Testimonial on Medical Tourism in Mexico

Here is a comment from a plan administrator in California that is so positive about medical tourism, that I had to share it with the blog readers and with those who read my posts from LinkedIn.

I administer a plan serving farmworkers, mostly in California, predominantly Mexican and Mexican American, predominantly Spanish speaking. We have long used providers of medical and dental services and some pharmacy services on the border in Mexico at negotiated rates well below US rates. One thing I noticed a couple of years ago – at a large travel convention in Los Angeles next to the meetings I attended there were two booths – one from Mexicali Tourism Board or Bureau and another from Tijuana. Both had several hotels – on both sides of the border promoting that they would provide transportation to and from various medical facilities – in other words, the medical providers and the lodging businesses were allied in promoting medical tourism to their respective areas. Later at a meeting in Palm Desert I ended up sitting next to a woman representing hotels in the Palm Springs area and suggested she may want to talk with the providers in her area about a similar marketing promotion. I agree that obtaining more transparent pricing from providers is critical – but it really is not that difficult to negotiate – at least with the Mexico based providers we have dealt with. My dominant population often prefers to travel to Mexico just for medical services – partly for the financial savings but also for “peace of mind” reasons – the providers speak the language, may have served them or family and/or friends in the past and there is a much greater sense of ease in such circumstances. I think US employers will find it worth the time to consider medical tourism options.

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Have worked in the Insurance and Risk Management industry for more than thirty years in New York, Florida and Texas in the Claims and Risk Management spheres, primarily in Workers’ Compensation Claims, Auto No-Fault and Property & Casualty Claims Administration and Claims Management. Have experience in Risk and Insurance Business Analysis, Risk Management Information Systems, and Insurance Data Processing and Data Management. Received my Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida in December 2011. Received my Master of Arts (MA) degree in American History from New York University, and received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Liberal Arts (Political Science/History/Social Sciences) from SUNY Brockport. I have studied World History, Global Politics, and have a strong interest in the future of human civilization in all aspects; economic, political and social. I am looking for new opportunities that will utilize my previous experience and MHA degree. I am available for speaking engagements and am willing to travel. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/richardkrasner Resume: https://www.box.com/s/z8rxcks6ix41m3ocvvep

2 thoughts on “Testimonial on Medical Tourism in Mexico

  1. Suzanne Salimbene

    Yes, but the farmworkers you serve speak fluent Spanish! Yes, physicians and technology in Mexico is usually as good as (and often better) than that in the states, but few physicians speak enough English (and fewer nurses) to communicate with their patients, consent forms as well as pre/post treatment information is in Spanish only, and even signs indicating where rest rooms are, are only in Spanish! Once these “non-medical” conditions are addressed, Mexico should really be the top destination for Medical Tourists from the US!

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    1. richardkrasner Post author

      If we are only talking about Spanish speaking, workers in the US then there is no problem if the doctors and nurses don’t speak English, but if we are talking about American workers, then yes that is a problem…but with translation services, especially through workers’ compensation services companies, the language issue should be eliminated.

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