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Podcast interview with Josef Woodman, author of Patients Beyond Borders

by David Williams

Medical care in the US costs a fortune. In the past few years uninsured and under-insured Americans have been venturing to places as far away as India and Singapore for surgery and other treatments. The care is often excellent, prices are low, and even surgeons are customer-service oriented. There was an excellent session on this topic at the recent World Health Care Congress in Washington, DC. I expect we’ll be hearing more about this topic.

I spoke yesterday with Josef Woodman, author of Patients Beyond Borders, Everybody’s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Tourism. Listen in and hear what he has to say.

You can buy the book at Amazon and other retailers.

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  Barbara wrote @ June 4th, 2007 at 10:00 am

I am concerned with infection rate, complication rate, malpractice, lack of industry oversight (ie JCAHO) and the impact on the US health care system when these patients return with complications. The cost of treating complicaitons needs to be factored into the price - perhaps it is not such a bargain? As we are turning toward outcome based reimbursement in the US, medical tourists are willing to pay the full rate regardless of outcome. Interesting…

  Josef Woodman wrote @ June 28th, 2007 at 8:31 am

Barbara: Your points are well-taken.

With the best foreign hospitals boasting 98+% success rates, the risks of complications from surgeries abroad are about the same as one would expect here in the US. Patients planning to travel abroad for medical care should first inform their US physician/surgeon, then be sure to bring home all the post-op documentation, exit paperwork, xrays, lab work, et al. That usually ensures a collaborative patient-physician relationship.

Outcomes in the best foreign hospitals are excellent, and speak for themselves vis a vis US outcomes.

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