Touted as "new", or novel, the "Meet and Treat" practice of U.S. surgeons meeting patients in foreign countries where facility charges are lower to perform surgery was once novel and new...about 15 years ago. That's already a "been there - tried that" and has been eclipsed by U.S. hospitals and surgery centers in the news that compete aggressively all over the map.
A recent New York Times article that was given a boost by Becker’s Hospital Review caught our eye because it was about Ashley Furniture needlessly sending patients to Mexico and having to buy “extra” insurance for complications to get “deals” on knee surgery.
Dr Maria Todd, our key opinion leader on medical travel program development added her comments on the Becker’s site, and also on a different post by author Richard Krasner a proponent of medical travel for workers’ compensation cases on his blog on LinkedIn.
Her comment on Becker’s was as follows:
“And lastly Richard, your next to last paragraph is a stretch. “The whole point of my advocacy for medical travel and workers’ comp was so that American workers and their dependents like Donna could travel abroad and see what the world is really like, so that political, hate-filled rallies and incidents we are seeing everyday since the election of a white supremacist to the presidency, would not take place.” There are anti-this and that protests DAILY all around the world. They are posted daily by United HealthCare and the U.S. State Department and are free to research and monitor. In all seven of the medical tourism firms I’ve owned, we monitored them. And now, SurgeryShopper does as well because these protests and hate crimes happen in most medical tourism destinations. Also, when did you personally visit Galenia in Cancun and Bumrungrad in Thailand and inspect them… and what criteria did you use?”
Her comments on Krasner’s LinkedIn article have attracted feedback from others on LinkedIn in what appears will be a lively discussion. So many posts on LinkedIn simply don’t generate any activity.
The last point she made has to do with a daily update sent out by UnitedHealthcare that highlights travel risks in the USA and abroad, which we use at SurgeryShopper to monitor what’s happening in or near places our clients are headed or have already arrived at a treatment destination. It is called “Daily Security Hot Spots” and you can subscribe without cost through UnitedHealthcare Global firstname.lastname@example.org
|Security Threat Level Explanation|
|Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.|
At SurgeryShopper, we are always excited to find new articles about “Corporate Medical Tourism”, but when we see something that isn’t responsible reporting or inadequately researched information presented as “facts”, we can’t simply turn a blind eye.