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Olympus Managed Health Care Extends Proven-Cost Containment Program into medical tourism

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Olympus Managed Health Care, Inc. (OMHC), a leader in international strategic claims management, including cost containment, announces new services focused on the domestic health care payer. Olympus is extending its expertise perfected over 15 years in the international claims management business to the U.S. healthcare marketplace, providing proprietary claims management tools and data to manage claims and contain costs for fully insured, self-funded, HMO and worksite clients such as Mini-Med’s, HSA’s or other limited benefits plans. Olympus also provides unique solutions under its Patient Care Advocacy Program that is designed to assist the client with facilitating access to health…

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Sabah on medical tourism map

Thermage, developed in the United States, uses a radio frequency technology to gently heat the skin’s lower layers resulting in the building of natural collagen to tighten it. Several tourists from Australia and New Zealand have turned up at the office of consultant plastic surgeon Dr Charles Lee to have the procedure. Dr Lee said most of the patients who have come for the procedure since he began performing it three years ago have been Malaysians, and that many foreigners were interested in getting the procedure done here. "This procedure allows a patient to leave after about two hours. There…

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Push To Improve Malaysian Specialist Healthcare

The College of Physicians and College of Pediatrics of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia (AMM) is stepping up efforts to tackle the shortage of specialists and set a higher standard of specialist healthcare in the country. Currently, the doctor to population ratio ranges from 1:398 in Kuala Lumpur to 1:3691 East Malaysia and this needs to be improved further as Malaysia’s population of 27 million continues to swell. To address the situation, the two Colleges will kick off a series of training programs, delivered at local hospitals where doctors are serving so that they can remain in service. “Our growth…

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Invest locally in Medical Tourism, avoid risks globally, Neri tells Pinoys in Philippines

FORMER National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) director general Romulo Neri on Thursday advised Filipinos to think very, very hard before investing outside the country, citing the instability of the financial system in the wake of the global financial crisis that started in the United States. Instead, Neri, who now heads the Social Security System (SSS), encouraged Filipino businessmen to invest locally, such as in infrastructure development, which he said will stimulate the Philippine economy. “Now is not the best time to invest outside the country. It is better to invest here in the country rather than in any other…

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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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Have Plane, Will Travel for Lower Cost Health Care through medical tourism Medical Tourism Grows Into Billion-Dollar Industry, According to Deloitte Study

Just four days before surgery to alleviate chronic back pain, 36-year-old Sacramento insurance agent Wayne King found out his health care insurer was no longer willing to cover the procedure. The insurer deemed his two-level total disc replacement surgery experimental, a representative said. King was devastated to find that it would cost him $105,000, including $52,000 upfront, to undergo the procedure at a nearby hospital. After mulling his options, including bankruptcy, King had the procedure done in Malaysia, where just two weeks later he was relaxing at a seaside resort and taking in the lush scenery with his family. The…

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Making the Trek as a Medical Patient with Medical Tourism

There are many considerations to make when evaluating a destination for specialized or discounted medical treatments that could involve, for instance, a plane to Costa Rica for a hip replacement — one that could also require a hired medical escort back. In almost all cases, you’ll need to undergo a physical exam in the United States and provide a thorough health history before traveling. Patrick Marsek, co-founder of the first U.S.-owned and operated medical tourism agency, MedRetreat, and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Medical Tourism,” advises abiding by “the $6,000 rule,” which says that unless a procedure costs…

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Prime Minister of Malaysia to grow medical tourism

PATTAYA, April 10 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Razak says he does not feel uncomfortable by the fact that he is attending the Asean Summit for the first time in his capacity as prime minister as he had been attending many such meetings in the past in different capacities. Najib, who became premier on April 3, said he was fortunate that former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had given him a lot of exposure and opportunities in the past, including the last Apec Summit where many world leaders also attended. "I don’t feel anything awkward or uncomfortable (over here)….

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Taiwan unveils promotion project to lure foreign tourists

Taipei – Taiwan on Thursday launched a four-year promotion project aimed at luring foreign tourists. Under the Tourism Pilot Project approved by cabinet Wednesday, Taiwan will mobilize all resources to turn the island into a transfer point for South-East Asian tourists and a main international tourist destination. The project requires 30 billion Taiwan dollars (1 billion US dollars) is expected to create 400,000, the Tourism Bureau Director Lai Se-chen said. She said 60 per cent of the funding will come from airport service fees, both local and international, and the rest from the national coffers. The scheme is expected to…

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6 Million Americans Travel Abroad Each Year for Surgeries, Medical Treatments

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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