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Medical tourism: patients without borders

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The medical tourism industry is booming. But there is a surprising lack of academic research into the industry’s size, the ethics and risks of medical tourism, and the effects it can have on developing countries’ local health services. That’s why SFU health geographer Valorie Crooks established the SFU Medical Tourism Research Group (MTRG). In 2008, she was the first Canadian researcher to receive a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant to study the subject.

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Dental Tourism: How To Be Prepared

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 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.

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Drug Shortages in the USA Hit an All-Time High

Drug Shortages in the USA Hit an All-Time High | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it
Between 2006 and 2010, drug shortages increased by more than 200%, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday. There were a record 196 shortages last year, and even more are expected in 2012.
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How to Select A Medical Tourism Facilitator

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“Be an informed consumer and make a wiser choice in selecting a medical tourism facilitator. Know the qualification and experience of the facilitator and the fee structure. Ensure that there is transparency and full disclosure of information regarding him and the company. The facilitator has to provide options for travel and medical complication insurance. The patient should check for the license of the facilitator and testimonials from former clients. They should also investigate about any unresolved issues regarding the facilitators. The patient should ask him what alternative arrangements he will make in case of emergency or any problems.”

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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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Can Medical Tourism Save You Money?

Can Medical Tourism Save You Money? | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it

Medical tourism is popular in the U.S. market for two main reasons, namely (a) the cost of healthcare in the U.S. – the highest in the world, and (b) the lack of universal healthcare.

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Surrogacy as a Business

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“India legalized surrogacy in 2002 as part of a larger effort to promote medical tourism. Since 1991, when the country’s new procapitalist policies took effect, private money has flowed in and fueled construction of world-class hospitals that cater to foreigners. Surrogacy tourism has grown steadily here as word has gotten out that babies can be incubated at a low price and without government red tape. Patel’s clinic charges between $15,000 and $20,000 for the entire process, from in vitro fertilization to delivery, whereas in the handful of American states that allow paid surrogacy, bringing a child to term can cost between $50,000 and $100,000, and is rarely covered by insurance.”

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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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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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Medical Turistas

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TUCSON - If you can't afford medical treatment, just go to Mexico. That's the message at least one group of doctors is sending and more and more patients are actually listening to it.
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Medical Tourism Will Force Health Care Change

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I had a big “ah ha!” recently.  It came after reviewing my notes and reflecting on what I heard and learned at the World Medical Tourism & Global...
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Tourism Idea Has Sea Legs

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UNTIL the mid-19th century, anaesthetic was not used routinely in surgery. Today, thankfully, the alternative is unthinkable. Medical science will always teeter on the edge of the ethical, balancing the concerns of the community against the desperation of the sick. In countries like Australia, the rate of regulatory and policy change is weighing down progress; it takes many years for significant advances to become available - no doubt at the cost of lives and quality of life.

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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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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 6:22 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 12:12 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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Why we wrote about medical tourism in Mexico City

Why we wrote about medical tourism in Mexico City | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it

“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 12:05 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

5 Tips for Saving on Cosmetic Surgery | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it
The cost of cosmetic surgery isn't pretty. Here are some simple ways to save before going under the knife.
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New Lymphoma Treatments Have No Side Effects

New Lymphoma Treatments Have No Side Effects | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it

SARASOTA, Fla., Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Larry Conrad went in for his annual physical on his 50th birthday. During his exam, his doctor found swollen lymph nodes in his armpits and groin. Conrad had a cough and said he'd lost weight because he 'felt full all the time'. His doctor ordered a series of tests, and Conrad was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the most common type. He rejected the standard chemotherapy protocol, and, like over half a million other Americans, traveled outside the US for cancer treatment. According to TMD Limited, a medial tourism company, many patients seeking care in foreign medical centers are going specifically for cancer treatment.

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Medical Tourism: The Dos and Don'ts

Are you considering medical treatment aboard? When traveling for treatment abroad there are a few dos and don't to take into consideration and some careful planning and research could make all the difference to a successful trip abroad for medical treatment.

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Are You Considering Traveling for Stem Cell Therapy?

Are You Considering Traveling for Stem Cell Therapy? | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it

If you are considering traveling for stem cell therapy, you may want to review this downloadable, no-cost analysis by the British Health Service to help you evaluate the effectiveness of the type of therapy you are seeking.

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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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Health care: Americans pay more and get less than Europeans

Health care: Americans pay more and get less than Europeans | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it
In a comparison of eleven countries, the U.S. stands out for cost burdens and access concerns for people with complex health needs.
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Facts About Medical Tourist Areas In India

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As a result of the soaring medical costs in all western countries, loads of Britons are heading towards India to have an access to all the latest and inexpensive medical facilities.
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Medical Travel a Hot Topic at AARP Conference

Medical Travel a Hot Topic at AARP Conference | Medical Tourism News | Scoop.it
As the Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, medical travel is becoming a popular option to control the growing cost of heath care. This topic did not go unnoticed at the the AARP Life at 50+ c...
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