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Outsourcing your health


Kevin Miller, 45, a native of Eunice, Louisiana, has become a part of a stream of American patients taking full advantage of medical treatment outside the US. Mr. Miller is a self-employed and uninsured chiropractor who was in an auto accident several years back. Upon learning that he needed to pay around $90,000 for surgery and treatments, he took his chances over the Internet to look for other options. He then found out about Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok, which is often likened to a luxurious hotel. Ignoring his doctors’ objections, Miller made an appointment and had his procedure in the Bangkok hospital with a US-trained surgeon who repaired his herniated disk for just $10,000.

I wouldn’t hesitate to come back for another procedure,” Miller said.


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Over the years, the medical travel available in India, Thailand, Singapore, and other countries has attracted a notable number of American patients. My Medical Travel Guide shows that there were about 500,000 and 750,000 Americans who sought medical treatment abroad in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and these numbers could increase to 7.5 million by 2018. Here are the reasons why medical travel is on the rise:

• Incredible savings

• Sophisticated surgeries

• Luxurious accommodations and world-class facilities

• Travel opportunities

• Access to immediate service without the hassles of “wait lists”

• Professional expertise of surgeons and nurses

• Longer and convenient recuperation periods

• Personalized care


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Medical travel destinations you need to know

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Despite all the efforts of the US government concerning health care legislation, medical costs in the country continue to rise. Because of this, many insurance companies encourage their patients to choose medical travel instead. Through the years, medical travel patients have been trying to avoid an increase in their premiums as they seek not only simple cosmetic procedures but also complicated ones, such as coronary artery bypass graft, ankle fusion, and gastric bypass operation. Where should patients go to for medical treatment abroad? Here are  two destinations and some facts that may help.


This article by Caroline Eden explains that the medical travel trend in Thailand has been lucrative. The country is one of the most popular places in the world for medical travel, which attracted an estimated 500,000 tourists specifically for medical treatment in 2011. And with its reputation for hospitable and personalized service, Thailand has become the heart of medical travel in Asia. Top-of-the-line hospitals in Thailand include Bumrungrad, Bangkok Hospital, and Phyathai Hospitals Group.


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BBC’s Lonely Planet lists Colombia as one of the hot spots for offshore medical treatment, where people from North America and other countries go to for healthcare services. Its cities, including Bogota, have ranging services, from dentistry to heart surgeries, which cost one-fifth less than that of US hospitals. Many Colombian doctors are experts in their respective fields and were highly trained abroad.


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