After a lot of research into such surgeries and the risks and advantages of going abroad to get one, she assessed the lifetime cost of her health problems. As a bankruptcy attorney, she was well aware of the financial straits that can result from medical debt. So she flew from her home in Las Vegas to Mexico, where she paid for the surgery out of pocket. One year later, 100 pounds were gone and with it, her high blood pressure and diabetes. Bunce also dropped her health insurance and willingly joined the ranks of the nation's 50 million uninsured.