>>With all due respect to hearing aid consumers, why should it surprise you
>that you can
>buy a Danish made hearing aid cheaper in Denmark? If I travel to certain
>countries, I know that I can purchase high end electronic equipment at a
>what it would cost in the US. The only problem is that when I consider my
>travel expenses, tariffs, duties, and VAT, I will have spent a good deal
>>If you did travel to Denmark, stayed in the lush cottage, and purchased the
>offered in the ad, you would undoubtedly spend a whole lot more. Once you
>added in airfare, meals, miscellaneous expenses AND THEN the duties and VAT.
>Then when you had a routine question or required reprogramming, you could
>fly back to Copenhagen, have an espresso while they adjust your aids, and
>stay in that cottage again. WOW. Just think, a trip to Denmark each time your
>aids needed adjustment.
>>Everything is less expensive in the country of origin, and of course citizens
>countries can take advantage of that. Implications that those aids should be
>priced abroad is unrealistic. Consumers are free to shop around and purchase
>ever and whenever they find the best deal for them.
>>In addition, Denmark also utilizes a socialized form of health care, and that
>marked departure from the US. Yes, hearing aids might be purchased at a
>reduced cost in those countries. But when you discuss the so-called
>US healthcare, remember that in most countries with government run
>basic services often require incredibly lengthy wait times-even in the case
>necessary surgeries. There are some advantages & disadvantages to both
>systems-but from the time I lived in Britain and utilized the National Health
>I'll take the US healthcare delivery system-despite free hearing aids in
>>BRAVO ! Just saw your note, after I sent my limited response to Brad.
You hit it on the head.
Robert B. Siegel M.S. CCC-A, BC-HIS
Family Hearing Centers
2001 Lincoln Dr W. Suite E
Marlton, NJ 08053-1531