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Hot Spot Destinations

United Arab Emirates
 


ï 14 JCI-accredited hospitals throughout the country.
ï Partnering with the Harvard Medical School, Dubaiís Healthcare City, which will feature several hospitals, medical schools, laboratories and wellness centers, aims to be a Mecca for international health care by 2010.
ï Core specialties include Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Ophthalmology, Urology, Reconstructive Surgery, General Surgery, and General Medicine.

Click
here for further information on medical travel in the United Arab Emirates.
 

Hungary


ï Specialize in cosmetic, dental and vision procedures.
ï Popular destination for patients from the U.K.
ï Various cultural tourist attractions for sightseeing during recuperation.3
Further information on medical tourism in Hungary can be found at http://www.treatmentinhungary.net/.
 

Australia


ï Latest country to start promoting medical tourism
ï Common procedures include Executive Health Checkups, Cardiac Check-up Programs and Cosmetic Surgery.
ï Popular tourist destination with beautiful beaches and ecotourism.
 
For more information on medical tourism in Australia, click here.


Neurosurgeons repair back problems at a low cost

With severe back pain, it may be hard for people with certain conditions to sit or stand for prolonged time periods.
 
Since hospitals and clinical programs overseas now offer affordable corrective surgical procedures, patients who donít have the means to foot the bill in the U.S. can travel to places such as China, Thailand, Singapore or Costa Rica for a high quality, low cost solution.
Read more...


The Medical Travel RoadShow

Medical Travel Today recently spoke with Skip Brickley, director of The Medical Travel RoadShow and Your Health Expos for Transmarx, LLC, regarding the 2009 series of medical travel expos to be held in cities across the country. Click here for an excerpt of the interview.


Latest Headlines in Medical Tourism:
U.S. options available for medical tourists
Business Insurance - Sept. 14
We were pleasantly surprised to read recently of yet another emerging trend in the health care field: Employers are providing financial incentives, such as waiving copayments and offering travel allowances, to employees who are willing to travel within the United States to undergo surgery at hospitals far from their homes where employers have negotiated lower rates.

The ultimate outsourcing: Cheaper costs spur increase in 'medical tourism'
The Daily Advertiser - Sept. 11
It's called medical tourism or medical travel. In 2007, more than 750,000 Americans left this country to have surgical procedures at a cost that is significantly lower than they would have been in the United States.

Taiwan should prepare for 'medical tourism'
The China Post- Sept. 11
For the uninsured or under-insured, America can be a difficult place to be sick. A recent issue of The Economist magazine ("Operating profit," August 16th) details a trend that is beginning to pick up steam.

Traveling for Care -- in the U.S.
Wall Street Journal - Sept. 10
In a new twist on medical tourism, U.S. employers are encouraging workers to travel domestically for medical care.

Medical Tourism Starts at Home
Wall Street Journal - Sept. 10
More than 20 years ago researchers at Dartmouth found huge variations in the intensity and cost of health care depending on where patients with the same conditions were treated.

Medical Tourism is Booming in Costa Rica
Inside Costa Rica - Sept. 7
Costa Rica has been seducing foreign visitors with its volcanoes, beaches and rain forests. However, the trend of late is for foreign visitors to come to Costa Rica for cosmetic and medical surgeries and dental treatment.

A boom in medical tourism
The Manila Times - Aug. 30
The Philippines could tap a gold mine in the next frontier in tourismómedical services.

Medical Tourism - popular and affordable
NewsOneNow - Aug. 27
A report from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) says specialized medical treatments such as hip replacement, heart surgery, and other procedures are now being performed at modernized and cutting-edge medical facilities outside of the U.S. -- even in countries that some consider Third World.

Medicine through the back door
The Seattle Times - Aug. 23
Is "medical tourism" ó Americans' going abroad for cheaper treatments ó good or bad? The answer is "yes." It's both.

Operating profit
The Economist - Aug. 14
Why put up with expensive, run-of-the-mill health care at home when you can be treated just as well abroad?

Australia to Jump on Medical Tourism Bandwagon
GlobalVisas.com ñ Aug. 22
Medical tourism has in recent years emerged as a growing industry the world over. As differing countries develop medical cures and procedures at contrasting rates and house a variety of treatment specialists, a large number of people are opting to travel abroad for treatment.

Australia seeks to cash in on medical tourism
Treatment Abroad ñ Aug. 22
The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has established an industry panel to help develop the nation's health and wellness travel sector, it has been reported.

Medical Tourism Is Great -- for Those Who Can Afford It 
AlterNet ñ Aug. 21
You've probably heard about "medical tourism," the traveling of patients to foreign countries in order to receive care. But what you may not know is just how popular medical tourism has become: according to Deloitte LLP, an international consulting firm, an estimated 750,000 Americans traveled abroad for medical care in 2007.

Tourism council sees big benefits in health travel
ABC News, Australia ñ Aug. 21
A tourism leader says the Gold Coast would reap some of the biggest benefits if Australia developed a health travel industry.

The Top 5 Countries for Medical Tourism
Foreign Policy ñ Aug. 2008 
Experts project the international market for medical travel to explode in the coming years as more Americans and others, fed up with high costs and long wait times, seek everything from knee and hip replacements to bypass surgeries. Hereís a look at the five countries best poised to ride the wave.

Knox woman's Thailand trip leaves her in stitches - by design
Knoxville News Sentinel ñ Aug. 18
Sherrie Wilcox returned from her recent trip overseas with a few souvenirs: a pretty scarf, a pink bracelet, a 4-inch abdominal incision.

Medical Tourism Has a Powerful Advocate 
The Ledger ñ Aug. 16
About a year ago, I wrote about the first full-length book to take up the subject of medical and dental tourism in a serious, detailed and scientific fashion - "Patients Beyond Borders," by Josef Woodman.

Hip outsourcing
Sacramento News & Review ñ Aug. 13
Davis resident Jim Leonard walks around town a little slower than most people. He limps slightly to the left, but heís content just to be able to walk at all.

Posh hospitals branching out to beauty, wellness programs 
Inquirer.net ñ Aug. 8
Are beauty, wellness and prevention programs the way to go for high-end hospitals?

 

   


 

Dear Medical Traveler,

Welcome to Your Medical Travel,
your personal resource for tips and information on the newest opportunities in medical tourism.

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My Medical Tourism Experience


If you would like to share your medical tourism experience with our readers, please contact Amy Rohrbeck at editor@yourmedicaltravel.com.

Nancy Hoskins/TX
Knee replacement surgery
Traveled to Singapore through Parkway Health (
www.parkwayhealth.com)

Parkway Health is Asiaís leading healthcare provider with the largest network of private hospitals and healthcare services headquartered in Singapore.

After developing "knock-knee" malformation from badly torn knee cartilage, Nancy decided it was time to look into surgery. When U.S. prices came up way over her budget, Nancy did her research and decided to travel to Singaporeís Gleneagles Hospital for high-quality, low cost care.

ìDollar for dollar, it was really affordable, yet the quality of healthcare there is world-class,î states Nancy Hoskins, RN. ìThe nursing care was excellent and my orthopedic surgeon made me feel assured and confident, taking time to patiently explain every aspect of the procedure to me.î

Joyce B./CA
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy
Traveled to Hermosillo, Mexico through BridgeHealth International (www.bridgehealthinternational.com)


"My surgery was exactly what I wanted. No complications. The cost was so much less than in the US it was shocking. I was given a private bilingual nurse who treated me so kindly. I was given a private room in the hospital.  My hotel was nice. Everyone knocked themselves out helping me in any way they could. The hospital staff acted sorry to see me check out.  Before I left Hermosillo the nurse and the hospital driver took me to a terrific place where they make western boots. I bought a gorgeous pair for only $50!  (Hermosillo is famous for shoes/boots.)"

What is JCI accreditation?



Youíve probably read many news articles dealing with medical tourism and have come across the term ìJCI-accreditedî in association with overseas hospitals.

But what does JCI mean?

JCI stands for Joint Commission International, a non-profit organization that sets standards of care for healthcare quality and patient safety at international hospitals. According to the JCI Web site,­­­­­­­­­­­­ JCI accreditation ìcan help international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others to evaluate, improve and demonstrate the quality of patient care in their nations.î

In order for a hospital to achieve JCI-accredited status, surveyors visit the hospital and check various aspects of care, including patient care and safety goals, patient and family rights, prevention and control of infections and facility management, among others.



JCI accreditation is an assurance to you ñ the medical traveler ñ that a hospital has met rigorous standards to provide the best care possible.

Experts in medical tourism and even the American Medical Association (AMA) advise patients to travel to a JCI-accredited hospital for medical procedures. An up-to-date list of JCI-accredited hospitals can be found here.

In addition to the JCI, below are additional highly regarded international accrediting agencies:

International Society for Quality in Health Care or ISQua (based in Australia; www.isqua.org) is a non-profit, independent organization with members in over 70 countries.

Trent Accreditation Scheme, or TRENT (based in UK-Europe and Hong Kong; www.trentaccreditationscheme.org) is a United Kingdom-based non-profit organization.
 
Australian Council for Healthcare Standards International or ACHSI (based in Australia; www.achs.org.au) is a subsidiary of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).

Canadian Council on Health Services Regulation, or CCHSA (based in Canada; www.cchsa.ca) aims to drive quality in health services through accreditation by helping organizations, across Canada and internationally, examine and improve the quality of services they provide to their patients and clients.

Star Hospitals Point to India as Attractive Destination for U.S./Canadian Medical Travelers Seeking In-vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Individuals choose their egg donor, enjoy high success rates at dramatically lower costs

Ontario, Canada ñ September 15, 2008 ñ While one-in-six couples worldwide require some form of reproductive assistance, infertility services have become cost-prohibitive for many couples. Many Americans and Canadians now turn to Star Hospitals (www.starhospitals.net), a North American healthcare service, for affordable reproductive healthcare in India provided by a highly regarded team of physicians and healthcare providers that offer cost-effective infertility treatment in state-of-the- art facilities. 

ìIn the United States and Canada, there is limited opportunity to choose egg donations from different ethnic backgrounds,î says Kumar Jagadeesan, president of Star Hospitals. ìBut Star Hospitals provides patients the opportunity to choose egg donors from specific parts of the world -- with no wait time. Factors such as physical appearance and family medical history play a significant role in choosing an egg donor, and patients benefit from a wide variety of donor choices.î

Jagadessan points out that infertility services at Star Hospitals are equal or superior to the treatment available at U.S. clinics ñ at a fraction of the cost and with exceptional
success rates.

"The success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment in India is 25 to 50 percent per attempted cycle, identical to the success rate in the U.S."

IVF is a process in which an egg is fertilized by a sperm outside the womanís womb. Once the fertilized egg becomes an embryo, it is transferred into the uterus. This procedure can cost approximately $12,000 per cycle in the U.S. The process can vary depending on the treatment modality required for a successful pregnancy. Star Hospitals facilitates Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) at a fraction of the cost even after considering travel expenses.

The likelihood of pregnancy resulting from IVF depends on the cause of infertility, age of the patient, and the infertility treatment approach. Star Hospitals works individually with each patient to address all questions and concerns.

ìThe comfort and care of each individual is our primary concern,î emphasizes Jagadeesan. ìEach situation is closely evaluated on a personal level before any action is taken.î

Star Hospitals helps patients make travel arrangements, including visas and passports, accommodations, and sightseeing. A companion program is also available for anyone accompanying the patient.

For a free consultation please call toll free: 1-888-782-7012 and speak to our doctor or visit www.starhospitals.net.
 

Tips for choosing a medical tourism company



Excerpted from
Patients Beyond Borders: Everybodyís Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Travel; Second Edition, 2008.

Author Note: With industry and consumer interest in medical travel on the rise, itís not surprising to see a sharp increase in the number of newly established medical travel agencies. These organizations specialize in facilitating medical travel, usually through direct contact and coordination with the patient.

Consumers should be aware this is new ground, and an area of service that remains unregulated. A handful of US-based medical travel agents can claim a reliable track record and a robust dossier of sending patients overseas for care. Most are less than two years old. Thus, patients contemplating the use of a medical travel agent for overseas medical care should exercise caution, and thoroughly vet any such organization, particularly a newbie.



Below are some helpful tips:

ï  An agentís self-promotion on a Web site is not sufficient evidence of competence. Ask for at least two references from treatment centers or former patients. Youíll also see the names of the better agencies popping up on hospital Web sites and in travel blogs. Theyíll be mentioned in newspaper and magazine articles and by in-country travel booster associations.

ï  Obtain professional references. As you work with a potential planner but before you write your first check, you should contact one or two potential treatment centers and ask if theyíve worked with the agency in the past and would recommend its services.

ï  Request direct contact with your overseas physician. Just as a general travel agent isnít an airline pilot, a health travel agent is not a physician. Agents are facilitators, not doctors. Most agents are more than happy to put you in touch with one or more treatment centers and physicians. Theyíll work collaboratively to help you make the best choice among available options.

ï  What services are provided? Of all the services a health travel planner offers, the most important are related to your treatment. Start your dialogue by asking the fundamental questions: Do you know the best doctors? Have you met personally with your preferred physicians and visited their clinics? Can you give me their credentials and background information?

ï  What about accommodations? Do you provide transportation to and from the airport? To and from the treatment center? If an agent is knowledgeable and capable with these details, the rest of the planning usually goes easily from there.

ï  Whatís all this going to cost? Donít wait until you get your final bill to discover the agentís fee structure. Ask the important money questions up front: What are your fees? How and when are payments made? Which credit cards do you accept? Are there any extra or hidden costs?

ï  Howís the chemistry? Usually after the first couple of conversations and email exchanges and after youíve done some checking around about a planner, either youíll reach a comfort level or you wonít. If youíre beginning to sense a good working rhythm and feel the planner genuinely has your interests at heart, you can feel confident about moving forward with the relationship.

Neurosurgeons repair back problems at a low cost (continued)

Experienced neurosurgeons, doctors who specialize in brain and spinal cord procedures, can be found across the globe, at costs much lower than in the U.S.

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Americans are now traveling outside the U.S. for a popular spine procedure, spinal fusion.  Consider these cost savings:

US           $45,000-$62,000
India        $5,500
Thailand   $7,000
Singapore $9,000

If a patient feels pain in a specific segment of the spine, doctors will fuse the vertebrae together so movement is restricted and patients will notice a decrease in pain.

Other procedures available range from discectomy, where a protruding disc is removed, to spinal implants, which are metal implants used to stabilize the spine after injury.

ParkwayHealth, Asiaís leading healthcare provider with the largest network of private hospitals and healthcare services headquartered in Singapore, offers patients the expertise of neuroscience specialists through the Parkway Neuroscience Program, available at three hospitals in Singapore: Gleneagles Hospital, Mt. Elizabeth Hospital and East shore Hospital.  
 


ParkwayHealth, www.parkwayhealth.com, lists 14 neurosurgeons, who work alongside nursing specialists, physiotherapists and speech therapists. The neuroscience program offers preventative care, as well as diagnostic and surgical procedures. A rehabilitation program also aids patients who have suffered from a stroke, brain tumor, epilepsy, spine surgeries and brain aneurysm.

Before deciding if neurosurgery overseas is right for you, visit your primary care physician to discuss options for alternatives to surgery. For more information on neurological disorders and procedures, visit www.neurosurgerytoday.org.

The following medical tourism companies can assist you with planning a neurological procedure overseas:

ï BridgeHealth International ñ China, Costa Rica, Mexico, India, Panama, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.
ï Star Hospitals.net ñ India, Singapore, Thailand
ï IMS Global ñ Israel
ï Healthbase

Star Hospitals.net featured on Employee Benefit Adviser podcast

Ontario, Canada ñRapid access to quality care and treatment at significantly lower costs are key drivers for American and Canadian employers who are beginning to send employers to India, Singapore and Thailand. Kumar Jagadeesan, president of Star Hospitals.net (www.starhospitals.net), a North American healthcare facilitator, shared his views on medical travel as an employee benefits strategy during an in-depth interview for Employee Benefit Adviserís (EBA) podcast show, Raw Bar: eba.podhoster.com/index.php?pid=8172&cflag=1

ìA knee surgery would cost up to about $50,000 in the United States, while it costs $10,000 in India,î Jagadeesan states. ìWith certain dental or eye surgeries, employees also get a vacation opportunity. People whoíve been in pain for years come back to live a very normal life. Itís an opportunity to get back to a normal life, at an affordable price, within the shortest length of time.î

Employers in the United States are beginning to introduce medical travel as a viable option to their employees. Star Hospitals.net and India-based Star Health and Allied Insurance Company, LTD recently joined in a strategic partnership focused on collaborating with a U.S. and Canadian-based health insurance companies to offer comprehensive, affordable, country specific policy for quality medical care in an international setting.

Star Hospitals.net has carefully selected world-class hospitals for international patients. They are JCI (Joint Commission International) ISO or NABH accredited offering world-class care by highly qualified and experienced doctors. This means similar health care at an affordable price, a true win win option for employers and their employees who seek treatment overseas in countries such as India, Singapore and Thailand. Therefore, tremendous cost savings and quick access to treatments that are cost-prohibitive in the United States will result, and Canadian patients will be able to avoid and escape the long waiting lists in Canada.

ìWhen questioned about the consultation and patient pre-assessment,î Jagadeesan adds, ìthe beauty of the entire program is that we act as an extension of the hospital, serving as their marketing arm. We do free consultations, walk the patient through every step, and ensure our patients are making very informed decisions.î

From the time that the patient calls Star Hospitals, a doctor will consult with them, evaluate the reports, identify the best doctor for the treatment, negotiate cost on the patientsí behalf, and come back with a few options depending on the choice of the destination and where the patient wants to go.

ìWe arrange for a teleconference with the patient,î adds Jagadeesan. ìWe go back and set up an appointment with the doctor for the treatment and also assist patients with making travel plans such as attaining a visa, airfare and accommodations, etc. When the patient arrives, we meet and greet them at the airport, take them to the hospital, and assist them throughout their entire visit.î For those patients who travel with a companion, Star Hospitals has an extensive companion program.

ìI think companies need to see this as a great opportunity available for their employees,î Jagadeesan adds. ìThereís a huge cost in healthcare spending that can be decreased drastically without any compromise in quality.î

For a free consultation and to speak with one of our doctors, please call our toll free number at 1-888-782-7012.

Medtral New Zealand addresses surgical risks by providing automatic contingency insurance for its patients

 Ascot Hospital, Auckland, NZ

Most medical travel agencies acknowledge the universal risk of surgery and the devastating effects a serious adverse event can have on a patient. But Medtral New Zealand, a health care organization based in New Zealand (www.medtral.com) that coordinates medical travel packages to this destination, goes a step further by offering contingency insurance to cover the risk of major surgical complications for patients traveling from overseas.

ìInternational medical travelers face both travel and surgical risks,î says Edward Watson, M.D., executive chairman of Medtral New Zealand. ìTravel risks include the unknown quality of the health care provided in an overseas hospital and by overseas doctors, and the risk of traveling long distance by airplane with the associated effects of dehydration and immobility. Although many medical travel companies and prospective overseas hospitals have put in place steps to address these risks, few have put in place steps to ensure that people suffering a direct complication from having surgery are catered for.î

Medtralís contingency insurance allows patients who experience a major complication to receive: 60 days prolonged hospitalization in New Zealand, including ICU; medical and surgical treatment to help them recuperate; and, if deemed necessary by the treating physician, medical evacuation to the patients home country with an attending physician or nurse.

 Dr. Edward Watson

ìManaging surgical risk is one of the first issues that Medtral New Zealand addresses,î adds Watson. ìWhile such insurance does not reduce the universal risk of surgery, it at least provides some needed reassurance for the patient that, regardless of the outcome, they will be looked after.î

Medtral New Zealand has emerged as one of the most affordable options for Americans and Canadians seeking medical care and treatment in a First World environment. They perform such procedures as total hip joint replacement, total knee joint replacement, hip resurfacing, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and robotic prostatectomy. A comprehensive list of the operations is found at www.medtral.com.

ìOur first concern at Medtral New Zealand is exemplary standards for optimal treatment and recovery,î states Watson. ìNew Zealand has one of the worldís best health systems. The countryís private hospitals rival the best in the world, with the latest medical facilities and excellent accommodations. Our team of medically focused professionals is ready to assist patients with personalized attention that helps to guide their medical travel experience, and our patients have the added benefit of knowing that, if complications occur, they are covered.î

Spotlight: Skip Brickley (continued)



Medical Travel Today (MTT): What inspired the Medical Travel RoadShow and Your Health Expos, and what is their purpose?

Skip Brickley (SB): The expos came as a result of our business-to-business Consumer Health World Conference, which provided focus on how consumerism is pushing the healthcare delivery system to provide more choice, cost reduction, greater access, and accurate information for the consumer/patient. As a logical extension of these programs, we were motivated to provide to consumers the ability to physically and virtually connect with health and travel options through our consumer expos and Web site. 

The emergence of world class medical care in foreign destinations benefits the consumer by allowing greater choice and affordable prices.  We see a direct relationship with consumers taking charge of personal health and exploring their health and care options.  The expos will also allow international medical providers a showcase for their medical capabilities and tourism appeal in their host countries. 

It is no accident that many of the more affluent U.S. citizens travel outside of the United States for many of their medical procedures.  We feel that the opportunity for international care will be an option for many low to middle income Americans and believe our expos will be a great source for consumers to explore and engage those options.

MTT:
Who is your primary audience for these expos?

SB: Today, consumers who have adequate health insurance will typically travel abroad for elective non-insurance covered healthcare. Our consumer expos are geared toward individuals who use their own resources to pay for healthcare, either because they are self-insured or underinsured, or they are seeking elective or other procedures that their insurance doesnít cover. Certainly they are looking for the highest quality of care at prices substantially below those in the United States. This age demographic will likely be from 40 to 70 years of age.

MTT:
Has this kind of national medical travel expo tour ever been done before?

SB: To my knowledge, no one has undertaken a national schedule of medical travel expos. While there are some consumer health expos out there, we are not aware of any related to medical tourism, although I am aware of an event in Seattle last year that we understand attracted about 8,000 visitors to a medical tourism expo.

MTT:
How did you go about choosing the cities for your expo tour?

SB: While not an exact science, we looked at markets with relatively high household income, high average education, diverse population -- including Asian and Hispanic concentrations of workers and households -- technology centers, significant levels of uninsured households, and enough population from which to attract visitors.

Initially, we are focusing on border states/markets (like Texas, California, Florida, and others), places from which foreign travel is a bit more convenient. We also have paired markets with back-to-back weekend expos in an effort to minimize travel and logistics for the international exhibitors.

MTT: What can consumer expo visitors expect to gain?

SB: We believe that consumers have a genuine desire and need to learn more about their health options and how they can benefit from international care.  For everyone this will be a convenient ìup close and personalî introduction to medical travel and personal health options.  We believe the convenience of expos being in or near their home town will be a real draw for visitors.

MTT:
In what way do the Medical Travel RoadShow and Your Health Expos tie into the upcoming elections?

SB: We feel that by learning more about healthcare options and becoming a more informed healthcare consumer, individuals will gain insight and be able to make better decisions on the type of healthcare system we have today and our ability to access quality affordable care.  This kind of knowledge will aid the evaluation of those representing our healthcare values when the time comes to elect this countryís leaders.

Transmarx, LLC, is providing the leading platforms for exploring and understanding how the convergence of consumerism, economics, policy, and technologies are transforming the delivery cost and quality of healthcare in the United States and globally. Transmarx provides forums for discussions regarding the need to find solutions for improving the health of individuals.

BridgeHealth International, Inc. Partners With Passport Health to Provide Continuum of Care for Medical Travelers

Passport Health provides travel medical services in the United States with convenient locations nationwide

DENVER, Co./BALTIMORE, Md. ñ September 09, 2008 ñ Extending its commitment to provide clients with a streamlined continuum of care, BridgeHealth International, Inc. (www.bridgehealthinternational.com) today announced a partnership with Passport Health (www.passporthealthusa.com), the nationís largest provider of travel medical services.  BridgeHealth, a premier service provider to businesses and individuals for the delivery of international medical care, now offers the Passport portfolio of comprehensive pre- and post-travel medical services that include destination-specific travel information, travel medicine immunizations, specialty travel products, and international travel health insurance.

ìBridgeHealth is well-positioned to optimize the medical travel experience, providing personalized guidance and expertise that helps individuals to address every aspect of their journey to better health, including options for accessing care prior to leaving the United States and upon their return home,î says Victor Lazzaro, Jr., CEO of BridgeHealth. ìThis partnership further strengthens our program offering and provides BridgeHealth clients with peace of mind before, during, and after their medical travel excursion.î

Passport Health, which counsels 60,000 clients each month, has 166 locations nationwide in 35 states. Their Travel Medicine Specialists administer and prescribe vaccinations and medications recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and other world surveillance organizations that constantly monitor outbreaks and other health hazards that affect travelers when they arrive at their destination.

Passport Health is backed by a staff of professionals that includes board-certified physicians and registered nurses who have completed rigorous training in the field of travel medicine and immunology. They will provide BridgeHealth clients with destination-specific counseling and immunizations, medications, specialty travel health products, medical evacuation insurance, travel insurance, passport and visa expeditor services, and any necessary follow-up care and services.

Passport Health Travel Medicine Specialists will:

ï Assess health history and individual needs based on itinerary
ï Provide the latest information on health risks, required and recommended immunizations, safety precautions and security tips, and medical evacuation
 ï Discuss precautionary measures for dietary and recreational activities
ï Administer and prescribe immunizations and medications

According to Fran Lessans, founder and CEO, Passport Health, ìWeíre proud to align with BridgeHealth and be a part of a medical travel program that always puts patient safety first. The supplementary, end-to-end medical care that Passport Health will provide to BridgeHealth clients takes all the guess work out of the medical travel equation."

 
           
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