Debunking Myths

Keith Pollard on the International Medical Tourism Journal (IMTJ) blog today exploded five myths surrounding medical tourism that I thought you’d like to know about. While I agree with much of what Keith has to say, I am still convinced that there is a place for medical tourism in the workers’ comp process here in the US, given the demographic changes taking place with Latino, Caribbean, and even Asian immigrants.

The five myths are:

  1. The exponential growth of medical tourism
  2. Global healthcare (this is where Keith and I may disagree, but I don’t feel he is wrong at the present time. I am looking far ahead into the future, so who knows?
  3. The medical tourism cluster
  4. JCI accreditation is the key to success
  5. Build it and they will come

As I’ve said in the past, I know that implementing medical tourism into workers’ compensation will not be easy, nor is it risk-free; nothing ever is, but to dismiss it outright without trying it and seeing if it will work is like trying to defund, delay or repeal the ACA, either before the exchanges went online last week, or after last Tuesday when the system crashed because too many people were accessing it.

Keith does make one point that I agree with slightly. He says that given a choice to be treated anywhere in the world, “They would stay at home…. because what they want is to be treated in an environment they know, by people they trust, in a culture and language that they understand.” I agree with him on the last part, which is why I have strongly pushed Latin America and the Caribbean as the best region for American workers’ compensation implementation.

So it remains to be seen what the future of medical tourism will be, but it can be a bright one if all interested parties recognize the strengths, weakness, threats and opportunities that medical tourism offers.

To read the rest of Keith’s article, go to: http://www.imtj.com/blog/2013/five-medical-tourism-myths-40186/?utm_source=IMTJ_News&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=IMTJ_News_131007&utm_content=TextLink&inf_contact_key=a21a6625ed8726ee291dc6890f3853d5e998d50ddd1cf4c4e3b7bc270e8ddb04

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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 “Debunking Myths

  1. Keith Pollard

    >>>Global healthcare (this is where Keith and I may disagree,

    I don’t think we disagree. In your scenario, Latino, Hispanic ethnicity patients may actually prefer to be treated in their country of origin. The same logic applies to the Polish immigrant population in the UK. So medical tourism is regional (or follows “cultural geography”).
    The myth lies in the concept that medical tourists (or payors) are exploring global options for healthcare.

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    1. richardkrasner Post author

      Keith,

      The only place we might disagree is on the point that patients would want to stay home, but that is not a big deal. Some patients may choose to go abroad. My only point is that for workers’ comp, with the changing demographics here, some workers’ comp patients would go back to their home countries, as is already happening in CA for general health care with Mexican-born workers working in the US. A plan administrator in CA, commented recently on that, and I am trying to get testimonials from his workers for my blog.

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