Partnership for Help traveled to Chiapas, Mexico to help solve the growing health problems in this poor Mexican state. Through mobile medical clinics, they home to alleviate the suffering indigenous people of Mayan descent.
More and more people choosing to travel abroad for health care. This chart from the Medical Tourism Association shows that medical tourism may be the answer to lowering such large medical bills. While travel costs are not considered in this graph, the costs in America are so large that it is likely travel expenses will not be enough discourage medical tourism.
PBS takes an inside look at Americans seeking health care in Mexico. PBS follows the story of several Americans who came to Mexico seeking a cheaper option. They explore not only the excellent health care but the relaxing environment the surrounding beaches supply.
Beginning in 2012, the Well-Being Travel Conference will be the first medical travel conference designed for the travel industry. It will help promote the benefits of seeking medical attention in other countries including Mexico. “None of the medical travel events in the marketplace today have provided a solutions for a strong distribution system that effectively reaches the patient traveler,” says Anne Marie Moebes, executive vice president of Well-Being Travel.
In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s most recent report, ’Travelling for health: the potential for medical tourism’, Mexico was listed as the second best destination for medical tourism. The report took a look at what factors drive success in the industry and then based on that criteria, it evaluated 60 countries to identify which showed the most potential. Medical expertise, low costs, and safe surroundings were all important factors in the report’s assessment.
Whether or not you are leaving the country specifically for a medical tourism trip, all travelers should visit either their personal physician or a clinic 4-8 weeks before leaving the United States. Here is a quick rundown on recommendations for travel vaccinations for people leaving the U.S:
Hepatitis A: Recommended for all travelers
Typhoid: Recommended for all travelers
Hepatitis B: While this won’t apply for most medical tourists, Hepatitis B shots are necessary for travelers who will have intimate contact with local residents or potentially need blood transfusions or injections, especially if visiting for more than six months
Rabies: For travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR): Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheria: Revaccination recommended every 10 years
This list of five of the top Hispanic health resources originally appeared in online magazine, Sofrito For Your Soul, and was featured on Fox News Latino. The blogger posted the following five sites that give you the latest on the Hispanic salud.
1. Salud Today – Has an online forum to stimulate “an ongoing discussion among Latino families, community leaders, health researchers and all others who are interested in improving the health of Latinos across the U.S.” Continue reading »
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More from Temos — they provided this helpful list of preparations to make sure to factor in before travel. This checklist is helpful because it extends past just those traveling specifically for medical care. Whether you do happen to be journeying for a procedure, or whether you are going on a family vacation, Temos urges individuals to take a few moments to think about your health before you set out.
Are you in good health right now?
An aching tooth can possibly wait over the weekend before it needs medical attention, but it can certainly ruin even the shortest trip. If you are in doubt about your current state of health, it maybe advisable to see your doctor before you travel.
Are you fit enough?
Even if you plan a holiday with a low level of activity, a different climate, high altitude or unfamiliar food will put an additional strain on you – physically and psychologically.
Especially if you plan a trip with a high level of activity, prepare yourself thoroughly before you go.
Get information about your travel destination:
What is the climate like? Will you need vaccinations? What are the most common health risks? Is tap water safe to drink? Will the medication you need be available at your destination? A good guide book will already answer many of your questions.
Start your preparations early:
Especially if you need to get a vaccination or if malaria prophylaxis is recommended, it may be necessary to start your preparations several weeks before you leave. Continue reading »
One of the biggest pioneers in the industry of medical travel, India has lost ground to many of the new entrants into the market. The implementation of various complex rules and processes have led to this decline.
India has promoted medical tourism for years, but facilitators, hospitals and local states have so much competition, and drive prices so low, that it may be off-putting to many Americans and European visitors. Part of this may be due to a lack of marketing initiative and ineffective advertising.
As an early pioneer, lack of official help has partly been due to the state based nature of government and other variables, that they were getting one or two million medical tourists year. These bloated figures may have been due to simple mistranslation with English speaking people translating figures. India’s tourism authorities have come up with new figures that suggest that in 2011, there will be between 85,000 and 100,000 medical tourists going to India. Putting these figures into perspective, India enjoys 5.6 million worldwide visitors each year. Continue reading »
Here’s a little more information on cuts to health care, and how it will impact Medicare and potentially drive the medical travel industry.
According to a recent article from CNN, Democrats have spent a lot of time criticizing Republicans for supporting a Medicare reform plan from House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. They denounce it as “destroying Medicare as we know it.”
Among other things, Ryan’s plan would raise the age of eligibility for Medicare and convert the fee-for-service health care program into a “premium-support” system for everyone under 55 today. Seniors would choose from a Medicare-approved list of private insurance plans and the cost of their chosen plan would be subsidized in part by the federal government. Continue reading »