A prostate cancer patient saves $25,000 on his radical laparoscopic prostatectomy by traveling to Trinidad using San Francisco-based Health Travel Guides medical travel service.
(1888PressRelease) April 04, 2009 - SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – U.S. patient R. Wayne.. needed a prostatectomy. Without it, he was told, he had seven years to live. The price tag for the surgery: $50,000, a figure far out of reach not just for R. WAYNE., but most Americans.
Enter Health Travel Guides (HTG), a San Francisco-based medical travel company. Health Travel Guides arranged for R. Wayne. to have his prostatectomy procedure in Trinidad, where his surgery was performed by a top surgeon at half the price quoted in the U.S.
R. Wayne. says that medical travel gave him “the option of minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer at an affordable price with an experienced, prestigious surgeon; an option I did not have at home,” says R. Wayne..
“We work only with surgeons and hospitals that have a reputation for excellent patient care and innovative thinking” said Herb Stephens, founder and chief executive officer of Health Travel Guides. “Our provider partnerships ensure patients like R. Wayne. have access to the highest quality health care at prices they can actually afford.”
The trends driving the demand for medical travel continue to accelerate. At last count, nearly 47 millions were without health insurance, and 120 million without dental insurance. UCLA's Anderson School of Management predicts another 2 million jobs will be lost in 2009, ensuring the ranks of the uninsured will continue to grow.
Medical travel offers millions of Americans like R. WAYNE. an option. According to the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions 2009 Survey of Health Care Consumers, 750,000 Americans traveled abroad for medical care in 2008, a number it predicts will increase to six million by 2010. The study concludes that "the safety and quality of care available in many offshore settings is no longer an issue."
As for R. Wayne., the prognosis is excellent.
“The staff at the hospital in Trinidad was compassionate and attentive. This was the best doctor/patient experience I have ever had.”
About Health Travel Guides
Health Travel Guides is dedicated to managing the complex needs of the medical travel industry and is committed to supporting its growth by offering an advanced technology solution and comprehensive client services. Its systems currently process more than 1 million international travelers representing more than $500 million in financial transactions per year.
Founded in 2006, and headquartered in San Francisco, California, with operations in San Diego California, Health Travel Guides is a privately held company. Health Travel Technologies is a subsidiary of Health Travel Guides. Health Travel Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality care abroad to people who are unable to afford health care procedures or services.
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