56-year-old from the United States recently journeys to Asia for Treatment
No sooner had he recovered from the initial shock of his diagnosis than he was hit with more terrible news: The treatment he required, proton therapy, would cost him more than US$80,000 in the United States. Learning that there were only 20 or so of the necessary proton machines anywhere in the world — due to their $140 million plus price tag — Mr B did some research and found that one was in use in the National Cancer Center in Korea. More importantly, the proton treatment he needed would cost just half as much as in the United States. Flying halfway around the world with his daughter, Mr B successfully underwent treatment that put his cancer into remission. To Mr B, Korea transformed from an unknown country in a distant part of the world to a land of hope, and a place he will hold in his affections forever.
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