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Top Ten Medical Tourism Q&A  We often get readers asking us basic questions about medical tourism and we wanted to share the answers to some of the most common questions we get asked. How do you know if this option will work for you? Click on the above link to help you decide.

Alicias Convalescent Complex In the past we have written about the costs of Continuous Care in the States and compared these costs to options available in the Chapala Lakeside area in Mexico. I promised that I'd look into individual locations here to give you a better idea of what your money would buy. This is what I found at Alicia’s Convalescent Complex. Read more...    

Angeles Health Intenational Serving on average more than 1,200 medical tourism patients every year, U.S. based Angeles Health International is the medical travel division of the largest private hospital family in Mexico.

Assurant Health offers affordable short term health insurance. Coverage starts the day after you apply and you may keep your own doctors. Fixed benefit, major medical, temporary insurance, international insurance and student health insurance.

Bangkok Dental Spa  Located in Bangkok, Thailand, this is Asia's first dental spa. Offering high technology of dentistry along with contemporary spa ambience, this clinic specializes in cosmetic dentistry, laser tooth whitening, dental implants, crown and bridges, bone grafts, and offers general dentistry as well. Sounds of trickling water and light music accompany 9 dentists and 1 massage therapist. Information available online in English, German and Dutch.

 

The Bangkok Heart Hospital is comprised of ten departments : the Heart Clinic, Non-Invasive Investigation Laboratory, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Cardiac CT (Multi-Slice CT Scanner), Cardiovascular MRI (CMR), the Cardiac Care Unit, the Cardiac Ward, the Operating Theaters and CCU Ambulance (Mobile CCU). All are well equipped with state-of-the-art technology.  Ask a Doctor, packages and  pricing, supports and services.

Bangkok Hospital Medical Center  With its cutting edge technology and awards and accreditations, Bangkok Hospital Medical Center offers programs and packages for considerable savings.

Bangkok International Dental Center Dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. The official center for Straumann dental implants. See their list of services for more information.

Billy puts Medical Tourism in Guatemala City to a Test Recently I was admitted into Centro Medico, a private hospital in Guatemala City, for major abdominal pain and related issues. My local doctor in Panajachel recommended that I go to the hospital for better analysis and treatment of my condition after she examined me twice - once on a late night house call ($19.00) to my hotel room. Doctora Zulma arranged transportation and called the hospital ahead of time so that my admission was expected and things would run smoothly. Read more...

Billy's Medical Tourism Follow Up This medical experience sparked a load of inquiries and comments from our Readers. We thought that some of you may share the same questions or concerns, so we have posted a few of these inquiries with our responses. Read more...    

Bumrungrad Hospital  Located in Bangkok, Thailand, this internationally accredited hospital currently serves almost a million patients a year from over 100 countries. Find a doctor, make an appointment, check out pricing and medical packages offered. Information available online in 14 languages. Consider this as an option if you need major surgery. It could save you thousands of dollars and you would get excellent care.

Travel to India with Aura Voyages and be stunned by the land of dreams and romance, mighty forts, palaces, land of tigers, elephants and the Holy Cow, Himalayas, Ganges River and more!

Bupa offers worldwide health options with flexible international health insurance plans for individuals and families. 

Buying Medical Care vs buying Medical Insurance Medical expenses are increasing at 8-20% per year while our incomes are not, and the rules are changing.  For the benefit of ourselves and our families, we must learn about all the options in order to determine the best possible plan. Read more...   

Cancer Treatment in Guatemala Just say the word…. “Cancer” ….and all sorts of emotions arise. Sometimes the grief strikes close to home, like a husband, sister, or worse, a child. But more and more, we are experiencing another set of emotions regarding cancer treatment today: Hope, bravery, triumph, relief and gratitude. Read more... 

Care Facilities in Mexico Independent Living, Convalescent Care, Assisted Living - here you will find a variety of care options, from active adults to those with Alzheimers and dementia problems. You might need wound care, companionship or assistance after surgery. Or, perhaps you would like to invest in a community which would allow you to move into continuous care if you should ever need it.

Cheaper Alternative to U.S. Long Term Care Alicia's complex consists of renovated personal houses, and will give you the feeling of living in a real home, not a faceless institution. None of us look forward to the possible next stages of life if we or a loved one need special care. But continuous care facilities like Alicia's provide assistance and peace of mind for a fraction of the cost that many facilities in the U.S. charge. Read more...   

Chiang Mai Dental Clinic 617 Charoenmuang Rd., Muang, Chiangmai, tele: (66) 053.266.557, email: info@dentalchiangmai.com performs all general dentistry and Cosmetic Dentistry, Prosthetic Dentistry, Orthodontic Treatment, Endodontic Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental implants and Periodontal (GUM) Treatments. All our quality equipment is up-to-date and always kept according to safety standards.

Cleveland Clinic International Each year thousands of patients come to Cleveland Clinic from around the world for specialized medical care. If you live outside the United States, Cleveland Clinic's International Center is your link to one of the largest and most respected academic medical centers in the world.  

Companion global Healthcare, Inc. based in Columbia, South Carolina, is dedicated to offering additional health care choices to patients at accredited international medical facilities.  They work with agents, employers, individuals and third party administrators. If you have a high deductible healthcare plan, a limited benefit or a 'mini-medical' plan this could be the perfect complement for you. Offering Post Operative Care in some locations and travel arrangements to and from overseas internationally accredited hospitals.

Continuous Care: Opening Up the Conversation According to Pew Research, approximately 10,000 Boomers turn 65 every day for the next 16 years. While being 65 isn’t necessarily old, questions about continuing care and assisted living seem to loom on the horizon more largely for us than before.

Discover Medical Tourism If you are looking for information on Medical Tourism - whether it's conventional treatment, dental care, alternative care or health spas, check out this site. Comprehensive informational site worth visiting.

Dental Care in Chapala Mexico Regardless of how good one’s health is, most people have had dental work. It’s not an unfamiliar circumstance, and of all the categories of medical tourism, this one seems to have the safest image. Read more...    

Dental Care in Malaysia  For a scale of professional fees, take a look at this dental site in Malaysia. If you need extensive work done, the money you save can pay for your plane fare there. For a list of services available, click here

Doctor My Eyes Visiting eye hospitals can be a jarring experience. There are those with gauze patches over their eyes or those who stare out from orbs which no longer function. Read more...

Domestic Medical Tourism This center is owned and operated by approximately 40 of the top surgeons and anesthesiologists in central Oklahoma. The facility has been accredited by the AAAHC since 1998 without interruption and has annually provided care to thousands of patients. Read more...    

Don's Personal Medical Tourism Experience Don, one of our Readers, has been very kind to share his recent personal medical tourism experience with utilizing Bumrungrad, located in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more...  

Escort Heart Institute in New Delhi, India performs nearly 15,000 heart operations every year and the death rate among patients during surgery is only 0.6 percent for the last five years - less than half that of most major hospitals in the United States. Escort manages nearly 900 hospital beds in three large hospitals locatedin New Delhi, Faridabad, and Amritsar. For a walk through, click here  

ExPatriate Medicine Guide The first and original compilation of drug data that has been specifically collected for the Expatriates of the United States and Canada. NOT a mail order drug store, only offers information, reviewed by pharmacists, for the traveler, the vacationer or the Expatriate. Interactive site to search for your prescription drug in Mexico. Top selling prescription drugs of Canada, USA and Mexico during 2007 and 2008. PDR equivalent and current.

Factors Stimulating Medical Tourism The term “medical tourism” essentially means traveling overseas primarily to avail of medical treatments that are either not available in one’s native country or which are beyond one’s financial means. Read more...   

 

Fickle Finger of Fate Akaisha's freak accident knocked us off our game a bit and for the first couple of weeks, we were both very concerned that she was going to lose her finger. That crisis has passed and we are both very grateful! Read more...   

Going Naked As you know, Billy and I have traded security for adventure many times in our lives. And when it comes to health insurance and the price of health care, it's no different. Read more...   

Grace Dental Clinic  Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand Tel: (66) 053-894 568 - 69, Fax: (66) 053-894 570, Office Hours :Mon - Sat 9.00 A.M. - 8.30 P.M.,  Sun 9.00 A.M. - 5.00 P.M. Email: dent@gracedentalclinic.com , gracedentalcare@hotmail.com Has 24 specialists and a well qualified staff who can communicate in English and other foreign languages such as German, Mandarin and Japanese (with translator). Up-to-date technology available and high standard of sterilization. The clinic is set in pleasant grounds , providing a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Dental implants, teeth whitening, crown, bridge, dentures, inlays / onlays, oral surgeon available, radiologist available, gum treatment, root canal treatment, Orthodontics (braces). Offices available in Bangkok, Ko Samui, Pattaya and Phuket as well.

Guatemala Medical Travel brings the most highly skilled surgeons, doctors and dentists of Guatemala together with patients from America, and other countries, who are seeking a more cost-effective solution to their medical needs. A treatment referral and travel agency, Guatemala Medical Travel will help you maintain your bills at 60-80% less than normal US prices and help you will all details including accommodation, translation, transfer of funds, tour guides and all personal services. To watch an insightful and instructive video on Guatemala Medical Travel with interviews of both Doctors and Patients, Click here

Healthbase healthcare beyond boundaries. If you have a health issue relating to orthopedic surgery, spine procedures, cardiac surgery, bariatric surgery, laparoscopic surgery, cosmetic surgery or dental problems, take a look at this impressive site. The FAQ page gives answers to many of your questions and concerns whether they be personal, financial or technical. Register to get a free cost estimate.

Healthcare Beyond Boundaries Christus Muguerza International is the first hospital in Mexico with Joint Commission Accreditation meeting the highest international standards for quality and safety in healthcare services.

Health Tourism in Malaysia Medical expertise in Malaysia ranks among the best in the world and most private hospitals in the country have internationally recognized quality and standards.

These include the MS ISO9002 or accreditation by the Malaysian Medical Society for Quality of Health (MSQH). All private medical centres must be approved and licensed by the Ministry of Health. To read about medical health packages, click here.

HTH Worldwide gives you quotes for international health insurance covering inside and outside the U.S. Plans include the Global citizen for crew ship members or missionaries, or Global Citizen Expat. View benefits, get a quote.

International Health Insurance  IHI was one of the first insurance companies in the world to offer international insurance plans. Over the last 30 years IHI has introduced more new products than any of the competitors including preventative services, health consulting services and online solutions for the convenience of their customers. Both healthcare insurance and travel insurance.

International Medical Group provides international medical insurance, travel insurance and service to the international community whether you are visiting short-term or living abroad indefinitely. Get a quote, 24 hour access.

International Triage is a pioneer in care management for patients outside their country of residence, specializes in offering world-class treatment destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean. There is a 24/7 help desk.

Interview with MediTravel Solutions David Bolick and his partner, Bryan Clark are the owners of MeditTravelSolutions in Jalisco, Mexico. Read more for answers to your Medical Tourism questions.    

Interview with Owner of Guatemala Medical Travel Our objective at Retire Early Lifestyle is to offer our Readers viable solutions to retirement challenges. With the prices of medical care and health insurance in the States being so high, Medical Tourism or Medical Travel is a workable answer for many. Lori Shea is the owner of Guatemala Medical Travel and she shares some insights on this conundrum. Read more...

Interview with Passport Medical Travis Kraft is the owner of Passport Medical and he shares some very important insights on Medical Travel. Read more...    

Johns Hopkins International Affiliations Through long-term, mission-driven agreements with leading health providers overseas, Johns Hopkins experts provide educational and consulting support to the affiliate’s clinical and administrative staff.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations International gives foreign doctors and hospitals accreditation. Doctors are board certified or have similarly high standards of accreditation and this organization is highly respected in the United States.

 

Maneuvering through Medical Events Overseas What about the Language Barrier? When it comes to navigating health care issues in a foreign country, lots of travelers or would-be Expats have a legitimate concern over the language barrier. While there is a possibility that you could find yourself in the backwaters of Vietnam, in a lonely village in the mountains of China or Tibet, or spending the night in a hill tribe pueblo reachable only by rickety bridges, chances are you will be somewhere close to a civilized town or large city. Read more...    

Medical Tourism Association is the first membership based international non-profit trade association for the medical tourism and global healthcare industry made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment.

Medical Tourism: Closing the International Health Care Gap “Medical travel has influenced how top health care providers view potential clients, because competition for patients is no longer based only on proximity but also on services, measurable outcomes, and costs.” Josef Woodman, CEO and Founder, Patients Beyond Borders.

Medical Tourism India Quality Surgery India helps foreigners get low cost medical treatments in superlative hospitals in India. The company also provides price estimates for various procedures and details about qualified doctors in India.

Medical tourism in Mexico - Not a Passing Fancy Anne operates a boutique medical tourism business catering to expats wanting plastic surgery and cosmetic dentistry at Mexico prices – which can be as much as 30% to 70% less than in the US or Canada. Read more...    

Medical Tourism Mexico Mexico Health facilitates low cost medical treatments across various locations in Mexico. Their vast network includes some of the best surgeons and top-notch healthcare facilities in Mexico. The company provides free price quotes and other information to foreigners seeking medical treatments in Mexico.

MedPath Group has partnered with hospitals and medical centers that are amongst the largest, most trusted and internationally accredited to U.S. healthcare standards. Their process is simple to follow, if you want to get a quote fill out their form. Financing is available for procedures, and if the idea of having a travel buddy appeals to you, click here.

Med Retreat is an American owned and operated, medical tourism company facilitating the healthcare needs of North American health tourism patients seeking all forms of medical travel programs. They focus on providing you with a safe and stress-free medical tourism experience. Pricing of procedures, affiliated physicians, and hospitals.

Now Health International provides a range of award winning expatriate insurance plans that offer global cover at highly competitive premiums.

Number One Retirement Fear Health care issues are the #1 biggest fear retirees have according to an AARP study recently released. Can you afford to retire? Read more... More on the #1 Biggest Retirement Fear  and Continuing the Discussion - #1 Biggest Retirement Fear 

 

Nursing Homes at Lake Chapala Ajijic for an insight into affordable care for aging loved ones in pleasant surroundings without breaking the bank. Casa de Ancianos in Lake Chapala.

Orthopedic Care in Guatemala In Guatemala, Dr. Guillermo Claverie is a leading figure in the field of orthopedics. He has over 25 years of experience and performs 500 total hip and knee replacements per year.  

Patients Beyond Borders is the world’s most trusted source of consumer information about international medical and health travel. will connect you with world-class, affordable healthcare in American-accredited hospitals with US board-certified doctors and surgeons. 

Planet Hospital  facilitates quality, affordable, and immediate medical care with some of the best surgeons from around the world. They will obtain and dispatch your medical records to the hospital of your choice.  They do not mark up surgery costs, and they have a follow up care network. They will also help you get reimbursed for your procedure through your health insurance. Read about their doctors here.

Pricing of a Medical Emergency in Guatemala Many North Americans are concerned about the quality, price and availability of medical services in a strange land. When we visit overseas we look for adventure, but not of the medical kind. Yet we can’t live in a bubble or keep ourselves fastened to a few miles’ radius of hospitals and clinics the rest of our lives – Where’s the fun in that? *Stuff happens* and even the most adventurous among us can find ourselves face-to-face with a surprise health event and must deal with it on foreign soil. Read more...

Protexplan is a comprehensive international healthcare or medical insurance program offering worldwide cover without boundaries. There are 3 benefit levels, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Get a free quote, download premium tables.

Questions on Continuous Care in Latin America Hi guys, My husband and I just love all of the info we get from you! We are in the investigation phase of our plan to live abroad and one of the things we haven’t been able to get any info on is Continuing Care in other countries, especially Latin America. Read more...     

Samitivej Hospitals are a group of international class hospitals located in Bangkok, Thailand. They provide quality tertiary care, from cosmetic surgery to major operations such as open heart surgery and organ transplantations.

Sanoviv Medical Institute  At the core of the Sanoviv philosophy is the belief that the body has the power to heal itself when provided with the proper environment and is relieved of its accumulated toxic burden. Challenging conventional medicine while respecting science and the wisdom of the human body, Sanoviv has redefined alternative health.

Seven Corners is a leader in providing international medical and trip insurance plans to people around the globe. This insurance will cover Medical complications, trip cancellation, travel assistance services and more.  For more information, take a look at their brochure here.

Shemer Medical Tourism in Israel is a leading medical tourism provider in Israel. State of the art medical facilities for the treatment categories that they provide, Israel's medical facilities are recognized throughout the world as leaders in the science of medicine and quality of medical care and service. Costs of treatment are much more affordable than prices of equivalent treatments performed in Western European and American facilities - patients receive world-class treatments at relatively low costs, without sacrificing the quality or safety of the treatment.

Side by Side Medical Comparison Recently, a world-traveling friend of ours who lives in Dallas, Texas gave us this side-by-side comparison of making a doctor’s appointment for a skin condition both in Dallas and then again for the same treatment in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more...   

Stem Cell Therapy - the future of curing disease and restoring youth Your body is in a constant state of renewal. As you read this article, with every breath you take, the stem cells inside your body are renewing and regenerating themselves every second. Read more...  

Surgery Center of Oklahoma If you have a high deductible or are part of a self-insured plan at a large company, you owe it to yourself or your business to take a look at our facility and pricing which is listed on our site. If you are considering a trip to a foreign country to have your surgery, you should look here first. Finally, if you have no insurance at all, this facility will provide quality and pricing that we believe are unmatched. Watch our informative video here. Read Domestic Medical Tourism by G. Keith Smith, M.D., Founder, Surgery Center of Oklahoma.

Tips for Medical Tourists in Thailand According to a 2011 report published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, the number of offshore patients receiving medical treatments in Thailand has been rising at the rate of 16% annually. This has largely to do with the fact that Thailand is home to many state-of-the-art hospitals and some of them are counted among the best in the world. Read more...   

World Nomads Travel insurance, recommended by Lonely Planet. Available to people from over 150 countries, designed for adventurous travelers, cover for medical, evacuation, baggage and activities.   

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