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Important Considerations For Medical Travelers

Important Considerations For Medical Travelers

Are you putting off a needed surgery because of Costs?

If you fall into the category described above, then you have come to the right place to commence your search for a solution.

Medical Tourism, or Medical Travel is the process of finding the best quality care or surgery facility with the highest standard as certified by recognized and trusted world hospital association like JCI or other reputable organizations. JCI is the organization that certifies US hospitals.

OnlineMedicalTourism.com is the premiere independent portal with the most complete listings of all aspects of the industry to allow you, the medical traveler, to conduct exhaustive research into this important topic before you make any decisions.

Should I book my own trip? Should I locate the hospital and surgeon myself? Can I get the doctor’s records regarding schooling, board certification, number of procedures performed in the last 5 years, and other vital questions.

Should I use one of the agency’s or facilitators to assist me in booking everything? What is the cost difference? What is the saving versus my local hospital?

OnlineMedicalTourism.com will allow you to take charge of your discovery and decision-making.

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5 MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR MEDICAL TRAVELERS

1. Have you considered searching for alternative hospitals or clinics within the USA? Many facilities will discount their rates. Particularly region facilities outside of the big city centers. Check the rate card from Medicare information http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medicareadvtgspecratestats/

2. Have you tried negotiating with various local facilities by offering good payment terms? Hospitals often give deep discounts to medical insurance companies and still must wait extended periods to get paid. Offering clear payment terms, maybe 25 % in advance and 75 % upon completion and within 30 days will frequently result in good price reductions.

3. If your health insurance policy carries a large deductible and you prefer to avoid this cost, you can negotiate with your provider to pay for the same procedure abroad that costs 80 % less. For example, if your procedure costs $80,000 in the US and your share of the costs would be 20 % or $16,000, frequently you will be able to get your provider to agree to pay 100 % of the costs abroad if it is a dramatic saving to them.

4. When considering Medical Travel, have you looked at Central and South America? Many travelers for cosmetic, dental and other procedures are locating excellent facilities with top accreditation in Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Brazil. For procedures like dental surgery this can be a dramatic saving without the time and expense of traveling to Asia.

5. Service Providers, also known as facilitators can be a major source of saving money in all aspects of your trip. The facilitators have extensive experience with the best facilities, the qualifications of the doctors, the travel requirements, visas, hotels, flights etc. By interviewing and utilizing their extensive knowledge they can assist in making good decisions and saving a lot of time, money and aggravation. Also, by utilization the vast information available at OnlineMedicalTourism.com one can do the research and make all the arrangements necessary for a successful trip.

TOP 5 REASONS FOR MEDICAL TOURISM

1. Cost saving/Affordability

a. No insurance, or elective procedures like cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery, dental surgery, weight loss procedures, gender reassignment and infertility treatments are all out-of-pocket expenses for most patients. Michael Horowitz * estimates that savings on actual procedures average 90 % and when travel costs are included the savings are approximately 75 % of the same procedure in the USA.

2. Timeliness – many countries with government health services like Western Europe and Canada develop long waiting lists for procedures that could take years to work through.

3. Availability of new procedures. Many new procedures and treatments are not yet approved in the West but are available in developing countries – examples include stem cell therapy, bone resurfacing, AIDS treatments.

4. Tourism and Vacations – the opportunity to combine treatment and recovery with a vacation and travel to exotic locations. Many procedures require a recovery period or patients prefer to take the time off away from home. His might be true of cosmetic procedures, gender reassignment or a natural curiosity and desire for adventure.

5. Privacy and Confidentiality – Gender reassignment, cosmetic procedures, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, weight loss treatments are some of the reasons patients might want discretion.

* IMTJ – International Medical Travel Journal Medical Tourism vs. Traditional International Medical Travel: A Tale of Two Models 08/02/2008 Michael D. Horowitz and Jeffrey A. Rosensweig

 

Top International Facilities with US hospital affiliations

St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippines 2001:

-an international affiliate of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, USA

-affiliated with the medical schools of Columbia University College Physicians Surgeons

-Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

2005: – an Affiliation Agreement with Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Cleveland Clinic – in partnership with government of UAE is scheduled to be operational in 2010, has opened satellite campus in Canada, Cleveland Clinic owns facilities in Canada and Vienna, Austria; and in Abu Dhabi, the clinic already manages an existing facility and is building a new hospital.

International Medical Centre in Singapore (JCI)

- affiliated with Johns Hopkins International

Hospital Punta Pacifica in Panama City, Panama – affiliate of U.S.-based Johns Hopkins International.

 

Dubai Healthcare City is launching University Hospital, a 400-bed tertiary care teaching hospital Wockhardt (India) is affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Has partnered to develop:

- a hospital in Palermo;

- a medical center in Qatar

-a cancer center in Dublin.

Acıbadem

- signed a cooperation agreement with Harvard Medical International which is a world famous institution in terms of medical education and services. Through this cooperation’s knowledge and technological sharing patients can receive the same treatment protocols and technologies in Turkey without ever going outside the country.

Andros Clinic

- is affiliated with the Department of Urology of the University Hospital, State University of New York at Stony Brook, located in Long Island, New York, in the United States.

Centro Medico Teknon

- affiliated with the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dar AlFouad Hospital

-In 1998 and 1999, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, United States of America; achieved first position in cordial and chest surgeries, with a 99% success rate; accordingly, we began our contacts with administrators of this corporation to seek the possible ways from which we can benefit from their experience, systems, and policies that we can apply to Dar AlFouad Hospital

Fundacio IMOR

- The Fundació has a team of professional specialists in oncology radiation therapy who collaborate with such prestigious institutions as the M.A. Anderson Cancer Center Hospital in Houston in the person of Dr. Luis Delclós (USA) and the Regional Center for the Fight against Cancer in Montpellier with Dr. J.B. Dubois (France) who guarantee our scientific and care quality.

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Top 8 US Facilities with International Affiliations:

1) University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Has partnered to develop a hospital in Palermo; a medical center in Qatar and a cancer center in Dublin.

2) Harvard Medicine – has developed more than 50 programs in over 30 countries across five continents, Dubai Healthcare City is launching University Hospital, a 400-bed tertiary care teaching hospital Wockhardt (India) is affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

3) Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center One of the world’s premier cancer centers – relationships with institutions in Hong Kong, Barcelona, Geneva, Athens, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Istanbul, Singapore and Philippines.(need to figure out the names of these hospitals)

4) Cornell Medical School – Has opened a medical school in Qatar and a research and advisory institute in Seoul and maintains affiliations with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and many other metropolitan-area institutions.

5) Duke Medicine – to open Duke-NUS Medical Graduate School Singapore ( not applicable for the medical traveler)

6) Johns Hopkins Hospital – has ties with reputed institutes in Japan, Singapore, India, UAE, Canada, Lebanon, Turkey, Ireland, Portugal, Chile and Panama City. Hospital Punta Pacifica (we list already and mention affiliation) in Panama City, Panama, is an affiliate of U.S.-based Johns Hopkins International. (we list already and mention affiliation) JCI-accredited International Medical Centre in Singapore is also affiliated with Johns Hopkins International.

7) Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in partnership with government of UAE is scheduled to be operational in 2010, has opened satellite campus in Canada, Cleveland Clinic owns facilities in Canada and Vienna, Austria; and in Abu Dhabi, the clinic already manages an existing facility and is building a new hospital.

8) Florence Nightingale Hospital, Istanbul; (we list already and mention affiliation) St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippines (we list already and mention affiliation) Columbia University Medical Center – The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) is a collaboration between Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and CUMC. Also has affiliated American Hospital, Paris;

From Deliotte 2008 report

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