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Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013
Europe has been a place Americans go for quality medical care at a fraction of the price it costs in the United States. India and Thailand are known as places to go for exclusive medical procedures. Now South American countries, led by Colombia, are getting into the medical tourism market.
For many reasons Americans take vacations out of the country, like scenic views, gorgeous beaches and cultural experiences. Now, include medical procedures on that list.
Medical tourism is an idea shopped for by uninsured or underinsured Americans, there are American insurance companies who promote the idea of going overseas for treatment because it costs less, which costs the insurance company less and could lower premiums.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one million Americans go overseas for medical procedures yearly.
The Medical Tourism Association (MTA) is an international non-profit organization, and it promotes the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment. Patients Beyond Borders is a company that connects American patients with hospitals around the world that will provide quality treatment and surgeries at a fraction of the cost of doing the work in the United States.