MedRetreat – Medical Tourism

May 21, 2009

More Americans Considering Medical Tourism

According to a new Gallup Poll, more and more Americans are considering medical tourism as an alternative to their pain, rather than waiting on Congress to overhaul our health care system and mandate a national delivery system.  With approximately 50 million uninsured citizens and another 25 million underinsured, our system has simply priced too many people out of the market for common medical procedures such as cancer treatment, heart bypass, hip or knee replacements, and cosmetic surgery. As a result, many Americans have begun seeking treatment overseas, where the price of such procedures is a small fraction of the same treatment in the U.S. 

According to the Gallup Poll, almost 30% of the respondents indicated that they would consider treatment abroad for medical procedures such as heart bypass, hip or knee replacement, cosmetic, and cancer. 

When asked about their willingness to travel abroad for medical care without health insurance 51% of the respondents indicated that they would consider it, “assuming equal quality and significantly cheaper cost.” 

The results of this poll indicate that more Americans are learning that medical tourism is a viable option to alleviating their pain without destroying their financial health. 

For more information about medical tourism, please visit MedRetreat, the leading U.S.-based medical tourism facilitation agency.


1 Comment »

  1. I’ve used medical and dental services in Colombia for many years and can assure you the treatment and service here is typically above that of the US….and, of course, at a sizable discount to anything in the US.

    Comment by Terrance Collins — May 22, 2009 @ 5:17 am | Reply

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