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Posted by Josef Woodman on 19 September 2011

Medical tourism is becoming a mainstream concept for most Americans. In fact, you likely know someone who has at least considered leaving his or her town, state, or country to gain access to care not available nearby.

For years many of the most sought-after health care providers have been concentrated in Asia. Hospitals like Bumrungrad in Thailand, Apollo in India, and Anadolu in Turkey have become Meccas for international patients seeking affordable, high-quality options...

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 05 September 2011
Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Factbook 2010 via Google Public Data.

According to data from the OECD 2010 Fact Book, Mexico is the second most obese nation in the world, just trailing — you guessed it — the United States. This fact may have interesting implications for medical travel market between the two countries.

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 20 August 2011

A 2009 study published in the Journal Medical Care found that rates of complications for weight loss surgery have been declining significantly. This is potentially great news for patients considering weight-reduction surgery outside of their home country, where the risk of having to make a second trip to correct post-surgery problems is a huge concern for such patients and may prevent them from pursuing that option.

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 07 August 2011
Exterior view of San Jose Tec de Monterrey, a leading hospital in Mexico

Patients leaving the US for weight-reduction surgeries constitute a large and growing market. The factors contributing to this trend are simple. As with our bloated debt crisis, Americans have become increasingly obese over the past half century. The percentage of obese adult Americans has grown from 23% in 1988 to 34% in 2008 — an increase of .5% of the population per year.

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 01 August 2011
Josef Woodman is an expert on medical tourism.

I have not been the biggest fan of blogs. Many of them are too long and not terribly informative to most of our audience—the individual patient traveling for care. Yet the absence of a blog on PatientsBeyondBorders.com is conspicuous in the age of Facebook and Twitter.

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