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Posted by Josef Woodman on 16 December 2011
MRI scan at Sime Darby Medical Center Subang Jaya in Kuala Lumpur
MRI scan at Sime Darby Medical Center Subang Jaya in Kuala Lumpur

On a recent business trip to Southeast Asia and all too aware of my impending sixtieth birthday next January, I reserved an extra day in Bangkok for some routine medical tests and procedures. The story will likely be familiar to you: my eyesight ain't what it used to be, I can barely hear my dinner companions in restaurants, and it was once again time for that dreaded colonoscopy. So I booked a vision exam, a comprehensive auditory test, and the endoscopic-style procedure.

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 11 October 2011
Bartender Brennan Mulligan showed off his new smile after dental surgery in Cost
Bartender Brennan Mulligan showed off his new smile after dental surgery in Costa Rica

I awoke this morning to a tweet that alerted me to an article in today's New York Daily News on the subject of medical tourism. "What a way to start the day," I groaned, "likely a hack job on the dangers of traveling to terrorist nations, horror stories of germ-infested hospitals, untrained surgeons wielding wooden scalpels, on and on...." Such are the tales...

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 27 September 2011
Scans and other testing abroad can save money

Renown writer and travel guru Peter Greenberg recently challenged me to provide examples of what I call "medical travel no-brainers," which popped up this week on PeterGreenberg.com.

He writes: "half of travel planning is looking for the right deal. We seek out affordable airfare, car rentals, accommodations, even entertainment. Why not also 'shop' for value with your...

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 22 September 2011
Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon
Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon

Last week, on the long plane ride home from Chennai and Delhi (headquarters of India's two largest healthcare providers Apollo and Fortis), I had time to reflect upon the astounding rate of growth and change on the subcontinent.

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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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