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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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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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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:

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 1:56 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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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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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: 

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 12:34 PM | 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.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/26/2017 10:01 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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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.

Category: Medical Tourism Info  7/24/2017 7:10 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017 --

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