Globalizing Health Care
Crossing Borders Slashes Medical Costs
Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Tourism is the first comprehensive guide for Americans facing long-term financial insecurity due to challenging medical conditions. Author Josef Woodman spent three years researching facilities and collecting patient case studies for everything from dental work and LASIK eye repair to fertilization clinics, cosmetic procedures and major surgery. His book recommends the best hospitals and treatment centers in 22 destinations worldwide.
“Amidst an increasingly bleak U.S. healthcare landscape, medical travel is a viable option for Americans who find themselves priced out of the domestic health market,” says Woodman. For a fraction of domestic care costs, he says, patients can travel abroad to access U.S.-trained doctors in state-of-the-art facilities without extended waiting periods or denial of insurance coverage.
According to Woodman’s book, more than 100 overseas hospitals and clinics now carry American accreditation. Last year, 150,000 Americans reportedly took advantage of these facilities, and that number is expected to double in 2008. Woodman advises that “Good planning is essential to the success of any medical procedure and that goes double for the global patient.”
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