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Weight loss surgery and medical tourism: is it an option for me?

Is life-changing weight loss surgery with medical tourism an option for me?

Weight loss surgery treatment for morbid obesity and related diseases is no longer limited to western nations such as the United States, and patients seeking bariatric surgical treatment are no longer limited to their own borders. What patients are not able to obtain domestically, they will get internationally. Patients are flocking to other countries seeking weight loss surgery in increasing numbers.

Why people go abroad for Gastric Bypass Procedure

Many patients who are drawn to medical tourism are because of the convenience and the speed through which a bariatric procedure can be obtained. For many patients, gastric bypass surgery is not covered by health insurance companies because it can be considered an elective procedure and so is unaffordable to many who need the surgery. By traveling to countries such as Poland or Costa Rica, a patient can often obtain a surgical procedure the day after arrival and can do so at 60%-70% less than in the United States with surgeons who are American trained.

What are some of the benefits of receiving Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association show that while Gastric Bypass Surgery was designed to simply help patients who are obese have significant weight-loss, it has also shown that 49% of patients who undergo the procedure and have diabetes, have it under control within one year. Because millions of Americans are afflicted with this disease, one of the leading causes of heart disease and kidney failure, the option for Gastric Bypass Surgery is discussed now more than ever.

How do I know if I am a prime candidate for GBS?

To be a prime candidate, patients must have a BMI of 35 or above, (are at least 100 pounds overweight). While some surgeons do perform on patients who do not have as high of a BMI, most only perform the surgery on those considered morbidly obese and who require the surgery because their medical condition requires it.

What is the cost of Gastric Bypass and how much can I save with Medical Tourism?

The cost savings for undergoing GBS outside of the United States are staggering. To be seen and treated by a physician that was American trained and is boardcosta-rica-hotel certified, is less than half the cost to have the procedure performed in the US. That’s not just the surgery, it includes all transportation, your hotel accommodations as well as the medical procedure itself. The average cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery in the United States is between $15,000-$25,000 and with countries such as Poland and Costa Rica offering the same procedure for around $7,500 including travel expenses, it makes receiving a life changing surgery possible to many Americans.

How do I know that the quality of the surgeons, hospitals and instruments are of the same standards that are used in the United States?

The best way to find out this information is to not go into medical tourism alone. Companies such as International Med Retreat have the capabilities to not only do all the research for you but they can and have traveled to the countries where they offer the procedures and have personally met with the surgeons who perform the surgery. Companies such as International Med Retreat not only ensure that the hospitals, medical instruments and the skill of the surgeons are up to American standards, but they can limit all the hassle and frustration of trying to communicate with the hospital and of finding a hotel and transportation while you are on your medical trip.

Polish US Healthcare and Medical Tourism

Polish US Healthcare (PUSH) was launched in December of 2012 as the result of a Study

Trip to Poland sponsored by a consortium of Polish Agencies (public and private) interested in promoting medical tourism. Mr. Michael Brown, President of Michael Brown Healthcare of New York, Dr. Thomas Bojko, President of Aviva Healthcare Solutions of New Jersey, and Mr. Tracy McManamon, CEO of International Med Retreat decided to form a US-based alliance and join their resources to promote Polish Healthcare (Medical, Dental and Wellness) in the United States market. The three founding organizations of the PUSH consortium offer complimentary services and talents that are key to a successful health travel business. Dr. Bojko is a medical doctor who practiced as a Pediatric Intensivist for more than 15 years at major New York and New Jerseymedical tourism hospitals and academic medical centers. He has been a senior administrator in a number of New York area hospitals. In addition, he is an attorney who practices healthcare law. He is also a native of Warsaw, is fluent in Polish and English, and is well connected to members of the Polish establishment. He has also studied the Polish Healthcare structure for over 10 years.

Mr. McManamon has been working in the American health insurance industry for more than 27 years and owns a successful insurance company. His expertise and contacts in the US insurance world run deep and wide. He is also the CEO and founder of a healthcare facilitation firm based in the US, which includes a travel agency, for the last three years, sending US patients primarily to Asia and South America.

Mr. Brown, who also trained as an attorney, has worked in marketing for the last 23 years. Thirteen of those years he specialized in healthcare marketing including serving as the Director of Public Affairs and Marketing for a healthcare group that includes two hospitals, a nursing school and a sub-acute nursing facility. He has been involved in medical tourism/healthcare travel for the last nine years. He works with governments, hospitals, airlines and hotels establishing health travel programs. He is also well connected in the United States government and business community.

With no European country being recognized as the Medical Tourism/Healthcare Travel leader, Poland is favorably positioned to establish itself as the premiere brand, because of its central geographic location, strong economy and stable democratic government. During their tour, the principals of PUSH were extremely impressed with the caliber of clinical skills, programs and equipment at the healthcare facilities that they visited in both Warsaw and Krakow. PUSH sees the tremendous opportunity that exists for Poland to become a leader in medical and healthcare travel worldwide, not just among European providers.

Poland currently has a neutral brand association for most Americans, which offers both benefits and challenges. Benefit: since there is no true perception of Poland and Polish healthcare, there is no adverse reputation to battle. The challenge, however, is that there are no strong positive associations to build from, so brand and reputation will need to be developed from the ground up for Polish medical institutions and healthcare industry.

We truly believe that this is achievable, and that the PUSH team has the knowledge and skills to do make it happen. Poland offers tremendous potential and the Polish “product” can rank among the best in the world. The country has many attributes that will appeal to US medical and health travelers: it is safe and stable, has a Westernized culture, and high quality healthcare facilities, physicians, and education. English is widely spoken, which is key to attracting patients from the United States. The cuisine appeals to US palates and the country has excellent spas and tourist attractions for both patients and the people who will accompany them.

The United States Patient Opportunity

The United States is an ideal market for the fledgling Polish Healthcare Travel industry. Currently, healthcare costs in the United States are significantly more expensive then in Poland. In many cases Polish healthcare costs up to 70 per cent less than in the United States. While many Americans have medical insurance, 86 per cent do not have dental coverage. That presents a tremendous opportunity for Polish dentistry to expand their practices with patients paying United States dollars.

A new healthcare program, nicknamed “ObamaCare,” will be fully instituted in the US in 2014. Some of the initial impacts of this new healthcare process have begun to be felt by both the insurance carrier market and large and small employers alike. The need to look at alternatives to the US healthcare system is rapidly expanding. ObamaCare is the American version of the National Healthcare System. The US medical infrastructure is currently taxed in its clinical resources. With the new healthcare program requirements an estimated additional 35-65 million new patients will be added to the healthcare system. Timely access to healthcare services will then start to become an issue for the middle class and wealthy patients. They will look elsewhere for care and financial options, and Poland offers an excellent venue for such treatment.

While marketing in the United States can be relatively costly, those who make the investment can reap tremendous benefits. Americans are amongst the most voracious consumers in the world. They like to get the best treatment available for their money, stay in the best hotels and eat at the best restaurants, not to mention they love to bring souvenirs of their journeys home with them.

Poland currently has a neutral brand association for most Americans, which offers both benefits and challenges. Benefit: since there is no true perception of Poland and Polish healthcare, there is no adverse reputation to battle. The challenge, however, is that there are no strong positive associations to build from, so brand and reputation will need to be developed from the ground up for Polish medical institutions and healthcare industry.

We truly believe that this is achievable, and that the PUSH team has the knowledge and skills to do make it happen. Poland offers tremendous potential and the Polish “product” can rank among the best in the world. The country has many attributes that will appeal to US medical and health travelers: it is safe and stable, has a Westernized culture, and high quality healthcare facilities, physicians, and education. English is widely spoken, which is key to attracting patients from the United States. The cuisine appeals to US palates and the country has excellent spas and tourist attractions for both patients and the people who will accompany them.

The United States Patient Opportunity

The United States is an ideal market for the fledgling Polish Healthcare Travel industry. Currently, healthcare costs in medical tourism the United States are significantly more expensive then in Poland. In many cases Polish healthcare costs up to 70 per cent less than in the United States. While many Americans have medical insurance, 86 per cent do not have dental coverage. That presents a tremendous opportunity for Polish dentistry to expand their practices with patients paying United States dollars.

A new healthcare program, nicknamed “ObamaCare,” will be fully instituted in the US in 2014. Some of the initial impacts of this new healthcare process have begun to be felt by both the insurance carrier market and large and small employers alike. The need to look at alternatives to the US healthcare system is rapidly expanding. ObamaCare is the American version of the National Healthcare System. The US medical infrastructure is currently taxed in its clinical resources. With the new healthcare program requirements an estimated additional 35-65 million new patients will be added to the healthcare system. Timely access to healthcare services will then start to become an issue for the middle class and wealthy patients. They will look elsewhere for care and financial options, and Poland offers an excellent venue for such treatment.

While marketing in the United States can be relatively costly, those who make the investment can reap tremendous benefits. Americans are amongst the most voracious consumers in the world. They like to get the best treatment available for their money, stay in the best hotels and eat at the best restaurants, not to mention they love to bring souvenirs of their journeys home with them.

Also, since US patients will be infusing new capital into hospitals and clinics in Poland, those clinics can use the increase in funds to reinvest in their own facilities and programs, enhancing their business operations and supporting research and development that will further establish Poland as a major a destination for state of the art medical and dental protocols.

The PUSH plan is to market both to people of Polish origin or ancestry in the US, who will already be predisposed to view travel medical tourismto Poland in a positive light, and also to US insurance companies, self-insured employers, unions, organizations and government entities that will be looking to contain their costs.

With consideration of all these factors, the PUSH leadership has decided to make a major commitment to developing and cultivating health travel/medical tourism in Poland aimed at the United States patient population. We are looking for serious healthcare partners in Poland who recognize this tremendous potential and are ready to commit financial and corporate efforts to such an endeavor.

Playing an Active Role in Your Healthcare:

Medical Tourism as an Alternative Option

So many changes are taking place in the healthcare industry and it’s hard to keep up. With the full fledged implementation of Obamacare just around the corner, and “waiting lists” and unaffordable medical care already becoming common place, many individuals are taking their health and wellness into their own hands. Seeking out alternatives and researching the best course of action for their treatment plans, patients today find themselves playing a much more active role in their healthcare than in prior decades. Medical travel is one such alternative that has been growing in favor over the past ten years. When considering this option, it is important to consider some of the major factors involved in the medical tourism process.

When seeking medical care outside the United States, the patient should consider the following:

  • Financial Savings: Knowing the cost of the procedure in the United States, allows the patient to clearly consider the financial savings available to them when searching overseas options.
  • Availability of the Procedure: Some procedures which have proven effective, are not yet available in this country.
  • Language Barriers: It is important to note whether or not the patient’s native language is spoken in the country where they will receive medical care. In some instances, even if the language is not spoken, a translator can be assigned for the duration of their stay.
  • Physician Credentials: When traveling across United States borders to receive medical care at a fraction of the cost, the quality of the care need not suffer. Often times in fact, patients find the facilities, physicians and overall experience of their treatment overseas equal if not superior to what they had received back at home.
  • Follow-up Care: Patients should be aware of the follow-up protocol upon their return home, following the procedure. Staying in consistent communication with their primary care physician and medical travel facilitator, throughout the planning of their trip, is a great way to understand the care needed upon reentry.
  • Knowledgeable Medical Travel Facilitator: Finding a knowledgeable facilitator who will oversee the process from start to finish can be of priceless value for someone seeking to understand their medical tourism options.

While patients cannot control the freight train of changes mounting within the healthcare industry, they can take their medical treatment into their own hands by educating themselves on the alternative resources available to them. By examining the considerations above, they will be well on their way to determining if medical tourism would be the best option for their up coming health care needs.