|Many people have heard about the benefits of medical tourism in the press - the savings that can be made and the quality of the care. A recent survey by AllMedicalTourism.com highlights that over 85% of people would now consider surgery overseas.
October 6, 2009 -- Medical tourism has been around since the Romans. In recent years however, growing numbers of people are traveling across borders in search of the benefits of treatment overseas. A recent survey carried out by AllMedicalTourism.com, the leading online portal for Medical Tourism, found that 85% would consider travelling overseas for treatment. When asked what their answer would have been 5 years ago, only 33% would have considered it a viable option then. Why the enormous change?
"We believe the growth in acceptance of medical tourism is due to a combination of factors; cheaper airline tickets, better global communications and rapidly rising standards of healthcare around the World" states Rob Passmore, CEO of AllMedicalTourism.com.
"The cost savings that people can achieve are also significant. We are seeing an average saving of 55% being made by our users, compared to receiving the treatment at home - a hip replacement in a JCI accredited hospital in, say, India could cost $7,000 compared to $45,000 in the USA."
Management consulting firm Deloitte supports this view. A recently published report on medical tourism states that they expected medical tourists from the USA alone to rise from 1.5m in 2008 to up to 10m in 2010. So what are the barriers to this growth?
"We believe the only limiting factor is providing patients with good, reliable information as they start their research into their overseas healthcare option. The need we identified was helping patients compare their options on a consistent basis. They didn't know where to start or who to trust - AllMedicalTourism.com provides that transparent and easy to use start point" adds Passmore.
AllMedicalTourism.coms' service is certainly unique - the website is free to use and compares pricing in different countries with how much it would cost at home. They include a 'quality score' for treatment in each country and calculate how much you could save, without having to trawl the Internet. If you want further information, you can then be 'matched' to leading healthcare companies that can support treatment in the countries you have selected.
AllMedicalTourism.com is also recommended by the Medical Tourism Association, the Medical Tourism Industrys' leading body. "We have tried to make the process as simple and reassuring as possible. Once a patient picks a number of countries to find out more about, we will put you in touch with reputable medical providers who are set up to handle international patients. "
AllMedicalTourism.com's popularity highlights the level of interest in Medical Tourism around the World. Last month alone, over 7,500 patients entered their medical information and were matched to medical providers globally.
So if you're one of the 85% considering a treatment overseas, or if you're just curious about how much a hip replacement would cost in (say) Costa Rica, AllMedicalTourism.com is proving the starting point for a growing body of people.
For additional information, Contact:
Contact Person: Rob Passmore
Company Name: AllMedicalTourism.com
Telephone Number: +44 845 057 4039
Fax Number: +44 203 163 9996
Email Address: info (at) AllMedicalTourism (dot) com
Web site address: www.AllMedicalTourism.com
AllMedicalTourism.com is an online portal for patients to research overseas healthcare and for healthcare providers to find new international patients. They work with over 120 medical providers in 38 countries and compare pricing and reputation information across 10 procedural areas including cosmetic, dental, weight loss and orthopedic. The Company was set up in January 2008 and is privately held.