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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy


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A new Medical Tourism Association
has been formed to credential foreign hospitals in order for American
patients to be able to make informed choices on the quality of overseas
hospitals. As I've reported, the health care crisis in the US - sky
high insurance premiums and a lack of insurance all together coupled
with nurse and physician shortages - has led many Americans to consider
going abroad for treatment. The MTA could be an important step in
making medical tourism more realistic for many. Presumably, foreign
hospitals interested in American patients will want to seek
credentialing in order to demonstrate that they are on a par with
American facilities.

The outsourcing of health care services is just one more consequence of our ridiculously gridlocked US immigration policies. But expect this to continue as long as we lack enough doctors and nurses to treat America's patients.


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  1. hary's Avatar
    Yes Medical tourism is the future and particularly India's private healthcare system has made tremendous progress. It is really surprising to know the duration of time patients have to wait for an appointment with the doctor. With increased waiting list and expensive procedures, it is increasingly difficult to afford the time and money. I think that the Indian private healthcare system can be truly described as being state-of-the-art. The Indian expertise in healthcare, the entire experience of low cost surgery / treatment in internationally accredited hospitals, fast track recovery amidst a very pleasant and caring environment has put India on the global medical tourism map. Since it is also one of the most favourable tourist destinations in the world, Medication combines with tourism has come into effect, from which the concept of Medical Tourism is derived.
    The availability of low cost - high quality medical care at the state of the art, internationally accredited hospitals like Wockhardt Hospitals Group - which is a part of Harvard Medical International is poised to make India a "global healthcare destination"

    Recently one of my friend went to India for surgery at Wockhardt Hospitals and his whole experience was really positive. So many US patients are now taking this option, just check out testimonials on following weblink

  2. 's Avatar
    For decades the medical profession has greased palms to protect their wages by adding hurdles for new entrants in the US workforce via credentialing and licensing requirements.

    This just goes to show that there is a limit to how much the market can bear.
  3. Dan's Avatar
    I agree! To me, the most beautiful part of Indian medical tourism is the demand on the part of the hospitals and doctors themselves to reach this level of standards. Most of the doctors were trained in the US or the UK, but they put a twist on hospitalization that the world had never envisioned before them. They created the Five Star Medical Tourism, and I have even been their customer.

    The reason I got to find out about this is from three Americans who live in Bombay, India and who started a medical tourism company some time ago called America's Medical Solutions ( They have grown simply by word of mouth. Their services are completely FREE. They are keenly interested in the sterile, world-class standardization that Americans want, expect, and of course, they speak American English. They have lived in India cumulatively for over 20 years.

    Their standarization interests concern those accredited hospitals who have seals of approval from the likes of JCI, Harvard Medical International, International Standards Organization and Cleveland Clinic. And they know exactly what kind of care, standards, etc., that we Americans want. Because they have a reputation to protect they are on top of everything and, personally, I think another regulatory or credentializing institution is unnecessary and will only drive up the costs.

    Not only did I save a BUNDLE, but my experience was profound enough that I will be returning for a hip resurfacing operation when it gives out ... which unfortunately is going to happen. But there's no better place in the world to be treated. They have done thousands of them for four years which is only just now starting in the States.

    Anyway, everything you have heard about Five Star suites as a hospital room is true. Even the house keeping staff in each of the hospitals I've been in are keenly interested in you as a person and in your health. It's not phony interest either. They are truly happy to talk to a foreigner and genuinely interested in your suffering and what they can do to alleviate it. They will let you talk their ears off and when you leave, you feel like you're leaving some of your family. If you think about it, they've seen you in your all together, etc., at the very worst time of your life, and they have seen you as a person they loved and cared intimately for. It's impossible not to return their sentiment. So, this goes beyond simple "credentials." Testimonials is where it's at! India is leading the way.
  4. Healthbase's Avatar
    With 47 million uninsured Americans and the number rising by the day, medical tourism offers an affordable option which anyone can take advantage of without the burden of paying off debts.

    Hospitals in India, Thailand, Singapore, Mexico and many other countries on the globe offer state-of-the-art facilities, modern equipments and surgeon expertise which rival those found in any state-of-the-art hospital in the US. With outstanding nursing care and a great place to recuperate, all at a price which is a fraction of what it would cost you in the US, medical tourism is here to stay.

    For more information on how you can get affordable treatment abroad, visit Healthbase at or call 1-888-691-4584. We are a US-based medical tourism facilitator and connect patients to leading hospitals around the world. For our patient testimonials, visit
  5. MedicalTourismCo's Avatar
    With Baby boomer population growing medical tourism is a good solution. The JCI accredited hospitals overseas are a good choise for the medicare & US insurance companies to allow medical payments.
  6. Sean's Avatar
    I traveled to Thailand to have a hernia operation and whilst there also decided to have some dental work done. I used the services of a company called Wellness Travel They were very good and the level of treatment was excellent.
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