Outsourcing Healthcare is Becoming Increasingly Mainstream
If you are considering having your bariatric surgery in Mexico, then you are likely already well aware of the ample benefits of medical tourism. Yet, you may not realize that this practice is becoming more and more mainstream. In fact, big health insurance companies in the United States are starting to send their clients overseas. This is particularly true when it comes to expensive procedures, Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery.
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It is a sobering reality that healthcare costs in the United States are rising steadily. Since procedures in other countries typically cost less money (and often far less money), it only makes sense that patients would sometimes need to travel to get quality care.
Recently, David Boucher, the Assistant VP of HealthCare Services at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of South Carolina decided to have his colonoscopy at a hospital in Bangkok. Of course, Boucher has excellent healthcare benefits due to his job, so traveling for his procedure wasn’t really a necessity. However, he wanted to make the point that there are many viable options available to his company’s clients that involve traveling overseas for procedures. By personally engaging in medical tourism, he demonstrated that he personally felt completely comfortable with this practice.
The idea of sending patients to other countries for their healthcare procedures is becoming increasingly popular among big insurance companies. In fact, Boucher’s company now has more than 7 alliances with various hospitals in other countries, and plans to keep expanding operations.
Jonathan Edelheit is the President of the Medical Tourism Association. In regards to this new trend for insurance companies, Edelheit stated, “All of the largest U.S. insurers are starting to educate themselves or are putting [offshore] programs in place.”
A recent Bloomberg Business week article entitled “Outsourcing the Patients” discussed the increased “outsourcing” of health care and pointed out that insurance companies can offer various incentives to encourage clients to travel. For example, they can waive deductibles, cover travel expenses and even throw in a cash bonus.
Does your healthcare provider support Medical Tourism and/or Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico? yet?
Needless to say, whether you are interested in bariatric surgery or another procedure, medical tourism offers a wide array of benefits. For example, for a fraction of the cost, you can receive quality care by physicians who are renowned and highly respected in other countries. This means that you can be treated by experts and save money in the process.
Of course, many patients also relish the opportunity to travel to a foreign place and meet people from another culture. For example, if you have bariatric surgery in Tijuana, you can take a week or two to recover while lying on a beautiful sandy beach! It is no wonder that so many people are seeing the benefits of traveling to other countries for their medical procedures.