Blair Stover Brings Attention to Growth of Medical Tourism as Debates over Healthcare Reform Intensify
$40 billion dollar industry of seeking affordable medical care at overseas hospitals is spotlighted by Blair Stover.
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Blair Stover is shedding light on a hotly debated trend in medical care that is adding to calls for healthcare reform. A recent ranking on the writer’s travel website showcases a list of countries with the most foreign visitors seeking medical procedures. Blair Stover cites many countries are actively touting safety standards, medical technology and low prices to entice patients facing long waits or bureaucratic hurdles in their home nations.
The study ranks the following countries as the top spots for medical tourists: Thailand, Mexico, The United States, Singapore and India. Each country is a destination for separate reasons and procedures, according to Blair Stover.
Mexico is noted as a destination for weight loss surgery and dental work for Hispanic Americans in border states. While debates continue to rage over U.S. healthcare policy, the favorable exchange rate of a weak dollar and leading specialists attract 800,000 annual visitors seeking medical care for complex conditions.
As a growing phenomenon, medical tourism has raised questions about private and national healthcare schemes. Such growth is expected to continue unabated, according to a survey of 400 clinics and travel sellers in 77 countries. The study is reported on the medical tourism website, TravelMarket, in an April 4th, 2013 article.
Nations with private health insurers, such as the U.S.A., are seeing uninsured or underinsured residents go overseas for affordable heart transplants and cancer care, as noted in the report from Blair Stover.
For national healthcare systems, the issue of the state paying for an overseas medical procedure has arisen, according to an article in Healthy Debate. An absence of international medical standards is often cited as a barrier to governments paying for care received in foreign hospitals.
The rising competition from off-shore hospitals may also affect how developed nations such as Canada provide healthcare, as commented by Healthy Debate.
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