David Boucher, founder and President of the Global Healthcare company, wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, its 50 years traveled to Bangkok to perform his first colonoscopy. The company of Boucher has a network of 13 hospitals around the world with accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI). This accreditation has accredited more than 170 hospitals outside United States. 6 Million Americans travel each year as medical tourists to countries such as India, Costa Rica, Thailand and Mexico, looking for less expensive treatments in complex procedures such as bariatric surgery. United States has health services, but seek medical advice is expensive.
Even France and Belgium are less expensive than the United States. This is why many insurance companies are opting for providing services of medical tourism in countries where the same procedures are cheaper in the United States. Sometimes these services include everything from the ticket of one-way plane and return, the lodging, food and recovery time. They even have agreements with some clinics and hospitals accredited by JCI to perform surgical procedures to the American tourists. People who opt for this option is because the procedures they need, such as knee or hip replacement and heart surgery, in United States are very expensive, and in other country receive the same quality at a lower price. Companies like Calofornia BlueShield or BridgeHealth International, send their patients to the North of Mexico so they can obtain the medical services they need. The cost is the main reason that Americans traveling to operate in other countries. For example, surgery of nose in the U.S.
costs around $4500 dollars, while in places like the India it costs $850. Other procedures can cost from $200 to $ 300 in Mexico, Costa Rica or Thailand, and in United States reach $1200 dollars. The price is reduced up to three or four times compared to the American cost. Regarding the aftercare and recovery time, transplants tend to have more complications when they occur in other countries, compared with the same in the United States, as it is the kidney transplant. Therefore, clinics and hospitals, and the services offered, as well as the precautions to be taken during treatment and recovery should be investigated. The institution you seek must be accredited by JCI or an organization that establishes standards in the destination country, the doctors must have credentials and permissions in force, especially when they have had training in countries such as United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Also, it is suggested that they go to places closer to the country of origin, for example the Americans can go to Costa Rica or Mexico, instead of travelling to the other side of the world by the same procedure. Most people prefer a trip of less than 16 hours for convenience. The main objective of insurance companies and medical tourists is to obtain the same medical service they need, with the same quality and care, but at a lower price. Adios-obesidad is a pioneer in medical tourism in Chihuahua, Mexico and offers the gastric band and Bypass Gastrico procedures in hospitals certified by the Joint Commission International. Greetings Lic. Cecy Garcia Duran original author and source of the article.