In what has been aptly described as “the shadow world of medicine,” transplant tourism poses great health and ethical burden, with attendant risks of severe infectious diseases and the dehumanizing nature of the act
On April 25, 2019, Belgium's primary legislative body passed a new bill that criminalizes all activities involved in buying and selling of human organs for commercial uses
A private hospital on Hainan Island has been forced to shut down operations after local authorities found it gave fake human papillomaviruses (HPV) vaccines to dozens of patients, including at least one pregnant woman
Medical Tourism Magazine recently sat with Maxwell Cohen, Founder and CEO of Peel Away Labs, to talk about his product, ‘peel-away’ bedsheets, and how it can revolutionize healthcare.
Costa Rica is the feature of Medical Tourism City, the leading social network for medical tourism and global healthcare. Medical Tourism City is the official social networking site for the Medical Tourism Association.
It’s the “Baby Boomers!” The emergence of the baby-boomer generation has been driving many of the changes in American society and culture. Everything from hairstyles and health clubs to the Dr. Spock method of parenting is affected.
With so many choices available to us, it is sometimes difficult to discern truth from fiction and make sense of the mountain of information that is coming our way. This is especially true when it comes to choosing and trusting the right hospital.
All our patients not only leave satisfied with the medical result obtained they leave thankful for having found a different way of medical care. From the medical point of view it behooves just to mention that in Costa Rica we have the highest longevity index.
The WHO report came out as the first ever analysis of the performance of the health systems of WHO’s 191 Member States. The performance assessment of health systems is based on many country variables such as: socio-economic, political and technological.
At the first, International Medical Tourism Conference in Las Vegas this year, Milstein was one of the prominent canaries singing an early warning of a virus attacking the seemingly immune U.S. Healthcare System.
Costa Rica is well known around the world as a premier ecotourism destination. Its proximity, stunning scenery and friendly locals have been luring North American travelers for at least three decades, long before the term “ecotourism” became popular.
Canadian born Kevin Stewart, now a resident of the Florida Keys is alive and very well today because of his trip to India for a liver transplant, arranged and expedited by global healthcare company, WorldMed Assist.
Costa Rica not only has universal health care, but Costa Rica is considered to have one of the best health care systems in all of Latin America The government runs more than 30 hospitals and 250 clinics.
It seems like every day you see the same statistics quoted in the news media, cited by candidates running for political office or in the trade press, that as many as 50 million Americans have no health insurance.
Costa Rica is the country of sunny beaches on the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean rhythm on its Atlantic Coast. It is the country with the best coffee in the world, of tasty bananas, pineapple and melon consumed on the tables in five continents.
While no one should avoid seeking medical care in an emergency, all tourists should be aware that their privacy may receive more or less protection depending on where they are. Depending on where patients are coming from and where they are going.
The historical fee for service method does not align quality of treatment and treatment results with reimbursement ~ but rather with volume of treatment. Financial incentives have been demonstrated to change behavior.
The needs of the “Medical Tourist” are much different than those of someone traveling on business or vacation. Historically, for a medical tourist, staying at a traditional hotel comes with much apprehension.
Does the phrase “medical tourism” accurately describe the emerging phenomenon of large numbers of people traveling to other countries for medical treatment? Or should the phrase be dropped altogether and exchanged for a more “befitting” term.
People have been traveling across the continents in search of cures for any imaginable illnesses and making therapeutic trips for health wellness. In ancient Greece pilgrims and patients came from all over the Mediterranean to the sanctuary of the healing god.
As Americans seek care in other countries, they look for reassurance that health care organizations abroad meet certain quality. Therefore, hospitals abroad who hope to attract Americans to their institutions often seek JCI accreditation.
As medical treatment costs in the developed world balloon out of proportion, with the United States leading the way, more and more Westerners are finding the prospect of international travel for medical care increasingly appealing.
Arthritis is a condition where the cartilage at the joint surface of the bone wears away. It is this cartilage which normally makes the bone ends slippery and helps the joint to move smoothly without friction.
Medical tourism is greatly influenced by the global economic environment. This article explains the impact of currency exchange rates in the medical tourism marketplace with particular attention to the meaning of a weakening US dollar.
The U.S. Healthcare system is in double, perhaps triple, jeopardy; to coin a popular legal phrase used to get the point across that the situation is dire. The statistics should be very familiar to everyone in the health and healthcare industry.
With globalized and traveling becomes easily accessible to most people, we face diseases that may result from travel. Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT), also referred to as Venous Thromboembolism, is undoubtedly a disease that can be deadly for an individual.
U.S. Employers juggling the high costs of healthcare are always looking for solutions, flexibility on benefit coverage, and ways to reduce the cost of their healthcare. Partial Self Funding/Self Insurance with Stop Loss Coverage is an attractive alternative.
Enhanced population mobility due to the change brought about by globalization has created a stir in every industry including healthcare driving a strong need and potential for healthcare delivery from national levels to across borders.
The South Korean Government and about 30 private hospitals collaborated to create the Council for Korea Medicine Overseas Promotion also known by its members as the Korean International Medical Service Association.
I know that the Medical Center, the Doctors and staff are considered top drawer internationally. So what’s bugging me about what I’m doing? My mind is racing and exploding as someone had just shaken a bottle of soda inside my head.
If international hospitals are to succeed in attracting Americans they first need to succeed in narrowing their marketing efforts. Just as many hospitals have been misled into believing Medicare will soon be approving overseas medical treatment.
In recent years medical tourism has become somewhat of a buzzword in the USA – it might even be worth calling it a bubble. One could view this evolving industry as a manifestation of globalization and more liberal trade common in all sectors of the economy.
Overseas healthcare facilities marketing themselves as a suitable alternative for the North American patient, the inevitable question is “how safe are they?” and “will I receive the same quality of care I would receive in an American hospital?”
Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center said patients experience significant problems which present a compelling case for healthcare reform. Patients trust providers to deliver the highest quality of care, yet care in many locations is mediocre at best; at its worst, it endangers patients.
And it’s always been all about Marketing – even way, way back in the day. The Neanderthal who invented The Wheel thought he could sell it simply by rolling it out on the streets. Initially, it did sell well until another Neanderthal rolled out his Wheel.
At Joint Commission International (JCI) we are constantly learning and sharing the knowledge gleaned from over 55 years of experience working with many hospitals we accredited around the world.
We are starting to see US health insurance carriers Stop Loss Carriers and Self Funded Employers implementing medical tourism in their health plans in 2008 and some planning to implement medical tourism starting in 2009.
One in six couples worldwide is suffering with infertility, and this puts a huge strain on the best of relationships. Add to this the concealed doctor’s appointments, the comments at family gatherings, and the isolation of having no one to discuss.
Within the medical tourism industry, networking is connecting with others in the industry, sharing knowledge and information and uncovering hidden opportunities, but more importantly, it is about building relationships and getting to know people.
You need just a little extra patience and consideration to have a wonderful experience. The transport and the range of hotels in some ways eclipse those you will find at home and you will comfortably get by with English in any established tourist town or city.
All that is required for a successful medical treatment is a qualified physician in a well-equipped facility. Yet, having the treatment done overseas is different from having it done in your neighborhood hospital and may seem overwhelming at first.
It is inevitable that a United States citizen receiving medical care abroad will experience a less than satisfactory outcome. Because cost and access were primary motivations for the patient to seek care in another country.
Three decades ago, a patient who reached the hospital with a heart attack had as much as 25 per cent risk of dying. Now, thanks to several strategies that have evolved over the years, the risk in a tertiary care centre has come down to 3-5 per cent.
Almost 50 million Americans who have no insurance, and 120 million who have no dental insurance. Compared to Canada and the UK that have nationalized healthcare, America seems like an amazing opportunity for international hospitals to tap.
Many people that are in the decision making phase related to Cosmetic surgery abroad have learned, either through their own research, or perhaps from someone that has experienced it, there are many costs associated with traveling for surgery abroad.
As the industry of medical tourism is on the rise, the availability of recovery resorts or post-operative recovery centers doesn’t seem to be growing at the same rate. To recover quite difficult for many seeking to venture into new worlds for cheaper, high quality healthcare.
The growing demand for medical tourism has helped thousands of health care providers emerge from all over the globe. Yet, it is the closest neighbor that dominates and that for many reasons.
I always imagined that India was a land of historically and architecturally impressive buildings, colorful and elaborate saris and culturally rich people. On a recent trip to this vast land, I was fortunate to experience the great mixture of cultural diversity.
The treatment of colorectal cancer with the laparoscopic approach is slowly gaining acceptance throughout the world. A newly published research paper on laparoscopic total colectomy for colorectal cancers in Surgical Endoscopy clearly establishes the benefits of this approach.
Perhaps no other subject today has been the subject of conversations at cocktail circuits as much as the subject of Medical Tourism. But for the lay person it conjures nothing more than the idyllic comfort of the warm beaches of Florida or Pattaya.
Owing to the huge difference in dental treatment costs between developed and developing nations, it is not surprising to find that dental patients in greater numbers from developed nations are now seeking standardised dental treatments.
When seeking a medical procedure in another country, communication is key to having consistent, medically-appropriate, follow-up care. This communication should begin with the patient having a discussion with his primary care physician before the trip.
On the way to a job as a Home Inspector, I detoured to the hospital emergency room. Having had several kidney stones in the past, this pain felt higher and more on the side, unlike anything I had experienced before.
At Joint Commission International, we are working with hospitals around the world to minimize these undesirable health care events by creating a culture of safety in which errors are identified and reported, and staff members work in a “no blame” atmosphere.
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio brought their health care ministries together to form CHRISTUS Health. They created a unique purpose in the modern health care market.
Imagine your dental treatment being performed by highly qualified dentists at a fraction of cost than what you would be paying in your own country and combine this with the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of India.
Our health system represents the best the world has to offer, but in some respects it is woefully lacking. One of the first things that catches your eye about the U.S. health care system is that it is big.
Not too many years ago when somebody spoke of Diabetes Mellitus, it was because a young child had it or some very old person. When the doctors at John Hopkins described diabetes in their most recent health alerts it was simply referred to as a metabolic disorder.
Monterrey, Mexico is one of the loveliest tourism destinations you’ll ever visit. Should business end up taking you there ~ and medical tourism is a business that might ~ afterward, you’ll be asking,: “How is it that Monterrey escaped notice for so long?”
When I first meet a Medical Tourist at the airport, my goal is to make them feel comfortable and assure them that I am familiar with what they are doing. I want them to know that I will be there for them throughout their entire trip.
“Hilot” is a word from the Tagalog dialect meaning massage-rubbing or touch with soothing strokes. Touch is the modality of “hilot.” Initially, one might think it is simply a massage, but “hilot” is more. It is energy manipulation.
Medical Tourism companies simplify the process for patients seeking surgery beyond their own borders and form the underpinning of the growing global health care industry sometimes called medical tourism or medical travel.
Rolfing® is an original and scientifically validated holistic system of bodywork and movement education. It releases the body’s segments – arms, legs, torso, and neck from patterns of tension and bracing in a systematic and scientifically validated manner.
A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure whereby the diseased cartilage and bone of the hip joint is surgically replaced with artificial materials. The normal hip joint is a ball and socket joint, the socket being a “cup-shaped” bone of the pelvis called the acetabulum.
It is a type of surgery that even hi-tech hospitals and experienced surgeons in the country are not confident of undertaking. But chief cardiac surgeon, Wockhardt Hospitals, Dr. Vivek Jawali has created history of sorts by conducting such surgeries.
Poland, officially the Republic of Poland is a country in Central Europe with 38 million inhabitants and a total area of about 313 thousands sq km. This makes Poland a very attractive tourism desination with the Baltic seacoast, beautiful rivers, lakes.
Although the nursing shortage is not new, more pressing issues have arisen in recent years. New developments in what is affecting the nursing shortage are being found, contributing to why the shortage has a new face.
Medical Tourism Plans may become the greatest insurance product to roll off of the industry’s well-developed R&D machine. The industry has a great reputation for crankin’ out products that capture any excess premium floating around out there.
Carron Morrow had exhausted all conventional treatments for her failing heart. She came to the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital for the unconventional – the first FDA approved study using stem cells from a patient’s own bone marrow to treat heart failure.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that one out of every ten patients admitted to a hospital will suffer from an infection acquired in the hospitals. Healthcare institutions will do everything in their power to avoid that situation from happening to patients.
It is the top tourist destination in the country and, next to the capital (Manila), the most accessible point in the Philippines. It is known as the Philippines’ Bestseller and, until recently, its best kept-secret for attracting multitudes of tourists, traders.
Voice is produced when the two vocal folds inside the throat close and vibrate. The vocal folds come together and close in order to prevent food from going down into the lungs when swallowing food.
As we are fast approaching the upcoming convention WMT & GHC which takes place in San Francisco on September 9-12th we are seeing a change in the way Medical Tourism is viewed by insurance companies employers and governments from around the world.
Voice feminization can be achieved by shortening the vocal folds and increasing the voice frequency. The surgery is quite simple, actually, using very thin equipment, the surface of the upper side of the vocal folds – the mucous membrane.
St. Luke’s Heart Institute provides the best possible care to patients with cardiovascular diseases. It exemplifies St. Luke’s Medical Center’s unequalled excellence in expertise, technology, quality of healthcare outcomes, and service for total quality patient care.
One population often overlooked when discussing Medical Tourism is employees of a company located in another country. For example many US Citizens Canadian and European citizens work in Latin America and Asia.
Coronary by-pass surgery for $16,000? Hip or Knee replacements for $14,000? Sounds great! Where can you get this favourable pricing? Asia? Latin America? Actually, these prices are available right here at home, in the U.S.A.!
Grupo CHRISTUS Muguerza accounts for more than 74 years of experience, tradition and catholic inspiration. We service both national patients and international patients through a network of six hospitals, 21 outpatient centers and clinics.
Much of medical tourism involves cosmetic surgery, in the overwhelming majority of cases, the reason is financial. In fact, the costs are often so reasonable that when combined with the costs of travel, meals, lodging, and, in some cases, even some sight-seeing.
Importantly, Wellness Programs find avid supporters in the government sector which believes in the gospel of health. Encouragement and aggressive support has come in the form of the Public-Private Partnership Task Force on Globally Competitive Philippines Industries.
Monterrey is recognized as the most important health care center of the northeast region of Mexico, with human resources and medical infrastructure above the national average, as well as having one of the highest life expectancy levels.
When a company decides to work on quality and in the pursuit of excellence, once it starts down that road there is no turning back. Since its origins, CHRISTUS Muguerza Alta Especialidad accepted the commitment of spreading within its staff.
The process by which U.S. Employers and Healthcare Carriers select and de-select healthcare facilities is a complex one and, to help readers understand it, let me begin by saying that both groups employ extremely similar criteria in their selection process.
The real problem is that there really isn’t any specific test at this time for Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Some researchers do believe that they are one and the same illness but back to fibromyalgia.
In this sense, and in the globalization and competitiveness context, the Mexican Health Care Sector is an unavoidable subject in the Tourist Sector as well. It is necessary to understand how the Medical Tourism market aggregated values are generated.
Employers and insurance companies have implemented HSA’s, moved to high deductible plans, shifted more out of pocket expenses to the employee, and basically tried every trick in the book, with the end result being that healthcare costs and premiums still keep skyrocketing.
They go through rigorous procedures using standards that are internationally acceptable. They forge partnerships with external agencies, who themselves have to go through licensing and accreditation.
In the third edition of the JCI standards, we strengthened our standards for verifying credentials of medical personnel. We now require hospitals to verify the credential with the primary source – the organization that awarded the credential.