Monday, April 20, 2009

Integrative Care: Pathway to a Healthier Nation

On February 26, 2009, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions met to discuss America's healthcare policy including Integrative Care. 
The Committee advocates preventative, alternative and less costly healthcare reform as a means to a healthier nation. 

A video of the hearing is available online and can be viewed at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension's website.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Medical Tourism Association Patient Surveys

The Medical Tourism Association (MTA), a Florida based organization made up of international hospitals and healthcare providers, has released preliminary results from its patient surveys in the industry. The complete results will be published in the medical tourism magazine. A few of the survey results are duplicated below:

How did you find out about medical tourism (traveling internationally for medical care)?
Internet 48.8%
Friend 17.1%
Newspaper, Magazine or TV 14.6%
My doctor 2.4%
Other (please specify) 17.1%

How did you research your information for medical tourism on country destinations and hospitals?
Internet 73.2%
Books/Magazines 0.0%
Asked a friend 4.9%
Medical Tourism Facilitator 4.9%
Other 17.1%

Did you travel alone or with a companion?
Alone 17.5%
Companion 82.5%

Did you or your companion do any tourism such as site seeing, shopping, eating dinner or a lunch out of the hospital or hotel or enjoying the local culture?
Yes 95.0%
No 5.0%

Was there a language barrier or communication problem at the hospital?
Not at all 70.7%
Occasional problems, but did not significantly affect my experience 29.3%
Yes, significantly affected my experience 0.0%

If you have travelled abroad for a medical procedure to either Baptist Health International in Miami or elsewhere, we want to know how your experience went, feel free to leave a comment detailing your trip. 

Get More Out Of Your South Florida Vacation

Florida has long been a tourist destination for travellers of all ages from around the world. Our beaches and attractions are some of the most famed destinations for those looking for sand, sun and Disney fun. 

But South Florida is now becoming one of the top destinations for Medical Tourism, especially for residents of Latin America. Whether it is for a yearly checkup or a high tech surgical procedure, the world class medical care offered at Baptist Health in South Florida will make the trip well worth it. 

On top of the care you receive at our South Florida International Hospitals, you can also enjoy all that South Florida has to offer. Enjoy a relaxing week at the beach after your recovery, or spend a few days with your family at Disney World Orlando. 

Of course, this is supposed to be a vacation, that's why Baptist Health International will do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable, comfortable and relaxing. We will arrange your transportation and accommodation for your stay and offer 24 hour emergency on-call services to international patients.