People will continue to use medical tourism:
Hundreds of thousands of people will travel to destinations such as India, Taiwan, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand and Costa Rica for medical tourism procedures ranging from dental implants to face-lifts all the way to triple-bypass heart surgeries and even organ transplants. In the meantime, President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act is still being reviewed by the US Supreme Court and Canadian, British, and citizens from other countries with universal healthcare coverage are still facing long lines to be seen, and lengthy waiting times to be treated.
The fact is that medical tourism is going to continue to thrive as long as prices in the US continue to rise, and as long as people in countries with universal healthcare coverage have to wait to be seen and treated.
Why is medical tourism so attractive?
Most people in so-called First World countries are actually unaware of the quality that is available abroad. However, as more and more people look into treatment options, they are beginning to realize that world-class treatment is available abroad, often at a fraction of what it would cost at home.
For example, meical facilities around the world are requesting and receiving Joint Commission International accreditation. The JCI is the international branch of the Joint Commission, the entity that is in charge of the accreditation of over 19,000 medical facilities in the United States.
Medical centers that receive JCI accreditation undergo the same rigorous process that medical facilities in the United States undergo. In addition, many of the medical facilities that now have JCI accreditation often exceed JCI requirements, meaning that you can expect to receive care that is on par with and often better than the care and treatment you can expect to receive at home.
What about the technology used in medical tourism destinations?
The technology that is now being used in medical tourism destinations is state-of-the-art, as are the treatment techniques that are being employed. Hospitals in Taiwan and other medical tourism destinations are world leaders in technological advances, and doctors are continuously coming up with new and improved treatment techniques. In a country like Costa Rica, for example, cosmetic surgeons have trained plastic surgeons from the United States!
There are other advantages to travel abroad for health care:
Another factor that is making health travel so attractive is that you simply cannot beat the price! Health travelers can expect to save 30% to 70% and sometimes even more.
Take the following story, which is part of a video testimonial for the care, treatment, and price you can expect when you use the services provided by Medical Tours Costa Rica:
The Bob Gentes story:
The price Bob was charged for his surgery in Orlando, Florida was $100,000; and it was unaffordable even though he had an insurance plan. In fact, Bob’s deductible was higher than the price he was charged in Costa Rica for the entire surgery.
“A doctor waiting for me! That’s a new one.” Bob was amazed that there was a doctor waiting for him, but this is not a singular occurrence. In fact, medical tourism patients are generally fast-tracked so that there are no waiting times or long waiting lines. It is part of the VIP treatment every patient can expect to receive when using the services provided by Medical Tours Costa Rica.
Bob received care that was much better than he had expected; and it was actually much better than the care he was used to receiving at home… All at an 80% savings!
The huge gaps between prices in First World countries and the prices that you can expect to pay at medical tourism destinations are really attention grabbing. According to Uwe Reinhardt, a health care economist at Princeton University, the medical tourism industry has the potential of changing the health care industry in the United States that could mimic “what the Japanese auto industry did to American automakers.”
Out of control health care costs:
The Affordable Health Care Act hasn’t addressed skyrocketing prices the way medical tourism can and has. A medical traveler can expect to pay up to 80% less for a given procedure without sacrificing quality and safety.
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