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Patients Beyond Borders in the News
- Sex-change surgery: India’s new line in budget medical tourism
AFP, 7 May 2016
"The number pales in comparison to Thailand which draws up to two million [medical travel] patients a year, but the firm’s chief executive officer (CEO) Josef Woodman was confident India would become a future leader in the niche area of gender affirmation surgeries. 'I think in another three to five years. It takes time,' Woodman told AFP of the surgeries, performed by less than a dozen Indian surgeons mostly in Delhi and Mumbai." Read more
- Chinese spur medical tourism in US
China Daily, 15 April 2016
"Competition among US hospitals for Chinese patients is heating up as they flood the US market, particularly lung cancer patients from large industrial centers like Beijing and Guangzhou in South China's Guangdong province, said Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, a company that publishes medical travel guides." Read more
- Why you should cross the border for a new face
New York Post, 29 March 2016
"According to Josef Woodman, CEO of the international medical and health travel Web site Patients Beyond Borders, increasing numbers of people are going abroad for health care. Judging by data from ministries of health and hospitals around the world, he says, 1.2 million to 1.4 million Americans are now heading overseas for surgery annually. And that number has been increasing by an average of 23 percent per year for the last 10 years. He attributes recent rises, in part, to Obamacare making Americans increasingly comfortable with shopping for physicians and insurance plans." Read more
- Can medical tourism succeed in Central Florida?
Orlando Sentinel, 6 February 2016
"'You can't become a medical tourism attraction until you have a great story to tell, beginning with great quality of care,' said Josef Woodman, founder and CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, who has written a book on the subject. Central Florida may be on its way, especially with Lake Nona's medical city booming, 'but does it have a critical mass of hospitals? I'd say probably not,' Woodman said." Read more
- Should You Travel Abroad for IVF?
US News & World Report, 15 December 2015
"Americans may also find equal, if not superior, care abroad, according to Woodman's book, 'Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody's Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Travel.' Barbados Fertility Centre, for example, reports an 80 percent IVF success rate for women under 35. Compare that to the United States,? where only about 46 percent of IVF cycles result in a clinical pregnancy on average, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology." Read more
- Flywire expands beyond tuition, offering international payments for medical tourism
The Boston Globe, 27 October 2015
"The worldwide market for medical tourism is worth up to $55 billion annually and is growing at 15 to 25 percent a year, according to Patients Beyond Borders, a company that publishes medical travel guides." Read more
- 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
- México, una atractiva oferta para turismo médico en Norteamérica
Notimex, 14 August 2015
"México es el país que más turistas extranjeros atiende en odontología y cirugía bariátrica (bypass y banda gástrica), según un estudio de Patients Beyond Borders." Read more
- Luxury Middle East medical tourism—just what the doctor ordered!
Al Bawaba, 9 August 2015
"Medical tourism is said to be a $50 billion-a-year business, and one that is increasing by 15-25 percent year over year, according to Patients Beyond Borders." 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
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Last updated on 7 May 2016