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:
- The exponential growth of medical tourism
- 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?
- The medical tourism cluster
- JCI accreditation is the key to success
- 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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