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    What Is Medical Tourism?
    Discovery Digital Network, 10 September 2015
    "For some Americans, serious medical procedures have simply become prohibitively expensive. A 2011 report by the OECD found that a heart bypass surgery can cost over $100,000 in the U.S. The same procedure in Mexico would cost around $4,000. Other countries, like Malaysia, Japan, and Thailand are welcoming this brand of tourism with open arms." Read more
    Turismo Médico en México, sector en auge
    Mundo Ejecutivo, 9 September 2015
    "Según estudios de ProMéxico y de acuerdo a Patients Beyond Borders, a nuestro país llegan un millón de pacientes extranjeros al año, cuya derrama económica es de 2 mil 980 millones de dólares, según cifras del 2014." Read more
    Foreign Affairs
    ITIJ Hospitals Review 2015, August 2015
    "The most successful international services departments Woodman has seen, then, have a topdown commitment to serving the international patient. 'All the way up to the CEO, they have one reason or another for wanting to attract international patients: it might be for prestige, they want the best doctors to recognise that hospital; often it's because of their profit margins, because the self-paying patient is more profitable than others.'" Read more
    Medical tourism in Auburn, Maine: What exactly is it?
    Sun Journal, 31 July 2015
    "Woodman said successful hospitals have the basics down when it comes to foreign patients: interpreters, familiar foods, cultural sensitivity. They also have a stellar medical reputation, are easy to get to and, often, have cultural or medical relationships with the sending country." Read more
    Medical tourism expertise helps Thailand cope with MERS
    Reuters, 22 June 2015
    "Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, a U.S.-based website that offers consumers information about medical travel, said Thailand could see a temporary drop in visitors but, as with the impact of last year's coup, it was likely to be short-lived. 'I believe, as with social and political unrest in Thailand ... a temporary drop in tourism and medical tourism may be experienced, usually with a rapid recovery to normal levels,' he said." Read more
    Southeast Asian hospitals are seeking new markets
    Nikkei Asian Review, 26 February 2015
    "'In 20 years we will see a dramatic drop in medical tourists traveling for lower costs,' he [Woodman] said. 'Access to specialties that a country could offer such as special instrumentation will keep them traveling,' he said." Read more
    Asia leads industry worth $55B
    Nikkei Asian Review, 26 February 2015
    "Patients Beyond Borders estimates that some 1.2 million Americans traveled abroad for medical care in 2014. The outflow has continued to grow, even after U.S. President Barack Obama in 2010 established a national health insurance program extending coverage to more than 90% of Americans. Employers that cover their workers' insurance premiums have seen costs climb, prompting them to offshore treatment—just as they do information technology operations and other tasks." Read more
    How Cuba's Health Care Sector Aims to Gain a Greater Foothold
    Knowledge@Wharton, 12 February 2015
    "Following [the Cayman Island Health City] model, for the short–haul patient out of the US, whether for the uninsured or underinsured patients, elective or experimental treatments not yet approved by the FDA—all of those are possibilities" Cuba could explore, says Woodman. Read more
    Medical tourism could help increase tourism revenue
    The Malaysian Insider, 26 January 2015
    "According to Patients Beyond Borders, there is a glaring difference in costs of medical treatment in the United States and Malaysia. A hip replacement, for example, would cost USD33,000 (RM118,870) in the United States and USD12,000 (RM43,220) in Malaysia ..." Read more
    Medical Tourism Might Be Just The Ticket
    The Street, 20 January 2015
    "If you want to figure out if going abroad will save you money, apply the $6,000 rule, says Patients Beyond Borders World Edition. If the total cost of your treatment (office visits, procedure and hospital stay) would be at least $6,000 more in the U.S., go outside the country. If the difference is less than $6,000, stay home." Read more
    Planes, trains and motos
    The Phnom Penh Post, 16 January 2015
    "Josef Woodman, CEO and founder of medical tourism research firm, Patients Beyond Borders, said the top destination for Cambodian medical tourists is Thailand, followed by Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. 'Thailand is the main place that Cambodians head to because of the high-quality of care, the aggressive outreach that target Cambodian patients and the fact that there are a lot of hospitals that serve Cambodians in a way that other neighbouring countries’ hospitals because of offerings like translation services,' he said." Read more
    Seeing the doctor, overseas: Medical tourism booms in Asia
    Agence France-Presse, 22 December 2014
    "The sector benefits from a 'perfect storm of an ageing global population, rising affluence and greater choice in quality hospitals,' said Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders. 'This is particularly true in Asia, where disparities in quality of care are driving millions of patients to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan—and even the US and UK—in search of medical treatment not yet available in their homelands.'" Read more
    Traveling Overseas for Medical Care
    WOSU Public Media, 10 December 2014
    Patients Beyond Borders author, Josef Wodoman, and Glen Cohen, professor of law and bioethics at Harvard, discuss medical travel with Ann Fisher on WOSU's program, All Sides. Listen now
    Medical Tourists Flock to Thailand Spurring Post-Coup Economy
    Bloomberg, 19 November 2014
    "Foreigners seeking treatment for everything from open-heart surgery to gender reassignment have made Thailand the world’s No. 1 destination for so-called medical tourism, luring as many as 1.8 million overseas visitors in 2013, according to Patients Beyond Borders, a consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina." Read more
    Dubai Cuts Profile as Mideast Plastic Surgery Hub
    Associated Press, 23 October 2014
    "The Dubai Health Authority says that around 120,000 medical tourists came last year, generating revenue of around $200 million — a 12 percent boost from the previous year. That already puts it ahead of Turkey, with 110,000 medical travelers, and Costa Rica, with 40,000 to 65,000, according to 2013 figures from Patients Beyond Borders, a U.S. group that collects data on the industry." Read more
    Should You Have Surgery Abroad?
    AARP Magazine, October 2014
    "Vince Ellis needed a new knee. What the 58-year-old network administrator got, in addition to knee-replacement surgery at an internationally accredited hospital, was an all-expenses-paid trip to Costa Rica, a two-week stay in a four-star hotel, and daily visits from a nurse and physical therapist, all thanks to his employer, North Carolina–based HSM Solutions. What's more, he's now back at work, pain free, his retirement savings intact. 'I didn't pay out of pocket for anything,' he says." Read more
    Come for the Seven-Star Hotel, Stay for a Nose Job
    Bloomberg, 24 September 2014
    "Among the challenges Dubai may face as it seeks to capture a share of an industry worth more than $30 billion, is that it’s too expensive to compete on cost with destinations like India, and isn’t highly regarded enough to compete on quality with the U.S. and Europe, according to Josef Woodman, chief executive officer of Patients Beyond Borders, which publishes books on medical tourism. What the desert city does have is a reputation for luxury, and it’s using that to carve out a niche in the medical tourism market." Read more
    Indonesia's Bitter Pill
    Forbes Indonesia, 13 September 2014
    "Where is Indonesia in the medical tourism game? Sadly, it is missing the opportunity. Despite the introduction of a new national healthcare plan and other measures to improve healthcare, Indonesia so far has not really participated in this market, though it is close to three of the biggest medical tourism countries in Asia (Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand)." Read more
    Afghan medical tourists flying to India attract SpiceJet
    Live Mint, 21 August 2014
    "Zia, who like many Afghans watched Bollywood films while growing up and speaks Hindi, said he paid $3,700 for his mother’s knee replacement at Saket City Hospital in India’s capital. The same procedure costs about $19,200 in Singapore and $34,000 in the U.S., according to Patients Beyond Borders." Read more
    Knee Surgery in Singapore?
    U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2015, 21 August 2014
    "After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when travel visas into the U.S. were abruptly delayed, the Cleveland Clinic saw its traffic from abroad slow to a trickle. 'In two weeks, we went from 35 international heart patients a month to five,' says CEO and President Toby Cosgrove. So the medical center opened for business where the business was. Since 2007, it has managed Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, a 750-bed hospital in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Next year, it will begin serving patients at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a gleaming 4.4 million square feet in 24 stories that will rely on the center's homegrown systems and expertise and employ 3,000 doctors, nurses and other staff; the hiring is now underway." Read more
    International patients boost Houston's medical economy
    Houston Chronicle, 9 August 2014
    "Patients Beyond Borders, a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based provider of international medical and health travel information, states on its website about 11 million cross-border patients worldwide spend an annual average of $3,500 to $5,000 per trip, including medical and travel costs." Read more
    Want Affordable Health Care? In Order to Get It You May Need to Leave the Country!
    The Motley Fool, 13 July 2014
    "It's a fairly well-known fact that medical care in the U.S. costs more than just about anywhere else in the world for a comparable procedure or care.For example, in July 2013 Bloomberg noted that the cost to perform coronary bypass surgery in India was just 95,000 rupees ($1,589), about half the cost of the same procedure 20 years ago. By the same token, data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicates that the same procedure at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic would cost $106,385—and these costs have only been rising over the past 20 years." Read more
    Some Insurance Companies Ask Their Customers to Cross the Border for Care
    The New Republic, 7 July 2014
    "Uninsured Americans have long known that seeking medical care abroad is often more cost-effective than seeking it at home. Even after you factor in travel expense and time off work, you still often come out ahead. A hip replacement that would cost $75,000 for an uninsured patient in the U.S. is $9,000 in India. A heart bypass in the U.S. runs about $210,000; in Thailand it’s $12,000. According to Patients Beyond Borders, a company that facilitates medical tourism, those savings drove about 900,000 Americans to leave the country for medical procedures last year—a number they estimate is growing by 15 percent per year." Read more

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