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Mobile Surgery International Flies Patient, Surgical Team to Trinidad for Minimally Invasive Prostate Cancer Surgery

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On March 6, 2009, Mobile Surgery International coordinated what is believed to be the first surgical procedure in which a US-based patient and his US-based surgeon chose to meet at an ex-US hospital …

On March 6, 2009, Mobile Surgery International coordinated what is believed to be the first surgical procedure in which a US-based patient and his US-based surgeon chose to meet at an ex-US hospital for cancer surgery -- in the mutual search for quality, choice and cost-effective surgical care.

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  • 1. Centers of Excellence with Global Convenience™
  • 2. Case Example: An Uninsured U.S. Patient
    • SITUATION
    • WV is a 57-year-old uninsured truck driver
    • He has a family history of prostate cancer (father died of this disease)
    • WV was diagnosed with prostate cancer on December 9, 2008
    • He is otherwise healthy
    • Patient wants minimally invasive surgery
    • Offered unaffordable global package for US$50,000
    • Affordable options included open surgery
  • 3. Case Example: An Uninsured U.S. Patient
    • MEETING THE PATIENT’S NEEDS
    • The patient’s priorities are
      • Choice
      • Quality
      • Cost containment
      • Risk management
    • WV wants minimally invasive surgery
      • He cannot afford complications, so …
      • He needs a highly experienced surgeon
      • He needs the surgery at an affordable cost, and …
      • He needs appropriate insurance against post-op medical/surgical problems
  • 4. MSI Addressed the Clinical Needs
    • MSI coordinated
      • The availability of an expert surgeon with a decade of experience in minimally invasive prostate surgery
      • Operating privileges in a high quality institution in Trinidad
      • Transportation of specialized equipment to supplement other essential equipment available on-site
      • An appropriately experienced surgical support team
  • 5. And MSI Addressed the Non-Clinical Needs
    • MSI also coordinated
      • Air transportation to Trinidad and back to the U.S.
      • Pre- and postoperative resort accommodations with concierge service for the patient and his wife
      • Access to a specialized surgical complications and travel insurance policy for “medical tourists”*
      • A deeply discounted global package
    * This policy covered complications related to procedures for cancer, cardiovascular, and additional disorders that other policies for ‘medical tourists’ exclude
  • 6. The Surgical Practicalities
    • The patient arrived in Trinidad on March 3, 2009
    • The inpatient operation was carried out on March 6
    • There were no perioperative issues
    • The patient returned to the resort accommodations the same day
    • There were no postoperative issues after 3 days
    • The patient flew home on March 9, 2009
  • 7. Centers of Excellence with Global Convenience™

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