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Renee-Marie Stephano on Medical Tourism

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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.

Medical tourism

Medical tourism (also called medical travel, health tourism or global healthcare) is a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of travelling across international borders to obtain health care. It also refers pejoratively to the practice of healthcare providers travelling internationally to deliver healthcare.

Services typically sought by travelers include elective procedures as well as complex specialized surgeries such as joint replacement (knee/hip), cardiac surgery, dental surgery, and cosmetic surgeries. However, virtually every type of health care, including psychiatry, alternative treatments, convalescent care and even burial services are available.

Over 50 countries have identified medical tourism as a national industry.[3] However, accreditation and other measures of quality vary widely across the globe, and some destinations may become hazardous or even dangerous for medical tourists.

In the context of global health, “medical tourism” is a pejorative because during such trips health care providers often practice outside of their areas of expertise or hold different (i.e., lower) standards of care.
Greater numbers than ever before of student volunteers, health professions trainees, and researchers from resource-rich countries are working temporarily and anticipating future work in resource-starved areas.
This emphasizes the importance of understanding this other definition.

Outsourcing Medicine: The Expanding Field of Medical Tourism

In a country where 62% of all bankruptcies are the result of skyrocketing healthcare bills, it’s clear that the U.S. has a healthcare expenses problem

Combine that with some of the worst mortality rates in the developed world, and you start to understand how Americans are in a lose-lose situation when it comes to healthcare options. In contrast, countries like India, China and Thailand offer healthcare procedures of the same caliber of the United States at up to one tenth of the cost. With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that medical tourism is on the rise

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Medical Tourism | ABC News | Jeff Schult

ABC News anchor Ryan Owens interviews “Beauty from Afar” author Jeff Schult in a special report on Medical Tourism.

Medical tourism in India- western facilities with eastern hospitality

Max Healthcare in India provides world class medical care with top quality facilities for heart surgery, neuro surgery, joint replacement surgery and many more at an affordable cost.

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