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Medical Tourism in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are a three-island chain in the Caribbean known for sandy beaches and tropical climate. In recent years, , a medical facility that opened in 2014, has been drawing attention for its quality healthcare with excellent results and prices that are significantly lower than comparable facilities in the US.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  9/29/2017 11:48 AM | Last Modified: September 29, 2017 --

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What Is a Pre-Existing Condition?

Health care coverage may change soon with the type of coverage available and the cost of premiums being heavily influenced by pre-existing conditions. Pre-existing conditions are any health condition or conditions that have been diagnosed by a doctor before a health care plan goes into effect. Depending on the plan, a condition as small as a cold can be considered pre-existing, all the way up to cancer, diabetes, and other serious conditions.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  9/18/2017 1:47 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How Safe is Traveling Outside the US for Healthcare?

Leaving the country can be a frightening adventure, especially if you’re traveling somewhere new, where you may not know anyone for a 1000-mile radius. Even more daunting is traveling to a distant place to have a medical procedure or surgery. It’s important to know that you will be safe and cared for in a vulnerable state.

So just how safe is medical tourism?

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Reduce the Risk of Self-Funded Benefit Plans

With the cost of healthcare rising, looking outside the US for healthcare is a cost-effective option. Hip replacement surgery in the US can cost over $80,000. Through SkyMedicus, the same procedure can be done in another country for under $20,000. Medication in the US can also be very expensive. The same Hep-C medication that costs $84,000 for a 12-week treatment can be discounted by 80% elsewhere. The cost savings provided by SkyMedicus can reduce the risk of offering self-funded benefit plans.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 1:34 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Hepatitis-C Treatment in Egypt

It is estimated that 55-85% of the world’s population will contract the Hepatitis-C virus in their lifetime. 130-150 million people in the world are believed to be infected today, however many are unaware that they are infected. The infection spreads when blood contaminated with the virus enters the bloodstream of an uninfected person. An untreated infection could lead to fibrosis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver failure, among other complications. While 30% of infections are cleared through the body’s immune system within 6 months with no treatment, the Hep-C virus has a high variation and different genetic variations can be resistant to both the immune system and types of medication.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 12:55 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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European Parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans

As other countries' economies are struggling, such as the European Union (EU) due to the recent breakdown in alliances, currency worth is being affected and causing new economic pressure on the (EU) commission. 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 12:51 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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China’s New Trend in Healthcare – Medical Tourism

The Chinese economy is growing at a steady pace and that has caused some cultural changes with the Chinese people. One of which being a growing trend to travel within and outside of China for healthcare. In 2015, almost half a million Chinese people traveled to receive healthcare. These travelers, whose destinations ranged from Hong Kong to Korea to the US to Switzerland, spent 6.3 billion on their healthcare and another 3.4 billion on expenses, like travel costs and hospitality. And these numbers are expected to continue growing.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 12:45 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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The Growing Popularity of India as a Medical Tourism Destination

According to a recent article, India is becoming a first-class destination for medical tourism. The Indian government is setting up the country’s Medical Tourism and Wellness policies to encourage people from all over the world to seek out healthcare in India.

The first policy entails hospitals and medical facilities registering with the Ministry of Health and listing their prices for both healthcare procedures and packages (and what the packages include). The goal is to encourage hospitals to offer procedures at competitive prices with the intent of drawing more international patients to the country and boosting tourism revenue. Already, we are seeing that this is leading to quality care found in India starting at a tenth of the price compared to the same procedures in the US.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 12:41 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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The Best Places to Get Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad

Has your doctor advised you to get hip replacement surgery – or do you suspect that it’s going to be a discussion point sooner rather than later? If so, then be assured that you are NOT alone!

As reported by WebMD, osteoarthritis on the rise – and that means that the number of hip replacement surgeries is also increasing. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) further notes that it is not just senior citizens who are driving this trend. While hip replacement surgeries for people aged 75 and older increased 92 percent between 2000-2010, it increased a staggering 205 percent for people aged 45-54.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 11:04 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How After-Care Should Work for Your Surgery Abroad

When planning for safe and successful surgery abroad, obviously you need to focus on aspects such as choosing a qualified surgeon, and covering all of the logistical details (e.g. how you’ll reach your destination, where you’ll stay, etc).

However, there is another critical aspect that must be part of your overall plan: after-care.

Generally, here is a look at how after-care should work for your surgery abroad:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 10:59 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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What to Expect From Your Medical Travel Coordinators Once You're Home

While you may know that a professional, reputable and client-focused medical travel coordinator can help plan all of the logistics of your trip – which includes everything from ground transportation, to ensuring that you have access to 24/7 nursing care from your hotel, to paying the hospital bill in your behalf, and the list goes on – you may not be aware that their commitment to you doesn’t end when you safely arrive back home. 

On the contrary, you can expect continued support and assistance in four key areas:

  1. Provided that your medical travel coordinator is equipped with a HIPAA-certified web-based communication portal, upon returning you can securely and conveniently use this tool to communicate with your surgeon abroad on a number of topics related to your recovery.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 10:56 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Can You Get Insurance Reimbursements After a Dental Tourism Procedure?

As you may know, dental care in the U.S. is surprisingly and in some cases shockingly expensive. Even a single dental implant can cost around $5,000, and a more comprehensive smile makeover can exceed $50,000. That’s the bad news. The good news, is that you may be able to have some or even all of your treatment costs covered by insurance if you take advantage of dental tourism.

What is Dental Tourism?

Simply put, dental tourism is when instead getting treatment at a local dental practice, you hop a flight and have it take care of in Costa Rica, Mexico, or dozens of other popular destinations around the world.   

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/27/2017 10:28 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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5 Questions to Ask a Medical Tourism Company BEFORE Booking Your Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad

It goes without saying that long before you even consider hip replacement surgery abroad, you’ll have a series of conversations with your doctor (and possibly other medical specialists as well), along with your family and peers. After all, while hip replacement surgery is quite common, it’s nevertheless a decision that must be made only after careful consideration of risks and other factors – regardless of where the surgery is performed.

However, there is another key conversation(s) that you must before deciding on medical tourism – this time, with a potential medical tourism company. To help you get the insights and information you need, here are 5 questions to ask:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:23 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How to Get Your Active Lifestyle Back with Hip Replacement Overseas

As noted by WebMD, osteoarthritis is becoming more common – which is leading to an increasing number of people needing hip replacement surgery. And it’s not just senior citizens who are driving this trend. According to statistics complied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while the number of hip replacement surgeries for people aged 75 and older increased 92 percent between 2000-2010, it skyrocketed a whopping 205 percent for people aged 45-54.

However, as these people are discovering to their dismay and alarm, the cost of hip replacement surgery has also dramatically increased in recent years. As noted by Men’s Journal: “The average cost of a hip replacement, among the most common surgeries for active people under the age of 65, in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the past decade, rising from an average of $35,000 in 2001 to about $65,000.”

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 2:17 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How SkyMedicus Helps with Medical Tourism Logistics

Here at SkyMedicus, we have the honor and privilege of helping people across the U.S. take advantage of medical tourism, and ultimately get the quality treatment and care they need at a price that makes sense – rather than sends them spiraling into debt. Indeed, as Investopedia chillingly points out:

"When it comes to serious debt, medical expenses are often the culprit for putting many people deep in the red. A survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that one out of five adults is paying off debt from medical bills. Making matters worse, higher medical expenses and reduced insurance coverage have forced families to dip into household savings or take on additional credit card debt."

And CNBC.com reports that medical debt is now the number one cause of bankruptcies in the country, with 56 million adults struggling to cover healthcare related bills.

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What Happens if You Have Surgical Complications as a Medical Tourist?

While surgery or post-surgery related complications aren’t the norm, they can and do happen – and not just abroad. It’s definitely an issue here in the U.S. too. For example, research by Propublica.org analyzed surgeries across the country from 2009 through 2013, and discovered during that time 63,173 patients experienced complications involving 16,827 surgeons operating at 3,575 hospitals.

Naturally, your #1 objective as a medical tourist is to have a successful experience, and to enjoy a safe and speedy recovery. With this in mind, before looking at what happens if you have surgical complications, here are proactive steps you can take to lower your risk:

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"What Should I Ask My Doctor About Traveling for Medical Care?"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises all people to see a doctor before traveling, so that they can get up-to-date on any required vaccinations, refill prescriptions as required, and get a “clean bill of health” before they head abroad.

However, people who plan on traveling for medical care – and not just for a vacation, to visit relatives, or for a business trip – aren’t just advised to check in with their doctor ahead of time: it’s an absolute must!

With this in mind, here are 3 key questions you should ask your doctor about traveling for medical care:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:47 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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3 Reasons to Use a Medical Concierge Team to Plan Your Medical Tourism Trip

As noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 750,000 Americans head abroad each year to take advantage of medical tourism.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:43 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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5 Best Medical Tourism Tips for Planning Your Trip

As noted by the Medical Tourism Association, while the primary reason that people choose to have treatment abroad is to save money. However, once they leave home for the airport, their focus and attention wisely shifts to having a safe experience from beginning to end. 

With this in mind, below are 5 of the best medical tourism tips for planning your trip, and ensuring that it meets your high expectations for safety and success – or better yet, exceeds them! 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:38 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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How SkyMedicus Can Customize Your Medical Tourism Trip

As revealed by noted U.S. journalist Sasha Issenberg in his recently-published book Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism, contrary to what some people believe, the overwhelming majority of people who seek treatment abroad aren’t high-flying wealthy elites getting elective surgeries like tummy tucks and nose jobs. Rather, the demand is driven by everyday, middle-class people who simply want quality healthcare at much lower cost.

And “much lower” doesn’t mean a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars. Even after all expenses are calculated – including airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and everything else – it’s not uncommon for patients to save tens of thousands of dollars.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:35 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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3 Reasons Why Medical Tourism is a Safe Alternative to Surgery in the U.S.

When 58-year old extreme mountain biker and skier Patrick Follett learned that decades of punishing his body meant that he needed total hip replacement surgery, he did what a growing number of Americans are doing: instead of getting surgery at his local hospital, he booked a medical tourism trip to Mexico, got the treatment he needed, and saved a tidy $10,000.

A year later, Follett was back to his old habits: skiing nearly 150 days in the season and racking up nearly 350 miles on his mountain bike. “I feel better than I've felt in 15 years," he said in an interview with Men’s Journal.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:32 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Should You Get Travel Insurance for Your Medical Treatment Abroad?

While the insurance industry isn’t typically characterized as innovative – actually, it can sometimes be one of the last places where change takes root – the perhaps surprising fact is that a growing number of insurance companies are recognizing that medical treatment abroad (a.k.a. medical tourism) isn’t a threat to their operations: it’s an ally.

Indeed, as reported by NBC News, “Once considered a fringe option reserved for the most desperate patients, medical tourism is gaining mainstream acceptance, transforming into a billion-dollar industry attracting both patients and healthcare providers alike…US companies, such as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United Group Programs, are now exploring the idea of including medical tourism as a part of their coverage.”

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:22 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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What are the Best Locations for Dental Surgery Abroad?

As reported by FOX News, Americans who hop on a plane to get dental surgery abroad stand to save over 70 percent vs. the getting same treatment at home. And considering that dental care is costly to begin with – with a single dental implant running around $5,000 -- the dramatic cost savings isn’t just attractive. For many people, it’s the difference between whether they can or can’t get dental surgery.

What’s more, people who choose to take advantage of dental surgery abroad – and the numbers are rising each year – aren’t limited to one or two destinations. There are dozens of countries that welcome hundreds of thousands of dental tourists each year from the U.S.

Below, we highlight 5 locations that are widely considered among the best locations for dental surgery abroad:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:14 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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4 Benefits of Medical Tourism Besides How It Saves You Money

As you may already know from speaking with colleagues, neighbors, and perhaps even your doctor, medical tourism is growing in popularity each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 750,000 Americans each year head to the airport vs. their local hospital or dental clinic in order to get everything from bariatric surgery, to dental implants, to scans and tests, and the list goes on. 

Obviously, the primary motivation for medical tourists is to save money – and not just a few dollars here and there, either. People are saving anywhere from 30-70 percent, which for procedures like hip replacement surgery or smile makeovers translates into tens or, in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings. 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:12 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Top 9 Healthcare Procedures Patients Pay for in the U.S.

As Americans, we typically like being “number one” in whatever we do – whether we’re talking about medal haul at the Olympics, economic strength, and the list goes on. 

However, there’s one area in particular where the vast majority of us would be MUCH happier if the U.S. was number 50, 100, or better yet, even lower than that: the amount that we pay for various healthcare procedures

Indeed, Americans pay some of the highest prices in the world for healthcare – and for some procedures, we have the dubious and very unwanted distinction of being “number one”. 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:08 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Medical Tourism Statistics & Fun Facts

You may already know that medical tourism involves traveling to another country in order to get medical or dental care. But what you may not know, is just how big the medical tourism industry has become, the most popular destinations, top treatment options, and so on. 

And so without further delay, the SkyMedicus team is pleased to provide you with some useful medical tourism statistics (per the Medical Tourism Association, Patients Beyond Borders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), respectively), along with some fun facts that you might find quite eye opening! 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:01 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Medical Tourism Facts: Top 6 Dental Procedures Performed Overseas

A growing number of Americans are choosing medical tourism in order to save thousands – or in many cases, tens of thousands – of dollars on dental care costs.

Indeed, as highlighted by the magazine International Living, a Colorado resident was told by several Denver-area dentists that the major dental work she needed would cost around $40,000. Instead of being forced to sell assets or plummet into debt, she opted for treatment in Costa Rica. Her final cost? A grand total of $14,400 including flight and accommodations! 

What’s more, this good news story isn’t an outlier or the exception – it’s the norm. The website Patients Beyond Borders has noted that the “typical costs of dental procedures are around 60% less than those found in industrialized nations. In some cases—such as restorative dentistry--the savings may be as high as 85%.”

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 12:57 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Why Are 1.4 Million Patients Choosing Medical Tourism this Year?

As noted by Patients Beyond Borders, an estimated 1.4 million Americans will take advantage of medical tourism in 2016. And worldwide, the number of cross-border patients is expected to skyrocket past 12 million.

With numbers like these, medical tourism is hardly a “fringe alternative”. In fact, for an increasing number of patients, it’s an undeniably better, smarter and dramatically cheaper way to take care of everything from weight loss surgery to dental implants to cosmetic surgery, and the list goes on.

Below, we highlight why 1.4 million patients are heading to the airport vs. their local hospital this year – and even more are expected to cross the border in the years ahead: 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 12:39 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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3 Reasons to Travel for Surgery Besides the Cost Savings

As you may know already from watching the news, reading articles, or chatting with colleagues and friends, the cost savings of medical tourism aren’t just significant: they’re massive.

For example, weight loss surgery that costs $35,000 in the U.S. can cost less than 10,000 abroad. Hip replacement surgery that costs close to $100,000 in the U.S. can cost less than $15,000 abroad – just as it did for a Colorado resident whose story was featured in the New York Times. And we haven’t even started to look at dental surgeries and treatments, where the cost difference is just as huge.

However, saving money isn’t the only reason that millions of Americans have traveled abroad for surgery – and millions more will do so in the years ahead. There are three additional compelling reasons that include: 

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5 Questions to Ask Medical Tourism Companies Before Booking a Procedure

Across the country, a growing number of people are taking advantage of medical tourism in order to save thousands – or in most cases, tens of thousands – of dollars in overall costs, avoid waiting lists, and enjoy what amounts to a free vacation in a desirable destination.  

And it’s not just individuals and families who are looking at hospitals and clinics abroad vs. close to home. As reported by NBC.com, more and more insurance companies are exploring medical tourism as part of their package offerings.

If you’re thinking of reaping the rewards of heading to Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Belgium, or dozens of other countries that cater to medical tourists, below we highlight 5 questions to ask prospective medical tourism countries to ensure that your trip is safe, successful and stress-free:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 12:29 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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What Your Travel Companion Needs to Know About Your Medical Tourism Trip

The Medical Tourism Association recommends that, if possible, patients traveling abroad bring along a companion – such as a spouse, child, other relative, friend, and so on.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 12:23 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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3 Reasons Why Medical Tourism Is the Future of Healthcare

Across the country, an estimated 750,000 Americans take advantage of medical tourism each year (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). What’s more, these massive numbers are on the rise. Forbes contributor Russ Allan Prince reports that in 2015 medical tourism generated between $60 and $75 billion, and he suggests that number could double in the next five years.

Clearly, medical tourism is a big part of the current healthcare landscape, and it’s on pace to define the future, too. Below, we highlight the 3 key reasons why:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 12:20 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Why Employers are Paying for High Quality Medical Tourism

As reported by Fortune Magazine, healthcare costs are projected to rise 6.5 percent over the next year -- which is higher than the rate of inflation. It’s a worrisome trend that has prompted the principal of PwC’s Global Human Resource Services group to warn: “The bad news is health care does cost employers a lot of money, and the idea that they are just going to absorb a 6.5% increase when CPI is at a much lower rate is unlikely, so they will continue to cost shift.”

Yet, the news isn’t all bad. That’s because instead of shifting the rising cost burden to their employees, some progressive employers are opting to pay for high quality medical tourism – which is a win for them, and even bigger victory for their employees.

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Top 3 Things Your Healthcare Provider May Not be Telling You About Surgery Abroad

According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), across the US approximately 51.4 million inpatient surgeries are performed each year. And Reuters reports that the number of outpatient surgeries is pegged at about 57 million annually. Add it up, and the grand total is a staggering 108.4 million surgeries each year. For a country with a population of about 319 million, the sheer magnitude of surgical treatments is hard to comprehend. 

However, despite the enormous number of surgeries that take place in hospitals across the country, the fact is that many healthcare providers are NOT providing patients with a complete, accurate picture of their options – especially when it comes to having surgery abroad

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How to Obtain a Medical Travel Visa for Your Treatment Abroad

Across the country, millions of Americans head abroad each year in order to get a variety of dental and medical treatments, procedures, surgeries, tests and scans.

And while saving tens of thousands of dollars is typically the prime reason that people head to the airport instead of their local clinic or hospital, there are other significant advantages as well, including: 

  • No waiting list
  • The opportunity to easily afford extra days/weeks in a rehabilitation facility if desired
  • The chance to enjoy what is essentially a free vacation

However, before you book your medical tourism trip, it’s essential that you have your travel documents in order – and the two most important are your passport and, if required, a medical travel visa.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 12:00 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Choosing a Medical Tourism Company: What to Look For & What to Avoid

According to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 750,000 Americans head abroad each year to take advantage of medical tourism, and ultimately save tens of thousands of dollars on everything from heart surgery, dental treatments, hip replacement surgery, weight loss surgery, and the list goes on.

Plus, after their surgery or treatment is done, many medical tourists opt to enjoy what is essentially a free vacation that can include sightseeing, relaxing in a resort or upscale hotel, or spending an extra week or two in a rehabilitation facility – which would be cost prohibitive back home, where costs can exceed $500/day. 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 11:47 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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The Dramatic Cost Savings of Hip Replacement Abroad

As noted by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2.5 million Americans are living with an artificial hip. However, if you think that all of these people are having hip replacement surgery performed in their home city, state or even somewhere else in the US – think again!

That’s because a growing number of people each year are opting to head abroad to Mexico, Costa Rica, Singapore, India, Belgium, and many other countries to get hip replacement surgery. In fact, according to the AARP, 7 percent of all medical tourists from the US are booking orthopedic surgeries such as hip and knee replacements – and the number is climbing each year.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 11:43 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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Medical Tourism Trip Checklist: What to Plan

If you’re considering medical tourism for dental care, weight loss surgery, hip replacement surgery and the list of treatments and procedures goes on, then you’re definitely not alone!

According to research by Patients Beyond Borders, the size of the worldwide medical tourism market is between a whopping 45.5 and 72 billion. And each year, an estimated 1.4 million Americans head abroad to Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Singapore, and dozens of other popular destinations so they can get and stay healthy -- and save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

However, before you head abroad and enjoy of the cost and care benefits of medical tourism, you obviously want to plan everything so that your experience is safe, stress-free and successful. To help make that happen, here is a simple checklist that covers what you need to plan: 

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What Are My Physical Therapy Options After Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad?

After getting hip replacement surgery abroad, naturally your focus will turn towards a safe and full recovery. This process will involve regular consultation with your doctor, as well as physical therapy sessions that may take place in your home and/or a nearby facility, based on what is best for your specific care and convalesce needs.

While every patient is unique, here is generally what you can with expect in terms of recovery options after getting hip replacement surgery abroad:

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3 Myths About Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad

Considering medical tourism? You’re certainly not alone! According to Health.com, across the country an estimated 6 million Americans head abroad for hip surgeries, scans, tests, dental care, and the list goes on.

What’s more, if you think that medical tourism is a “fringe” industry – then think again! As highlighted by Patients Beyond Borders, the size of the medical tourism market in the US alone is between 38.5 – 55 billion each year. And when other countries like Canada, Australia, Holland, France and England are added to the mix, the number skyrockets to well over 100 billion. 

These categorically aren’t “fringe” numbers, and medical tourism is an established alternative that has been around for centuries (though more popular recently thanks to the information-sharing power of the Internet, which is being demonstrated right now as you read this article!). 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 10:05 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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3 Reasons to Travel Outside the US for Hip Replacement Surgery

Like thousands of American of all ages – but especially for those aged 45 and older – your doctor may be strongly advising you to have hip replacement surgery; especially since, like all degenerative diseases, problems with your hip bone, joint and/or tissues will only get worse over time. In fact, you may reach a point where hip replacement surgery is no longer possible, and the best that can be done is to mitigate the pain and discomfort, and slow down the rate of deterioration.

Yet at the same time, you may be faced with another scary issue: the cost of hip replacement surgery in the US can climb well above $50,000, and in some cases reach or surpass $100,000. If you’re like most people, you simply don’t have this amount of savings to cover the bill, and that means you’ll have to go deep into debt, sell your home, liquidate your assets, or do something else to raise the funds. Yes, this may cover the cost of your surgery, but it will imperil your financial health and reduce your quality of life.

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Hip Replacement Surgery

If you’re hesitant to move forward with the hip replacement surgery that your doctor advises, then be assured that you aren’t alone. As noted by Dr. Ian Clark, a medical researcher and founder of Peterson Tribology Laboratory for joint replacement at California’s Loma Linda University, many people delay their much-needed hip replacement surgery because:

  • They’re afraid of the “unknown”
  • They’re afraid of surgery in general
  • They’re afraid of “losing” a part of their body
  • They’re afraid of post-operative pain 

However, while all of these fears are understandable – after all, any kind of surgery is cause for serious consideration and contemplation – there is another fear that must be added to the list: fear of falling deep into debt or putting oneself at risk of declaring medical bill-related bankruptcy.

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Why Medical Tourism is Growing in Popularity

Across the U.S., as well as in many other countries such as Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Australia, and the list goes on, millions of people are taking advantage of medical tourism -- and the numbers are increasing each year as medical costs at home surge well above the rate of inflation. Indeed, a single night in the hospital can cost more than $1000; let alone an extended stay, which can easily surpass $50,000 within a couple of weeks.

If you or a loved one is considering medical tourism, here are the top 4 reasons why this may indeed be the solution you’re seeking:

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What is Medical Tourism?

Confused or unsure about what medical tourism is? We can help! Below, we highlight some key questions and answers that will give you the fundamental, reliable information you need to start determining if medical tourism is the right solution for your health and wellness needs, or those of a family member or friend. 

What is Medical Tourism?

Simply put, medical tourism is when people travel out of their local area in order to receive any kind of health treatment or service, ranging from complex surgery to relatively minor outpatient procedures. While millions of people head abroad to take advantage of medical tourism, many head to a different city within their state (e.g. major urban area or regional health center), or to a different state.

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What to Look for in a Support Group After Your Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Each year, millions of Americans – and tens of millions of people in other countries such as Canada, the U.K., Australia, Germany and the list goes on – take advantage of weight loss surgery abroad. Indeed, there are so many Americans at facilities in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, etc., that patients can wonder if they’ve simply crossed a state line or an international border!

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How to Find the Best Medical Tourism Facility for Your Surgery Abroad

Like millions of Americans each year – and tens of millions of people around the world in countries like Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany and many others – you’ve either decided to take advantage of medical tourism, or you’re seriously considering it.

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10 Steps to Plan & Coordinate Every Detail of Your Medical Tourism Trip

If you’ve decided to take advantage of medical tourism – or are seriously considering it as a viable option to save thousands of dollars, avoid waiting lists, and enjoy an excursion away from home – then you’re probably thinking about logistics, too.

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What to Look for in Your Medical Tourism Provider

If you’re seriously thinking about taking advantage of medical tourism – or if you have already decided that getting treatment abroad is the best option for you – then your next step is to choose the ideal medical tourism provider.

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The REAL Costs of Delaying Your Weight Loss Surgery

Like millions of women and men across the country, you may have been thinking about weight loss surgery for month, years or possibly even decades. And while you may believe that it’s a viable option to help you achieve a healthy BMI, the fact that weight loss surgery can cost anywhere from $25,000 to over $50,000 is more than just a barrier: it’s a financial brick wall.

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Debunking the 4 Biggest Myths About Medical Tourism

Across the country, millions of people – including your colleagues, neighbors, and probably members of your extended family as well – have taken advantage of medical tourism in order to save thousands of dollars, get the treatment they want faster and easier, and in many cases, enjoy a mini-vacation as well! 

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Medical Tourism Trip

As reported by Patients Beyond Borders, an estimated 1.2 million Americans head abroad to reap the benefits of medical tourism, which include dramatic cost savings, no waiting periods, and for many travelers, the chance to combine their medical experience with a pleasant getaway as well. 

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Why Your Local Doctor Should be Involved with Your Surgery Abroad

While there are many factors that will contribute to your successful surgery abroad, among the most important is involving your local doctor.

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How a Travel Companion Helps with Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

As you consider or prepare for weight loss surgery abroad, one of the questions you’re likely asking is: How can I make the experience easier and more comfortable? 

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How to Get Long Term Results After Your Bariatric Surgery Overseas

As with any major medical procedure, bariatric surgery requires follow-up care and monitoring to ensure that results are successfully maintained for the long-term.

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3 Things to Know Before Traveling Overseas for Weight Loss Surgery

Each year, millions of Americans dream of getting weight loss surgery (a.k.a. bariatric surgery) – and not just so they can look and feel better, although these are certainly valid reasons. For some, it can be a matter of improving the quality and quantity of life.

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Comparing Surgery In the United States vs. Surgery Abroad

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year an estimated 750,000 U.S. residents head for surgery abroad for treatments such as bariatric surgery (i.e. weight loss surgery), cosmetic surgery, IVF, dental surgery heart surgery, and the list goes on.

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Addressing Flying Concerns When Traveling Abroad For Surgery

Each year, a growing number of people across the country are discovering the benefits of traveling abroad for surgery, which include: dramatic cost savings (usually between 30 and 80 percent), no lengthy waiting list, and access to world-class quality surgeons and physicians - many of whom earned their MD in the U.S. and are widely respected throughout and beyond the global medical community.

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5 Things to Do If Your Insurance Policy Won't Cover Your Surgery

It’s the nightmare scenario that hundreds of millions of people dread: discovering your insurance policy won't cover your surgery.

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Communicate Directly with the Doctor Before Your Surgery Abroad

A common and very important question that some people have when they consider getting surgery abroad is: Will I be able to communicate with the doctor who will be performing my treatment?” 

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3 Tips for Scheduling Visitors for Your Surgery Abroad

As you plan for your surgery abroad, one of the most important issues (and one of the best ways to ensure your comfort during medical tourism) that you’ll need to address is scheduling visitors or travel companions for the procedure.

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Does Obamacare Cover Medical Tourism?

Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- a.k.a. Obamacare – has come into effect, many people are wondering: Does Obamacare cover medical tourism?

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How Comfortable Will I Be During And After Surgery Abroad?

As you consider having surgery abroad so that you can benefit from world class health care, rapid treatment (i.e. no waiting weeks or months for specialists to become available), and of course, substantial cost savings that are typically between 30-80 percent, you may have questions about your overall comfort and care.

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How to Find the Right Doctor for Your Surgery Abroad

At SkyMedicus, we’re often asked by people considering surgery abroad how they can find the right doctor.

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How Safe is Medical Tourism?

A retired judge had surgery for diverticulitis, which is a digestive disease of the large intestine. However, the surgeon left a rotting sponge inside his abdomen that caused excruciating pain, and endangered his life. 

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Top Medical Tourism Destinations Around the World

While medical tourism has been around for centuries, its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years thanks to a “perfect storm” of converging trends that include:

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5 Things to Consider Before Traveling for Medical Tourism

Before you set off on your medical tourism adventure, there are some things you should consider.

1. Are you ready to take control of your own health?

Medical tourists have decided to surmount the barriers to their care on their own, rather than take what the healthcare system gives them and make the best of it. This can be empowering or scary, depending on your attitude and how you arrange your trip. When you're working with SkyMedicus, you have access to your provider and hospitals credentials, can ask questions, and get assistance figuring out the details. You'll be empowered with the information you need to make the best choices for you.

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