Reliable medical treatment is becoming increasingly available overseas. While this trend promises hope to many Americans in need of affordable, quality care, it also gives rise to a myriad of choices for the prospective medical tourist.
Rationale and goals for project:
There is a need for clear, concise and unbiased information and decision- making criteria for Americans considering going abroad for health care.
The unrestrained costs of health care in the U.S. have put treatments out of reach for many of the over 45 million U.S. citizens who lack health insurance. There seem to be so few workable, readily applicable solutions. Medical tourism offers “…cost savings as high as 90%, depending on the procedure and the country in which it is performed, and virtually no wait times.”
The option of medical tourism is a tremendously empowering opportunity that allows US patients to “vote with their feet” and receive care and far acceptable costs.
This report will help the prospective medical tourist to become well-versed in medical travel and will empower him to make informed decisions when choosing such care.
While it is to be a road map, the ultimate destination—or even whether to take the journey---is left to the prospective medical traveler.
The numbers of United States patients traveling abroad to receive medical care has rapidly risen over the past three years. With this entire global medical community readily available in the internet, this has resulted in an information overload. The need exists for creation of a “road map” to guide the potential medical tourist through this plethora of decisions and choices and arrive at an informed decision.