HealthWatch: Medical Tourism

Friday, 20 November 2009

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.