Deloitte’s research department has done a follow up report for 2009 saying a base figure of 1% of Americans go overseas for medical treatments. Just taking the United States 2010 census statistical abstract National Data Book, the numbers show that the population of the United States is slightly over 300 million. Factor into this the population of Canada, the UK, France and Spain and the adult population pool statistics are overwhelming.
Then the question is out of these numbers where do these adults go in the global market for Medical Tourism. Additionally the other part of the question would be what about other countries and the number of people that leave for medical procedures?
What has been extracted is that seeking medical care outside of your country of origin is on the rise. Going further into this research, The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which accredits most but not all United States healthcare facilities is recognized as the world leader in evaluating quality and patient safety. This organization sets over 350 standards of excellence for international hospitals to meet. Resulting that the quality and safety of patient care, reflect, meet or exceed the AMA Guidelines.
Panama is up on the top echelon having affiliations with prestigious U.S. medical universities and hospitals, such as Johns Hopkins, Harvard Medical and the Cleveland Clinic, Tulane University, Miami Children’s Hospital, among others. As Panama Q Magazine online version http://www.panamaqmagazine.com has seen from site traffic, adults have a genuine interest in their own well being. “Healthy Lifestyles”‘ and “Medical Tourism” on the site draws people from Latin America, USA, Canada, UK, Spain, France and other countries within Europe and Asia.
People are living longer and taking better care of themselves, and wanting to also look better, as pointed out by BioFit owner Bill Cortright’s article “60 being the new 30”. Also Dr. Jorge Paz Rodriguez author of “Adult Stem Cell Therapy In Panama”, states “Stem cells as the next frontier in medicine. The abundant clinical data currently available is being translated into powerful medical delivery systems of incredible healing”. People are not only referring themselves to the Stem Cell Institute, but many physicians are making the referrals!
Most countries do not cover these procedures by insurance. If a person in one these countries outside of Panama had these treatments they would pay as much or more than three times what the costs are in Panama.
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