Medical tourism news - December 2009

Friday, 4 December 2009

Holiday guide to germ-free air travel

While the rest of us were preparing for Thanksgiving, the CDC was kicking off its largest-ever public awareness campaign about staying healthy while traveling. And not a moment too soon. Peak flu season coincides with the busiest weeks of the winter travel season. This year, with both the seasonal flu and H1N1 in full swing, CDC is especially worried about how easy it is for illnesses to spread when people are in close contact at work and family get-togethers, on trains, ships and especially on planes.

Thursday, 3 December 2009


Costa Rica is rapidly becoming the first-choice destination for Americans, Canadians and Europeans seeking quality and affordable medical treatment. The reason is simple. Beautiful, exotic, tropical Costa Rica boasts high-quality medical practitioners trained at the world's best medical schools, who perform sophisticated medical procedures at a fraction of the cost you would pay in the U.S., Canada or Europe.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Health without borders: medical tourism

Traveling for health care is not new. For decades people came to the United States to get sophisticated treatments that were not available in their native lands. Now, the traffic flows in many directions, as physicians and hospitals in developing countries begin to catch up with the U.S. Medical travelers numbers are expected to grow as health care costs rise and more people lose their health insurance. A 2008 study by Deloitte Consulting predicted medical tourists could number 6 million by 2010. Even people with insurance sometimes go abroad for treatments if their policy does not cover what they want.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Proposed plastic surgery tax in U.S. could enhance medical tourism

There's at least one sector celebrating a proposed tax on plastic surgery in the United States, and that's the people who cater to medical tourism. Each year, hundreds of thousands of North Americans look offshore for tummy tucks, facelifts and breast enhancements, knowing they can pay a fraction of the costs they would have to fork over in the United States. The 5 percent tax on elective cosmetic procedures was proposed as part of the 2,074-page health reform bill presented by the U.S. Democratic Party this month. The tax is expected to generate $5.8 billion to help fund the $849 billion health system overhaul. But plastic surgeons in the United States have launched a campaign to prevent the tax, arguing that its effects would result in discrimination against women, who represent 86 percent of cosmetic surgery patients there.