As globalization is having an impact on almost every aspect of life, Healthcare had until very recently been overlooked by this 21st century trend. However, shortened distances, faster travel, and better telecommunications have made previously unthought-of actions like having a second opinion from a doctor far away, or traveling abroad for a less expensive surgery much easier and common. As citizens now have more options to get diagnosed and treated far from home, the only issue becomes information, coordination, and who to count on as a guide in this process.
Medical Travel is now embraced by more than one hundred thousand people around the world. A large part of this number travels from developing countries to the United States or Europe in the search for the highest quality of care. Another important figure,
probably around fifty thousand, travel from the US, Canada, and the UK to other neighboring countries in the look for more affordable elective and non-elective care. The former group consists of wealthy individuals that can find their way to a specialist, but have –until recently- the unmet need of guidance in the complex process of receiving healthcare in the US. The latter group faces the task of overcoming their fears of going abroad for a delicate surgery, choosing among an almost infinite number of
surgeons and hospitals, and actually getting to a foreign place, having it done, and coming back safely. Luckily for them, a whole industry catering to Medical Tourists, or Medical Travelers, as they’re also called, has sprung to life around the world. These firms have specialized in a certain healthcare procedure, or a certain destination, and help the foreign patient have a smooth and seamless process when he or she needs it most.
Travel For Care is one of such medical travel specialists. Based in Monterrey, Mexico’s nicest metropolis, a prime destination for medical travelers since the 1980’s, it caters to Americans and Canadians in need of affordable, high-quality healthcare, and has so far established itself as one of Mexico’s best regarded facilitators. Helping to assist the opposite flow of patients made up of Mexicans in the look for a second opinion or for a specific surgeon that has become famous for operating with a certain technique, Antonian Health Concierge has opened its doors in San Antonio, TX, a city with a healthcare infrastructure that easily rivals Houston’s. Antonian also bridges that huge gap between a patient willing to travel to the US for consultations, tests, or
surgery, but who has no idea with whom to go, or what the process is, or how to make things happen for an ideal outcome in difficult times.
As of May, 2010, Travel For Care and Antonian health Concierge have joined forces to cross promote their services in both countries and to complement their reach. As Dr. Andres Ibarra, MD, Director at Antonian states: “With this agreement we’ll not
only be able to market Mexican healthcare in Texas, but also better serve our Mexican patients once they return home. A fundamental part of our service is aftercare, and Travel For Care will be on our side offering their concierge, information, and liaison services for our patients over there in Mexico when they return”. Likewise, this is a great step for Travel For Care. As Gabriel Senior, CEO of the firm says: “Antonian is exactly the partner we were looking for. We have found a great firm that can provide our San Antonio and Austin patients with a second opinion before traveling to have surgery with our network in Mexico, as well as to count with aftercare once they return home. There’s nothing better than to count on a local partner in those premium
markets for us.” So whether you’re from Latin America and are looking for the highest quality healthcare in the world, or you’re an American wanting to access top-notch healthcare at a fraction of the US price, these companies have you covered. An agreement and cooperation like this is a great step for the Medical Travel industry.
Travel For Care is an innovative Medical Travel start-up firm headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico, marketing Medical Solutions to American patients looking for elective and non-elective procedures. For more information, please visit http://www.travelforcare.com
Antonian Health Concierge is a medical concierge service headquartered in San Antonio, TX, delivering high quality end-to-end services for patients coming to San Antonio for healthcare. For more information, please visit http://www.antonianhealth.com
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