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Steve Jobs Travels For Treatment Outside the U.S.

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Published on Jan 18, 2011

From all accounts it appears Jobs is experiencing some serious health challenges. And we all wish him well.

It is not known if he returned to Switzerland where he has sought medical treatment in the past.

What is clear is that Jobs doesn't hesitate to fly out of the U.S. for treatment to get what he needs.

According to Jerry York, the Apple (AAPL) director who died in March, 2010, Jobs took an unpublicized flight to Switzerland to undergo an unusual radiological treatment at the University of Basel for neuroendocrine cancer.

York is said to have discussed the facts of Job's treatment in Switzerland in an off-the-record interview with Fortune Magazine.

"York told me about the treatment, which was not available in the U.S., in the context of our discussions about Jobs, his health and Apple's future. Under our agreement at the time, York wanted the facts of Jobs's treatment in Switzerland to remain out of the news. He didn't say whether the board knew of it. (With York's death, the off-the-record agreement is no longer in place.)" (source: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/01/18).

Why Travel for Treatment?

Why? Because wealthy people have always traveled to where they can receive the best treatment; whether to receive treatment by the most highly skilled physician or, as in Job's case, to gain access to the latest technology and treatment not yet available in the U.S.

According to the article, York didn't know exactly why Jobs and his doctors had sought medical care in Switzerland, but it is the home for the world-renowned University Hospital of Basel, which has developed a special form of hormone-delivered radiotherapy to treat neuroendocrine cancer. The treatment isn't available in the U.S.

Jobs is not the first nor will be the last wealthy American who travels to Switzerland for Medical Care. Read "Revel in Medical Tourism like a Russian Oligarch".

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