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What you don't know about colonoscopies and digestive health.


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Colon cancer is the second most deadly cancer with a reported 55,000 deaths per year in the US. When caught in the earlier stages, colon cancer is treatable and can be cured. Symptoms include changes in bowl habits, constipation, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding, although colon cancer often does not show any symptoms. For this reason, it is recommended to receive regular colonoscopies after age 55.

Submitted 9/19/2017 12:40 PM | Category: Oncology Medical

What Is a Pre-Existing Condition?


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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.

Submitted 9/18/2017 2:47 PM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Multiple Sclerosis


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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system and will cause a disruption between the transfer of information from the brain to the body. The cause of MS is currently unknown, but it is speculated to be triggered by environmental factors that some people are genetically more susceptible to.

Submitted 9/15/2017 9:21 AM | Category: Stem Cell Therapy

How Safe is Traveling Outside the US for Healthcare?


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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?

Submitted 7/27/2017 2:37 PM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

Reduce the Risk of Self-Funded Benefit Plans


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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.

Submitted 7/27/2017 2:34 PM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

The Wellex Spinal Procedure vs. Spinal Fusion Therapy


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In Tijuana, Mexico, orthopedic surgeons have developed a new spinal procedure that is safer and more effective than traditional options. The Wellex spinal procedure allows a small implant to be inserted between two vertebrae and can be expanded to reduce pressure on nerves in the spinal cord. The implant is able to move with the back and preserve the natural mobility of the spine. If the implant needs to be removed for any reason, doing so is simple and will not cause any damage.

Submitted 7/27/2017 2:17 PM | Category: Orthopedic

How to Find a Reliable Stem Cell Therapy


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Choosing the right stem cell therapy is a big task when there is not as much reliable information on the kinds of therapies available. First, it is important to understand what stem cells are. Stem cells essentially are blank cells that can be used to heal, repair, and replace damaged cells in the body through their natural properties. This type of treatment differs from drug treatments in that components of the patient's body are being used as treatment instead of drugs, which have their own risks. Stem cells exist in the human body and can be extracted from bone marrow or, more commonly, fat. When taken from fat deposits, the stem cells are called 'adipose.' These cells are taken out of the body in a process similar to liposuction, spun to separate the different components, and then the adipose cells are reintroduced to the body.

Submitted 7/27/2017 2:13 PM | Category: Stem Cell Therapy

After Chemo, After Surgery, What Are My Options for Cancer Treatment?


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Traditional oncology, which includes chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, are the go-to responses for treating most types of cancer. While these forms of treatment increase chances of survival and completely removing the cancer cells, success is never guaranteed. Surgery is typically the first recommended treatment option in the early stages, but surgery cannot guarantee that cancer will not return. With chemotherapy, treatment is sometimes ineffective and is accompanied by side effects, such as fatigue lasting several days at a time, discomfort, nausea, hair-loss, and insomnia. These treatments can also be very expensive, making them unavailable for many.

Submitted 7/27/2017 2:07 PM | Category: Oncology Medical

Making Room for Empathy in Medical Tourism


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When traveling abroad for healthcare, doctors must do everything they can to assure the patients that they will be taken good care of, since traveling for treatment is a new and potentially scary experience.

As such, medical tourism can be a new experience for those who make the choice to travel for their healthcare needs. Knowing how to interact with locals in a foreign culture is not innate, and it is further complicated in the context of healthcare. Different values, views on the world, and perspectives on what it means to be healthy can influence patient-doctor interaction. For this reason, empathy is a crucial skill for healthcare providers working in medical tourism to have.

Submitted 7/27/2017 2:03 PM | Category: Other Procedures

Hepatitis-C Treatment in Egypt


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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.

Submitted 7/27/2017 1:55 PM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

European Parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans


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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. 

Submitted 7/27/2017 1:51 PM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

Everything You Need to Know About the FDA Approval Process


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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for assuring consumers that drugs and treatment offered in the US are quality, safe, and effective. The process can take up to ten years, so a drug can be clinically proven to be safe and effective years before the FDA approves the treatment for sale in the US.

The testing process, which is conducted by the drug company that developed the treatment, starts with tests to show that the drugs in the treatment are safe and effective in animals. FDA approval is necessary of these test results for the drug to move to human trials.

Submitted 7/27/2017 1:47 PM | Category: Other Procedures

China’s New Trend in Healthcare – Medical Tourism


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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.

Submitted 7/27/2017 1:45 PM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

The Growing Popularity of India as a Medical Tourism Destination


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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.

Submitted 7/27/2017 1:41 PM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

Combating Childhood Neurological Disorders in Puerto Rico


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With six out of every 1000 children being born with autism, two out of every 1000 being born with cerebral palsy, and 11% of 4-11 year-olds being diagnosed with ADHD, doctors across the globe have been working to treat different pediatric neurological disorders—and none have been more successful Dr. Carmen Báez Francecshi.

Submitted 7/27/2017 12:11 PM | Category: Other Procedures

The Top 3 Dental Tourism Destinations Around the World


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Are you thinking of heading abroad to take advantage of dental tourism? If so, then you’re in good company!  As noted by Health.com, an estimated 400,000 Americans take advantage of dental treatment abroad each year.

And considering that the costs of dental care are skyrocketing in the U.S., and that more than 100 million people are without dental insurance, the number of people heading abroad for everything for everything from dental implants and crowns, to laser surgery and total smile makeovers, is only going to increase in the years to come.

Submitted 7/27/2017 12:08 PM | Category: Dental

The Best Places to Get Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad


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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.

Submitted 7/27/2017 12:04 PM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

Top Dental Tourism Statistics for Dental Procedures Abroad


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Across the country, an increasing number of people are booking dental procedures abroad in order to save anywhere from a few thousand, to tens of thousands of dollars. Indeed, Patients Beyond Borders notes that “typical costs of dental procedures [abroad] 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%.”
What’s more, a typical dental insurance plan only covers 100 percent of the cost for routine cleanings and check-ups. For other treatments and procedures, the co-pay obligation is 50 percent or higher. And on top of this, most dental policies limit coverage to $1,500 a year. Considering that a single dental implant in the U.S. can cost around $5,000, it is easy to understand why both insured and uninsured people are taking advantage of dental treatment abroad.

Submitted 7/27/2017 12:00 PM

How After-Care Should Work for Your Surgery Abroad


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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:

Submitted 7/27/2017 11:59 AM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

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


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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.

Submitted 7/27/2017 11:56 AM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

Can You Get Insurance Reimbursements After a Dental Tourism Procedure?


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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.   

Submitted 7/27/2017 11:28 AM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

The True Cost Savings of Getting Dental Implants Abroad


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Here at SkyMedicus, we have the privilege of speaking with people across the country from all walks of life – from busy executives to even busier stay-at-home moms and dads -- in order to help them understand the ins and outs of getting dental implants abroad.

And while every conversation is unique – because every person is unique – there’s often an interesting little “pause” when we confirm that the cost savings of getting dental implants abroad are indeed dramatic, and there are no hidden fees or extra costs. For example, whereas a dental implant in the U.S. can cost around $5,000 (and sometimes much more in certain parts of the country), having the treatment performed in any number of other countries – such as Mexico or Costa Rica, just to name a couple – typically costs less than $500. And considering that many people need more than one dental implant, the savings can be enormous.

Submitted 7/26/2017 3:26 PM | Category: Dental

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


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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:

Submitted 7/26/2017 3:23 PM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

How to Get Your Active Lifestyle Back with Hip Replacement Overseas


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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.”

Submitted 7/26/2017 3:17 PM | Category: Medical Tourism Info

Where are the Best Places to Get Dental Implants Abroad?


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As reported by FOX News, a growing number of Americans are hopping a flight in order to save anywhere from a few thousand – to tens of thousands – of dollars on dental care.

Indeed, the organization Patients Without Borders pegs the number of US dental tourists at around 400,000 per year. And when dental tourists from other countries are added to the mix – such as those from the UK, Australia, Canada and many parts of Western Europe – the number runs well in the millions. In fact, it may come as a surprise to learn that in terms of the number of patients served and treatments performed, dental tourism is actually more popular than medical tourism!

Submitted 7/26/2017 3:10 PM | Category: Dental

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