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An Open Letter to the Medical Tourism Industry

Dear Medical Tourism Industry,

I am writing you all to address some issues I am having with the industry on the occasion of my having past my five year anniversary writing this blog, and nearing another milestone, that of publishing 400 articles. At present, I am at 396.

For the past few weeks, I have noticed on the social media site, LinkedIn that some of my connections in the industry have been attending conferences around the world, and more recently, I have replied that I wished I was there and posted a recent post with the message to advertise my willingness to collaborate, or attend such conferences.

With the exception of one person this evening, not one person has responded positively, nor in the past five years has anyone other than one person invited me to speak at a conference, and that was three years ago in Mexico. The other two conferences I attended were here in Florida; one in Miami Beach, the other in Hollywood, Florida. The first in 2014, the second in 2012, and was the reason why I started writing my blog three days after it ended.

My intention then, as now, was to transition into a new career path, so that I could be employed and enjoy the things other people enjoy, and see the world before I am unable to. But In the past five years, while I have connected with practically all the major players in the industry, defended the industry in numerous posts, and even been critical of the industry at times; no one, not here in the US, nor anyone in Latin America or the Caribbean has invited me to a conference or a fam tour, nor to any other part of the world that is not part of some current conflict.

Recently, an American filmmaker had the premier of her film on medical travel on American television, on what we call the “Public Broadcasting System”. or PBS. I missed most of it, but was able to see two names in the credits that I recognized. One person I met in Miami Beach in 2014,  the other I am connected with on LinkedIn, but have never met. I tried to contact the filmmaker, but when she did not respond, I contacted my connection, who told me she was leery about responding because I had had an association with an organization we all know, but do not like that purports to represent the industry. He had to tell her that I am legitimate.

Folks, after five years of writing, and six, almost seven, of researching the industry, and being viewed on every major continent, you would think that many of you would know that I am honest, sincere, and definitely a legitimate advocate for medical travel.

Last week, I discovered that there was a conference in Dusseldorf, Germany, and today, I learned that one of my other connections, who I did meet in Reynosa in 2014. was invited to a conference in China. What does it take to be taken seriously and given the respect and courtesy of being invited to attend these functions after all this time?

I began my work in 2011. This coming March will be seven years since I wrote my White Paper. The paper is on my blog. My articles, even those covering Workers’ Comp and Health Care have not generated many views on a daily basis, save for a few here and there. I admit, they all cannot be prize winners, but at least I am persistent. Yet, I am not making headway with the industry, nor am I getting any compensation for writing,

I don’t want to sound like I am complaining, but I feel that after all this time, it is wrong for me to be ignored. I have committed long hours of my time and my life to this industry, even as my health over the summer was an issue. I am not out of the woods yet, but I am doing ok, and with the proper treatment, and eventual surgery, I should be healthy in the future, and can travel until such time, as long as I have more than two weeks notice.

In the beginning of my blog writing, I added a section where I asked readers to tell me where they are from and who they were. No one responded, so I stopped the practice. I still would like to hear from you, but after reading this letter, I hope you will do more than just dropping me a note.

I am waiting to meet you and to participate in future conferences.

Sincerely,

Richard Krasner, MA, MHA

Map shows countries to date where my blog has been viewed.

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Insurance/Risk Management/Health Care Thought Leader Seeks Opportunities

Insurance/Risk Management (Workers’ Comp)/Health Care Thought Leader and Blogger seeks remote or virtual opportunities. Project work appreciated.

Experience:

Over fifteen years’ experience in Workers’ Compensation, Risk Management, and Property & Casualty Insurance.

WC, GL, P&C Claims Management, WC Statistical Reporting, Data Analysis, Management & Reporting.

Content Writer with five years experience creating and maintaining professional blog analyzing current issues in Workers’ Compensation and Healthcare.

Analyzed the cost of health care and the options of alternative treatments abroad.

Interested in working remotely, willing to travel.

Resume can be found here.

Medical Travel/Health Care Thought Leader Seeks Opportunities

Medical Travel/Health Care Thought Leader and Blogger, seeks opportunities to speak, write, and collaborate on projects to bring about greater participation of patients to global medical travel facilities.

Experience:

Over five years experience creating, maintaining, and analyzing current issues in Medical Travel, Health Care, and other topics.

Over six years research into the Medical Travel industry.

Promoted the implementation of medical travel into Workers’ Compensation insurance industry.

Analyzed the cost of healthcare and the options of alternative treatments abroad.

Presented White Paper to Medical Travel conference in Mexico in Nov. 2014.

Interested in working remotely, willing to travel, willing to write and speak at conferences, has valid US passport.

Resume can be found here.

Five Years

Yesterday marked my five year anniversary as your humble blogger. But all through the month, many of my LinkedIn connections have congratulated me prematurely, only to have me set them straight as to the actual date. LinkedIn does not do a very good job of capturing exact dates on your profile.

But be that as it may, it has been a great five years. Let me recap.

To begin with, I began the blog three days after returning from the 5th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress in Hollywood, Florida where I met many people from around the world engaged in the Medical Travel industry.

After attending two more conferences in 2014, one in Miami Beach, and the other in Reynosa, Mexico, where I presented my paper on Medical Travel and Workers’ Comp, my blog was viewed by increasing numbers of people in multiple countries around the world.

To date, my blog is viewed in every continent except Antarctica, and places like Greenland, several countries in Africa, Iran and two of the countries in Central Asia, and North Korea (but who cares?). Even China, with it’s limited access to the internet has viewed my blog.

So it has been a productive five years, and I hope that you have enjoyed reading it. I know not all of my posts are prize winners, but then again, not every writer wins a Pulitzer every day. You may have noticed that my focus has shifted and my tone has gotten more pointed. I make no apologies for the tone, there are too many bad things happening in this country for me to be silent. And as for the focus changing, my medical condition has personalized the fight for health care for all, and not just for those who can afford it.

Let me know what you think, after all, after five years, you must have some thoughts. Also, if you can help me personally with extra work, I would appreciate it.

Thank you, and here’s to another year, and another five years.

 

Health Care Writer Resume

Richard Krasner, MA, MHA
7151 Summer Tree Drive
Boynton Beach, FL  33437
561-738-0458
561-603-1685, cell
richard_krasner@hotmail.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/richardkrasner
Skype: richardkrasner
Blog: https://richardkrasner.wordpress.com

Objective

Independent writer/blogger with over four years blogging experience with issues in Health Care and Workers’ Compensation, seeks correspondent, journalist, contributor position in Health Care, Health Care Policy, International Health Care, or Public Health.

Education

MHA, Health Administration, Florida Atlantic University, 2011

Relevant Courses:

Intro. to US Health Care Systems
Org. Behavior in Healthcare
Health Care Mgmt. (elective) Topic: Healthcare Quality
Health Law
Health Policy
Healthcare Finance
Healthcare Internship
Planning & Mktg. in Healthcare
The 2010 Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (elective)
Res. Methods for Healthcare Mgmt.

Papers:

EnergySmart Hospitals: A Comparative Review
Banning Soda under the SNAP Program: A Policy Review
Legal Barriers to Implementing Int’l Providers into Medical Provider Networks for WC
PPACA: The End of Workers’ Compensation?
Medical Management Internship Paper

M.A., History, New York University, 1981
Concentration: American History

B.A., Liberal Arts, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY, 1979
Concentrations: Political Science, History, Sociology/Afro-American Studies

Professional Experience

Editor-in-Chief/Content Writer, Transforming Workers’ Compensation blog, Boynton Beach, FL                  2012 – Present
Published over 300 articles covering current issues in Workers’ Compensation, Healthcare,
and to promote the implementation of medical travel into Workers’ Compensation.

Risk Management Consulting Services, Boynton Beach, FL                                                                                  2002 – 2010
Multiple consulting projects:
Strategic Outsourcing, Inc., Charlotte, NC
Environamics, Inc., Charlotte, NC
Fredrick C. Smith Clinic, Marion, OH
Bonitz, Inc., Charlotte, NC

Aon Risk Services of TX, Inc., Houston, TX                                                                              2001 – 2002
Sr. Specialist/Data Mgmt.

Consultant                                                                                                                               1995 – 2001
Various assignments, Dallas, TX
Data Analyst, Stirling Cooke, Dallas, TX
BPO Compliance Analyst, PMSC, Sarasota, FL
Data Services Consultant, NCCI, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Underwriting Data Analyst, Allstate, Boca Raton, FL

Dear Reader, con’t.

Last month, I told you that I was planning to shut down my blog because of my acceptance of a new position.

Unfortunately, some things were not meant to be, and while I was waiting until the new year to end the blog, I have decided to reverse course and keep it up and running, so those of you who have enjoyed my writing will have more to enjoy, I hope.

This still leaves me back where I was in October when I accepted the position, so if any of you have something in mind, let me know.

I am open to consulting with anyone. Resume furnished upon request.

Dear Reader

By now, many of you may be wondering why I have not been doing much writing of late. The reason for my absence from the blogosphere is that one month ago, I was offered and accepted a position with a software company here in South Florida, that works in the Insurance industry. I waited this long to tell you because I wanted certain family members to know first.

Many years ago, before moving to Florida from New York, I worked for a small, retail insurance brokerage firm on New York’s Long Island that handled what is called a “wrap-up” insurance program for a very large public agency in the metropolitan area, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

I administered the claims reported to our office by contractors and subcontractors working on construction and non-construction contracts with the Port Authority. My new employer sells software that manages the administration portion of construction wrap-up programs, also known as Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIP) or Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs (CCIP).

For the past month, and for the foreseeable future, I am in training, as their system is very complex, and the administration side of the business is new to me. Eventually, I will be going out on business trips to train clients, but that is a few months from now.

Many of you probably did not know that while I was writing my blog, I was unemployed. I kept my personal situation quiet because at the same time, I was looking for work, and hoping that my idea for medical travel and workers’ comp would lead me into another direction.

Reasons that has to do with issues I have raised in the past, from the medical travel industry and the workers’ compensation industry, have frustrated my efforts to get this blog noticed. I have also been trying to get FutureComp Consulting up and running, as well as providing me with an income.

Since the death of my father, and the placement of my mother into a nursing home for her dementia, I have been living hand to mouth, with eventual homelessness staring me in the face, as well as mounting debt my father assured me would be taken care of. While I am very grateful and appreciative of all the attention my blog has gotten from around the world these past four years, not being able to make a dime from this activity has forced me to make this decision.

Therefore, I have decided to end my blog, shut down FutureComp Consulting, and focus on the job at hand.

But before I do, I want to address both industries on where you are failing your markets, your customers, and what the recent US election means for both industries moving forward.

First, the medical tourism industry. Many of the people I have met are good people, but there are a few rotten apples in the barrel, and we know who they are. They are a pair of lawyers based here in Florida who proport to represent the industry to the world, but only represent themselves and their cronies.

Their sham conferences and certifications are part of the reason this industry has a black eye. They are nothing more than a means to make money for the organizers and not to influence decision making that will improve and expand the industry.

The industry’s focus on the boutique medical treatments, legitimate or not, plastic and reconstructive surgery, breast surgery, dentistry, and so on, which only a few well-off people can afford to access, is one reason why medical travel for the middle and working classes is overlooked.

I am rather disappointed that with so many viewers around the world these past four years, none of you ever reached out to me offering assistance for my idea, to have me come visit your countries (all expenses paid, naturally), etc. To quote a friend of ours, “WHAT AM I, CHOPPED LIVER?”

I have laid out my criticisms in previous posts, so you are welcome to read them before the site is shut down permanently.

Next, the workers’ compensation industry, that I have given much of my life and effort in, has from nearly the beginning, ignored me, insulted me, and dismissed me because I did not have an executive title after my name.

Why did I get this treatment? Because there are too many stakeholders, too many dinosaurs, and too many wise guys who think they know everything, and no one like me could ever have a better idea, so why listen to him, Mr. R. Wilson, the workers’ comp blogosphere’s answer to Rush Limbaugh. Attack anyone and any idea you don’t agree with or like, all the while telling your readers you don’t know the person you viciously attacked and never apologized to, or gave the time of day to.

Also, the industry is just too conservative to grasp the changes that the global economy is having on all industries, and that is because the laws, rules, and statutes that govern workers’ comp are nearly one hundred years old, and were written for a horse and buggy world, not a world of instant communication and supersonic and even suborbital flight, that Richard Branson and the US Air Force are experimenting with that will cut travel time around the world, bringing us closer together.

Third, they have lost sight of who the industry serves. It does not serve the employers, the lawyers, the physicians, the rehab centers, the pain management centers, the bill reviewers and the pharmacy benefit managers, et al. It is supposed to serve the man or woman who gets hurt on the job, and is not a burden to be disposed of ASAP.

Here too, I have listed my objections to the ways of the industry, and while there are many people trying to correct these problems, there are many others who are taking advantage of this broken system for their own personal gain, or ideological biases. Opt-out is one example of this. David DePaolo, who was tragically lost, and Joe Paduda are two of the good guys.

The workers’ comp system needs to be opened to new ideas, from new people, and if you don’t want federal intervention, you better get organized now nationwide to lobby every state legislature to change the laws and regs to open it up. Otherwise, as some have suggested, workers’ comp will disappear.

Finally, what does last week’s disastrous US election mean for medical travel and for workers’ comp. The incoming, neo-fascist administration of a reality TV show host, whose top advisor is an avid racist and anti-Semite, will no doubt go after NAFTA, CAFTA, and the TTP, and his promise to build a wall on the Mexican border, to register Muslims, and his appeal to xenophobic nationalism, will mean that it will be harder to get regular Americans to travel abroad for medical care, which will certainly slow the growth of the industry and may even increase domestic medical travel, but if that man guts the ACA, many people will lose what health care coverage they recently obtained under the plan.

As far as workers’ comp is concerned, that all depends on what happens with the ACA. If it is repealed and replaced with nothing, look for case shifting back to health care from work comp.

While I was deciding to write this article, I thought I might ask for your opinion on whether I should end writing and shut down the blog. This will give you a chance to read past posts, and to be fair to you, my loyal readers. Let me know your thoughts.

If not, it has been a real pleasure, even if it has not been financially rewarding, or has helped in my career.

Thank you and goodbye.