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Medical Tourism Was Booming In Mexican Border Towns. Then Came The Coronavirus.


6 OCTOBER 2020

“It’s devastating” to local economies, Woodman said. “It’s not just the dentists and the clinics. It’s the transportation people, it’s the restaurant people. Their livelihood is 100% all about medical and dental tourism or pharma tourism."”

On the Texas border amid coronavirus, families are seeking medical care in Mexico



Medical tourism to Mexican border cities has been common for years, since treatment in the U.S. can cost more than twice than it does in Mexico and medicines can be up to 10 times more expensive in the U.S.  Read more>>>

Cruzar la frontera hacia México es la esperanza de muchos en Estados Unidos para conseguir cuidados médicos



La organización Patients Beyond Borders estima que en los centros médicos de México es posible ahorrar desde el 40% hasta el 65% de lo que costaría un tratamiento del lado estadounidense.  Read more>>>

What a Korean Teenage Fashion Trend Reveals About the Culture of Mask-Wearing


11 AUGUST 2020

“That’s what worked in the United States: a ‘me’ culture and the rugged individualist heading West in their wagon trains. All that is still part of the iconic image of Americans,” Woodman says. “And it’s not working so well for us right now.” Read more>>>

Medical Tourism to Sonora Plunges Due to COVID-19


30 JULY 2020

Americans are now traveling to Mexico mainly for complex care, like implants, to treat problems that have become impossible to ignore. "People put it off, then five months later it turns into an emergency situation,” Woodman said. “The ones that were in trouble in December are desperate.”  Read more>>>

Patients pack bags as dental tourism resumes



16 JULY 2020

 “It’s safe to say that at least 100,000 patients cancelled their medical or dental trips in March, with some 500,000 cancellations on the horizon through [to the end of September] 2020 going to see some interesting changes along this front," Woodman said.  Read more>>>

Will Coronavirus Impact The Future Of Medical Tourism? Thousands Forced To Cancel Trips Amid COVID-19 Outbreak


APRIL 2020

 "I think we're going to see some interesting changes along this front," he said. "Tele-health has instantly become baked into the system overnight. They have to use it, whether it's tele-diagnostics or physician consultations, tele-therapy." Read more>>>

Medical tourism: how is digital tech reshaping the industry?


4 MARCH 2020

“Remote physician-to-physician consultation enables in-country diagnosis and treatment planning,” wrote Patients Beyond Borders founder and CEO Josef Woodman “This remote partnership builds in-country medical capacity and helps patients that do need to travel for a procedure better prepare for treatment and access greater support upon their return home.” Read more>>>

My Journey Through Tijuana for the Best Surgery $2,000 Can Buy


18 FEBRUARY 2020

" companies dictate what kind of treatment you need to receive, and that’s what the doctor follows. But in Mexico, it’s not like that.”  Read more>>>

Mexico Insurance Company Rolls Out "Medical Tourism" Coverage for American Seeking Affordable Treatment South of the Border


27 JANUARY 2020

According to PBB, Americans traveling to Mexico could save as much as 40 to 60 percent on treatments.However, Woodman warned: "You don't want to just jump in a car and get stopped and realize you should have bought insurance."  Read more>>>

Worth the Trip?  A Look at Dental Tourism


20 JANUARY 2020

Dentists may encounter patients who are interested in dental tourism. While they should not immediately discourage the idea, all dentists should insist on one central point: Do your research.  Read more>>>

In India, Westerners are fuelling a gender affirmation surgery boom



“Around 15 years ago, India established itself as a destination for orthopaedics and cardiology. But today, it is becoming well-known for reliable high-quality care in almost every specialty and super specialty.” Read more>>>

Why So Many People Have to Travel for IVF Treatment


25 NOVEMBER 2019

"American patients can save 30-65 percent by crossing borders for fertility treatment, at clinics, such as Barbados Fertility Center (Barbados); BNH Hospital (Thailand); Centro Fecundar (Costa Rica); LIV Fertility Center (Mexico)," says Woodman. Read More>>>

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


14 NOVEMBER 2019

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>>>

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


12 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>>>

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



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 >>>

Are High Health Costs Really Forcing Americans to Go Overseas?


21 OCTOBER 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 >>>

US 'medical tourists' seek cheap health care abroad


14 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 >>>

Beauty Tourism is a Quietly Flourishing Global Industry


3 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>>

Медицинская утопия для Севастополя


02 октября 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>>>

A Memphis life, saved in India



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>>

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


27 AUGUST 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>>

Expertise in oncology puts Malaysia on medical tourism map


9 JULY 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 >>

The Worst Patients in the World


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 >>

Juarez’s medical tourism plummets as bridge wait times grow


5 JUNE 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 >>

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


18 MAY 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 >>

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


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


9 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 >>

I had my misgivings about going abroad for surgery


28 MARCH 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.”   


Where care counts more than money


26 JANUARY 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>>

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


23 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>>

 Medical Tourists: Incoming and Outgoing




"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>>

Dallas radio interview on El Paso patient’s tragic outcome


14 NOVEMBER 2018

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>>


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