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The Problem Is Health Insurance, Not Obamacare, For Some

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After a lot of research into such surgeries and the risks and advantages of going abroad to get one, she assessed the lifetime cost of her health problems. As a bankruptcy attorney, she was well aware of the financial straits that can result from medical debt. So she flew from her home in Las Vegas to Mexico, where she paid for the surgery out of pocket. One year later, 100 pounds were gone and with it, her high blood pressure and diabetes. Bunce also dropped her health insurance and willingly joined the ranks of the nation's 50 million uninsured.

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Transplant Tourism a Form of Cannibalism

Transplant Tourism a Form of Cannibalism | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it
Mortal illness no justification for putting the lives of poor people at risk.
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Foreigners in India for 'Mommy Makeover' Surgery

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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.

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Fewer Heart Attacks Seen After Weight-loss Surgery

Fewer Heart Attacks Seen After Weight-loss Surgery | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it
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...
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DOTmed News - Medical tourism remains a small but growing industry

DOTmed News - Medical tourism remains a small but growing industry | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it
Medical tourists typically save anywhere from 40 to 90 percent of what their medical procedure would cost at home.
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Why we wrote about medical tourism in Mexico City

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“It started with a phone call. Alison Hamilton of Casa Ciudad de Mexico – also known as Casa Mexico City – invited me to tag along on an upcoming health care tour of Mexico City. Her organization promotes medical tourism and other activities in Mexico’s capital. While I couldn’t take the trip, I was curious. Get your heart bypass surgery done in Mexico City?”

 

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Monica Rix Paxson's comment, December 21, 2011 3:05 PM
Here is the earlier Chicago Tribune article that the article above refers to: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/ct-met-mexico-medical-tourism-20111215,0,5378632.story
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5 Tips for Saving on Cosmetic Surgery

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The cost of cosmetic surgery isn't pretty. Here are some simple ways to save before going under the knife.
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Renee-Marie Stephano on Medical Tourism - Bloomberg TV

“Renee-Marie sits down with Bloomberg TV to discuss Medical Tourism and its role of assisting patients in finding affordable high quality healthcare around the world.”

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Doctors celebrate medical tourism milestone

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“THE MEDICAL industry celebrated a milestone this month with the return of Guyanese native, Professor Ulric Trotz, to the Bahamas for a surgical upgrade to his defibrillator. In 2002, Professor Trotz became the first person in the Bahamas to receive a cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRTD), a life-saving device for patients with heart conditions.”

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Case Study: Bariatric Surgery

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“There was hardly a night when Sonia didn’t awaken from the same bad dream. Her weight was out of control and she was growing to human-mountain proportions. Regretfully, her anxieties didn’t reduce that much when she was awake. Sonia was a woman with a problem. Her doctors warned her that she was “morbidly obese,” a term that meant she could die at any time from a number of maladies that were more likely for overweight individuals.”

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The Medical Tourism Spotlight Is on New Zealand

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If you’re living with chronic knee or hip pain at night, or are seeking hip or knee pain relief, then you’ve probably already visited a doctor. Depending on your condition he may have recommended hip replacement surgery, knee replacement surgery or hip resurfacing surgery. and, depending on your current insurance program you’ve likely seen how expensive those surgeries can be.

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Indian Medical Tourism: Next Big Success Story after Software

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“The most popular treatments sought in India by medical tourists are alternative medicine, bone-marrow transplant, cardiac bypass surgery, eye surgery and orthopedic surgery. India is known in particular for heart surgery, hip resurfacing and other areas of advanced medicine.”

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Traveling Abroad for Medical Care

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More and more Americans are crossing international borders in search of health care. It's a practice called medical tourism, and in 2012 alone, it's estimated 1.6 million Americans are expected to travel for procedures.
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What Is Cosmetic Medical Tourism? Quick Guide To Having Breast Augmentation Abroad

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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.”

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Case Study: Joint Replacement | Extending Independent Living with Surgery in Mexico

Case Study: Joint Replacement | Extending Independent Living with Surgery in Mexico | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it

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.

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Monica Rix Paxson's curator insight, August 5, 2013 1:21 PM

Affordable surgery is a great thing. Of course, in Canada most joint-replacement surgery is paid for by government-provided healthcare. But sometimes timing is everything. It was for this woman.

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Spending: Save on health care abroad

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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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Medical Tourism—is it Worth It?

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If you wouldn't drink the water in some foreign countries, why would you consider going overseas for a risky procedure—with a doctor you've never even met? First of all, we're not talking backroom surgery here.

 

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Maria K Todd, MHA PhD's comment, December 21, 2011 9:22 AM
The author of this article is misinformed. The more than 400 health-care organizations in 47 countries which are accredited by Joint Commission International, is a completely separate and distinct entity from the "Joint Commission" which accredits U.S. health-care facilities. The standards are distinctly different and a hospital that would pass JCI might not necessarily pass Joint Commission standards for the USA on many criteria.

For anyone who would like proof, purchase and read the standards. They area available for sale by Joint Commission Resources as downloadable PDFs.

Maria K Todd, MHA PhD
CEO - Mercury Healthcare International, Inc.
Monica Rix Paxson's comment, December 21, 2011 3:12 PM
Thanks for the clarification Maria. I can see how the similarity between the two names could confuse the writer, let alone consumers. In fact, it's probably reached the point where there needs to be some objective standards or rankings for the various accrediting organizations internationally. There are new ones entering the arena all the time now.
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Memphis filmmaker opts for heart surgery in India

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When Memphis filmmaker Willy Bearden went to India earlier this year, he was a different kind of traveler. He was a medical tourist.
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Looking Good & Feeling Better Can Be Within Reach

Looking Good & Feeling Better Can Be Within Reach | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it

Hanna loved sports, running and working out at the gym, but nothing she did gave her the flat stomach she longed for. She laughed about her “kangaroo pouch,” the sagging belly she was left with after three pregnancies, but in truth the image she saw when she stood in front of the mirror upset her. Her husband Ian didn’t seem to mind, but so what? It was Hanna’s body and she minded, a lot.

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TV Documentary on Med Tourism Airs Nov. 14

TV Documentary on Med Tourism Airs Nov. 14 | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it

Travel agents curious about medical travel might want to catch the cable documentary “Under the Knife Abroad.” The show is scheduled for broadcast on the Current TV channel on Monday, Nov. 14, at 9 p.m. EST. The 60-minute documentary takes a comprehensive look at medical travel, including through coverage of one patient’s trip from California to Mexico to receive surgery she could not afford in the U.S.

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Top 10 Questions Answered

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“Having a surgery or a medical procedure abroad is a major decision. Most patients have never travelled overseas and it could be a very trying time for many patients. They have to overcome uncertainty, safety, anxiety, fear and financial concerns. Here, we have tried to address the top 10 concerns voiced by patients.”

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Why More Americans are Going Abroad for Surgery to Save Money

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More Americans are travelling abroad than ever for cut-price health care, in a bid to avert the astronomical costs of undergoing treatment at home, experts say.
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Breast Slapping: Ancient Body Wisdom or New Scam?

Breast Slapping: Ancient Body Wisdom or New Scam? | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it

Ladies: Come to Thailand and Get Your Breasts Slapped? “The secret is out now that the world has caught wind of Bangkok's only government-approved "body-slapping" beauty shop.” [Editors comment: Might be worth trying before resorting to surgery.]

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