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PATIENTS BEYOND BORDERS IN THE NEWS

Nobody wants to travel for care to a far-flung land and be in pain without relatives and loved ones around,” he [Woodman] said. “They’re being forced into it financially and by the shortcomings of the system.  Read More>>>

Welcome to Molar City, Mexico, The Dental Mecca America’s Health Care Costs Built

HUFFPOST/POLITICS

14 NOVEMBER 2019

More people are traveling out of the country for dental treatment but dentists are warning of the risks...Mexico is a top destination and dental work is a top reason. The trips are often called "medical vacations" or "dental tourism." Read More>>>

'It's a no-brainer': Spokane couple saves $4,500 with Mexico 'dental vacation'

CBS NEWS KREM2

12 NOVEMBER 2019

Josef Woodman, CEO of the medical travel resource Patients Beyond Borders, acknowledges that though there are highly distinguished medical schools in popular medical tourism locales such as Thailand, India, Korea and Mexico, properly vetting doctors without certification in those regions is just too complicated for the average consumer.  Read More >>>

6 Key Things to Do If You’re Traveling Outside the U.S. for Plastic Surgery

REALSELF

7 NOVEMBER 2019

According to Patients Beyond Borders, a group that promotes medical tourism, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common procedures that Americans seek overseas are cosmetic, dental, cardiac, and bariatric.  Read More >>>

Are High Health Costs Really Forcing Americans to Go Overseas?

DAILY SIGNAL

21 OCTOBER 2019

The United States itself receives health tourists -- its highly advanced health care system appeals to patients with massive purchasing power from Arab and Asian countries. But that is a luxury Merrill cannot afford. Read More >>>

US 'medical tourists' seek cheap health care abroad

FRANCE 24

14 OCTOBER 2019

 "Many countries are known for a particular category of treatment," Woodman says. "If you're seeking cosmetic surgery, Mexico, Costa Rica and Thailand rank among the most popular destinations. Dentistry will have you exploring Mexico, Costa Rica or Hungary."  Read More>>

Beauty Tourism is a Quietly Flourishing Global Industry

FASHIONISTA

3 OCTOBER 2019

По данным Patients Beyond Borders, около 8 миллионов пациентов со всего мира каждый год обращаются за зарубежным лечением, внося свой вклад в глобальную индустрию. При этом многие страны стремятся предложить высококачественную медицинскую помощь по хорошей цене.  читати більше>>>

Медицинская утопия для Севастополя

Крым.Реалии

02 октября 2019

Willy’s experience has been labeled medical tourism, and Patients Beyond Borders estimates that 1.9 million Americans will travel out of the country for medical care in 2019.....Willy didn’t any more travel to India for the temple tours and curry than families travel to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for Graceland and barbecue.  Read More>>

A Memphis life, saved in India

THE DAILY MEMPHIAN

13 SEPTEMBER 2019

 “Por lo general, está más cerca del 70 por ciento”, explicó Josef Woodman, CEO de Patients Beyond Borders. “Especialmente cuando vas por un tratamiento complejo”.  Leer mas>>

Estadounidenses ‘migran’ a México ¡para curarse!; crece turismo médico

EL HORIZONTE

27 AUGUST 2019

"Data by Patients Beyond Borders shows that foreigners seeking treatment in Malaysia can enjoy average savings of between 60% and 80% on procedures such as CABG, valve replacement with bypass, total hip replacement, total knee replacement, gastric bypass, implant-supported dentures, full facelift, rhinoplasty and others. In comparison, Singapore offers cost savings of 25% to 40% and Mexico, 40% to 60%." Read More >>

Expertise in oncology puts Malaysia on medical tourism map

THE SUN DAILY

9 JULY 2019

“In most of the world, what the doctor says still goes. ‘Doctors are more deified in other countries; patients follow orders,’ says Josef Woodman, the CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, a consulting firm that researches international health care. He contrasts this with the attitude of his grown children in the U.S.: ‘They don’t trust doctors as far as they can throw them.’” Read More >>

The Worst Patients in the World

THE ATLANTIC

JULY 2019

“Medical tourism is one of Mexico’s multi-billion-dollar industries and one of the main lures of border cities like Juarez, Tijuana and Laredo for American visitors. According to the web page of Patients Beyond Borders, a medical travel organization, in 2016 medical tourism contributed $4.6 billion to Mexico’s economy. The reason? Cheaper prices.” Read More >>

Juarez’s medical tourism plummets as bridge wait times grow

ABC KTSM EL PASO

5 JUNE 2019

“A treatment plan he estimated would cost $15,900 in the U.S. ended up costing Woodman $4,010 in Mexico. “So, I saved about $10,000,” he said. “And that is not unusual. You can save a lot of money.” Read More >>

Thousands of Americans Are Crossing the Border into Mexico Every Year to Get Affordable Medical Treatment

NEWSWEEK

18 MAY 2019

“Through Woodman’s 12 years of work with internationally accredited hospitals, Ministries of Health, doctors and specialists, Patients Beyond Borders compiled a short list of the most-traveled destinations and the average range of savings per procedure.” Read More >>

Medical tourism a cheaper alternative to surgery in the states but risks accompany the rewards

WMC 5 ACTION NEWS MEMPHIS

25 APRIL 2019

“It is perhaps here, at the crossroads of hyper-innovation in healthcare and common-sense preventive approaches to physical and mental well-being, where Korea has the greatest opportunity to excel, adapt and compete on the global healthcare stage in improving medical outcomes and patient satisfaction to the good of all.”   Read More >>

Medical Korea 2019 Reveals South Korea at the Forefront of “Fourth Generation Healthcare

MEDICAL TRAVEL TODAY

9 APRIL 2019

“Patients Beyond Borders, a publisher of guidebooks for ‘medical tourists’ estimates that more than 20 million people will travel to another country for medical treatment this year, up 25% from 16 million last year. Meanwhile, a 2016 report by payments giant Visa estimated that the medical tourism industry was worth $50bn a year, and continuing to grow.”   

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I had my misgivings about going abroad for surgery

BBC

28 MARCH 2019

“Famous for specialised treatments and anti-ageing programmes, Thailand ranks among the top 10 medical tourism destinations, along with Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico, Israel, Costa Rica, India and Turkey, according to Patients Beyond Borders. It’s home to 64 hospitals accredited by Joint Commission International, which assures visitors safety and high-quality standards—the highest number in Asean and the fourth in the world.”   Read More>>

Where care counts more than money

THE NATION

26 JANUARY 2019

“According to Patients Beyond Borders, a medical tourism guidebook, 1.7 million Americans traveled to other countries in 2017 for medical care, and that number is expected to increase. Many, such as Capone, travel to save money. Mexico is among the top 10 destinations.”   Read More>>

They went to Mexico for surgery. They came back with a deadly superbug.

THE WASHINGTON POST

23 JANUARY 2019

"Now, many medical tourists are going the other way—from the United States to other countries to receive health care. In 2007, it is estimated that 750,000 Americans traveled to other countries for health care. In 2017, more than 1.4 million Americans sought health care in a variety of countries around the world" Read More>>

 Medical Tourists: Incoming and Outgoing

AMERICAN JOURNAL

OF MEDICINE

JANUARY 2019

Josef Woodman speaks with KRLD Dallas’s Mitch Carr about the importance of licensed medical providers and facility accreditation in light of the 30 October tragedy at a cosmetic clinic in Juarez, Mexico.  Listen Here>>

Dallas radio interview on El Paso patient’s tragic outcome

KRLD DALLAS

14 NOVEMBER 2018

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