Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cheaper and better: Why more people are opting for medical travel

Medical travel is not a new concept. In fact, in ancient times, people from all over the world would travel to Egypt to have their diseases cured, as Ancient Egypt back then was the center of advancement and the medical prowess of their healers were known all over the world. Today, people opt for medical travel because it is cheaper and better.

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Medical procedures done overseas are, on average, 40 to 80 percent cheaper than those done in the US. Medical travel proponents, like Steven Lash and Fernando Kuehnel, believe that the affordability of medical travel is what draws most people to it, especially those who do not have or could not afford medical insurance.

These travelers have a combined spending amounting to millions of dollars, making medical travel a very lucrative industry. In addition, the Medical Tourism Association Patient Survey found the following:

• Seventy percent of the patients rated their medical care as excellent, with more and more hospitals getting accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the same organization that accredits well-known US hospitals, like the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Mayo Clinic.

• Eighty-five percent said that they received more personalized care in medical travel hospitals, which offer greater precision and effectiveness than traditional medicine offered in the US.

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• Eighty-six percent said that they would opt for medical travel again if they get a chance to, proving that medical travel is a better experience for many people.

As health care in the US gets more and more expensive, more medical destinations are expected to offer more affordable and more personalized high-quality health care, making global health care not just a dream but a reality.

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If you are interested in medical travel, this website provides more information and tools that can help you find the medical care you need.

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