We already know that the standard of healthcare isn’t the same across the globe. Some countries have better healthcare than the United States and other countries’ state of care is nonexistent. That’s where medical tourism comes in.
The Medical Tourism Association is the first nonprofit organization that is made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, and insurance companies. They have just one goal in mind and that is to promote the highest quality healthcare to patients on a global level.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably never thought about traveling outside the country to receive care. But it’s becoming more and more popular with the industry bringing in an estimated worth of $50 billion. It’s clearly worth checking into.
What you need to know:
- The main cause for people going abroad is due to cost. Of course it depends on the medical procedure, but generally, people are looking at saving fifty percent or more by choosing a foreign hospital.
- Many of the doctors affiliated with the MTA were educated in the United States, practiced and are still Board Certified in the U.S.
- Vast options of medical procedures are available from face lifts and LASIK to cardiac bypass surgery.
- As of now, there is no legal framework to protect international patients.
So, what does this mean for your healthcare organization? It means that your patients now have the option of traveling abroad if they don’t feel like their needs can be met. When this international option is paired with the more affordable option of traveling to another state, it becomes obvious you need to step up your game and show patients you have the quality care they need. Hopping across state lines to get access to care is an option many people opt for before leaving the country. In an upcoming Pinpoint For Health blog we’ll look at the competition you could face in your entire region, not just your city.