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TravelHaven Information – Medical Travel

More Americans than ever are traveling abroad for medical treatment, according to a study released by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. Medical travel (or medical tourism) refers to people traveling to other countries for medical procedures that are much more expensive or have long wait times at home. Patients can find affordable, high quality health care in first-class hospitals, as well as the opportunity to recuperate in complete anonymity and also enjoy various attractions the destination country offers.

The reasons for the increased popularity of international medical travel services include the high cost of healthcare at home, coupled with rapidly improving technology and standards of care in many countries. International accreditation of foreign hospitals and the availability of U.S., U.K. and Australian board certified surgeons contribute to the proven safety of healthcare in select foreign nations. Plus, international travel has become very easy and affordable.

Many become “medical tourists” because their insurance restricts coverage due to pre-existing conditions or requires a high co-payment by the patient, resulting in unaffordable out-of-pocket expenses. Others have no health insurance. Some want elective procedures at a lower cost and, sometimes, with greater privacy. The most commonly sought procedures abroad are rhinoplasty and other cosmetic surgery, liposuction, breast augmentation or reduction, dental services such as laminates and caps, bariatric surgery, knee replacement and hip replacement.

Over the past decades, many nations have built state-of-the-art medical facilities and have trained first-rate doctors, nurses and technicians to staff them. The healthcare provided is generally acknowledged to equal or even exceed that available in most U.S. hospitals. Prices are 30% to 90% less expensive for the same procedures with the same high level outcomes. On top of these inducements is the opportunity to enjoy a stay in an exotic locale either before or after the procedure.

TravelHaven’s parent company, At Your Service (AYS), has created a new business called MedTrav , scheduled for roll-out in the first quarter of 2010. MedTrav will assist clients with their medical travel by providing information about medical procedures and facilities outside the United States, including pricing, qualifications and certifications, medical complications insurance, and travel insurance. MedTrav will also facilitate travel logistics for procedures, including air, accommodations, transfers, and sightseeing tours for patients and their companions.

Information on AYS MedTrav can be found at http://www.ays4u.com/services/medtrav/ . MedTrav has spent much of the past year touring and forging partnerships with medical facilities in Costa Rica. The initial phase is almost complete and MedTrav will soon be arranging for clients to get top-flight, economical health care in foreign climes.