This post is for all those in the Medical Travel industry.
Last night, I had a running argument on Facebook with a couple of know-nothings who commented on an article published back in January by Truthout.org about Americans going to Mexico for medical care.
After my post was published, I received a comment from an individual I know and met in Mexico in 2014, who said the following:
“It is unfortunate that the title to this article is misleading. Millions of Americans do go to Mexico every year for business and pleasure. The title seems to imply that millions go to Mexico for dental treatments or medical travel and that simply is not true. The actual number of dental an medical tourists is certainly in the tens of thousands or perhaps even hundreds of thousands but far short of millions. The credibility of the story is undermined by this misleading title. Too bad.”
At that time, I did not apologize for my error, but did post an reply distancing myself from the article’s veracity.
At this time, I want to apologize to the medical travel world for my mistake, and to warn you about articles such as this floating around the Internet, passing off misleading information as truth.
Every one of the Internet trolls I communicated with last night, and one this morning, criticized my comment that it was misleading, and could not say otherwise with any verifiable data, only their uninformed opinion.
I, on the other hand, presented my experience with researching and writing about medical travel for seven years, and my attendance at medical travel conferences, even one where I spoke and presented my paper on the subject of implementing medical travel into workers’ compensation.
None of these individuals have any clue what they were saying. So, be aware.