Medical tourism news - November 2009

Friday, 27 November 2009

India has 'world-class health care', say Canadians

Canadians are increasingly looking to India for timely medical treatment as wait periods under the country's public health system get longer. Many are saying they would recommend India to anyone seeking "world-class health care " at a small cost. At this week's conference on medical tourism to India in Toronto, Canadians who benefited from medical treatment - heart operation, spine surgery or knee transplant - in India sang praises of the Indian healthcare system.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Top Indian hospitals woo medical tourism from Canada

India has launched a big initiative to woo medical tourism from Canada, showcasing the country's high-end and much cheaper healthcare industry to Canadians. The Indian Medical Travel Association (IMTA) launched the three-day "India: Medical Tourism Destination 2009" conference here Thursday - the first such initiative abroad by the Indian healthcare industry. India's top-notch hospitals, including Max, Fortis, Apollo and the Asian Heart Institute, are participating in the medical tourism conference.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Medical Tourism Industry a Growing Trend Among Those Frustrated with U.S. Healthcare System

In 2008, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 million Americans traveled abroad to seek healthcare and this figure is expected to double by 2010.1 Frustrations related to U.S. healthcare combined with emerging facilities from distinguished companies like Atlantic Health International (AHI) are molding medical tourism into a low-cost, viable option for quality healthcare. Houston-based AHI is highly recognized and respected in the U.S. healthcare market as having significant experience in healthcare development and management. It is because of this reputation that AHI is able to attract board-certified U.S. physicians with the highest standard of medical/surgical care, including Scottsdale-based Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Amit Sahasrabudhe. "A common misconception is that patients traveling abroad for care are seeing physicians who practice in those countries," Dr. Sahasrabudhe said. "I am proud to be among AHI's group of U.S. physicians who will be making frequent trips to Mazatlán to perform the same procedures I offer from my Scottsdale location at a fraction of the cost."

Friday, 20 November 2009

HealthWatch: Medical Tourism

Until recently, most Americans traveling abroad for medical care were either uninsured or bargain hunters looking to pay less for procedures like cosmetic surgery. But now all that is changing. More and more insurance companies and employers are not only agreeing to pay for foreign medical procedures, they're encouraging people to have them. The reason? Costs are up to 80 percent less than they are here. Experts say these savings are ultimately passed on to the consumer. Four of the largest health insurers in the U.S. say they are exploring medical travel programs. The hospitals they partner with are all accredited by the same organization that certifies health care programs here in the States.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

'Bo-Tax' for Health-Care Reform?

Plastic surgeons are hoping to nip a proposed 5% excise tax for elective cosmetic procedures from the health-reform measure Senate Democrats plan to vote on this week. Plastic surgeons are worried the tax could discourage people from seeking their services. And as medical tourism overseas increases in response to lower prices for a range of surgical procedures, Boss fears the proposed tax could lure more people seeking elective cosmetic surgery to venture abroad.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The Irregular Nature of The Healthcare Globalization

Healthcare Globalization is irretrievably linked to the phenomena known as "medical tourism" with more and more people seeking medical treatment abroad. The latest World Bank report indicates that medical tourism is already a USD 65-billion business and is set to grow further with the globalization of the healthcare industry.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Turkish Airlines Supports Medical Tourism

In order to increase share of Turkish Health Care establishments in the market and support national economy. Turkish Airlines has created a support program for Health Care establishments. This is for those who invest in medical tourism, so they can receive special discounts and incentives if traveling to Turkey for procedures.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Medical Vacations: A Retiree Health-Care Option?

The debate over U.S. health-care reform rages on. But why wait for someone else to dictate your future? You have many options - if you're willing to take a vacation. If recovering from a medical procedure while lying on a palm-swept beach, relaxing by the hotel pool, at a luxurious spa or shopping for terrific bargains sounds good, then medical vacations may be exactly the right solution for you. From hip replacement to heart surgery, more people are discovering the advantages of traveling abroad for their medical needs.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Turkey Participates at the 2nd Annual Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress

The Medical Tourism Association's 2nd annual World Medical Tourism and Global Health Congress was held in Los Angeles this past week and achieved great success. Over the course of three days, the annual global conference featured approximately 1,500 attendees from the public sector and private sector, health insurance companies, employers and insurance agents attended. It also featured over 160 speakers and 120 exhibitors and sponsors. Over 60 countries participated in the conference including Turkey, which focused on the high quality of care and the investment in healthcare throughout the world. The conference also featured Ministers' Roundtable where Ministers of Health and Tourism addressed the opportunities and challenges of the industry in their respective countries.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Recession expected to slow medical tourism's growth

Lots of Americans continue to travel overseas for dental and cosmetic surgeries, as well as knee or hip replacements, but at least one research firm expects the recession to temporarily slow the astronomical growth rates that the medical tourism industry had enjoyed.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Medical Tourism Hits

In lockstep with the nation's focus on healthcare, Oprah Winfrey has for the first time spotlighted the subject of American patients traveling abroad for treatment, known as "medical tourism." Introduced on Monday, November 9th, the segment presents medical tourism as a growing and important new choice for patients seeking to save significantly on the costs of an otherwise unaffordable medical procedure.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Questions to ask about Medical Tourism before you go abroad

Countries are investing heavily in attracting potential clients, but unless patients take note of the dangers, and insist on checks, there is a danger to anyone going abroad for this type of medical tourism. Ask any doctor how many patients return with problems after procedures, from dental work to hip replacements abroad, and they can tell of cases which have to be sorted out by private or NHS doctors in Britain. If the package offered looks too good to be true – it probably is.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Looking Abroad for Health Savings

No matter what Congress does with health care legislation in the next few weeks, one thing is already clear: the result will not do much to control the climbing costs of medical care in the United States. And that is why many employers and insurance companies may seek savings by encouraging patients to travel abroad for treatment. Offshore medical care is usually significantly less expensive than in the United States, and the wait times are often shorter. A heart operation that might cost $130,000 in this country could cost $18,500 in Singapore or $10,000 in India. Estimates of the number of Americans traveling abroad for treatment - "medical tourism", some call it - vary widely, from 75,000 to 750,000 last year. But many experts consider it a growth industry.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Step By Step Guide to Medical Tourism

Going overseas for surgical treatment can be overwhelming for anybody. After all, it's not like going to a hospital down the road where you have been to before and know all the doctors and nurses. To be successful in your pursuit of low-cost high quality medical treatment, there is a step by step process that you must follow to gain confidence in your decision, get the right care and save money.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

How to Pick a Travel Company

With all of these medical tourism companies out there, how can you differentiate between the reputable companies that have done their due diligence about their network partners and who have a proven track record of putting their patients' first, and the fly-by-the-night companies looking to make a quick buck off of you? One of the benefits of using a medical travel company for your overseas surgery is the reassurance that you will have someone to rely on for any issues or questions you have.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Medical tourism: Outsourcing your health

Medical tourism is known today as a path to lower-priced plastic surgery, dental implants or laser eye surgery, and a last resort for the middle-class uninsured who can scrape together $50,000 for a liver transplant in India, but not the $200,000 it would cost in the U.S. The business end of medical tourism, however, sees major growth potential in the already insured. But there is a problem: No public data on quality and little recourse for injured patients. Despite the industry's assertion that it offers U.S.-quality care, there is no backup to that claim. A new U.S.-based accreditation system for international hospitals adds some reputational sheen but doesn't let patients compare results of, for instance, cardiac bypasses. Patients are often faced with signing airtight waivers that free providers from liability for negligence or error, starting with the paid "facilitators" who arrange travel, visas, lodging and hand-holding during the process.,0,4342765.story

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Thailand's Medical Tourism is Booming

The Royal Thai Government's strategy in 2004 for Thailand to become Asia's medical hub is becoming a reality as Thailand continues to see an increase in medical tourism. With an annual growth rate of 14% for the sector, ahead of the county's GDP, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Department of Export Promotion (DEP) expects to see two million visitors wanting to take advantage of lower medical treatments by 2010.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Ghana Targets Health Tourism

Ghana is one African country targeting the boom in so-called "health tourism". Holy Trinity Health Spa on the banks of Ghana's River Volta is attracting hundreds of foreign visitors a year, with the offer of cut price treatment administered by doctors mostly trained in Western medical schools. Unlike health tourists in the West, customers here are accessing services often not available in their own countries. The clinic is attracting customers from all over West Africa and beyond.