughts and their feelings on topics like this.

BROWN: Do you think that being a documentary filmmaker has made you a better listener in your personal life?

SPURLOCK: Yes, I think it’s made me pay more attention to the people around me. My mother did an incredible job—one, of just being a great mom, but two, of instilling a tremendous amount of empathy into me as a young man, as a young person. My mom was kind of this collector of people; throughout my childhood, it didn’t matter who you were. She was a high school counselor and then a junior high counselor, and she didn’t just counsel students, she counseled other teachers and administrators and coaches. Whoever needed to talk to someone always ended up talking to my mom. It felt like there was always someone who was either staying at our house, or sleeping on our couch, or coming over to dinner—somebody who needed a warm bed or a place to stay, just until they got back on their feet. My mom was that person who was always there to help someone, and it was instilled into me by her that, if you have the ability to help someone, you have to help them.

BROWN: Can empathy be learned?

SPURLOCK: I think it can be learned, and I think it can be instilled into people just as she instilled it into me. It’s instilled through action. You have to consistently show someone how it’s done, and then someone will make the choice. That’s what happened with me.

BROWN: Have all of your subjects seen their episodes?

SPURLOCK: No, none of them have. Nobody will see the episodes until they air starting this Sunday night.

BROWN: Does that make you nervous at all?

SPURLOCK: No, because the one thing I think the show is, is incredibly fair. The whole goal of the show is just to tell the truth. We seek to tell an honest story about what’s happening in the world. We’ve never had an instance where someone has felt betrayed or misled or wronged by what we do. Has there ever been a time where somebody probably wishes things might have been a little different? Of course. But I don’t think people felt like what we told them isn’t what happened. We come into it saying, “Here’s the story we’re going to tell,” we’re completely up front with them and that’s what ends up happening.

SEASON TWO OF MORGAN SPURLOCK:   INSIDE MAN BEGINS THIS SUNDAY ON CNN.

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Dr Oz explained that there’s a growing trend that could actually help you save thousands of dollars in health care costs, but you’d have to travel out of the country for care. He shared that nearly one million Americans travel outside of the country each year for medical procedures like dental work, hip replacements, and other tests and surgeries.

Dr Oz talked to Morgan Spurlock about people traveling outside of the U.S. for cheaper medical care. (Christopher Edwin Nuzzaco / Shutterstock.com)

Morgan Spurlock first took on fast food in  Super Size Me , but now he’s taking on medical tourism as part of  Inside Man , a show on CNN where he takes on topics ranging from marijuana and UFOs to futurism. Morgan is showing why it’s cheaper for many people to travel outside of the U.S. for major medical care.

Dr Oz: Medical Tourism & Traveling For Medical Care

Morgan wanted to experience medical tourism firsthand, so he traveled to Thailand to get a procedure done himself. He underwent a variety of treatments for a fraction of the cost of here in the U.S. He got a shoulder MRI, a full blood test and physical that included an EKG, a chest x-ray, an abdominal ultrasound, and an eye exam . He also got four consultations with specialists and a colonoscopy. All that cost about $3,000, but it would have cost $7,000-14,000 in the U.S.

Dr Oz spoke to Morgan, who said he was surprised when he first heard about people traveling for medical care, until he got there and realized that they were world class hospitals with dozens of highly trained doctors and medical professionals. He said it’s incredibly efficient.

Dr Oz: Cheaper Medical Care Outside The U.S.?

Dr Oz wanted to know if it would even out because of the cost of travel and hotel stays, but Morgan said it still tends to be cheaper because the actual procedures end up costing a fraction of what they cost here. But what about the people who have insurance? Morgan said sometimes insurance companies will even encourage patients to do it, because it’s still cheaper. He said people should get it in writing though that the insurance company said they would cover the procedure.

Dr Oz said medical tourism is not for procedures like breast implants or plastic surgery, but rather it is for things like dental work and coronary bypass, as well as weight loss treatments. Dr Oz said there are also things you give up when you leave this country. Morgan said to make sure you’re going to an accredited hospital and that it’s an internationally accredited institution filled with accredited doctors. He also suggested getting the costs up front.

Dr Oz: ‘Super Size Me’ Years Later

Dr Oz just had to ask Morgan about  Super Size Me . Morgan said he ate fast food for 30 days straight and gained 24 and a half pounds by the end of it. His cholesterol skyrocketed, his blood pressure was off the charts, and his liver was filled with fat. Now, years later, Morgan said he thinks the industry responded with healthy options, but it made people realize they had to do more to take care of themselves.

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Watch it last night on CNN. Has Super Size Me guy Morgan Spurlock..this episode was on Medical Tourism. Was really interesting..they had the private hospital called Bumrungrad in Thailand which was almost like a 5 star hotel..cost for most things are cheaper even with the travel and stay..check it out.. ---------- Surf, sand ... and surgery? Inside the world of medical tourism http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/28/tv/medical-tourism-morgan-spurlock-inside-man/index.html  

Ok if you don't have insurance and are paying cash. And it's a procedure you can schedule. Also insurance companies negotiate for a significant discount vs the higher standard price regular people pay here in the US. Closer to home I understand some insurance companies in southern California offer cheaper care from mexican clinics just over the border. I have heard of imaging done here but read and interpreted by cheaper docs overseas.  

My wife and I have both had dental work done in Belize. A cleaning and check up for me US $ 40.00. A Ceramic Crown(Cap) for the wife $ US 250.00. Quality care for less than half the cost in Canada.  

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Morgan Spurlock , a documentary filmmaker who captured his own psychological and physical symptoms from eating McDonald’s every day for a month in the Oscar-nominated 2004 feature “ Super Size Me ,” died Thursday in upstate New York due to complications of cancer. He was 53.

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“Super Size Me” captured the zeitgeist when it released in 2004, grossing $22 million at the global box office and sparking a conversation about how the fast food industry encourage poor nutrition among the general public. McDonald’s discontinued its “super-size” option in the time following its release. Though the doc is still utilized as an educational aide in some school health classes, it has also sparked debate over its accuracy in the years since, with some criticism citing Spurlock refusing to publicly share his diet log from filming. Spurlock later disclosed that he struggled with alcohol abuse — a factor that some consider would’ve been a likely influence on the doc’s conclusions regarding liver dysfunction.

Born Nov. 7, 1970, in Parkersburg, W. Va., Spurlock was raised under the Methodist faith, though he identified as agnostic later in life. He graduated with a BFA in film from New York University in 1993.

In December 2017, as the #MeToo movement continued to gain traction, Spurlock wrote a lengthy social media post saying he was “part of the problem.” In the post, he admitted to serial infidelities and said he had settled an allegation of sexual harassment from a former assistant. He also said he had been accused of rape in college. The post effectively ended Spurlock’s documentary career, as Spurlock stepped down from Warrior Poets shortly after.

Spurlock is survived by his two children, Laken and Kallen; mother, Phyllis Spurlock; father Ben (Iris); brothers Craig (Carolyn) and Barry (Buffy); multiple nieces and nephews; and former spouses, Alexandra Jamieson and Sara Bernstein.

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