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  1. 1. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelPress ReleaseHealth Travel Media Announces Second Edition of Patients BeyondBordersBook Offers New Choices for Patients as US Healthcare Crisis DeepensHealthy Travel Media, publishers of Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Travel, announced today publication of the updated and expanded Second Edition of theworld’s best-selling consumer guide to medical tourism and international health travel.This impartial, easy-to-navigate trade paperback now gives health travelers more than 400 pages ofmedical travel destinations, resources, and advice they need to make safe, cost-effective decisionsabout traveling abroad for their healthcare.“We’re pleased to have added several new destinations to the Second Edition, including Israel, Jordan,Korea, New Zealand, Panama, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Turkey,” says Josef Woodman, author ofPatients Beyond Borders. “US healthcare costs will rise yet another 6% in 2008, and another half-millionare expected to hit the ranks of the uninsured. Patients Beyond Borders has helped thousands travelabroad successfully for medical care, and the Second Edition now offers patients even greater choice.”As the number of uninsured and underinsured Americans continues to grow, travel abroad fortreatment is rising dramatically, with international hospitals and clinics reporting 15-40% increases inthe number of Americans seeking treatment. More than 180,000 Americans will cross borders forhealthcare this year; and that number is expected to nearly double by 2010.International patients considering medical travel to specific destinations will now have five countryspecific editions to choose from. With the upcoming releases of Patients Beyond Borders Taiwan Edition(August 2008), Patients Beyond Borders India Edition (September 2008), Patients Beyond BordersSingapore Second Edition (November 2008), Patients Beyond Borders Korea Edition (November 2008),and Patients Beyond Borders Malaysia Edition (Spring 2009), patients will have access to in-depthinformation on accredited hospitals, clinics and specialty centers in a preferred destination. For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com
  2. 2. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelAbout Healthy Travel MediaHealthy Travel Media, an independent imprint based in Chapel Hill, NC, publishes books on medical,health and wellness travel. Patients Beyond Borders is available through booksellers everywhere and isdistributed to the retail trade by Publishers Group West (www.pgw.com). Qualified members of themedia are invited to request a review copy; please contact jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com. For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com
  3. 3. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelWhat Others are Saying“A must-read for those considering medical tourism.” — ABC News“The $20 billion-a-year global medical-tourism market finally has a guidebook of its own. With medicaltourism now growing at 15 percent annually . . . . this tome couldn’t be more timely.” – Travel + LeisureMagazine“Patients Beyond Borders tells how to plan and budget for medical care abroad and how to find the bestdoctors and hospitals.” – AARP Bulletin“Woodman suggests a $6,000 rule: if your procedure would cost more than $6,000 in the United States,you would likely save money—possibly more than $1,000—by traveling to a foreign hospital, includingall other costs.” –NPR (National Public Radio)“I have read and am impressed by this book . . .” – Arthur Frommer“I spent a lot of time on the Internet trying to research this topic on my own and looking for certainprocedures (mainly dental and cosmetic surgery). I wound up getting dental work done in Mexico at afacility reviewed in this book and am happy with my experience. I recommend this book to anyone evenremotely considering foreign medical travel.” – K. Williamson (Los Lunas, NM)“Woodman’s father is not alone in looking abroad for a medical overhaul. After all, if the Americanhealthcare system is not completely broken, it is certainly dysfunctional: 47 million people have nohealth coverage, and 130 million have no dental insurance. As baby boomers age into more medicalproblems with spotty coverage and would prefer not to deplete their retirement savings, they arelooking at all available options.” – Financial Times“A practical guide to planning a medical trip.” – The Washington Post For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com
  4. 4. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelConsumer InformationDid you know 180,000 Americans now travel abroad every year to savemoney on high-quality healthcare?Learn how you can save 30-80% on US-quality treatment abroad.From Thailand’s American-accredited Bumrungrad International Hospital to Eric Clapton’s CrossroadsClinic in the Caribbean and Johns Hopkins International in Singapore, health travelers now have a fullarray of the world’s safest, best choices in healthcare facilities and physicians.Patients Beyond Borders is the first comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to medical travel.Impartial and extensively researched, it is filled with authoritative and accessible advice carefully culledfrom hundreds of sources here and abroad. Whether you’re seeking dental work, heart surgery,orthopedics, cosmetic surgery, neurosurgery, or LASIK eye repair, Patients Beyond Borders provides allthe necessary resources for health travelers.Part One: How to Become a Savvy, Informed Medical Traveler gives you all the information you need tomake safe, intelligent, and cost-effective decisions about healthcare abroad. Part Two: The Most-Traveled Health Destinations provides never-before-published information on treatment centers,health travel agents, treatment specialties and super-specialties, recovery retreats, accommodations,and more.Author Josef Woodman has spent more than three years researching contemporary medical travel,interviewing patients, practitioners, administrators, government officials, and specialists in the field,while conducting an extensive analysis of safety records, accreditations, success rates, and consumertrends. With significant resources and contacts from his pioneering background in health technology onthe Web, Woodman has compiled a wealth of information for the American public about importanthealthcare choices.Find Out • How to determine if medical travel is right for you, through an impartial overview of benefits and cautions. Plus “Do’s and Don’ts for the Smart Health Traveler.” • How to find the best hospitals and clinics around the world, with detailed information on accreditation, treatment specialties, and comparative costs. Dozens of treatment centers listed in 22 destination countries. • How to plan and budget your trip for the safest, most cost-effective health journey. Hundreds of practical tips on getting the very best treatment, often at significant savings. For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com
  5. 5. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelAuthor BiographyJosef Woodman, Patients Beyond Borders Author“Indeed, as employers, insurers, hospitals and large third-party players become more involved in globalhealthcare, heading abroad for medical care is becoming as ordinary as owning a German or Japaneseautomobile.” – Josef WoodmanWoodman is President of Healthy Travel Media Company and author of Patients Beyond Borders. Hespent more than three years touring 100 medical facilities in 14 countries, researching contemporarymedical travel. As co-founder of MyDailyHealth and Ventana Communications, Woodman’s pioneeringbackground in health, wellness, and Web technology has allowed him to compile a wealth ofinformation about global health travel, telemedicine, and new developments in consumer andinstitutional medical care. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Healthcare Summit and asProgram Co-Chairman of the Global Healthcare Congress 2009. He has lectured at Harvard MedicalSchool, the UCLA School of Public Health and healthcare conferences around the world. Woodman hasemerged as an outspoken advocate of global consumer healthcare and medical travel.Author ToursFive-city US tour: New York, DC, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles;Nine-city international tour: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Taipei, Seoul, Istanbul, Dubai, PanamaCity, Monterrey. For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com
  6. 6. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelPatients Beyond Borders Table of ContentsPart One: How to Become a Savvy, Informed Medical TravelerChapter One: What Am I Getting Into? Some Quick Answers for Health TravelersChapter Two: Planning Your Health JourneyChapter Three: Budgeting Your Treatment and TripChapter Four: Choosing and Working with a Health Travel PlannerChapter Five: While Youre ThereChapter Six: Home Again, Home AgainChapter Seven: For CompanionsChapter Eight: Do’s and Donts for the Smart Health TravelerPart Two: The Most-Traveled Health DestinationsIntroductionA Note about PricesA Note about ImmunizationsMap of the Most-Traveled Health DestinationsTreatment and Country Finder  Antigua and Barbados  Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo)  Costa Rica (San José and Escazú)  Czech Republic  Hungary  India: Delhi  India: Bangalore For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com
  7. 7. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Travel  India: Chennai  India: Mumbai  Israel (Jerusalem, Haifa, and Tel Aviv)  Jordan  Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang)  Mexico (California and Arizona Borders; Texas and New Mexico Borders; Coastal)  New Zealand  Panama  The Philippines (Manila and Quezon City)  Singapore  South Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg)  South Korea  Taiwan (Taipei, Taoyuan City, and Tainan City)  Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket)  Turkey (Istanbul, Kocaeli, and Izmir)  United Arab Emirates (UAE) (Dubai and Abu Dhabi)Part Three:Resources and ReferencesAdditional ResourcesMedical GlossaryIndex For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com
  8. 8. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelMedia BackgrounderWhat’s New in the Second Edition? • Fourteen new healthcare facilities in eight new countries: Israel, Jordan, New Zealand, Panama, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey • Dozens of new hospitals, health travel agents, hotels, and recovery accommodations • Up-to-date and verified contact information for top hospitals worldwide • Information on the English-language-friendly hospitals most recently accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) • New information on finding low-cost medical care in the US • All-new cost comparisons and price information (from direct surveys of a large sample of hospitals in 22 countries) • All-new Glossary and Index • Expanded answers to health travelers’ frequently asked questions, such as:  Can I sue?  Can I carry prescription medications through customs?  How can I prevent medical complications such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) when traveling long distances by air?  How I can safely transfer my medical records out of the country?  Will my insurance cover my treatment abroad?  What immunizations do I need?  How can I best protect myself against complications post-procedure?What’s New in Medical Travel? • Two insurance company giants (Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Aetna) have begun offering coverage for medical care abroad. • The American Medical Association (AMA) has published its AMA Guidelines on Medical Tourism. • In the past year, more than 50 new international hospitals have gained American accreditation through JCI. • Two large US hospitals will soon open full-service medical facilities abroad. • The number of medical travelers worldwide has jumped to nearly 3 million annually—180,000 from the US alone. • For the first time, more patients are leaving than entering the US for medical treatment.Content SummaryPatients Beyond Borders is the first comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to international medicaltravel, written by the worlds leading spokesperson on the subject. Impartial and extensively researched,it is filled with authoritative and accessible advice, carefully culled from hundreds of sources in the USand abroad. For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com
  9. 9. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelThe book lists the 30 top destinations and countries for medical travel, where patients can choose fromhundreds of hospitals and save 30-80% on medical procedures ranging from a comprehensive healthcheck-up to heart work, orthopedics, dental and cosmetic surgery, in vitro fertilization, and more.Patients Beyond Borders includes detailed contact and accreditation information for all listed hospitalsand clinics, step-by-step instructions on how to plan and budget a successful medical journey, plusnever-before-published information on the best treatment centers, health travel agents, and treatmentspecialties and super-specialties.It also provides detailed information on how to locate the best hospitals and clinics, "Ten ‘Must-Ask’Questions for Your In-country Physician," "Dos and Donts for the Savvy Medical Traveler," and "TheTwelve-Fold Path to Enlightened Health Travel Planning."The revised and expanded Second Edition features 40 new hospitals and clinics and eight newdestination countries (Taiwan, South Korea, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Panama, New Zealand, and thePhilippines) in addition to never-before-published information on continued care post-procedure, howto handle malpractice abroad, and finding the best health travel agent. A handy Treatment and CountryFinder allows readers to easily match their medical needs to the best facilities.Market • 47 million uninsured Americans seeking an alternative to unaffordable medical treatments in the US • An additional 30 million underinsured or partially insured Americans • 120 million Americans without dental plans • Baby boomers aging into financially challenging treatments, and seeking safe, affordable medical care abroad • Patients seeking medical care not available in their own country (e.g., stem cell therapies; non- FDA-approved procedures)DetailsTitle: Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelEdition: SecondAuthor: Josef WoodmanISBN: 978-0-9791079-2-4Trim Size: 5 ½ x 8 ½Page Count: 410 For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com
  10. 10. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelPrice: US$22.95; CAN$25.95Ship Date: 14 July 2008High-resolution images are available upon request as well as contact information for practioners,employers, agencies and patients available for interview. For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com
  11. 11. Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’ s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical TravelInterview ResourcesThis story has many angles. Healthy Travel Media can put you in touch with . . .PatientsSpeak with Americans who have experienced medical travel, categorized by state, medical procedure,and destination country.PractitionersLearn more about international medical care by speaking with doctors in countries around the world.Employers and InsurersLearn more about American businesses offering incentives to employees for medical care abroad.Medical Travel AgenciesSpeak with leaders in this fast-growing and specialized industry.Healthcare SpecialistsHear what specialists in the field have to say about healthcare abroad. For media queries, please contact Judy Orchard: Telephone: +1 919 545.0668 – Email: jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com

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