Category Archives: Medical Tourism

Tips on saving money when paying for health care

A few weeks ago I ran across an article in Woman’s Day titled ‘22 Ways to Save on Health Care’ that I thought would be helpful to self-pay patients, including not only those who are uninsured but also anybody with … Continue reading

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ABC News reports on medical tourism

Last week ABC News had a feature on medical tourism. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this concept, it simply means travelling away from your home area to have a procedure performed, usually done for cost reasons but sometimes … Continue reading

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An auction for medical procedures? MediBid breaks new ground in healthcare

I’ve mentioned MediBid in the past, but I don’t know that I’ve ever explained what it is or how it works. Which is a major oversight on my part, because they’re one of the most innovative companies around catering to self-pay patients, … Continue reading

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Medical tourist pays $9,000 for shoulder repair, saves more than $120,000

One of the biggest challenges for self-pay patients who are uninsured is paying for very expensive treatments and procedures that can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. This month’s issue of Medical Tourism Magazine reports on how one self-pay … Continue reading

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Critical illness insurance as a substitute for ‘comprehensive’ health insurance

I’ve probably mentioned critical illness policies half a dozen times as potential substitutes for high-priced ‘comprehensive’ health insurance, but I haven’t actually gotten around to explaining what they are and how they can be of benefit to self-pay patients (and of course, what their … Continue reading

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Arizona hospital offers package pricing to self-pay patients

One of the more aggravating factors about hospital care and billing is that they typically do not offer what is commonly called ‘package’ pricing, instead providing only billing statements that can run towards hundreds of individual line items, usually at wildly … Continue reading

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ABC’s Good Morning America reports on real prices at Surgery Center of Oklahoma

I’ve mentioned the Surgery Center of Oklahoma several times before as an option for self-pay patients who need to know what the real price is for treatment. Too often the uninsured can’t find out ahead of time what a procedure will cost, … Continue reading

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Update on Medical Tourism in India

I just ran across an article from last week about medical tourism in India, “India Medical Tourism in Troubled Times,” from August 21. As I’ve noted before, medical tourism can be a great value for uninsured self-pay patients as well as those … Continue reading

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Narayana surgical hospitals in India provide heart surgery for much less than U.S. facilities

I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to write this post since I was reading an article about this topic several weeks back that helped prompt me to launch The Self-Pay Patient. I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve written a book to … Continue reading

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Medical tourism satire reveals important lessons for uninsured/self-pay patients

Freelance writer Justin Matis had what was mostly intended (I think) as a satirical piece in Slate on the subject of medical tourism and getting major medical needs met as an uninsured American. Satire or not, though, for self-pay patients his article does raise some important … Continue reading

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