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The Potential of Domestic US Medical Travel
Ian Youngman, June 2012, Pages: 250
An essential independent guide for employers, hospitals, insurers, insurance brokers, employee benefits consultants, travel agencies, medical tourism agencies, consultants, and official bodies.
An independent report by writer and researcher Ian Youngman- a specialist business writer on medical tourism, insurance, health and business. Author of; Medical Tourism Facts and Figures 2012’ and ’The Health Insurance Opportunity-a worldwide study of private health insurance.”
Much has been written on Americans going abroad for medical treatment, and less on people going to the USA for treatment. But the promised “ millions of Americans going abroad for medical treatment” has not happened. Most employers and insurers who looked at medical tourism have turned against sending people abroad.
There is a new trend that insurers, employers, hospitals and specialists are happy with; domestic US medical travel where people go to another state for treatment. This trend is under the radar, with some parts of the medical tourism industry playing it down as it makes their services harder to sell.
Ian Youngman’s “ The Potential of Domestic US Medical Travel “ is the first major independent research report into this subject. The report looks at all aspects of the history, current activity and future potential of the subject.
It looks at how organised domestic medical travel has risen from other attempts at insurer and employer paid outbound medical tourism; cross-border schemes; and why hospitals may find domestic medical travel more attractive than inbound medical travel.
The report investigates what insurers, employers, hospitals, agencies and others are doing.
Major companies have done deals with leading hospitals.
Using their domestic network makes life simple, and they are encouraging consumers to use specialist out of state care.
Offering employer deals, fixed rate packages and specialist accommodation.
Medical tourism agencies
Several medical tourism agencies are now concentrating partly or exclusively on internal US medical travel.
Travel agents are acting for companies and hospitals.
Employee benefit consultants and insurance brokers
Doing deals for employers with hospitals either direct or via specialists.
Price comparison sites, insurer comparison tools and bid sites are among new services on offer.
Ian Youngman comments, “ The big difference between domestic medical travel and other medical tourism is the involvement of leading hospitals, employee benefit consultants, agencies, brokers and travel agents. It is professionally organised and cuts out those scores of tiny new amateur businesses that thought they could make a quick buck from medical tourism.”
What is a medical tourist?
Factors affecting US medical tourism in 2012 and later
Medical tourism hospitals
The pursuit of quality
What is medical tourism?
Domestic medical tourism
Journal of General Internal Medicine 2010
University of South Carolina
US outbound medical tourism
US inbound medical tourism
Inbound research project
US healthcare reform and medical tourism
New national strategy on travel and tourism
US Cooperative for International Patient Programs
Cross-border USA-Mexico schemes
Cross–border healthcare for Texan employers
Cross–border healthcare for Californian employers
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Delta Dental of Arizona
Delta Dental of California
Health Net- Salud con Health Net
SIMNSA Medicos Nacionales
INSURANCE COMPANIES AND MEDICAL TOURISM
US insurers and outbound and domestic medical tourism
Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Of South Carolina
Companion Global Dental
Companion Global Healthcare
Employee Benefit Management Services
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Korea Medical Travel Benefit
National Health Options
Plan Benefit Services
United Group Programs
Wellpoint /Anthem Blue Cross
INSURANCE BROKERS AND DOMESTIC MEDICAL TRAVEL
Health In Reach
New Choice Health
Online Medical Tourism
MEDICAL TOURISM AGENCIES
Need for agency regulation
What hospitals and clinics want from agencies
Employer Direct Healthcare
GCI Global Healthcare Solutions
Health Options Worldwide
Health Travel Guides
Medical Tourism Arizona
Mercury Healthcare International
National Surgery Network
North American Surgery
Satori World Medical
Why medical travellers need special travel arrangements
CTS/American Express Travel
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS
Why domestic medical travel may be a better bet
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Detroit Medical Center
Galichia Heart Hospital
Gastric Band Institute
Nevada Spine Institute
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Sher Institutes for Reproductive Medicine
Surgery Center of Oklahoma
Collier County Lodging And Tourism Alliance-Florida
Greater Miami Chamber Of Commerce-Florida
Greater Naples Chamber Of Commerce-Florida
Las Vegas Convention And Visitors Authority-Florida
Missouri Hospital Association
Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition-Nevada
EMPLOYER CASE STUDIES
Alpha Coal West
Philips Service Industries
Rich Products Corporation