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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.!
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.
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.
The MTA has put forth an exciting invitation to the world for Global Healthcare’s Coming Out Party. Up to a thousand attendees from around the world will fill the seats at the Westin ~ Doctors, Diplomats, Lawyers, Legislators, Providers and Payers.
Picture yourself walking down the beach, with sparkling sands massaging your feet and the sun prompting a dose of sweat. All of this, as your senses take in a spell-binding view of forests and mountains and the fresh whiff of sea air.
For the last few months, many people anxiously awaited the release of the the McKinsey Report, designed to shine a light on the trends in medical tourism. Mapping the Market for Medical Travel left many hungry and thirsty to say the least.
Mainland China at the northeastern side of the Philippine archipelago, it is not surprising to find significant Chinese influences in Philippine culture. Trade between the Chinese and Filipinos has been chronicled since the ninth to 12th centuries.
For those of you who have never been to Monterrey, it is well worth the trip. Just a short direct flight from Texas and California and other western states in the United States, Monterrey sits in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains.
These guidelines are not revolutionary but they provide a very valuable set of concepts that we all can develop to create a solid foundation for medical tourism. The MTA supports these guidelines and intends to communicate with the AMA to develop them further.
There would be significant value to the term Medical Tourism Definition, if we define it the same way as a well-known rhyme or a fable? Well, if this can be accepted, then we don’t really need a proper definition for Medical Tourism either.
With physical, mental, and emotional symptoms it can be hazardous to your long term health. In addition to fatigue and insomnia, it can also acutely cause anxiety, confusion, constipation, nausea, and even memory loss.
Change is the only constant and because it is often accompanied by stressful and sometimes difficult adjustments and decisions, we often go to greater lengths to resist rather than embrace change. So how does one make change a little easier?
After speaking on a panel session about “The Value of Accreditation”, Maureen Connors Potter, VP for International Services of HCPro shared with us HCPro’s perspective on Medical Tourism.
We are seeing in the horizon an amazing shift in the type of healthcare being found in Latin America. Once sought for its tropical rainforests and excellent cosmetic and dental services countries like Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Argentina and Mexico.
The Premier Platinum sponsor at the World Medical Tourism and Global Health Congress was the Council for Korea Medicine Overseas Promotion. The primary purpose of CKMP includes staging the Korean healthcare market to the international communities.
According to Maureen Conners Potter, former Executive Director of the Joint Commission International, ISQua is a great resource. She says, “They look at standards; they look for comparable measures, infection control, and quality of surveyor staff.
At the Congress, we had the opportunity to speak with Dr. June Smailes, Director of Trent Accreditation Scheme about what activities Trent was involved in with regards to Medical Tourism. “In recent years, there has been increasing international interest in Trent.
We are seeing a tremendous rise in the number of medical tourism facilitators developing internationally. So many facilitators gathered at the Congress for the workshops to gain some insight into how to develop their businesses and establish best practices.
There have only been several main line insurance carriers; primarily Blue Shield/Blue Cross affiliates that have put their toes. Most of the rest of the medical insurance underwriters have talked about medical tourism, but few have taken any action.
The World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress convened in ‘Frisco Bay, we held our own Healthcare Congress of sorts ~ an August group of CEOs, CFOs and HR Directors from a variety of local companies gathered by the ‘Bay in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.
According to past reports, cerebral hemorrhages, cerebral aneurysm, is known to occur more often as people grow older especially into the 50’s. However, these days this incident age has lowered, and is now commonly observed in people in their 40’s.
It seems that as the industry of medical tourism continues to rise, many healthcare providers, governments and facilitators want to get into the game, but really do not know how to go about doing so.
Dr. Joseph M. Heyman with the American Medical Association, Dr. Michael McGuire with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and Dr. David Preble with the American Dental Association spoke at the World Medical Tourism Congress.
These men are thought to have been members of this group as well as Sir Winston Churchill, a highly respected Prime Minister. They also had intellectual flexibility due to their multiple interests and the speed of the diverse flood of ideas.
Professor James Frame with the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, along with Dr. Michael McGuire of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and Dr. Roman Zaldivar of Zaldivar institute in El Salvador.
In recapping the highlights of the First World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress 2008, we would characterize the four day event as abuzz with chatter from morning to night, delegates participating in the whirlwind of formal networking sessions.
For a small percentage of the total cost of the trip and medical procedure(s), the Seven Corners’ medical tourism insurance plan safeguards the patient’s financial investment and provides continuity of care throughout the patient’s entire trip.
Type-2 diabetes is a chronic disease, which causes suffering in many people of different ages, reducing years in quality of life. In spite of technological advances, a satisfactory medical treatment has not been found that can revert the disease.
As a patient considering medical tourism for hip or knee replacement your goal should be to obtain the best possible outcome. The best outcome, a long lasting, pain free hip or knee that allows you unlimited activity without perioperative complications.
Passport and visa considerations are faced by everyone seeking medical treatment outside their home country. Each government has its own regulations and requirements for visas for medical tourists, understanding general principles about such visas.
If you have reservations about medical tourism, you are not alone. Most normal people would frown at the thought of having a heart bypass or a hip resurfacing procedure in a country they have never set their foot in before.
A Filipino medical tourism company offers medical travelers a worry-free world-class health holiday in the Philippines. A medical traveler has found the ideal medical tourism company if all he has to think about is packing and getting to the airport.
The first problematic expense for a laid off employee is healthcare. In many countries where many employees enjoyed employer paid healthcare programs, now one is faced with paying the actual cost of the program their employer provided them with.
From Asians, Latin Americans, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, People from the Middle East and Gulf Coast Countries, and other regions, these ethnicities and cultures, their people, descendants, and heirs live everywhere in the world.
Bariatric surgery is a therapeutic weapon for weight reduction, especially when one’s health is at risk. Today, the problems of overweight and obesity appear to have soared according to the statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO).
With the growth of medical tourism projected to skyrocket in the next decade, now is the time for hotel properties to consider their interest in serving this special type of guest.
Medical Tourism has many valuable benefits in addition to bringing in revenue from foreigners. Some of the positive aspects include improving the quality of healthcare facilities and increasing the number of international accredited healthcare facilities.
Many conference organizers have no interest in or knowledge about the medical tourism industry and so they promote lofty historical numbers of attendees /delegates and “buyers” who have attended past conferences.
There’s NO other endeavor on the face of the Earth more dependent on Trust than Healthcare. If you’re in the business, and you’ve compromised your Trust, you’re Dead in the Water.
We are happy to introduce a new column in this issue of the Medical Tourism Magazine about Sustainability. As we make great strides into new programs for international healthcare development we need to take a look at whether these programs will last.
In an economy such as ours we need to make each patient opportunity count. That means being quicker smarter and more caring than our competition.
Medical tourism websites and marketing departments tout customer service excellence but how many of us have objective data to prove it? Do we take the time to determine how we provide excellent customer service and do we even know what it means?
Global healthcare is a rapidly growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain quality medical treatment. Even after accounting for airfare and a short vacation, more than 50 countries have identified medical tourism as a national industry.
This is a survey prepared in conjunction with the Medical Tourism Association and Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters. Anonymous results will be published as a combined study in Medical Tourism Magazine.
MTA Members WorldMed Assist, Premiere Medical Travel and Patients without Borders joined participated as speakers and exhibitor in the MTA Pavilion. Our purpose was to educate the health insurance agents, consultants and insurance companies in California.
Cost and quality don’t always mesh, but these two factors are the most common reasons that people travel abroad for health care. Americans, for example, travel to India, Thailand, Singapore, Costa Rica, and other countries for joint replacement.
People for months have been guessing at what kind of healthcare reformlegislation President Obama will propose in front of the US Congress. President Obama is attempting to have healthcare reform legislation implemented before the end of the summer.
Homewatch CareGivers responded to the growing demands for caregiving services for people traveling for medical treatment and procedures both domestically and abroad by developing a comprehensive Aftercare Program.
Patient healthcare has come full circle with World-wide Managed Care Partners and World-wide Medical Partners coming together to bring patients inbound and outbound to provide the most cost-efficient quality care.
When most people think of “medical tourism”, they think of U.S. or European patients seeking health care services in Asia. The high cost of U.S. medical care and the low rate of insurance coverage are driving many Americans to look abroad for treatment.
The decision to implement medical tourism had several considerations. Our largely Hispanic and Latin customers at US Now are at the entry level of the benefit world, a Limited Benefit Medical Plan does a number of things for the people who are covered.
Medical Tourism Association had an interview with Ross Pendergraft, the President of the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters. He is been in the health insurance industry for over 17 years.
Medical tourism is constantly in the media and press and there is not one day that multiple newspapers and other forms of media write articles about it. It is featured in thousands of TV, newspaper and magazine articles around the world and over 40 countries.
On my 40th birthday, I decided to treat myself to some cosmetic enhancements to mark this milestone in my life. I began to explore my options and having previously lived abroad decided to extend my search for doctors and hospitals beyond U.S. borders.
Bound by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, this is a land that has something for everyone. Beaches, a magnificent rain forest, active volcanoes are all within a few hours’ drive from Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose.
Germany holds an excellent position in the health and fitness tourism market. Medical holidays are now an important factor for the German incoming tourism industry, with the greatest number of visitors arriving from the US, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Health tourism is becoming an increasingly important economic factor as in 2007, travel for medical purposes by itself generated worldwide revenue amounting to 50-60 billion euros. More than 70,000 patients from abroad made use of Germany’s health care system.
Health & Medical tourism is a complex area of business that is influenced by many disciplines and stakeholders. For service providers in the medical field it is therefore quite a challenge to establish an effective and efficient organizational framework.
Medical Tourism involves travel outside of one’s national boundaries, but with an objective other than adventure or leisure at an exotic location. The reasons are various: cost savings or poor local healthcare and long waiting periods.
Germany is internationally renowned for its outstanding medical care holds a leading position with regard to the quality of medical services. A huge number of patients are treated in specialist medical centers and many hospitals.