Spa and Medical Tourism – Learning From What Happened in Detroit

9 thoughts on “Spa and Medical Tourism – Learning From What Happened in Detroit

  1. Josef Woodman

    I heartily agree with your Detroit analogy. In fact, Ruben Toral, former Int'l Marketing Director for Bumrungrad Hospital, has cogently argued that US Healthcare can learn a great deal from Toyota, from GM and even Giorgio Armani http://bit.ly/14xq4f

    I share your hopes that US medical practitioners might look to the global healthcare, wellness and spa communities, and begin to get beyond protectionism, toward more successful strategies for addressing contemporary healthcare challenges.

  2. ldeng

    There are no easy solutions for fixing US Healthcare and most likely any changes will take time to enforce. Meanwhile, medical tourism offers a good alternative for affordable quality procedures abroad. With reputable medical tourism company such as WorldMed Assist helping patients with the logistics, it makes medical travel to other countries that much less stressful. Visit Worldmed Assist for more on Procedures offered.

  3. Anonymous

    I couldn’t agree more… People SHOULD think “U.S. car industry” every time they hear medical tourism. Truth is foreign (non-U.S.) hospitals and doctors are kicking the living sh*t out of U.S. health care. (NOT just in cost .. but in quality and service as well!)

    Rather than take it as a warning (that the U.S. should change its ways), they take it as a threat to their God-given right to declare themselves the “best in the world” (even though the U.S. now ranks around 30th in the world according to the World Health Org).

    Detroit should have learned many, many decades ago. The same goes for the U.S. health care system. I have ZERO confidence that they actually will.

  4. Sandra Miller

    I too strongly agree with you. Detractors of medical tourism who warn that US hospitals will lose revenue are mistaken – most of those chosing medical travel over domestic care are doing so b/c they are priced out of the US health care market, and this is not by any means limited to the uninsured – as the Medical Tourism Association reports in its May/June 2009 patient survey, 40% of medical travelers have insurance at the time of their procedure. What the detractors/alarmists do not seem to grasp – these 40%, like many others (such as myself) are victims of the insurance industry sucking profit out of the patient. THAT is the entity to whom US hospitals are losing revenue.

    My company is Health Travel Guides. We have yet to encounter a single patient who chose medical travel over the US even though the prices were the same.

    The prices for medical care abroad are up to 80%lower than the US. It's time for the US to wake up and figure out why we can't offer health care at rates that are competitive to top hospitals like Bumrungrad (Thailand) Angeles (Mexico), Apollo (India) and others. Until that happens, medical travel is a literal life saver for hundreds of thousands of Americans per year.

  5. Richard

    Very timely observations, Susie. I am in the midst of writing my thoughts on all of this mess. To a large degree I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of my fellow docs (and me, as well). As much as I hate generalizing, I will. The docs in this country are (to a large degree) protectionist, self-serving, and resistant to change. Actually that goes for docs in any country. Think Ignatz Semmelweis or Sigmund Freud and remember the reception their advanced ideas received. But the government, government-run healthcare, single-payer coverage, universal coverage are not, to my mind, the way to handle the problem.

  6. Richard

    Didn't I read in TIME last year that that 150,000 Americans flew abroad for medical treatment in 2006, 750,000 last year, and six million will be doing so in 2010?

    Wonder why that is?

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