High-end consumers are as willing as ever to splurge on travel, so long as it gives them meaningful experiences. Travel with a wellness component ties in to this consumer hunger, as does sustainability with an innovative twist.
“My brother-in-law showed up in India a few days after I did, toting four old pairs of eyeglasses. He had recently had eye surgery so his prescription had changed and he said he needed the glasses adjusted.”
Defenders of organized medicine are fond of saying that the United States has the best healthcare in the world, but I challenge that. I don’t think we have the best healthcare in the world, I think we have the most expensive healthcare in the world. In fact, in terms of results for dollars spent, I think the United States ranks very near the bottom of the list of all industrialized nations. We get less actual health than anyone else for each dollar that we spend. This realization is now hitting the general public as well, and they are increasingly leaving this country to find offshore locations and assess quality medical care and surgical procedures elsewhere.
During the past year, Lowe's Companies paid for 38 employees or their dependents, including three children, to travel to Cleveland Clinic for heart surgery that was fully covered by health insurance with no co-pays or deductibles. PepsiCo announced on Dec. 8, 2011, that a similar arrangement will be available for their employees to travel to Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore for care.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study of obese Swedes, those who had weight-loss surgery were less likely to go on to suffer a heart attack or stroke, or die from one, compared to people who were...
This year, more than a half-million U.S. residents will get medical care abroad, according to Patients Beyond Borders, a consumer advisory service. That number is likely to grow at a 25 percent to 35 percent annual rate.
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“If you are thinking of having your cosmetic surgery outside of Canada, here are a few tips you should consider to avoid any complications. Going to an exotic location for surgery is a tantalizing idea, but remember this is your health you are dealing with. Before you even contact a medical tourism provider, make sure you have done all your own research, and do not let their marketing literature make the decision for you.”
“While renting the Hangover II is probably the closest most of us have come to visiting Thailand recently, thousands of people from the United States visit the country each year for a variety of reasons, which, interestingly enough, include the increasingly popular trend of medical tourism. The fact that people are willing to travel clear across the world for anything from cosmetic surgery to dental services is surprising enough in its own right, but that’s nothing compared to the fact that one may be able to use airline miles to not only book travel, but also to pay for the procedures themselves. In other words, the right credit card could conceivably be your ticket to free health care.”
NEW DELHI — When a group of women from Uganda embarked on a trip of a lifetime to India, little did many of their friends and families at home know that a secret surgical "mommy makeover" was on their itinerary. The three mothers from the east African nation meticulously planned their month-long tour around surgical procedures in New Delhi that they hoped would enable them to return to their husbands looking trimmer and healthier.
A growing number of Americans are visiting other countries to get dental work at a fraction of the price. Saving 50% or more on a crown or root canal can be attractive, but it’s hard to gauge the quality and safety of these clinics thousands of miles away. Unlike medical tourism, no international inspection body exists specifically for dental care.
Waiting for surgery is pretty standard in Canada where Harriet lived. The estimated wait time for a knee replace- ment was ten months, nearly a year. For everyone, the wait is annoying, but for Harriet it was a serious problem. Harriet provided the care for her dis- abled husband who was nearly helpless without her. Ironically, Ralph’s knees were fine. He had a lung condition and used oxygen, but it was Harriet, who needed the knee replacement.
“IRS Publication 502 explains what medical expenses can be deducted. It states "Medical expenses are the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These expenses include payments for legal medical services rendered by physicians, surgeons, dentists, and other medical practitioners.”
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