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RP emerges as wellness haven in Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is proving to be a super-bright region in our country’s darkening economic landscape. The country’s chief statistician warns that we are on the brink of a recession. If we do slip as badly as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand have, the tourism industry—and our good old OFWs—will help us survive. And if our country’s tourism industry becomes a savior, it will be thanks in good measure to the medical tourism-wellness haven subsector of the industry. Our medical tourism subsector performed better in the first quarter of 2009 than in the same period in 2008 despite the global financial crisis,…

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Study: 1 Million Californians per year get care in Mexico, taking part in Medical Tourism

Well, here’s a medical tourism tidbit that deserves more attention: According to a new UCLA study appearing in the journal Medical Care, almost a million California residents seek medical care in Mexico each year. According to the study, roughly 488,000 of the 952,000 Californians who go to Mexico for healthcare, or about 51 percent, are Mexican immigrants. The study found that cost of care in the U.S. and lack of insurance were the two main reasons both immigrant and U.S.-born Californians crossed the border for care. Among non-Latino whites, the most common reason for making the trip was getting lower-cost prescription drugs….

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Positive outlook on Medical Tourism: Joint replacement patients dance Bhangra

A group of joint replacement surgery patients – in the age group of 60 to 75 years – Friday put on an energetic Bhangra/Giddha (Punjabi dances) performance that left spectators spellbound. Attired in typical Punjabi costumes, around a dozen men and women, who had undergone joint replacement surgery, participated in the nearly 15-minute performance. One of the participants, Balwant Kaur, 72, who had undergone a knee replacement surgery said: ‘My quality of life has certainly improved after the operation. Earlier I could not take even a single step without the help of others but now I am fully independent and…

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Frost & Sullivan in Medical Tourism: Healthcare Delivery in APAC Upon Economic Recession

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 25 /PRNewswire/ – While the economic recession poses great challenges for the global industries to handle, the healthcare delivery market remains as one of the few recession proof sectors, alongside education and entertainment industries. Growing & ageing population, globalization of medical delivery services, and growing prevalence of chronic diseases have enhanced the necessity of profound healthcare delivery systems globally.   (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO )   Frost & Sullivan, consultant Keith Lee explains, "Across APAC, the healthcare delivery market is mainly driven by the changing demographics, which result in the strong rise of ageing population and chronically based…

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What you need to know about medical tourism

You need a medical procedure but can’t afford it. You learn that you can have this procedure done for a fraction of the cost in another country. Better yet, you can have it done at a beautiful resort in a tropical destination. But before you buy your plane ticket, there are some things you need to know about medical tourism. What is medical tourism? When someone travels to another country to have a medical procedure done it’s called medical tourism. In 2006, about half a million people went to foreign countries for health procedures. Cost of surgeries and treatments may…

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Traveling for treatment

WEDNESDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) — David Boucher celebrated his 50th birthday this year by jetting to Bangkok for his first colonoscopy. There he was seen by a California-educated physician and no shortage of nurses, who verified his identity 15 times before the procedure. To be sure, Boucher had a secondary motive: He is founder and president of Companion Global Healthcare, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina that includes in its network 13 hospitals around the world that have been accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). The JCI, which calls itself the "Good Housekeeping Seal…

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International Medical Provider

When looking for medical providers abroad, a multitude of factors and considerations need to be addressed by each individual. Assessing the services, benefits, and drawbacks of any specific provider need to be fully researched by a medical tourist in order to gauge the quality of services and effectiveness of treatments. Medical travelers also need to take into consideration such things as location, services rendered, and patient care, post-op support and follow-up. When looking for medical providers abroad, some of the first questions an individual may want answered include: Convenience – where is the facility located? How will I get there?…

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‘US slump is a good opportunity for Indian generic firms’

The economic slowdown has impacted many economies, especially the US and Europe. What is the situation of the healthcare industry, especially in the US, the main drug market of the world? Numerous people have become unemployed and are downgrading their insurance policies in the US. This is worrying all medical insurance companies there and will impact drug sales. Similarly, people are opting for either cheaper surgeries or are postponing them, which is affecting hospitals. However, the government under President Obama is trying various ways to bring more people under the insurance cover. Now, about 40 per cent people are covered…

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Surgeons group: Medical tourists should check doctors’ qualifications

Patients looking to travel outside the United States for surgery should carefully consider the benefits and risks of doing so and seek out quality hospitals and physicians, the American College of Surgeons said in a policy statement released in April. The college’s statement advises medical tourists to look for hospitals that have been accredited by "recognized accrediting organizations" such as Joint Commission International. Patients also should search for surgeons and anesthesiologists certified in a process similar to that established by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The nonprofit Medical Tourism Assn. sparked a controversy last fall when it began offering…

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Booming Medical Tourism in India

The report, "Booming Medical Tourism in India”, provides a complete insight into the Indian medical tourism market. It evaluates the past, present and future scenario of the Indian medical tourism market and discusses the key factors which are making India a favorable medical tourism destination. Both statistics and trends regarding market size, tourist arrivals, infrastructure, accreditations, drivers and restraints have been thoroughly discussed in the report. The research has found that India represents the most potential medical tourism market in the world. Factors such as low cost, scale and range of treatments provided by India differentiate it from other medical…

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