US companies offering Medical Tourism Options

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More and more US companies are offering their workers health plans with the option of traveling to a Latin American country for medical treatment, as unveiled today during the “Latin American Health Tourism Summit” held in Los Angeles.

The manager explained that the rise of medical tourism is due, among other factors, to the implementation of Obamacare. The presidential health program increased the pressure on corporations and generated additional costs for these, which forced them to seek cheaper alternatives and to look abroad.“Five percent of US employers are offering their employees medical tourism plans. The growth in two years of these programs has been exponential,“ said Massimo Manzi, executive director of the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rican Medicine (PROMED), in an interview with EFE.

“There are medical programs that encourage employees to travel to Costa Rica or Latin America for care. Travel expenses are covered by the employer, the surgery also, and there is no copayment or deductible like there would be in the United States,” said Manzi.

Some companies go so far as to issue a check to workers who help to “save money” by choosing treatments in another country.

Costa Rica’s Ambassador to the United States Román Macaya, who attended the summit, told EFE that several US companies have already chosen Costa Rica as a medical destination for the high quality of healthcare services offered.

“Not having an army has allowed us to invest in education and health for decades. We have excellent, highly skilled professionals who offer quality medical services,” said the diplomat.

The summit has about 500 participants from 15 countries and is led by “The Latino Coalition” (TLC), a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles.

TLC executive director, Hector Barreto, said the demand for medical tourism will increase in the future to meet the needs of the growing Latino community.

“Employees will prefer to go to a country they know – and which is perhaps even their country of origin – for treatment because they are more familiar with the culture, and this can end up saving thousands of dollars,” said Barreto

Costa Rica as a Medical Tourism Destination

 

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In response to exhausting wait times and skyrocketing costs, people from the U.S. and Canada are beginning to seek out international doctors for the surgeries, dental work, and preventative care that they require. With high-quality surgeons and top-notch facilities, Costa Rica is on the forefront of this movement.

Most people have questions about what medical tourism involves, how much it costs, and if it’s safe. In response to this, we created a list of the Top Ten Most Important Things to Know About Medical Tourism in Costa Rica.

If you’re thinking about traveling to Costa Rica for medical care, pay attention. This list might do you a lot of good.

  1. The doctors are legitimate. Many of the doctors and dentists were trained in American or Western European medical schools.
  2. The equipment is safe and modern. The hospitals and clinics are first-rate—they are sterile, comfortable, and up-to-date. You won’t find old equipment or shoddy facilities here.
  3. English is spoken. Don’t worry about the language barrier. The doctors and medical staff usually speak fluent English.
  4. The costs are much lower. On average, medical tourists save around 40-70 percent by having a procedure done in Costa Rica.
  5. Dental work and surgery are common. Although people travel to Costa Rica for all types of medical care, dental work and surgery (including plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and general surgery) is most common.
  6. The waiting time is minimal. Most doctors and dentists can see you almost immediately. They are flexible and willing to adjust their schedule to accommodate foreign patients.
  7. You can recover on a tropical beach. There are recovery centers scattered across the country in beautiful areas. These centers will help you regain your strength and health after a medical procedure.
  8. Make a vacation out of it. One of the best things about medical tourism is that you can combine it… with a vacation. Go visit a volcano or a rain forest and then head to the city for dental work.
  9. You have options. Websites like HuliHealth allow you to read reviews of other medical tourists and choose a doctor that fits your needs.
  10. Your insurance might pick up the tab. Insurance is a complex question, but some companies are beginning to offer coverage for international doctors and hospitals.

Medical tourism in Costa Rica is booming. The doctors here are fantastic and eager to accommodate foreign patients. If you’re in need of dental work or surgical procedures, look into combining a trip to Costa Rica with medical care.

Wellness Tourism in Kerala

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The past few years has seen a resurgence of Ayurvedic treatment centers throughout the state. Kottakkal, Kairali, Shanthigiri and Vaidyaratnam are the premier Ayurvedic centers in Kerala, boasting of state of the art  facilities . Apart from cures for a host of diseases like paralysis, arthritis, and other psychosomatic diseases, the Ayurvedic research team in these institutes  has  devised detoxifying  regimens that bolster the body’s immunity when   dealing  with maladies like Parkinsons, motor neuron diseases, and various forms of cancer. Most luxury resorts in Kerala have added Ayurvedic spas in their list of amenities and provide wellness package deals to tourists.

Medical tourism is booming in the mainstream medical sector too; the few internationally accredited hospitals in the state treat roughly 40,000 foreign patients a year.   Lakeshore Hospital, Amrita Institute, Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS), are among the multi-specialty hospitals doing brisk business with international visitors. Some of the most sought after procedures being cardiac care, cosmetic surgery, neurosurgery, fertility treatment, transplant surgery and dental care.

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The streamlined efforts of the major hospitals, health insurance companies, policy-makers, tourism promotion boards, hotels and resorts, health, travel and tour operators is a key factor that lead to the surge in the medical tourism sector.  Major healthcare centers have undergone extreme makeovers to give the ideal setting for surgery, recovery and relaxation.

Lakeshore, MIMS, and other leading hospitals have exclusive international floors where perks include: luxury suites, international waiting lounge, shuttle service from airports, multi-linguistically trained guest relation executives, options for translator, private chef, other tailor-made services, individual patient attention by guest assistants, recuperative holiday at a resort

Dubai plans to expand Medical Tourism

 

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Dubai is looking to cement its position as the region’s go-to hub for medical tourism, but does it have what it takes to compete on a global level?

In days gone by Gulf countries struggled to attract even their own citizens for treatment. Concerns over the quality of local facilities and staff meant millions or even billions of dollars were spent sending nationals to Europe or the United States for procedures.

“Trust was one of the biggest issues,” recalls the deputy CEO of the UAE-based American Center of Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN), Dr Adel Karrani.

“Patients felt they received better treatment and improved diagnosis outside of the UAE in spite of there being an availability of world renowned doctors and physicians within the country itself.”

But now times are changing. The regional healthcare market is booming, international medical institutions are flocking to set up local operations, and Dubai is seeking to convince not just locals but international visitors that it can compete as a global destination for treatment.

The emirate is aiming to attract half a million international medical tourists by 2020, to take its share of a global market estimated to be worth $439bn by Visa and Oxford Economics in the Mapping the Future of Global Travel and Tourism study.

According to Linda Abdullah, head of Dubai Medical Tourism Office, the emirate’s plans centre on crafting its own niche in a broad international market, which includes centres of excellence like Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and cheaper more geo-centric destinations like India.

“What we have done, and what’s different here, is we have put together a product of medical tourism to fit those who would like to enjoy tourism as well as good quality elective healthcare,” she says.

“Although it is important, the cost is not our focus, our focus is more to give the quality of the healthcare service and to couple it with the tourism side.”

Yet if Dubai is not looking to compete with other medical tourism hubs on price terms it is in other metrics. On top of the 500,000 tourists target for 2020, another goal of the emirate is to enter the top 10 in the Medical Tourism Association’s Global Medical Tourism Index, which assesses countries based on their environment, attractiveness, costs and facilities and services.

In the 2016 index, Dubai ranked 16th with a score of 67.54, in a list topped by Canada (76.62) and the UK (74.87). It will need to overtake the likes of the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Japan, Spain and Colombia to enter the top 10.

World Medical Congress to start from 25th Sept

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The highly awaited Medical Tourism Conference will be starting from 25th Sept 2016 till 28th Sept 2016.Around 200 speakers from around the world are expected to speak at this conference.Medical Tourism is $50billion industry worldwide.More than  5o countries have recognised it as a national industry.This conference is nice opportunity for people from this Industry to showcase the Medical Facilities available in their home country.For Eg-India for Joint Replacement,Mexico for Dental Facilities and Thailand for Plastic Surgery.The agenda varies from Business Development in Medical Tourism to Clinical topics such as latest advancement in healthcare

 

 

Best Hospitals in Bangkok

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BNH Hospital

BNH (Bangkok Nursing Home Hospital) is a modern 120-bed hospital operating to international standards. It provides service in both inpatient and outpatient departments, with physicians in every field of medicine available on a 24 hours basis.

Bumrungrad Hospital

The largest private hospital in Southeast Asia, it treats around 900,000 patients per year of which one third (300,000) are international patients from over 150 different countries. Treating them is over 700 highly qualified physicians and dentists. There are over 554 inpatient beds and Bumrungrad has the capacity to treat 3,000 outpatients per day

Samitivej Sukhumit Hospital

Founded in 1979, Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital is a leading provider of healthcare in Thailand and Southeast Asia today. With its comprehensive range of facilities and services – from cosmetic services to tertiary care – it is renowned as a provider of choice for local residents, expatriates living in Thailand, and increasingly tourists. There are 270 beds, 87 examination suites and over 1,200 caregivers to cater for patients’ needs, as well as a comprehensive range of high-tech medical equipment such as digital imaging and the latest 64-slice CT Scan. Specialists routinely perform complex surgeries like open heart and liver transplants.

Bangkok International Hospital

Bangkok International Hospital’s world-renowned physicians use the latest cutting-edge technology, while excellent nursing staff provides patients with the highest level of medical care. With overseas training and experience, its staff will ensure that all your needs are met.

 

 

Benefits of Cosmetic Surgery Tourism

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There are many reasons why patients choose to travel for cosmetic surgery. At first consideration, the notion of a plastic surgery vacation sounds risky, expensive or unnecessary. Others wonder how it can qualify as a “vacation” if you’re spending most of the trip recovering? These are all valid points to ponder, but if there weren’t benefits to plastic surgery travel than there wouldn’t be thousands of Americans who go on cosmetic vacations every year! So why do many patients choose this avenue for plastic surgery services? The main benefits of cosmetic vacations include:

  • The privacy and reassurance that comes with undergoing a physical transformation away from familiar faces and prying eyes
  • The combining of plastic surgery leave with a vacation trip for individuals with limited time off work
  • Exclusive plastic surgery packages offered to traveling patients
  • The opportunity for patients in rural areas to receive state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures, and be treated by expert plastic surgeons otherwise unavailable to them
  • Taking advantage of reduced local plastic surgery costs

Cosmetic surgery vacations are much more convenient and easy to arrange today than they ever were in the past. Additionally, many plastic surgeons have streamlined a system for helping their out-of-state patients complete the surgery process in a no nonsense, hassle-free way. For one thing, most plastic surgeons’ offices will arrange for convenient transportation from the airport to the clinic, and/or from the surgical facility to the patient’s post-op lodging accommodations. Many plastic surgeons will also provide discounted rates on actual surgical fees, reduced hotel and lodging costs, bonus gifts like spa treatments and retail discounts, and maybe more! Plastic surgery packages won’t be the same in all destinations or with all plastic surgeons, so it’s wise to compare these variables and shop around to find the cosmetic vacation deal that’s right for you