Category Archives: Medical Tourism

Health insurance market closed to most, now what?

As a general rule I try not to discuss Obamacare (officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA) here on The Self-Pay Patient blog. I have plenty of other outlets to share my views on that law, and … Continue reading

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Ocean Surgery Center offers cash prices on the West Coast

I’ve written about and mentioned on several occasions two surgical facilities that offer cash prices for self-pay patients, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma and Regency Healthcare in New York City. These are places that offer up-front, all-inclusive prices for routine … Continue reading

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Excellent article about medical tourism

Several months ago I had a guest blog post from Kevin Mercadante, who runs the terrific blog OutOfYourRut.com. He wrote an article for his readers that he allowed me to repost here titled ‘What to do if you absolutely can’t … Continue reading

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Self-pay options for immigrants (legal or illegal)

Self-pay patients are by no means a homogenous group  – some are uninsured, others have high-deductible health insurance or even more comprehensive coverage that covers most costs (so long as they stay in-network and the insurer decides covers the treatment, … Continue reading

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Interest in medical tourism continues to grow

There seems to be a growing interest in travelling domestically or internationally to find affordable medical treatment, at least judging by the fact that I see this topic featured in the news more frequently than before. For self-pay patients looking … Continue reading

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How to Opt Out of Obamacare

December has arrived, and the deadline to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare, of course) that will be effective January 1 is looming large. Recent press accounts suggest the online exchanges are working … Continue reading

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Media Roundup of Self-Pay Healthcare

Patients who pay their own way, either because they are uninsured or have a high-deductible health insurance plan, have been popping up in the media more often of late, or so it seems to me at least. I thought regular … Continue reading

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Colombia enters the market for medical tourism

Going overseas to find affordable medical treatments seems to be a growing industry, and is ideal for self-pay patients who otherwise struggle to pay for needed care. A lot of attention has been given to destinations in Asia, particularly India … Continue reading

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Finding quality medical tourism destinations

A few weeks ago I traded several tweets with someone who was touting the benefits of Costa Rica as a medical tourism destination. I wound up getting a link to her company, called Exquisite Medical Tours, which specializes in arranging … Continue reading

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Medical tourism doesn’t have to mean leaving the country

I’ve talked in the past about the huge savings available to self-pay patients who travel overseas for surgical or hospital care, such as the man who went to Thailand and paid $9,000 for shoulder surgery that would have cost $130,000 in the … Continue reading

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