Wockhardt Hospitals Featured in CNN Health

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wockhardt Hospitals have recently been featured in CNN Health on a story on Medical Tourism Titled Medical Tourism:Have Illness ..Will Travel.

Mark Tutton of CNN Health talks about the growing trend of Medical Tourism and identifies Wockhardt Hospitals along with Apollo and Max Healthcare which have revolutionized Healthcare Treatements in India.

India has been only ranked second after Thailand as the most favored medical tourism destination.Wockhardt Hospitals International Accreditation's like JCI and Tie up with Harvard Medical Association has made it the most sought after SpecialtyHospitals among Internations patients across the world.

Medical tourism: Have illness, will travel - CNN.com: "Medical tourism is one of the hottest topics in health care as patients around the world are increasingly traveling abroad for treatment.

Josef Woodman, author of Patients Beyond Borders, a guide to medical tourism, told CNN that two to three million people travel outside their home country for treatment each year, while consultancy firm Deloitte calculates that 750,000 Americans traveled abroad for treatment last year.

For uninsured or underinsured Americans, low prices make treatment in Asia an attractive option.Surgery in Thailand and Latin America can cost a quarter of its U.S. price, and JCI-accredited Wockhardt Hospitals offer open heart surgery in India for $8,500, compared to around $100,000 in the U.S. and $28,000 in the UK.

In countries with state-run health services, such as Britain and Canada, long waiting times for surgery are encouraging patients to look overseas for a cheaper alternative to private treatment in their own country.

Bumrungrad International Limited (BIL), based in Thailand, owns and operates over 70 health care facilities in seven countries. According to BIL, its Bangkok flagship hospital treats over 400,000 foreign patients a year, with over 90,000 coming from the Middle East.

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