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Is fear of traveling keeping Americans from medical travel?

February 20, 2013
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The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions states that “Americans are the least likely to go outside their home country for health care” and “only 3 percent of Americans would definitely consider traveling outside the United States for either necessary or elective care; only 1 percent had actually done so in the past year.”

Since the benefits of medical travel far outweigh its disadvantages, lack of interest in medical travel might not be the problem. After all, if medical travel offers high-quality health care at a fraction of the cost and is being promoted as an enjoyable way to see the world, then why aren’t more people opting for medical travel?

Is doing the actual traveling putting off most Americans from medical travel?

There are three possible reasons why people would be afraid of traveling:

They are afraid of flying. This is one of the most common fears people have, and since medical travel usually involves the patient getting on a plane, this can be a big problem.



They can’t afford to travel. Many people have the perception that traveling is expensive. It can be, but with proper research and preparation, it doesn’t have to be.

It’s not safe. This is one of the main reasons why people are too reluctant to travel to another country, especially with all the news about unrest in some countries.

Realistically, most of these fears are illogical. The likelihood of dying in a plane crash is 1 in 1.7 million to 1 in 29.4 million, according to PlaneCrashInfo.com, and visiting another country, as long as it isn’t war-torn, is totally safe.


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The Satori World Medical website has all the information you need regarding medical travel.

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