Medical Tourism 101: Listen Live for Big Savings

by Linsey Knerl on 8 April 2009 6 comments
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Have you ever wondered what the phrase “medical tourism” really meant?  Are you looking for ways to cut back on healthcare costs (both at home and abroad)?  We chat candidly with Amy B. Scher of Healthcare Hacks to learn more about her experience with receiving life-saving care in India, and what you can do to save right here in your own country. 

If you’ve followed Amy’s story, then you already know she’s been through a lot.  Diagnosed with chronic Lyme Disease, Amy wasn’t satisfied to suffer through the years of treatments she was receiving here in the U.S.  When she found out that there was another far-away option for treatment, she took her often very expensive health care into her own hands, leaving the U.S. to seek experimental stem-cell therapy in India.   

Regardless of how you feel about stem-cell treatment or traveling abroad for healthcare, there’s so much to learn from Amy’s story.  Listen to our interview tonight at 8pm CST on our Blog Talk Radio show and hear about how medical tourism may work for you, what you need to get started, what to avoid, and how much it may cost.  We’ll also be discussing: 

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How to work out a payment plan with your current healthcare provider

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The biggest way to waste money on new or experimental health regimens

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How to get that second (or third) opinion without feeling guilty 

You won’t want to miss it!   

For additional reading, please see Amy’s blog at www.healthcarehacks.com and be sure to read her Tips to Start Your Journey for step-by-step advice for getting started with medical tourism.

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Dwight

I'm a dentist in Southern California. Frequently, I have to redo work for people who have visited other counties. These people didn't save any money and some of them have done permanent harm to themselves.

Of course some people do get good care in other countries, I tend to see the ones who didn't succeed. If you must get care overseas, I'd suggest Western Europe. You won't save any money there, but you will get quality.

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Yes, you always must take caution when researching care from another country.  Amy had some great tips for looking into it, and I suggest that everyone take the decision very seriously.

I appreciate you sharing your experiences!

Linsey Knerl

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Hi,

We agree that going overseas by itself is no guarantee of quality. One has to be very careful in selecting the right hospital and qualified surgeon/doctor. This is where we come in by making your research easier. We only work with the best.

For more, please visit our site: Medical Tourism Corporation

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Nursing homes here locally were poor choices when mom was slowly succumbing to her dementia.

Through the magic of the Internet I found a group of retired U.S. expats in Mexico, including a doctor and his wife, a nurse, both of whom had worked in long-term care.

Mom was placed in a local facility in Guadalajara which had twice the caregiver/resident ratio, for half the cost of any other facility I found here in the U.S.

Our entire extended family was very pleased with the care mom got until her death 6 years later.

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Amy chose India because she didnt want to wait... to have a better life. Avoiding wait times is a major reason why many people choose medical tourism.

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Its important that there is an integrated and independent feedback of Patient's rating for any hospital. Many big pocket hospitals can afford JCI accreditation but this does not mean that they offer best treatment. Its the patient who should give feedback and rate the doctor and hospital.

If you want to read more on my recent blog where I checked about growth of medical tourism in India with some key hospital executives, read http://kosansh.wordpress.com