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Medical Tourism Report: The MTA (Medical Tourism Association) has just issued a press release naming Las Vegas as the first city in the U.S.A. they will promote for medical tourism.
However, seasoned health care and medical professionals say there are significant hurdles to overcome, beyond the marketing phase, that will affect the success of domestic medical tourism.
Says Shai Gold, CEO of Internationaltriage.com, an acknowledged authority on medical tourism both in and out of the U.S.A.:
“The continued efforts of the MTA geared towards jump-starting consumer demand are commendable. At the same time, the challenge of this initiative, and most domestic destinations, lies in the fact that domestic destinations typically do not offer a meaningful discount to the retail consumer.
The wholesale client (self insured group, or insurance companies) doesn’t need this guide as they already purchase healthcare services at substantial discounts via re-pricing networks.
To attract retail consumers, healthcare providers will have to offer Medicaid level fee structures.
Until this will happen (if at all), patients in search of affordable healthcare will need to travel abroad where they can get exceptional quality of care, great customer service and unbeatable value for their dollar. To this end, our Preferred Provider Network in Panama is a viable option to patients from the USA, UK, Canada and the Caribbean”.
Will the prices of medical procedures in Las Vegas be competitive and the quality of care standardized in delivery and quality? That’s the question. However, Vegas has a leg-up for sure when it comes to providing accommodations and entertainment; no one should doubt that!
It’s also good to see a city so negatively affected by the economy get some help from marketing professionals who will think outside the box to promote Las Vegas as a health and wellness destination. Las Vegas and casinos everywhere provide the “familiarity factor” that will help patients overcome their fear of traveling to an unknown destination for medical care.
Beating the drum of “possibilities” is an effective step in terms of patient awareness and widespread acceptance of medical travel for cost and quality considerations.
Our book “How to Plan a Successful Medical Tourism Trip”, available online and in stores everywhere in paperback and Kindle format, is the only book to include information and guidance to consumers on domestic as well as foreign-based medical tourism.
Read Related article: “Affordable Hip, Heart Surgery” about one of the pioneers in domestic medical tourism, a hospital in the U.S. with an existing and successful track-record providing high standard of care, ethics and savings on procedures for patients.
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The author: Ilene Little
Ilene has written 213 posts to this blog. Ilene Little, CEO of Traveling 4 Health & Retirement (THR), has written the definitive guide for the medical tourist How to Plan a Successful Medical Tourism Trip featuring live interviews of patients, doctors, facilitators, and caregivers. Tune in each week at noon Eastern Standard Time to the Know Before You Go Radio Show hosted by Ilene Little broadcast on the Overseas Radio Network.
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