Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Would you like a Dental Implant to go with your trip to The Galapagos Islands? Medical Tourism is on the rise. The difference in cost is HUGE!

 More and more Americans are seeking healthcare from foreign sources, especially high dollar procedures.  Below is a sample list of procedures and their costs in the US and other countries.  What is the deal with Turkey?

Source: The Milliken Foundation 
  HT: The Conversable Economist
How many people go abroad for medical procedures?

 "In 2009, Deloitte revised its estimates down to 648,000 travelers annually, but forecast 35 percent increases in each of the threesucceeding years. It predicts that more than1.6 million Americans will travel abroad for health care in 2012."

What is the assurance of quality?

 "Accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI) is recognized worldwide as the gold standard for hospitals. JCI screens facilities for the condition of their physical plants, their management of medications, the quality of their surgical care, their commitment to continuous improvement, and their responsiveness to feedback from patients. In the United States, the organization accredits more than 17,000 facilities, from hospitals to laboratories to long-term-care centers. JCI began accrediting hospitals outside the country in 1999. Today, the organization vouches for the quality of care at some 400 institutions in 45 countries from Austria to Yemen."
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