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Medical tourism pros consider impact of
healthcare reform

Travel Weekly - Michelle Baran - January 2011
It is still unclear how health care reform will play out in the U.S., let alone in the global medical tourism marketplace.
 
 
 
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Medical Tourism - Malaysia's Healing Powers
 
Recommend Magazine - Sergio Ortiz - November 2009
With all the controversy surrounding our current national debate on healthcare reform, there’s probably no better time for awareness on the more than obvious fact medical procedures for most Americans are so far beyond reach, it’s become a national disgrace.
 
 
 
 MT3Radio
  Complete Guide to Medical Tourism

MT3 Radio - Julie Monroe - August 8, 2009
Julie Munro interviews Patrick Marsek, the managing director of MedRetreat and the co-author of "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Medical Tourism", a new guide book for healthcare consumers. 
  
 


  How to Be a Medical Tourist


MSN Travel - Peter Greenberg - July 8, 2009
One of travel’s biggest trends over the past few years has been what’s known as “medical tourism.”




New tourist attractions

ModernHealthcare.com - Jennifer Lubell - June 15, 2009
More patients looking at home before going abroad for medical procedures,
 
 
 
the traveling eye


 Medical Tourism Interview   


WVON Radio Chicago - Bonnie DeShong & Ja'Vonne Harley - May 11, 2009
Interview with Patrick Marsek, managing director of MedRetreat, about the concept of medical tourism and the book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Medical Tourism.".
 
 
 

 Holidays For Health
 
 
Newsweek - Sana Butler - May 2, 2009
People are traveling overseas for cheaper medical procedures like colonoscopies and hip replacements. 
 
 
  


  Making the Trek as a Medical Patient



San Diego Business Journal - Healther Chambers - April 13, 2009
There are many considerations to make when evaluating a destination for specialized or discounted medical treatments ...
 
 


Booming trend is standard operating procedure


 
Miami Herald - Janet Fullwood - November 2008
Some experts say as many as half a million Americans traveled out of the country last year for procedures ranging from dental work to heart surgery.



Americans travel abroad for surgery

The Sacramento Bee - Carrie Peyton Dahlberg - November 2008
Rising health costs and dwindling insurance coverage are driving hundreds of thousands of Americans to travel far to avoid potentially devastating medical bills.

 

Need Surgery? Call a Travel Agent

Men's Health - Mark Jenkins - October 2008
Hospital care in the United States is expensive, and rates of surgical complications and infections can be high. Those are just three reasons why your best option for surgery might be overseas
 
 
 
Obtain Needed Health Care - Part 1   patrick marsek interview

    WVON Radio Chicago - Bonnie DeShong & Ja'Vonne Harley - May 11, 2009Interview with Patrick Marsek, managing director of MedRetreat, about the concept of medical tourism and the book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Medical Tourism.".        Newsweek - Sana Butler - May 2, 2009People are traveling overseas for cheaper medical procedures like colonoscopies and hip replacements.       San Diego Business Journal - Healther Chambers - April 13, 2009There are many considerations to make when evaluating a destination for specialized or discounted medical treatments ...  Miami Herald - Janet Fullwood - November 2008Some experts say as many as half a million Americans traveled out of the country last year for procedures ranging from dental work to heart surgery.The Sacramento Bee - Carrie Peyton Dahlberg - November 2008Rising health costs and dwindling insurance coverage are driving hundreds of thousands of Americans to travel far to avoid potentially devastating medical bills.  Men's Health - Mark Jenkins - October 2008Hospital care in the United States is expensive, and rates of surgical complications and infections can be high. Those are just three reasons why your best option for surgery might be overseas    

Obtain Needed Health Care - Part 2   patrick marsek interview

Obtain Needed Health Care - Part 3   patrick marsek interview
 

What's Up Radio Program with Terry Lowry - August 15, 2009
Many Americans are traveling to foreign countries for expensive medical procedures and saving a bundle. With savings of 70 to 80%, Patrick Marsek explains this growing service industry. 
  



Patients With Passports

Colorado Springs Gazette - Brian Newsome - July 13, 2008
More opting to go abroad for surgery
 
 
 
kiplinger

Get a Hip Replaced and See the World

Kiplinger's Retirement Report - Christopher Gearon - April 2008
MedRetreat client receives knee surgery overseas...no more pain.
 
 
 
nuwire investor

Seeking Affordable Healthcare Overseas
 
NuWire Investor - Melana Yanos - March 10, 2008
Medical tourism provides high-quality care with less financial suffering.
 
 
 

Overseas Medical Care
  Retirement Living
Retirement Living - Lea Thompson & John Palmer - February 2008
Overseas medical care, and why more and more boomers are headed abroad for their health needs.
 
 
 
 
Interview with Patrick Marsek  Patrick Marsek Interview 
Washington D.C. - Consumer Health World - Ruben Torel - December 18, 2007
Ruben Torel interviews Patrick Marsek about medical tourism and the services that MedRetreat offers
  
 
 
entrepreneur.com
Healthy travels

Entrepreneur.com  - Geoff Williams - October 31, 2007
Think going abroad for cheaper medical procedures is scary? These businesses are here to help. 
 
 
 
anchorage daily news
Years of Pain Resolved by Surgery Trip

Anchorage Daily News - Becky Stoppa - October 24, 2007
MEDICAL TOURISM: Knee replacement cost woman only $17,000
 
 
 
good housekeeping
Passport to Cheaper Health Care?

Good Housekeeping - Jennifer Wolff - October 2007 Issue
You can have surgery for less than half the price...Is medical travel a brilliant solution...or a too-risky business?
 
 
 
aarp
Traveling For Treatment

AARP - Anthony Mecir & Katherine Greider - September 2007
Soaring U.S. health costs are driving more Americans abroad for medical treatment.
 
 
 
abc news

Surgery Overseas  Surgery Overseas
 
ABC News 7 Chicago - Sylvia Perez - August 23, 2007
It's said to be a booming business and the answer for many of the 45 million uninsured Americans who can't afford healthcare.
 
 
 
med page today
 Americans Gamble on Bargain Surgery Abroad

MedPage Today - Neil Osterweil - August 13, 2007
Even as the U.S. dollar sags, many Americans are still heading overseas for bargains on elective cosmetic procedures and other surgical care they could not afford otherwise.
 
 
 
HEALTH BIZ BLOG  Interview with Patrick Marsek   patrick marsek interview
 
Health Business Blog - David Williams - June 27, 2007
I spoke with Patrick Marsek earlier today and asked him about what kinds of patients are good candidates for medical travel, who should use a medical travel agency instead of planning a trip themselves, and what some of the differences are between health tourism to Central/South America and travel to Southeast Asia.
 
 
 
 
 
  Medical tourism's popularity on the rise


Financial Times - Chris Taylor - June 22, 2007
"Many people just can't afford the procedures here in the US and the value overseas is so much greater," says Patrick Marsek, managing director of Chicago-based group MedRetreat...
 
 
 
news sentinal
 Need Surgery? Take a Trip

The News Sentinal - Jennifer Boen - June 14, 2006
‘Medical tourism’ industry booming in U.S.
 
 
 
forbes
 Outsourcing Your Health

Forbes - Alison Van Dusen - May 22, 2007
When 56-year-old Ward Styner found out he needed a new hip last summer, he did what any logical, uninsured American would do...
 
 
 
cbs
 
Going Global For Medical Care  Health Watch - Medical Tourism  
  
KTKA - ABC News - Good Morning Kansas - Jessica Lovell - May 31, 2007
News report about Ward Styner, a MedRetreat client, who traveled to Malaysia to receive a hip replacement.
 
 
 
nbc news


 Rise in Medical Tourism
 
WIS10 - NBC News - Michelle Franzen - April 27, 2007
Medical Tourism used to just be for people who wanted plastic surgery. Now.. more and more Americans are going overseas for routine treatments. 
 
 
 

  
 
 Medical Tourism Offers Healthy Savings



Bankrate.com - Beverly Blair Harzog - April 2007
If you need cosmetic dental work or want a tummy tuck, but can't afford the cost, maybe you should consider a foreign vacation -- a medical vacation. 
 
 
  
medical tourism online
 Patient-centric service
 
By Mike Gloss - MedicalTourismOnline - Dec 5, 2006
If there’s one thing that is inherent in the nature of the medical tourism industry, it is competition.
 
 
 
capital news

 Maryland Company Cuts Surgical Costs with Foreign Flair
 
 
By Emily Halle - Capital News Service | November 22, 2006
Hospitals overseas use the same technology and equipment as the most sophisticated American hospitals.
 
 
 
what's up radio
Smart Medicine and Exotic Travel   What's Up Radio

 
What's Up Radio Program with Terry Lowry - October 11, 2006
Radio Interview with Patrick Marsek...Canadians and Europeans have been traveling to the US for decades seeking medical services. Now, Americans are traveling abroad seeking first class health care at tremendous savings.
  
 
 
boston globe
 Bon voyage, and get well
 
By Judy Foreman for the Boston Globe | October 2, 2006
More and more Americans are traveling to foreign countries for surgeries, drawn by lower prices, and side trips to tourist sights. Experts advise patients to do their homework before they go. 
  
 
 
moneydots.com

Quality Care at Affordable Prices  moneydots.com
MoneyDots.com - September 17, 2006 ~ Audio Interview
An Interview with: Patrick Marsek, Founder of MedRetreat, and Dr. Allan Fields, noted Cancer Surgeon - Sinai Medical Center. Olympic Physician, Attending Physician to Muhammad Ali & Evander Holyfield, & Ringside Physician.

MoneyDots.com  - May 2009 - Follow-up Interview with Patrick Marsek  moneydots.com
  
 
 
seattle post intelligencer

Cost -saving surgery lures 'medical tourist' abroad
 
Seattle Post Intelligencer - July 23, 2006 - By: Julie Davidow
Overseas care especially attractive to uninsured.
 
 
  
abc news

 Medical Retreat of Two American Women   
 
ABC News TV12 - Newbern, N.C.,USA - June 2005
Kathy Bogardus and Kimberlee Tyner have experienced great success by traveling abroad for their cosmetic procedures...
 
   
 
medical tourist


 An Inside Look at Medical Tourism in SE Asia 
 
March 7, 2005 ... American reporter to be given unprecedented access to MedRetreat's overseas care.
  
 
  
npr
 Tourists Seek Cheaper Medical Procedures in Asia
 
NPR (audio) - Washington,D.C.,USA - February 14, 2005
Fred de Sam Lazaro of Twin Cities Public Television reports on what's being called medical tourism.
 
 




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“Botax” May Be A Pain In The Buttocks For U.S. Cosmetic Surgeons


Vernon Hills, IL - November 30, 2009
Proposed Tax on Common Cosmetic Procedures Increases Interest in Surgery Abroad





Economic Crisis + Healthcare Crisis = Medical Tourism
  
 
Vernon Hills, IL - November 25, 2008
MedRetreat helps lighten the load for Americans seeking affordable surgery 
 

 
pr web
An American Appeal to Overseas Hospitals 

 
 

Vernon Hills, Illinois (PRWEB) - July 8, 2008
An American Appeal to Overseas Hospitals


 
pr web
MedRetreat's Solution to Michael Moore's 'SICKO' Documentary
 
 
Vernon Hills, IL (PRWEB) July 3, 2007
Michael Moore intimates that there is a solution to the high cost of health care in the U.S., and MedRetreat confirms his intuition. It's called "Medical Tourism."
  

 
pr web

 
Medical Tourism - Service From America

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) Jan 4, 2006
MedRetreat provides Americans with free comprehensive programs to receive medical treatments abroad
 
 
 
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 Medical Tourism - Worldwide Options

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) Nov 18, 2005
MedRetreat now offers pre-qualified network of hospitals providing medical tourism services in seven destinations around the world.
  
  
 
pr web


 Medical tourism exposed...
 
PRWEB - May 21, 2005
MedRetreat, in conjunction with WCTI TV 12
  
 
   
pr web
 Global Alliance Takes First Major Steps for Medical Tourism
   
 
Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 8, 2005
Judson Anglin, Managing Director, MedRetreat will introduce MedRetreat, LLC as
the first American company to offer medical tourism services, ... 
   
 
 
pr web


 Medical Tourism
 
Penang, Malaysia (PRWEB) April 7, 2005
As Kathy Bogardus sat in the reception area of Penang Adventist Hospital filling out the final consent forms prior to her cosmetic surgery, she was admittedly nervous, but not about what one would think. 
    
 

 
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 Looking Abroad for Health Savings



New York Times - Katharine Seelve - Nov 7, 2009
Employers and insurance companies may seek savings by encouraging patients to travel abroad for treatment.
 
 
 


 Are 'Operation Vacations' Worth the Trip?

Fox News - Paul Eisenberg - Sept 1, 2009
If you’re willing to globe trot for medical care, the savings can be substantial.
 
 
  
gallup
 Americans Consider Crossing Borders For Medical Care

Washington, D.C - Christopher Khoury - May 18, 2009
Competition for high-quality, affordable medical care no longer local
  
 
 

 How Far Can 'Medical Tourism' Go?

The Futurist - March 21, 2009
Studying what lies beneath the surface of market forces can be fascinating.
 
 



  Health Technology Trends

ECRI Institute - Feb 2009
Health Technology Trends
 
 
 
economist
Globalisation and Health Care


New York - The Economist - Jonas Bergstrand - August 2008
Why put up with expensive, run-of-the-mill health care at home when you can be treated just as well abroad?




Medical Tourism: Health Care Free Trade Now!   patrick marsek interview


What's Up Radio Program with Terry Lowry - August 15, 2009
Global competition in health care is allowing more patients from developed countries to travel for medical reasons to regions once characterized as “third world” for medical care. Dr. Devon Herrick, with the National Center for Policy Analysis shares ways we can save a bundle, obtain needed health care, and improve our quality of life.
  
 
  
npr
Insurers Eye Savings from Treatment Overseas
 
 
NPR (audio) - The Bryant Park Project, May 8, 2008
Uninsured Americans are flying to Thailand for cheap surgery. But reporter Avery Comarow says U.S.-based insurance companies are studying the safety of sending patients to foreign countries for cheap major surgery.
 
 
 


Saving on Surgery by Going Abroad


U.S. News and World Report - Avery Comarow - May 1, 2008
Medical tourism or medical travel can produce discounts of 80 percent.
 
 
 
financial times
 Healthy US Interest in Medical Tourism

Financial Times - Christopher Bowe - February 19, 2008
Two in five Americans would consider traveling abroad for a medical procedure if it cost half the US price and quality was at least equal, according to a Deloitte consumer health report 
 

 msnbc

  Low-Cost Foreign Care Begins to Take Off
 

July 29, 2007 - MSNBC - Susan Deutschle
There's a quiet revolution slowly building momentum in the health-care industry that could potentially lower the cost of employer-sponsored medical plans over the next decade.
 
  
  
ama
 American Medical Association Report
  
AMA - June 2007
Medical Travel Outside the U.S.
 
 
 
bloomberg 
India Seeks Uniform Hospital Service
  
Bloomberg - Bibhudatta Pradhan and Ashok Bhattacharjee - June 28, 2007
India's government plans to ensure a uniform level of service in hospitals, aiming to enhance the South Asian nation's appeal as a key provider of critical services to patients from the U.S. and Europe.
 
 
 
mens journal Health & Fitness - Foreign Operations
 
Men's Journal - Nov 2006 - By Brad Reagan
With health care costs rocketing out of reach, Americans are going abroad for surgery.
 
 
 
beauty from afar
 Beauty From Afar 
  
Video Interview with Jeff Schult / Author of Beauty From Afar
Four minutes with author Jeff Schult on the subject of traveling abroad for high quality, low cost cosmetic surgery, dentistry or other medical care.
 
 
 
us news
 When Abroad, Be Careful How You Pay
 
Nisha Ramachandran - U.S. News - June 2, 2006
When abroad, be careful how you pay.
 
 
 
the star
 Potential in cosmetic operations
 
The Star - K. Kasturi Dewi - May 4, 2006 - Penang
The state can tap the huge potential in cosmetic surgery now trendy in the West.
 
 
 
the daily telegraph
 Prescription Thailand
 
The Telegraph - Janine Martin - August 27, 2005
For a perfect mix of world class hospitals and five-star service, try Thailand.
 
 
 
natural newRising popularity of medical tourism reveals deterioration of U.S. healthcare system
 
NaturalNews.com - Mike Adams - August 22, 2005
Defenders of organized medicine are fond of saying that the United States has the best healthcare in the world, but I challenge that. I don't think we have the best healthcare in the world, I think we have the most expensive healthcare in the world.
 
 
 
world bank
 World Bank Medical Tourism Insurance Report
  
 
World Bank Group - July 1, 2005
For just 15 highly tradable, low-risk treatments, the annual savings to the United States would be $1.4 billion even if only one in 10 patients who need these treatments went abroad.
 
 
 
cbs news
 CBS News | Vacation, Adventure And Surgery?
   
 
CBS News - April 25, 2005 ... India wants to become the world leader in medical tourism, and it might just make it. The country known for exporting doctors is trying hard to import ...

 
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