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The medical travel boom in Malaysia

In spite of the recently ended economic downturn that affected most countries and many industries around the world, the medical travel industry in Malaysia is undergoing exceptional growth in all medical treatment fields.

 

 

This growth is probably due to the influx of medical travelers from around the world, many of whom have come from developed countries like the US, where health care is far more expensive.

In their latest research study, which take into account the identification and decipherment of market dynamics, RNCOS analysts saw that the market is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate, or CAGR, of 13 percent from 2013 to 2017. Revenue growth is said to be driven by factors like cost-effective treatments, government support, and highly skilled medical professionals.

 

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The study also includes a comprehensive study of current market scenario, taking into account existing medical infrastructure, human resources, and technological breakthroughs; different drivers and characteristics of the market; and an in-depth cost comparison that compares Malaysia with other medical travel destinations around the world.

 

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Satori World Medical is the premier medical travel services provider in the US. It allows patients access to state-of-the-art medical facilities in eight countries and in Puerto Rico, all of which meet or exceed US quality standards. For more information about the premium medical travel services that Satori offers, visit its website.

REPOST: Extra Fiber for Stroke Protection

A new study shows that increased dietary fiber intake would significantly reduce the risk of stroke. This New York Times article by Nicholas Bakalar shares more about it:

Eating high-fiber foods may protect against stroke, a new analysis of research suggests.

The data, pooled from eight observational studies, all with at least three years of follow-up, indicated that each seven-gram increase in daily fiber intake reduced the risk of a first stroke by about 7 percent. The findings were published in the journal Stroke.

Water soluble fiber — the kind found in beans, nuts and other foods — reduced the risk substantially, and insoluble fiber and cereal fiber reduced it slightly. Fruits and vegetables contain both types of fiber, though there was not enough data on those foods considered separately to draw valid conclusions about their effect.

“We don’t know which form is the most beneficial,” said the senior author, Victoria J. Burley, a senior lecturer in nutritional epidemiology at the University of Leeds in England.


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According to background information in the study, the current average fiber intake in the United States is about 13 grams a day for women and 17 for men. Increasing these amounts by seven grams a day would bring them close to the recommended levels of 21 to 25 grams for women and 30 to 38 for men.

“Seven grams a day increase is an achievable goal,” Dr. Burley said. “You’re talking about swapping white bread for whole wheat or increasing vegetable and fruit by two portions a day.”

Satori World Medical pioneered the globalization of healthcare and has helped countless of patients acquire medical services in Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Singapore, and several other countries. More about the company and other industry-related articles can be found in this blog site.

Keep on walking: How consistent physical activity helps the body stay fit

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Recent studies on the required amounts of physical activity for a healthy body show that brisk walking may be enough for some people. The government recommendation for physical activity is at least 2.5 hours of moderate to intense aerobic exercise per week, and many people have taken to running as a way to meet this suggestion. Only less than half of the population consistently meets the requirement, which may signal a rather bleak outlook for the health of the nation.
However, a study that was published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, the American Heart Association (AHA) journal, revealed that people who regularly walked also had lowered risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

 

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The new findings are more encouraging, given that more people may find brisk walking more appealing and more sustainable than vigorous running. As far as health benefits go, the researchers also found that sustainability may be the most important aspect to any physical ability as the type of exercise may not be as important as how much people engage in their chosen activity.

Walking as a form of physical exertion is easier to include into one’s daily routine while a more vigorous activity like running may easily be considered as tiresome, and is subsequently dropped by many people.

 

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The Centers for Disease Control, meanwhile, previously published a report on walking as the most commonly reported physical activity among adults in the US. One important detail that can be obtained in the report is the amount of walking required to reach the physical activity recommendations. According to the report, people who walked “more than an hour a week were nearly four times more likely to get the minimum amount of recommended exercise.” More time spent walking, however, should also increase the health benefits.

 

 

Satori World Medical is a leading provider of quality healthcare services through its global network and industry affiliations. For more news on medical research and development, visit www.satoriworldmed.com.

Factors that hinder the growth of medical travel in countries

Medical facilities and services have become an important factor to the development of tourism worldwide. The governments of various countries are re-examining the strengths of their hospitals and the quality of care that they provide, searching for areas that they can invest in for further development, as they highlight the unique features of their country in advertisements – all in an effort to become more attractive to health and medical travelers.

 

 

Indeed, there is much at stake with the development of medical tourism in countries. Growth in this sector has great potential in boosting the economic resilience of a nation due to the generation of jobs. However, in spite of the best efforts of many countries, there are still many factors that can impede the growth of their medical travel industry.

Government policy and regulations on tourism continue to play an important part in the development of medical travel. A country may wish to attract more people to its hospitals, but too strict policies on tourism may drive a significant number of foreign patients away.

 

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Meanwhile, the details related to quality of care remain invisible to travelers when the country has a reputation of being unsafe. Medical travelers do not interact solely with the medical institutions when they come to visit, and so increasing efforts in reducing crime and violence is necessary for growth in the sector.

Other than concerns on safety and the quality of care, comfort and convenience also remain a priority for many medical travelers. Factors like the availability of rental cars, the state of hotels, or the presence of ATMs that accept Visa credit cards can affect the consumer’s decision to travel to a certain country.

 

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For news about the growth of medical travel in various countries, visit Satori World Medical’s official website.

Factors to prioritize when choosing a medical travel destination

 

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In a time when medical travel is becoming more popular among individuals seeking affordable health care, motivations for choosing the option to travel abroad for medical procedures have also changed. The lower cost of treatment isn’t the only factor that patients have to consider, and the decision for their destination hinges on their priorities in medical travel.

One thing that they must remember is the main reason for their journey. When choosing a country to go to, it may be easy to be swayed by one’s preferences for countries to visit. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone when consumers choose a travel destination that has the medical treatment they need.

 

 

However, doctors remind that this may not always be the best choice for patients. Instead of making the destination a top priority, patients should prioritize communications within the destination and the quality, safety, and convenience of health care in that country.

To make the most out of their trip, patients should verify if the hospital they’re hoping to go to for their treatment has indeed been accredited by a quality and safety authority they can trust. They should also select a health institution that ensures the continuity of care through expert support given at all stages – from before they travel to the point of their full recovery. With medical travel, physicians maintain that the focus should always be on the long-term health and wellness of the patients.

 

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Satori World Medical offers a full scope of high-quality medical and travel services that ensure the best medical outcomes for its clients. Its official website has more information about its services.

 

Thailand and health care: The Asian country’s appeal to foreign patients

 

Currently, Thailand remains to be one of the most frequently chosen locations for medical travel in Asia, mainly due to its reputation for graceful and attentive service. The growth of its medical travel industry has been reported in BBC.com to be growing at an annual rate of 16%, and the medical sector is expected to earn 100 billion baht in the next two years.

 

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There are many reasons why patients flock to Thailand for medical treatment. The Thai government has been aggressive in promoting its medical services industry since 2004, and its medical travel website lists many of the treatments that patients look for, such as a hip replacement or a tummy tuck. As for the quality of treatments, Bangkok’s hospitals have been reported to meet and exceed US standards.

 

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Image Source: thaimedtours.com

 

The Thai people are known for their kindness, humility, and their willingness to help foreigners. It is easy for a traveler to feel lost in a foreign land, but it is easier to get around in a place with many English speakers and where signs are written in both English and the local language. Additionally, many hospitals cater mainly to medical travelers so there are English-speaking staff and translators for more than 20 languages.

 

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Another reason why Thailand is a popular choice for health care is its lenient immigration laws. With proper documents, it is easy for many qualified patients to obtain a 90-day visa exemption. This also extends to up to three individuals who are there to accompany the patient.

Satori World Medical’s International Centers of Excellence page shares more information on Thailand as a medical travel destination.

Thailand and health care: The Asian country’s appeal to foreign patients

Currently, Thailand remains to be one of the most frequently chosen locations for medical travel in Asia, mainly due to its reputation for graceful and attentive service. The growth of its medical travel industry has been reported in BBC.com to be growing at an annual rate of 16%, and the medical sector is expected to earn 100 billion baht in the next two years.

 

Image Source: novasans.com

Image Source: novasans.com

 

There are many reasons why patients flock to Thailand for medical treatment. The Thai government has been aggressive in promoting its medical services industry since 2004, and its medical travel website lists many of the treatments that patients look for, such as a hip replacement or a tummy tuck. As for the quality of treatments, Bangkok’s hospitals have been reported to meet and exceed US standards.

 

Image Source: thaimedtours.com

Image Source: thaimedtours.com

 

The Thai people are known for their kindness, humility, and their willingness to help foreigners. It is easy for a traveler to feel lost in a foreign land, but it is easier to get around in a place with many English speakers and where signs are written in both English and the local language. Additionally, many hospitals cater mainly to medical travelers so there are English-speaking staff and translators for more than 20 languages.

 

Image Source: phukethospital.com

Image Source: phukethospital.com

 

Another reason why Thailand is a popular choice for health care is its lenient immigration laws. With proper documents, it is easy for many qualified patients to obtain a 90-day visa exemption. This also extends to up to three individuals who are there to accompany the patient.

Satori World Medical’s International Centers of Excellence page shares more information on Thailand as a medical travel destination.