Thursday, December 27, 2012

Falling insurance coverage: Is there no hope?

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According to studies from the Commonwealth Fund, working-class Americans whose wages have declined during the last decade also had their health insurance reduced, exposing them to unaffordable medical costs.

The amount of working-class adults in America who lacked adequate insurance coverage is on the rise, from 16 million in 2003 to 29 million in 2010. According to the Commonwealth Fund’s Senior Vice President Cathy Schoen, the underinsured are at a high risk as the uninsured because holes or limits in their plans expose them to unaffordable medical costs. These ballooning medical costs eat into these workers’ meager earnings.

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The amount of middle-income workers who lost insurance coverage over the last decade also increased, from 46 million in 2003 to 52 million in 2010. This means that nearly half the working age population in the United States does not have insurance protection. In addition, with rising out-of-pocket medical bills, even insured workers are having a hard time making payments.

Is there still hope?

For proponents and supporters of medical travel, the answer is yes. Medical travel continues to provide Americans with top-notch medical experience. In fact, there is a steady rise in people opting to have their procedures done outside the country, where medical costs are lower but the quality of service and hospital facilities are at par, or even better, than those in the United States.

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Steven Lash is the president and CEO of Satori World Medical, a premier global healthcare network. For more information, visit this website.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Medical travel: Less of a burden for employers and employees

As health care costs continue to accelerate at a fast rate, more and more employers plan to increase deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums and employees’ contribution to their premiums.

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This means that health care costs are getting passed on to employees, increasing their financial burden.

However, proponents of medical travel believe that medical travel, due to the cheaper costs of having procedures done outside of the United States, helps in alleviating employee and employer burdens of paying exorbitant fees, as well as decreasing the overall healthcare costs in the United States.

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Even though the number of people who are taking advantage of medical travel is increasing every year, there are still a lot of people who are averse to getting treatments outside the United States, with safety and health care quality the primary concern. However, as the quality of health care provided by hospitals located in medical travel destinations is at par with local health care, those concerns are largely unfounded. Furthermore, hospitals in medical travel destinations are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the international branch of the Joint Commission (JC), which accredits well-known US hospitals, like the Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Steven Lash is a proponent of medical travel and the CEO and president of Satori World Medical. For more information, visit this website.

Steven Lash: The man who changed health care

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When Steven Lash first received his bachelor’s degree in business from the State University of New York at Binghamton and then his master’s degree in business administration from the University of San Diego, it never came to his mind that, in just a few short decades, he would be the man who would change health care.

Lash spent more than 18 years with Sharp Healthcare, working his way up, until he became the lead person on the executive team who designed, acquired, and implemented the business plan that transformed Sharp from a single stand-alone hospital into a multi-dimensional, vertically integrated healthcare delivery system.

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Aside from this, Steven Lash was also a private consultant who provided consulting services to a national dental company on operational infrastructure and to a New York–based investment bank on healthcare services. Before founding Satori World Medical, he was president of Woodward Laboratories and, prior to that, was president and CEO of DermTech International. Both companies' revenues and cash flows more than doubled under his leadership.

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Steven Lash is the founder, president, and CEO of Satori World Medical, a company that provides world-class health care at a fraction of the cost. Satori World Medical received wide acclaim due to its business model, and was honored by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the 100 Brilliant Companies to Watch in 2009. To know more about Steven Lash, visit this website.

Steven Lash: Satori World Medical gives hope

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Building a multi-million dollar business from scratch is never easy. As a businessman, Steven Lash managed businesses and, through his formidable business acumen, promoted growth, revenue, and profit for most, if not all, companies he led. But by creating Satori World Medical, Lash found that he did not just build a company; he gave out hope.

Lash knew that all Americans deserve high-quality healthcare and patient services, but he is also aware that the cost of health care in the United States is constantly growing, keeping it out of reach of most Americans. Thus, with the aim of giving ordinary Americans high-quality healthcare services, he turned his sights overseas and found out that healthcare procedures done there were on par with the United States, if not better.

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They were also a lot cheaper.

With this in mind, Steven Lash built Satori World Medical, a global healthcare network and medical travel services–oriented company specifically designed to deliver high-quality healthcare services, share the tremendous cost savings with plan sponsors and their employees, and coordinate all medical and travel services for individuals who need care. In just over five years in the business, Satori World Medical has already helped numerous clients travel to various countries to undergo procedures that would otherwise prove to be too expensive had they been performed in the United States.

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Steven Lash is the founder, president, and CEO of Satori World Medical. For more information, visit the company’s official homepage.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Health care up close: Medical travel beyond close calls

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Many years ago, an outsourced health care would have made a lot of American economists cringe. In the same vein, even the mere thought of the prospect would have made healthcare professionals cry in protest. Many proud and confident individuals must have laughed it off and thought it wouldn’t fly at all. Yet, on the heels of humongous healthcare spending and unaffordable medical care that has been gripping the nation and making it grope in the dark for decades now, medical travel seems to be as bright as the sun.

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Medical travel today is on the clouds, and to say that the sky is the limit will be an inglorious understatement. With a larger wingspan of benefits that could put to shame even the couple of trillion of dollars funneled each year into national healthcare purses, this billion-dollar industry is reaping more than a repaired tummy tuck and buttocks. The innovative face lift is institutional and phenomenal. Medical travel is a trend in progress. It will be understandable if some people or sectors perceive some risks. However, the benefits far outweigh any of those.

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Satori World Medical founder Steven Lash, who prefers the term “medical travel” over “medical tourism,” captured in words the “seriousness and the quality” of it all: "Because you're not climbing Machu Picchu when you're going through one of our procedures." Lash might have meant it for what it is, but the mountain of healthcare issues surely also come close.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Against frayed health care: The unbridled benefits of medical travel

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Over the past years, over half a million patients jetting off to faraway lands every year have been easily turning many heads. Head count increases as more people head off outside the border with a single aim: cut cost on medical care.

Medical travel has presented a new insightful look on the alternative and has effectively proven a cost-effective option to an unaffordable healthcare. The Western populace, long held hostage by the exorbitant medical costs, is now seen appreciative of the benefits of medical tourism. The trend, now fully accelerated, is indeed on a blitz.

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Steven Lash, CEO of the pioneering healthcare travel brand Satori Medical World, knows that with the world taking a new leaf on medical travel, more people will finally fully understand the larger benefits of medical travel. The good results and wonderful medical travel experiences of people who grabbed the opportunity simply dismantle fear and uncertainty. "We have been getting quite a bit of traction and it's easy to see why,” says Lash.

The healthcare sector is currently in a box. While patients try hard enough to wiggle out, there seems to be too little space to crawl on. Medical travel may be a long aisle of a solution, but it is way too good a leg room that the world can’t afford to ignore.

There’s one undisputable fact today: Medical travel is a breather. It’s like people pushing their head off and they just head out.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Satori World Medical hospital feature: Bangkok Hospital Medical Center

Satori World Medical is a global healthcare network specifically designed to provide access to high-quality healthcare services and cost-saving solutions. The company leads the way in the globalization of health care through its global network of International Centers of Excellence situated in different countries, including Bangkok, Thailand. The Bangkok Hospital Medical Center (BMC) is located here.

BMC history

In 1972, BMC’s first medical campus—with a single 100-bed facility—opened its doors to the public. Since then, it has significantly grown, becoming Thailand’s largest hospital operator with 13 network locations across the country.

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Cutting-edge medical technology

BMC takes pride in using world-class and modern technology, which includes the 256-slice multi-detector CT scan, gamma knife surgery, and the blood marrow stem cell transplant. With these advancements in medical technology, this Satori World Medical hospital affords patients access to more reliable diagnostic imaging, shorter recovery periods, and less invasive surgical procedures.

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BMC facilities

BMC’s patient rooms are spacious, comfortable, and have an exclusive atmosphere. The hospital also has a relaxed setting and friendly staff, resulting in complete patient satisfaction.

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Bangkok Hospital Medical Center also has a Joint Commission International accreditation.  

Let Satori World Medical’s travel care coordinators guide you before, during, and after your treatment process, wherever you may be. Visit to learn what the Satori Experience is all about.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Treat your heart well: Satori World Medical on cardiovascular disease prevention

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Healthcare authorities, like Satori World Medical, the world’s first global healthcare network and service company designed to deliver high quality healthcare service, know that there’s compelling evidence that indicate that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death. Satori explains that every year, over 17 million people die from cardiovascular diseases, composing 30 percent of all global deaths. But the good news is that these fatal conditions are preventable and there are measures that can be taken to maintain a good cardiovascular health. Below are some key reminders on how to be a part of the “healthy hearts club:”

• Early and regular screening is vital so that more diseases can be prevented. Experts say that heart diseases don’t only affect old people, but young ones, too.

Satori World Medical’ s clients include self-funded employers, health plans, unions, trusts, municipalities, third party administrators, benefit brokers, and consultants.

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• Cigarettes contain chemicals that damage the heart and blood vessels, causing the narrowing of the arteries. As a result, heart attack may take place.

• Exercising at least 30 minutes a day can give people a great payoff. Physical activity helps control weight and reduces chances of developing conditions that may put the heart at risk.

• Controlling diabetes, high blood pressure, and body weight are significant aspects that contribute to the overall health of the heart.

• Managing stress is a serious matter that everyone should consider to prevent heart failure.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

A show of manners: Satori World Medical's Director of Travel and Patient Services shares etiquette tips for visitors of India

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“It is important to know the etiquette of any country you are traveling to as to not offend the native people, but to respect their traditions,” Satori World Medical Director of Travel and Patient Services Kevin Poling explains in his blog entitled Etiquette Tips while in Mumbai, India.

Poling shares that the subject on Mumbai etiquette, protocol, and manners is somewhat complicated considering the extent of the system of customs and traditions believed by different people within the area. However, there are a few reminders that travelers can make good use of when traveling to Mumbai.

When greeting

The usual practice is to say “Namaste” while carrying out a small bow with palms together. A simple handshake while saying the person’s last name and the usual Mr., Ms., or Mrs. is also an acceptable greeting.

Visiting mosques

The Satori World Medical director of travel also advises that when tourists wish to visit mosques, temples, and monuments, they have to follow what’s customary in Mumbai, especially removing the shoes before entering the door.

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Communicating with the locals 

When discussing stuff with the locals, foreigners should not raise sensitive topics, including the cast system, religion, and even poverty.


Sharing food off one’s plate is considered a bad manner. The left hand should not be used when eating since this is believed to be the “dirty hand.”

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Satori World Medical: A story of how the global healthcare network cares for its patients

“It has been a little over one year since my surgery in India and I feel fantastic,” said Edward Rucinski, a Satori World Medical patient.

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Edward Rucinski is a resident of Ohio and an employee at Orscheln Industries. In January 2011, he travelled to Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India for a Birmingham hip resurfacing procedure performed by Dr. Vijay Bose, an internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip resurfacing surgery. Satori organized and coordinated Rucinski’s care, an additional benefit offered by his employer.

After his successful operation, Rucinski was back to enjoying an active lifestyle of engaging in biking and backpacking. “I am extremely pleased with the outcome and the entire Satori experience. I could not have asked for better follow-up care from Satori World Medical,” Rucinski added.

The travel care coordinators at Satori were in constant communication with Rucinski before, during, and even months after his surgery.

The cornerstone of Satori’s philosophy

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Personalized, patient-centric, and seamless medical travel experience summarizes the foundation of Satori’s philosophy. The company takes pride in the care and quality customer service that its travel care coordinators provide the patients.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Steven Lash on Time Magazine's 'Outsourcing your heart'

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All business magnates have had their own ‘Eureka’ moments, and Steven Lash knows this all too well. Although Satori World Medical has burgeoned to become the premier healthcare company that it is today, it has achieved the success it has today due to Mr. Lash’s ‘Eureka’ moment: reading a magazine article that gave him the idea to build and lead a global healthcare services hub.

The article, a piece titled “Outsourcing Your Heart” written by Unmesh Kher and published by TIME Magazine on May 21, 2006, was a stirring manifesto against the crumbling and increasingly extortionate American healthcare system. It has foreseen the emergence of the medical travel industry, citing then isolated cases of US corporations that seek medical outsourcing due to being swamped by the rising healthcare costs.

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After a critical perusal of the article, one can easily understand Steven Lash’s inspiration for founding Satori World Medical. The article clearly delineates the advantages that medical travel can bring forth, even hinting on what would become some of Satori World Medical’s primary features.

As the need for healthcare alternatives become more pronounced amidst the global downturn and the increasingly decadent US healthcare system, Mr. Lash continues to lead Satori World towards providing access to high-quality global medical care, carrying on from the beacon that was cast by a rousing and visionary article—further looking forward to serve more people in the years to come.

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