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  • Mary Schreiber Swenson Phd.

How Medical Tourism Can Offer Access to Life-Saving Treatments for Less

The past century’s massive advancements in modern medical care have had ripping effects throughout the global population; though the average life expectancy used to be around 30 years (a figure likely dragged down by the past’s high infant mortality rate), thanks to the marvels of contemporary medicine, the average adult is now able to live until the age of 77 years old, more than doubling the opportunity to experience a life well-lived.

That being said, with humans living such prolonged lives, there's now an unparalleled risk to contract and fall victim to the clutches of chronic disease. Considering the prevalence of heart problems and debilitating battles against cancer throughout the world, more and more consumers are requiring highly specialized care to help them make it through the other side of their health struggle.

But attentive medical care in the modern world doesn’t come without a price, and for many living in First World countries, one that’s simply not affordable. In the United States, 63 percent of surveyed cancer patients revealed they had issues paying for their ongoing treatments, with the price tag of necessary monthly pharmaceuticals to treat cancer often going above the $100,000 mark – even with insurance involved. Considering the nation paid $150.8 billion on cancer care alone in 2018, a number only expected to increase as the U.S. population ages, the cost of seeking cancer care in the United States is going to continue growing to astronomical heights.

It’s for this very reason that medical tourism and travel for treatment has become such a popular choice for consumers across the globe looking to receive top notch care for a fraction of the cost that is offered in their native countries. Bolstered by internationally accredited institutions and access to state of the art technology, numerous international destinations are making a name for themselves as go-to sources for cost-efficient, high-end medical care, allowing patients with expensive and enduring health issues like cancer the chance to afford the lengthy battle against their disease.

Take the coronary artery bypass graft procedure (CABG), for example. One of the most commonly performed cardiac procedures in the United States, the life-saving procedure can cost Americans with insurance up to $63,000 for the singular surgery; in popular medical tourism destinations, the same care can run consumers around $5,000, adding much-needed monetary savings alongside the potential saving of their lives. And when taking into account that many of these patients need immediate care and don’t have time to sit on a daunting waiting list, travel for treatment oftentimes offers the most rapid procedural turnaround for these cases, options not usually extended in consumers’ countries of residence.

As such, more and more patients are turning to trusted medical tourism agencies like MyMedChoices to help arrange their own travel for treatment journeys. With relationships with the top facilities across the world, and an unrivaled knowledge on the destination that best fits a patient’s unique requisites – like India or Israel, for the agency’s chronic cancer patients – MyMedChoices has become internationally recognized for finding its clients the care they deserve abroad, at a price they can actually afford.

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