Medical Tourism Blog

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How Safe is Traveling Outside the US for Healthcare?

Posted by The SkyMedicus Crew on Jun 19, 2017 1:58:00 PM

Leaving the country can be a frightening adventure, especially if you’re traveling somewhere new, where you may not know anyone for a 1000-mile radius. Even more daunting is traveling to a distant place to have a medical procedure or surgery. It’s important to know that you will be safe and cared for in a vulnerable state.

So just how safe is medical tourism?

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Reduce the Risk of Self-Funded Benefit Plans

Posted by The SkyMedicus Crew on Jun 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

With the cost of healthcare rising, looking outside the US for healthcare is a cost-effective option. Hip replacement surgery in the US can cost over $80,000. Through SkyMedicus, the same procedure can be done in another country for under $20,000. Medication in the US can also be very expensive. The same Hep-C medication that costs $84,000 for a 12-week treatment can be discounted by 80% elsewhere. The cost savings provided by SkyMedicus can reduce the risk of offering self-funded benefit plans.

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The Wellex Spinal Procedure vs. Spinal Fusion Therapy

Posted by The SkyMedicus Crew on Jun 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

In Tijuana, Mexico, orthopedic surgeons have developed a new spinal procedure that is safer and more effective than traditional options. The Wellex spinal procedure allows a small implant to be inserted between two vertebrae and can be expanded to reduce pressure on nerves in the spinal cord. The implant is able to move with the back and preserve the natural mobility of the spine. If the implant needs to be removed for any reason, doing so is simple and will not cause any damage.

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How to Find a Reliable Stem Cell Therapy

Posted by The SkyMedicus Crew on May 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Choosing the right stem cell therapy is a big task when there is not as much reliable information on the kinds of therapies available. First, it is important to understand what stem cells are. Stem cells essentially are blank cells that can be used to heal, repair, and replace damaged cells in the body through their natural properties. This type of treatment differs from drug treatments in that components of the patient's body are being used as treatment instead of drugs, which have their own risks. Stem cells exist in the human body and can be extracted from bone marrow or, more commonly, fat. When taken from fat deposits, the stem cells are called 'adipose.' These cells are taken out of the body in a process similar to liposuction, spun to separate the different components, and then the adipose cells are reintroduced to the body.

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After Chemo, After Surgery, What Are My Options for Cancer Treatment?

Posted by The SkyMedicus Crew on Apr 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Traditional oncology, which includes chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, are the go-to responses for treating most types of cancer. While these forms of treatment increase chances of survival and completely removing the cancer cells, success is never guaranteed. Surgery is typically the first recommended treatment option in the early stages, but surgery cannot guarantee that cancer will not return. With chemotherapy, treatment is sometimes ineffective and is accompanied by side effects, such as fatigue lasting several days at a time, discomfort, nausea, hair-loss, and insomnia. These treatments can also be very expensive, making them unavailable for many.

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Making Room for Empathy in Medical Tourism

Posted by The SkyMedicus Crew on Mar 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

When traveling abroad for healthcare, doctors must do everything they can to assure the patients that they will be taken good care of, since traveling for treatment is a new and potentially scary experience.

As such, medical tourism can be a new experience for those who make the choice to travel for their healthcare needs. Knowing how to interact with locals in a foreign culture is not innate, and it is further complicated in the context of healthcare. Different values, views on the world, and perspectives on what it means to be healthy can influence patient-doctor interaction. For this reason, empathy is a crucial skill for healthcare providers working in medical tourism to have.

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Hepatitis-C Treatment in Egypt

Posted by The SkyMedicus Crew on Mar 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It is estimated that 55-85% of the world’s population will contract the Hepatitis-C virus in their lifetime. 130-150 million people in the world are believed to be infected today, however many are unaware that they are infected. The infection spreads when blood contaminated with the virus enters the bloodstream of an uninfected person. An untreated infection could lead to fibrosis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver failure, among other complications. While 30% of infections are cleared through the body’s immune system within 6 months with no treatment, the Hep-C virus has a high variation and different genetic variations can be resistant to both the immune system and types of medication.

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European Parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans

Posted by The SkyMedicus Crew on Mar 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

As other countries' economies are struggling, such as the European Union (EU) due to the recent breakdown in alliances, currency worth is being affected and causing new economic pressure on the (EU) commission. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the FDA Approval Process

Posted by The SkyMedicus Crew on Feb 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for assuring consumers that drugs and treatment offered in the US are quality, safe, and effective. The process can take up to ten years, so a drug can be clinically proven to be safe and effective years before the FDA approves the treatment for sale in the US.

The testing process, which is conducted by the drug company that developed the treatment, starts with tests to show that the drugs in the treatment are safe and effective in animals. FDA approval is necessary of these test results for the drug to move to human trials.

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China’s New Trend in Healthcare – Medical Tourism

Posted by The SkyMedicus Crew on Feb 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The Chinese economy is growing at a steady pace and that has caused some cultural changes with the Chinese people. One of which being a growing trend to travel within and outside of China for healthcare. In 2015, almost half a million Chinese people traveled to receive healthcare. These travelers, whose destinations ranged from Hong Kong to Korea to the US to Switzerland, spent 6.3 billion on their healthcare and another 3.4 billion on expenses, like travel costs and hospitality. And these numbers are expected to continue growing.

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