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    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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