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    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
    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
    Coup crisis could cost Thailand its medical tourism crown
    Reuters, 23 May 2014
    "'News of violence that leads to adverse travel advisories or perceptions of personal safety risks can cause some medical tourists to postpone their trips for treatment, hoping that conditions will soon improve,' Kenneth Mays, senior director at Bumrungrad, said in an email to Reuters before the coup." Read more
    Affordable Health Care You Won't Find in the U.S.
    Bloomberg TV, 23 May 2014
    "Rising medical costs in the U.S. are driving Americans overseas. Procedures like hip replacements and bypass surgeries are up to 90 percent cheaper in other countries. Here's a look at the numbers behind the booming business of medical tourism." Watch now
    The Flourishing Medical Tourism Business in America
    HealthLeaders Media, 16 April 2014
    "Yet as many hospital executives know, the United States is a leading destination for medical tourists—the third-most popular healthcare destination worldwide in 2012, with 800,000 international patients flying in to seek care, according to Patients Beyond Borders, an informational publisher for medical tourists." Read more
    Top destinations for health tourism
    CNBC, 14 March 2014
    "Medical tourism — where patients struggling to afford or find the right treatment at home head overseas — is booming, with many countries jostling to offer high-quality health care at a good price. In 2013, around 900,000 Americans traveled overseas for treatment, according to Patients Beyond Borders, a provider of medical travel information." Read more
    Thailand offers tourists chance to win a new face
    CNN Travel, 5 March 2014
    "Josef Woodman, CEO of U.S.-based medical travel consumer guide Patients Beyond Borders (PBB), tells CNN an estimated 920,000 to 1.2 million medical tourists came to Thailand in 2013, which represents around 10% of the worldwide patient flow for international medical travel." Read more
    The Dream of Moving Abroad in Later Life, With Good Health Care
    The New York Times, 21 February 2014
    "Josef D. Woodman, author of 'Patients Beyond Borders,' a book that guides people on finding affordable health care outside of the United States, said that a few countries allow retirees who have established residency to participate in their national health plans. But gaining access to these plans can entail the use of public hospitals and lengthy waits for nonemergency services, he said."
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    Médecine avec frontières
    The Economist, 15 February 2014
    "Patients Beyond Borders estimates that as many as 12m people globally now travel for care, perhaps 1m of them Americans. "
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    Paying Less for the Best
    Delta Sky Magazine, February 2014
    Patients Beyond Borders' latest comparative costs for medical procedures abroad are published in February's Delta Sky Magazine.
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    Taking an I.V.F. Journey to Israel
    The New York Times, 6 January 2014
    "A number of countries around the world provide fertility treatments at a lower cost than the United States, ranging from $2,600 to $6,000 in places such as Brazil, Spain, Russia, South Africa and Israel.'The best international I.V.F. clinics have proven success rates that equal or exceed the averages achieved in the U.S., U.K., and Europe,' according to Patients Beyond Borders, a resource for medical tourism." Read more
    Using a passport to cut the costs of surgery
    MarketWatch, 13 November 2013
    "The savings on medical procedures can be considerable, ranging from 25% to as much as 90%, depending on the procedure and location. In one example, Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, said that a patient needing extensive dental work who was quoted $60,000 for a mouthful of new teeth in the U.S. was charged $17,000 for the same work in Costa Rica." Read more
    More and more vacationers becoming 'well' traveled
    New York Post, 12 November 2013
    "As for notable wellness-focused destinations, 'Thailand is a hotspot right now,' says author and medical travel expert Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders. 'Thailand is a huge center for spas, obviously, and wellness is already built into its culture. It’s a slam dunk, organically blending wellness and medicine.'" Read more
    Some Brits Find A Way To Make Cosmetic Surgery Part Of Their Vacation
    Huff Post Travel, 8 November 2013
    "Make sure you're in the hands of the best possible physician. 'If you're going for a heart bypass,' says Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, 'you want to know that particular doctor's done 300 of them instead of 20 and that that procedure has a 98.2 percent success rate,' roughly comparable to the rate in the States." Read more
    Dental tourism could save you big money, 1 November 2013
    "We estimate that in 2012, 400,000 Americans crossed international borders for dental care. For 2013, we project a growth rate of approximately 20 percent," says Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders." Read more

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