Tag Archives: Medical tourism

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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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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Pay attention to your hospital bills!

Earlier this week I read an article in the Los Angeles Times about fraudulent charges for anesthesiology services at the Sutter Health hospital chain in California, which drives home a point I’ve made before about the need for self-pay patients to pay … 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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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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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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