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3 Things To Do In Kerala After Ayurvedic Treatment

November 13, 2019 Tweet

How To Combine Alternative Medicine With Tourism In India’s Beautiful  Southwestern State

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Arabian Sea From Kochin Kerala

Traveling to India, and especially Kerala, has become popular for Ayurvedic treatments. Considered an alternative medicine, it has been the traditional medicine in India for thousands of years. Kerala has been the center of Ayurvedic practices and even has Ayurvedic hospitals and of course many spas. Some top hospitals have also added Ayurvedic centers to complement the modern medical procedures.

However, a trip to Kerala to an Ayurvedic spa is just one of the few things to do in that area of the country. In fact there are many tourist activities to enjoy in combination with an Ayurvedic trip. Here are three that are unique to the area.

Munnar

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Tea Estates In Munnar Kerala

Munnar is a hill town up in the Western Ghat Mountains that’s about a four hour drive from Kochin, the main city of arriving in Kerala. It’s an area with great beauty from forest areas, tea plantations, and mountain hikes. It’s cooler in Munnar than in the lowlands along the coast which gives it a relaxed therapeutic feel.

Thekkady

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Elephant Families In Thekkady

Thekkady is a small town at the edge of the Periyar lake and forest reserve. It is a wonderful national park where many wild animals can be seen including monkeys, elephants, deers, and water buffalo. It also may have tigers roaming through the park. Enjoy staying at a nice resort near the park entrance and take a safari through the jungle or a boat ride on the lake.

Alphuzza And The Backwaters

Kerala Backwaters Ayurvedic Spa

Houseboat In Kerala Backwaters

South of Kochin is the town of Alphuzza which is the main port to the Backwaters, a networks of canals and lakes that that run parallel to the coastline and the Arabian Sea. The lakes are filled from rivers flowing from the mountains and the canals connecting the lakes and towns comprise 560km of waterways. Tourists can rent “houseboats” which are large rice barges and cruise the waterways with overnight trips available. The beauty of the area is nice to sea from the houseboats and is a unique travel experience and provides a close looks at the center of life in Kerala.

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5 Hospitals Where You Can Recover From Treatment In Paradise

November 11, 2019 Tweet

Top International Hospitals In Beautiful And Affordable Locations

Top Hospitals For Tourism

If you are in need of medical treatment and want a top international hospitals where you can also recover from the procedure in a relaxed and affordable location, there are excellent options to choose from. Medical tourism to these five hospitals put you in the range of excellent choices for recovery in a tourist style environment which may help speed up your recuperation and make it more comfortable for you.

Hospital Galenia – Cancun

Hospital Galenia is a Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospital located in Cancun, Mexico. It offers a wide range of specialties including orthopedics, cancer care, heart care, IVF, and more. If you are recovering from an operation at this hospital, there are a wide variety of resorts and beaches to enjoy to make the recovery period as pleasant as possible.

Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Gleneagles Hospitals is a top internationally accredited hospital by JCI and recognized by many medical tourism organizations. It is located in the center of Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, and offers all medical tourism specialties. It has a top Health Screening Program and a new building (Bldg B) for treatment for a variety of specialties. There are many resort style hotels in KL where one can recover and a short drive away are beach resorts for a peaceful recovery in a tropical setting with great food as well.

Sikarin Hospital – Bangkok

Sikarin Hospital is located in the Bang Na district of Bangkok near the airport area. It is a JCI accredited hospital that provides treatment in heart care, orthopedics, health screenings, IVF, plastic and cosmetic surgery and more. Bangkok, like KL, has many resort style hotels to stay for recuperation and a short drive to the coast for a beach style vacation. Also a plus is the amazing Thai food.

Centro Medico Teknon – Barcelona

Centro Medico Teknon (CMT) is a top hospital in Barcelona, Spain, which has top centers of excellence in IVF, Heart Institute, Cancer Care, Health Screenings, and Plastic Surgery. It is also JCI accredited. Just a short flight from anywhere in Europe, getting treatment at CMT allows the patient to relax and recover in Barcelona or anywhere alongs Spain’s beautiful coastline and even on the popular islands of Mallorca and Minorca. Enjoying the Mediterranean lifestyle while while recovering from treatment is always a good way to heal.

Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai

Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai is located in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. It is a popular retirement city and has a cooler climate than Bangkok making it a nice place to recover from treatment. Bangkok Hospital is run by BDMS, the top Thai hospital group. In Chiang Mai the patient can recover in hillside resorts or enjoy a resort within the city.

There are many options to choose from for medical travel. Always research the hospital, choose accredited medical centers, and work with your physician at home to understand what your treatment will require. ClinicTrip recommends doing a health screening first at the hospital to get an idea of the quality of care.

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Top Hospitals And Dental Clinics In Phuket

November 7, 2019 Tweet

Tourists Season In Phuket A Good Time For Medical Or Dental Check Up

Phuket Thailand Resorts

Phuket is a large island in southern Thailand that is a very popular beach destination for tourists throughout the world. Phuket City is the main town and the beach resort area on the other side of the island is called Patong Beach which faces the Indian Ocean. It has a high density of resorts and hotels and it has also become a good destination for medical and dental tourism.

The high tourist season for Phuket is during the less rainy months from December to March where rainfall is about half of wet season levels. If you are planning to visit Patong Beach during this tourist season, it is possible to combine a health screening program or dental checkup during your holiday. Here are the main international private hospitals and dental clinics to consider.

Private Hospitals In Phuket

Bangkok Hospital Phuket

Bangkok Hospital Siriroj (formerly Phuket International Hospital) – JCI Accreditied

– Health Screening Programs: https://www.phuketinternationalhospital.com/en/packages/health-checkups/

Dental Clinics in Phuket

Phuket Dental Signature (the same company manages Bangkok International Dental Center, a Joint Commission International accredited dental clinic in Bangkok). See video below:

Patong Smile Dental Clinic

Sea Smile Dental Clinic 1

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Top Centers For Medical Tourism In India

October 31, 2019 Tweet

High Quality Doctors, Affordable Prices For Many Health Care Needs

India Medical Tourism

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India often attracts tourists for its history, culture, landscape, and food. But it has also become a quickly growing hub for medical tourism, both regional and from across the globe. It offers top quality doctors, very affordable prices for treatment, and expertise in many common health care needs such as heart care and surgery, orthopedics and joint replacement, cochlear implants, multi-organ transplants, dental care, eye care and more.

However, India is a large and vast country. How do you know where go for the right hospital for your condition or for a basic health screening program. Here are the main healthcare hubs in India and a listing of some of the accredited hospitals in those cities.

Delhi

India Medical Tourism

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Delhi is the largest city in India and home of the country’s government city, New Delhi. In the city of Delhi and its suburbs such as Gurugram are a range of top hospitals and dental clinics. There are also private hospitals that are large enough to be called medical cities.

Top Delhi Hospitals

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital New Delhi

Fortis Memorial Research Institute

Medanta MediCity

Dr Kathurias Dental Clinic

Chennai

Chennai is located in the souther Indian State of Tamil Nadu. It is the sixth largest city in the country and a popular regional medical tourism destination. Apollo Hospitals is located in Chennai along with dental clinics and local hospitals.

Top Chennai Hospitals

Apollo Hospitals Greams Road

Coimbatore

Coimbatore is also located in Tamil Nadu on the western border of the state. It is the second largest city in the state and a tech center and also a growing medical tourism hub. The 2000 bedded PSG Hospitals is located in Coimbatore with specialties in heart care, orthopedics, organ transplant, dental care, IVF, cosmetic surgery and more.

Top Coimbatore Hospitals

PSG Hospitals

Bengaluru

Bengaluru, also known and Bangalore, is the capital of the Indian State of Karnataka and is considered to be the Silicon Valley of India. It is a fast growing city and one of the most populous in the country. At an elevation of 3000 feet, it has a pleasant climate. It is also the location of many top hospitals and clinics.

Top Bengaluru Hospitals

Narayana Multispecialty Hospital Whitefield

AyurVAID Bangalore Domlur

Apollo Hospitals Bangalore Bannerghatta

Seedi Eye Care

Fortis Hospital Bangalore

Kochi

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Periyar Nature Park, Kerala, India – Image by ClinicTrip.com

Kochi is the largest city in the southeastern Indian state of Kerala. Kerala is knows for abundant agriculture at different elevations, beaches, national parks and wildlife, the backwaters canals, and being along the Western Ghats Mountains. It is also home to top Ayurvedic treatments with many clinics and hospitals specializing in this ancient alternative medicine.

Top Kochi Hospitals

Aster MedCity Hospital

Punarnava Ayurveda Hospital

Hyderabad

Hyderabad is a center for top dental clinics in India. It is the capital of the Indian State of Karnataka and the fourth most populous city in India. It is home to the pearl trade and is sometimes referred to as the “City of Pearls”.

Top Hyderabad Dental Clinics

Dr Gowd’s Dental Hospitals

FMS International Dental Center

Mumbai

Mumbai India Medical Tourism

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Mumbai is the second most populous city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is also the location of many top hospitals.

Top Mumbai Hospitals

Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai

Hinduja Hospital

Asian Heart Institute

Seven Hills Hospital

Wockhardt Hospital – South Mumbai

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Sani Dental Group Opens Dental Office In Cancun

October 23, 2019 Tweet

Popular Dentist In Los Algodones Expands To Playa Del Carmen

Sani Dental Group (https://sanidentalgroup.com) based in Los Algodones, Mexico, which is a hub for dental tourism just across the US-Mexico border from Yuma, Arizona, has expanded to the Playa Del Carmen area of Cancun, Mexico. Sani Dental Group is a top provider and has two locations already in Los Algodones on Calle Alamo and Calle Tercera (3rd Street) . Both locations can be reached by walking.

Sani Dental Group Cancun

Mayan Temple In Near Cancun, Mexico

With the growth of dental tourism driven by US patients who have no or very limited dental coverage, Sani Dental Group has become a leader among the growing number of qualified dentists in Mexico. With the expansion to Cancun, tourist to the popular vacation spot can now add a trip to the dentist easily among doing the other tourist activities.

Sani Dental Group has written a nice blog post about seven popular things to do in Cancun while getting dental work done at their office at affordable prices.

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Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai Offers Variety Of Health Packages

October 21, 2019 Tweet

Heart Screening, Knee Replacement, and More

Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai, a Bangkok Hospital branch located in Chiang Mai, is offering a range of health packages and promotions which expire on December 31, 2019. These packages include a health screening (medical check-up), heart screenings, knee replacement, dental works, sleep apnea treatment, and more.

Bangkok Hospital is run by Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) which is the largest healthcare group in Thailand. The Chiang Mai location is just east of the city center in the Nong Pa Khrang subdistrict. The hospital offers services for International Patients. All packages can be viewed here: https://www.bangkokhospital-chiangmai.com/en/package-and-promotions/

Here are some of the key packages:

Medical Check-Up or Health Screeninghttps://www.bangkokhospital-chiangmai.com/en/package-promotions/medical-check-up-packages-2019/

The Executive Check-Up is around US $500 and includes an abdominal ultrasound making it a good value.

Dental Implant Surgeryhttps://www.bangkokhospital-chiangmai.com/en/package-promotions/dental-implant-surgery-2019/

Total Knee Replacementhttps://www.bangkokhospital-chiangmai.com/en/package-promotions/knee-replacement-1-2019/

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Dental Clinics In Los Algodones Mexico

October 4, 2019 Tweet

Affordable Dental Implants, Fillings, Caps And Crowns In Mexico

Los Algodones, Mexico, has become a top dental destination for dental tourists from the U.S. and Canada. It is a small town located just across the US-Mexico border from Yuma, Arizona. It lists 300 dentists ready to serve patients seeking dental checkups, teeth cleanings, caps and crowns, dental implants, and fillings. Its affordable prices and quality care make it a true value for those who don’t have dental insurance or who need extensive work.

Travelers can fly to Tucson, Phoenix, Palm Springs, San Diego, or Las Vegas and drive to Yuma and then park near the border and walk across for an appointment. Search dental clinics in Los Algodones and Mexico on ClinicTrip here.

Dental Clinics In Los Algodones, Cancun, Tijuana, Nogales

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Kamol Cosmetic Hospital in Bangkok Offers 360 View Of Facilities

August 2, 2019 Tweet

Take A Tour Of Kamol Cosmetic Hospital

Kamol Cosmetic Hospital is located in Bangkok, Thailand, and is a popular cosmetic surgery hospital which was opened 10 years ago by Dr. Kamol Pansritum. It is located Wangthonglang District which is northeast of the city center. Per its website:

The hospital’s goal is to become the leading world-class center for cosmetic and gender reassignment surgery. Our mission is to provide the most effective and efficient surgeries and service.  We never stop learning, improving and creating new techniques for gender reassignment and cosmetic surgery to meet the needs of our clients. Our highly qualified medical team includes top notch nursing, and operating personnel, as well as staff for pre and post operative care to ensure mutual satisfaction between our clients and surgeons.

View the facilities of Kamol Cosmetic Hospital on its website here: https://www.kamolhospital.com/en/facilities/

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Consejos Por Su Viaje a La Clínica o Hospital Internacional

July 4, 2019 Tweet

Cómo hacer que su viaje de salud sea exitoso

Preparación

Pregúntele a su médico si está en condiciones de viajar al extranjero con su condición médica.

Una vez que decida continuar su tratamiento en el extranjero, mantenga informado a su médico local para que pueda continuar su tratamiento de seguimiento sin problemas.

Investigue el hospital o dentista que planea visitar. Tenga en cuenta la acreditación, los premios y reconocimientos, las instalaciones y el equipo, y el alcance y la calidad de los servicios de los hospitales.

Verifique las credenciales y la experiencia del médico que lo tratará. Asegúrate de obtener segundas opiniones.

Conozca el procedimiento y compare sus expectativas con lo que se puede lograr con la cirugía. También pregunte sobre la atención de seguimiento necesaria, el tiempo requerido para la recuperación, la terapia física, etc.

Tenga en cuenta que en la mayoría de los casos, las decisiones finales sobre su tratamiento se tomarán solo después de que el médico lo encuentre y lo examine en persona. Es posible que su médico, al examinarlo, pueda decidir que no es apto para la cirugía o que le recomiende un tratamiento diferente al planificado.

Documentos

Ciertos documentos siempre deben estar con usted. Asegúrese de llevar varias copias y guarde los originales en un lugar seguro cuando esté en el extranjero.

Registros como radiografías, resonancias magnéticas, historiales de salud, fotografías, registros de vacunación, recetas y cualquier otro registro de salud relevante para la cirugía. Recuerde llevar todos estos informes médicos y cualquier medicamento en su equipaje de mano.

Pasaporte y visa: necesitará un pasaporte para usted y su acompañante de viaje (si corresponde). Dependiendo del país desde el que viaje, puede o no necesitar una visa. Algunos países ahora ofrecen una visa médica. Asegúrese de verificar lo que está disponible en su consulado o embajada.

Tarjetas de crédito, tarjetas de débito y cheques de viajero: traiga alguna moneda local, cheques de viaje y una o dos de las principales tarjetas de crédito y débito. Algunos hospitales no aceptan cheques. Asegúrese de informar a la compañía de su tarjeta de crédito que viajará al país donde planea recibir atención.

Lleve consigo su licencia de conducir o cualquier prueba de identidad válida y asegúrese de que seguirá siendo válida mientras viaja.

Visados

Asegúrese de verificar los requisitos de visa para los viajeros médicos del país al que planea visitar. Puede variar, país por país, y también determinar la cantidad de días que puede pasar en el país y si puede hacer un viaje de regreso.

Costes de Cobertura

Si bien los costos del tratamiento en un hospital internacional pueden ser considerablemente menores que los de su hospital local y dentro de la administración con tarjeta de crédito o pago en efectivo, hay algunas compañías que ofrecen seguro médico internacional que pueden cubrir la mayoría de los costos.

Registro en El Hospital

Se requiere que presente su pasaporte en el mostrador de registro para registrarse en el hospital. El hospital mantendrá una copia de su pasaporte (página de fotos y página de visa) en su registro del hospital. Puede programar citas en sitios web de hospitales y muchos ahora programar citas con el Aplicación WhatsApp.

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10 Recomendaciones Para No Subir De Peso

June 25, 2019 Tweet

No dejar de lado las frutas y verduras y es importante mantenerse hidratado.

Nosotros entregan algunos consejos que su permitirán seguir un plan de alimentación saludable.

  • Mantener una rutina de alimentación sana y consumir las tres comidas diarias, acompañadas de una o dos colaciones.
  • Beber agua para mantenerse hidratado. Es importante consumir líquidos en verano.
  • Se puede sumar el consumo de sopas bajas en sodio y guisos, que son alimentos cálidos y que nos ayudan a producen una sensación de saciedad.
  • A la hora del almuerzo, incluir ensaladas, de preferencia verdes. Evitar el consumo excesivo de choclo, arvejas y habas, que son consideradas como carbohidratos.
  • Si la elección de nuestro plato de fondo contiene elementos altos en carbohidratos, preferir de postre algo más liviano, como fruta o jalea.
  • Evitar consumir pan durante el almuerzo, ya que esto aumenta el número de calorías en forma de carbohidratos que se consume.
  • En momentos de ansiedad, es preferible consumir de colación frutos secos, chips de manzana, barritas de cereal (de preferencia aquellas con menos de 90 calorías), jaleas, fruta, yogurts descremados o chocolates amargos.
  • Mezclar el jugo con agua, para evitar un consumo excesivo de azúcar.
  • No dejar de hacer deporte. Se recomienda realizar ejercicio 3 veces a la semana por 30 minutos como mínimo.
  • Comer muchas frutas y verduras, granos enteros y lentejas.

¡A tu salud!

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3 Benefits of Dental Tourism In Costa Rica

June 24, 2019 Tweet

Costa Rica Offers Easy Access To Affordable Dental Care

Costa Rica is a tropical country located Central America, just a three to four hour flight from main airports in the U.S. such as Houston, Miami, or Los Angeles. It has become a popular destination for dental tourism due to high quality dental clinics offering services at affordable prices and at large discounts compared to dental care in the U.S. It’s also a fun tropical country to visit. Here are three benefits of dental tourism to Costa Rica and its largest city of  San Jose.

High Quality And Affordable Dental Care

Costa Rica’s main medical tourism specialty is dentistry. It has a concentration of top dental clinics providing the entire range of dental and orthodontic treatments including All-on-4, dental implants, fillings, caps and crowns, and dental check ups.

The dental clinics in Costa Rica serve the expat community along with dental tourists from many countries. In fact, 90% of the dental procedures carried out in Costa Rica are done on foreign patients from the U.S., Canada, and the UK. The dental clinics are appealing because of easy access, top quality doctors,  and modern looking clinics with the latest technology. The treatments are also up to 50% to 70% less expensive than in the U.S. making it a good option for those without dental insurance.

Popular Holiday Destination For Recovery

After most dental procedures, a recovery period is important depending on the complexity of the treatment. Costa Rica makes it easy since it’s a popular holiday destination with many options for relaxation and basic tourism. Because of the tropical location with abundant rainforests, beautiful beaches, picturesque volcanos, and fun resorts, there is much to see and do during recovery so that it passes quickly.

Developed Tourist Infrastructure

Costa Rica is a top tourist destination in Central America and has a developed tourist infrastructure for inbound arrivals. This makes it easy to arrive, receive treatment, and stay for recovery without complications. It also makes it easy to get around and explore dental care options while you are visiting the country.

As with any recommendations, make sure to research the dental clinics and even visit before receiving treatment. A simple check up will help you become familiar with a dental clinic before receiving additional treatment.

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La Salud Masculina Es Muy Importante

June 21, 2019 Tweet

Considerar un Chequeo Medico

Un Chequeo Médico es un especialidad de turismo medico para la prevencion y detección oportuna de enfermedades. Es muy fácil y muchas hospitales internacionanales ofrecen promociones y paquetes salud masculina.

Durante un chequeo medico el medico va a evaluar su salud con muchas pruebas incluyendo salud de corazón, salud de sangre, y la salud del riñón y el hígado. También hay muchas mas pruebas preventivas para las salud masculina.

La cita es un par de horas. Después de las pruebas, el médico va a consultar con el paciente para resaltar cualquier problema. Si hay un problema, el médico recomendará un especialista. La Salud masculina es muy Importante y un chequeo medico es la forma más fácil de mantenerse saludable.

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STDs – What they are and how to avoid them. 

June 8, 2019 Tweet

A lot of people especially the younger ones become infected with STDs simply because they do not know how to prevent and avoid contracting them. Did you know that some STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea known as the twin infections because they tend to occur together  can remain in the body for weeks, months and even years without showing symptoms? You can pass it along to your partner without ever realizing you have the infection yourself.

STDs don’t care whether you are rich, poor, educated, uneducated, male, or female. It will spread its cruel wings on as many people as possible. One reason STDs appear to be triumphant in battle of teenagers and young adults with increasing victims everyday is absolute ignorance.

There are those who ended up getting an STD the first time they ever had sex. People need to realize that you are clueless of your partner’s sexual history, it just takes one time to catch it. It can be difficult to tell if someone has an STI. STIs can be spread even if there are no signs or symptoms. It’s no fun. It will always haunt you. You have to aware any future partner about it before things get serious, and have to live with the bad choices I made in the past. Don’t think you will never get it…play it safe,

How to prevent it?

There is no such thing as protected sex. The only way to be protected  is not to have sex at all. But there are tools and ways to limit the risks – wear a condom, but the most efficient of which is common sense. And even using condoms still doesn’t guarantee you from being safe from std’s. This is not to discourage the use of condoms, but instead to emphasize to everyone the importance of knowledge of your own and your partners’ health status. Sexual education is everything.  Get tested periodically. Do that, and you’re going to be fine.

What are most common STDs?

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are both bacterial infections. They often exist as a co-infection, so are often treated together. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are not physically transmitted like casual contact. You can prevent them with a condom and are treated with oral antibiotics and/or a shot

Gonorrhea is characterized by thick discharge from the genital organ, one to 14 days after exposure. It may also infect the rectum, throat, eyes, blood, skin and joints. Mostly asymptomatic but usually show up with discharge, frequent or painful urination, or irregular vaginal bleeding.

Chlamydia is one of those “silent” infections. Majority of women and 50 percent of men have no visible symptoms at all.
STDs ans STIs tend to be more severe and more frequent for women than for men because the vagina is moist and has a thin lining, it’s easier for a woman to get an STI than it is for a man to get one. Also for women there are often no visible symptoms— such as chlamydia and gonorrhea — compared with men. That means that a woman could have an STI unknowingly.
If left untreated, long -term complications may arise.
Untreated STIs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can result in ectopic pregnancy and infertility, making it difficult, even impossible for a woman to have a baby. A woman who is pregnant can pass an STI to her baby. Genital herpes, syphilis, and HIV can be passed to babies during pregnancy and delivery.

People with STDs are more likely to get HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. STDs that cause sores such as genital herpes, syphilis, and can make it easier for HIV to enter the body.

Treatments:
If you are given medications, be sure to take all of them as directed, even if your symptoms disappear. Sometimes people are hesitant to seek medical help and get checked for these symptoms. But, if something goes unchecked, the more danger and risk you pose on your health. Have open conversations with your sexual partners about this stuff.  Stay smart and stay safe.
I do recommend the best clinic I know that provides turnkey treatments and tests and also advises. Reserve and book an appointment today through the link below https://www.medconsultasia.com/

Ann Scott

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3 Benefits Of A Health Screening Program

June 5, 2019 Tweet

Top International Hospitals Offer Affordable Health Screening Packages

Health screening programs are a popular medical tourism specialty offered at top international hospitals. They are a comprehensive evaluation of your health and used to determine any type of health risks that may be treated early by the specialists at the hospital.

The top international hospitals have an entire department dedicated to the health screenings with administrators, nurses, and doctors to conduct a review of the results and make recommendations. The tests include vitals, full blood tests, heart stress tests, urine analysis, chest XRAY, bone density tests, and an abdominal ultrasound to view the organs. Extra tests can include a colonoscopy and endoscopy to view the throat down to the small intestine.

These are three benefits of a doing a heath screening at an international hospital as a medical tourist.

health screening program

Waiting Area Of Health Screening Department

Receive A Full Assessment Of Your Health

The Health Screening program is not just a check-up. It’s a full study of your health and can catch a wide variety of potential risks from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to kidney disease and even cancer. It only takes a couple of hours with a follow up visit to the doctor for the review. It can be done while on vacation and save time so you don’t have to do a check up at home.

Get To Know The Hospital

The second benefit is that you get to know the hospital. The health screening will provide a good idea of how the hospital operates, the quality of the nurses and staff, and provide a connection to a doctor who will know the condition of your health. It’s so important to know the hospital before choosing additional procedures. A health screening program is an excellent first step for preliminary research as a medical tourist.

Save Money And Time

A health screening is an affordable way to review your health. Most cost under USD $500 and major credit cards are accepted. To receive a similar range of tests, it would costs much more at hospitals in the U.S. or Europe. In fact the health screenings are very popular among expat communities. Lastly, they go by very quickly and can been done in a morning, leaving enough time for tourism in the afternoon.

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3 Reasons To Visit Croatia For Medical Tourism

May 28, 2019 Tweet

Croatia Offers Excellent Healthcare Options In Beautiful Surroundings

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With wait times for medical treatment in Western European countries increasing, especially in the UK, Eastern European countries offer excellent options for several medical specialties with affordable and quality care that doesn’t require a long waiting period.

Croatia is one country providing excellent medical services while also being a beautiful location to visit and a nice place to stay during the recovery period. The capital of Zagreb which is the largest city in the country is located along the Sava river and is rich in history. Several top clinics are located in Zagreb. The cities along the scenic Dalamtia coast such as Split and Trogir are top tourist destinations and beautiful coastal towns and ports.

Dentistry

Croatia has developed an expertise in dentistry that is affordable and top quality. You can find dental clinics in Zagreb, Split, and Trogir. It’s easy to take care of basic dental work while on vacation and being in Croatia makes it easy. Dental Center Repic in Trogir is focused on international patients arriving for vacation. It is located in the vicinity of the Old Town.

Anti-Aging

Staying youthful in appearance is a specialty in Croatia which offers clinics focused on skin care (dermatology) and cosmetic surgery. One of the top clinics in Eastern Europe for cosmetic surgery is Poliklinika Bagatin which has been recognized by medical tourism industry organizations.

Eye Care

Eye care is the third medical specialty that is easy to access in Croatia. The top eye care clinic, Svjetlost Eye Clinic, offers world class eye care in Zagreb and is a clinic highlighted by medical tourism organizations.

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3 Alasan Untuk Mengunjungi Malaysia Untuk Perawatan Kesehatan

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Information For Indonesian Patients Visiting Malaysia For Healthcare

Spesialisasi Wisata Medis Dan Pusat Kesehatan Di Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, ibukota Malaysia, adalah pusat perawatan kesehatan utama di negara ini. Kemampuan bahasa dalam bahasa Melayu atau Indonesia dan Inggris sangat tinggi di rumah sakit swasta. Kuala Lumpur adalah kota yang sibuk dan berkembang dengan bangunan modern, bandara pemenang penghargaan dan transportasi yang baik.

Kuala Lumpur adalah kota multibudaya yang ramah bagi pengunjung. Ini telah menjadi pusat wisatawan medis yang menemukan nilai bagus di rumah sakit internasional berkualitas tinggi dengan perawatan dengan harga terjangkau.

Pusat kesehatan lain di Malaysia adalah Penang, Melaka (Pusat Medis Mahkota), dan Kuching yang merupakan ibu kota Sarawak, negara bagian Malaysia di pulau Kalimantan.

Pemeriksaan Kesehatan

Pemeriksaan kesehatan atau pemeriksaan kesehatan adalah penawaran umum di rumah sakit swasta di Malaysia. Itu berlangsung selama beberapa jam. Dokter memeriksa tubuh Anda untuk semua risiko kesehatan. Kemudian mereka memberikan konsultasi. Harganya sekitar UDS $ 400 tergantung pada rumah sakit dan tes.

Perawatan Jantung

Malaysia telah menjadi pusat keunggulan untuk perawatan jantung. Rumah sakit jantung teratas adalah Institut Jantung Nasional (IJN) di Kuala Lumpur. Ini adalah yang terbaik di wilayah ini dan telah merawat jutaan pasien. Perawatan jantung juga tersedia di rumah sakit swasta top.

Perawatan Kesuburan

Jika Anda ingin perawatan IVF untuk memiliki bayi, maka rumah sakit Malaysia sangat baik. Ada pusat perawatan kesuburan terbaik di Kuala Lumpur. TMC Fertility telah memenangkan penghargaan dari organisasi industri pariwisata medis. Mereka menawarkan banyak perawatan dengan harga terjangkau. Menjadwalkan konsultasi itu mudah dilakukan.

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Dental Clinics In Los Algodones Mexico

May 21, 2019 Tweet

Dental Treatment In Los Algodones Mexico Traveling From Yuma, Arizona

Los Algodones Dental Clinics

More than one million people will travel outside the U.S. for medical or dental care this year and the majority will visit Mexico for dental work. The reasons usually include not having dental insurance or health insurance deductibles that are too high. Dental care in Mexico can save up to 70% compared to out of pocket costs in the U.S. with high quality treatment.

One of the most visited towns for dental care in Mexico is Los Algodones which is just across the border from Yuma, Arizona. It has been written about extensively as a symbol of the growth of medical tourism since there are over 300 dental clinics in the small town which receive thousands of patients a day. It has been nicknamed “Molar City”.

Here is a list of dental clinics on ClinicTrip in Los Algodones: Dental Clinics In Los Algodones, Mexico Near Yuma, Arizona

List of dental clinics in also in Cancun, Nogales, and Tijuana: Dental Clinics In Los Algodones And Mexico

ClinicTrip Guide To Los Algodones

Getting There

Los Algodones is just across the border from Yuma, Arizona. Yuma is a 2.5 hour drive from Phoenix, Palm Springs, and San Diego. Algodones Road which leads to the border from Interstate 8 is actually in California. There is a parking lot on the Native American reservation just before the border. Visitors can then walk across the border and to the dental clinics on foot. Make sure to bring a passport.

Finding Clinics

The most established dental clinic is Sani Dental Group. However, there are many other options as well. Search on ClinicTrip for a list of clinics and contact them for a consultation. Many list prices on their website. If you are unsure about complex treatment, start with a teeth cleaning and check up to get to know the dentist. Also research the medical training of the dentists and accreditations of the clinic.

This blog post from Sani Dental Group details price differences between the U.S. and its clinic in Los Algodones: Dental Work Prices In Mexico

Specialties And Recovery

If you plan to have extensive dental work done, you can stay at a hotel in Yuma, Arizona, during the recovery period, especially if you need to make a follow up visit. Common treatments include All-on-Four, caps and crowns, teeth cleaning and whitening, fillings, and tooth extraction. You can always consult with your local dentist as well before choosing treatment in Mexico.

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3 Reasons To Visit Malaysia For Healthcare

May 20, 2019 Tweet

Medical Tourism Specialties At Malaysia’s Top Private Hospitals

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, a small country in Southeast Asia situated between Singapore to the south and Thailand to the north. Formally a British colony, proficiency in English is very high in the healthcare community and a key strength of the doctors and administration officials at the major private hospitals. KL, as it is known locally, is an influential city in the region with modern buildings, an award winning airport and effective transportation throughout the metro area.

KL is a multicultural city with a pleasant mixture or Malay, Chinese, and Indian communities along with a large expat community. Because the country is so hospitable and friendly to visitors, it has become a hub for medical travelers who find good value in the extensive and high quality international hospitals located in the city and throughout the metro area with treatment at affordable prices.

Here are three medical tourism specialties you’ll find in Malaysia’s top hospitals an in it healthcare hubs of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Melaka, and now Kuching on the island of Borneo.

Health Screenings

Malaysian hospitals offer expertise in preventative health which starts with a medical checkup called a health screening and sometimes listed as an Executive Health Screening. It’s much more than a physical that you’d receive in a typical hospital in the U.S. or Canada. An entire department is dedicate to the health screening process which includes vitals, blood work, heart stress test, chest XRAY, bone density tests, abdominal ultrasound, and a physical examination by a doctor. Additional tests can be added such as a colonoscopy and a endoscopy.

It includes lunch and a review of the results by the doctor. Usually it’s done in a separate area of the hospital which is staffed by dedicated nurses and doctors. Should you need to see a specialist if any health risks are identified, the doctors will schedule that for you. The costs is usually around USD $400 and credit cards are accepted. A health screening is also an excellent way to get to know the hospital before choosing other treatments.

Heart Care

Malaysia has become a center of excellence for treatment of heart conditions. Its top heart hospital, National Heart Institute (Institut Jantung Negara – IJN) is the top heart hospital in the region and has treated millions of patients. Heart care is also readily available at the top private hospitals. Heart health screenings are an easy first step, especially if you are on vacation in the country.

Fertility Treatment

If you are trying to conceive and need assisted reproduction treatment such as IVF, then Malaysia’s hospitals are an excellent option. With top fertility treatment centers such as TMC Fertility which has won awards from medical tourism industry organization, there are a wide range of treatments that can be done at affordable prices when compared to options elsewhere in the world. Many of the top private hospitals also offer fertility treatment and scheduling a consultation is easy to do.

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Top Hospitals For Plastic Surgery In Bangkok

May 7, 2019 Tweet

Aesthetic Treatments Centers For Medical Tourists In Thailand

Thailand provides the medical tourism specialty of plastic surgery for many international patients every year. It has become a hub for aesthetic treatments such as face lifts, botox and fillers, nose contouring (rhinoplasty), eye lid surgery, and breast augmentation or reduction. There are many other treatments available as well. Below are three top plastic surgery hospitals to research before visiting Thailand for cosmetic surgery. Always remember that plastic surgery is real surgery and extensive research should be done before any treatment including recovery requirements.

Sikarin Hospital

Sikarin Hospital is located just 15 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in the BangNa district of Bangkok. The hospital is Joint Commission International accredited and has been in operation for more than 23 years. It has 350 beds and serves more than 150,000 patients each year.

It has a top Aesthetic Center that focuses on hygiene and safety and a team of professional surgical doctors for consultation and to take care of the patient during each step of the treatment.

Visit Sikarin Hospitals info page

Bunrungrad International Hospital

Bumrundgrad International Hospital is the largest private hospital providing services to international patients with over 500,000 per year. It is Joint Commission International accredited  and is located in central Bangkok in the Wattana area just off Sukhumvit Road at Soi 4.

Its Plastic Surgery Center offers world class care and provide all of the common treatments including reconstructive surgery, hair transplantation, and all skin and dermatology treatments.

Visit Bumrungrad International Hospitals info page

Yanhee Hospital

Yanhee Hospital is a specialty hospitals dedicate to plastic and cosmetic surgery. It is Joint Commission International accredited and is located in the BangO district of Bangkok which is north of the city center.

Yanhee Hospital was established in 1984 as a small clinic and has grown successfully into a major hospital which performs treatments for medical tourists from all of the world. It also treats over 2,000 outpatients daily.

Yanhee Hospital offers all plastic surgery procedures and treatments along with skin care and dental care.

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Sikarin Hospital Offers Convenience To Medical Tourists To Thailand

April 25, 2019 Tweet

Top Bangkok Private Hospital Is Located 15 Minutes From Airport

Hospital in Focus: Sikarin Hopsital is a Joint Commission International accredited hospital in Bangkok and it is located just 15 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) offering convenience for medical tourists to Thailand.

The hospital is situated in the BangNa district of Bangkok which is near the airport but also has several shopping malls, many hotels, and a variety of restaurants. It is also near expressways and BTS light rail stations for travel to central Bangkok.

Sikarin Hospital has 350 beds and offers the full range of specialties including a top Aesthetic Center, Sikarin Heart Hospital, a Dental Clinic, Orthopedic Center, and a Fertility Clinic for patients seeking IVF treatment.

It has top radiology and imaging equipment and is also Joint Commission International accredited for its diabetes milletus program, primary stroke program, and acute myocardial infarction program.

It offers a Health Screening program for those who want a health check up which is easy to do while on vacation in Bangkok. It’s a good way to get to know the hospital and doctors. Visit the Sikarin Hospital info page on ClinicTrip here:

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IVF Clinics In Malaysia With Fertility Treatment Under USD $5K

April 15, 2019 Tweet

Malaysia Offers Excellent And Affordable Fertility Clinics

With more couples traveling for IVF treatment, there are many promotions available at top international clinics and hospitals for fertility treatment. Malaysia has established itself as an IVF destination which many fertility clinics that have received awards and have excellent rates of success. In addition, the promotion prices for an IVF cycle are under USD $5,000 compared to IVF treatment in the U.S. which can run as high as USD $15,000 per IVF cycle.

Sunway Medical Center Fertility Clinic

Sunway Medical Center is a top private hospital in Malaysia in a suburb of Kuala Lumpur called Bandar Sunway. It is has been recognized by international medical tourism organizations as a top destination for care. It also has a fertility center which is offering IVF treatment with ICSI for under USD $5,000 including medications. Learn more here: Sunway Medical Center Fertility Clinic

KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital

KPJ Hospitals are a large group of private hospitals in Malaysia many of which are JCI accredited. One of its busiest hospitals in KPJ Damansara which is located in a suburb of Kuala Lumpur. It currently has an offer for IVF treatment with ICSI for under USD $5,000. Read more about the offer here: http://www.kpjdamansara.com.my/offers/

TMC Fertility Center

TMC Fertility Center is the top IVF clinic in Malaysia with international recognization and many awards by medical tourism organizations. It does not list prices for its IVF treatment but can be reached for consultation here: https://www.tmcfertility.com

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Recover From Medical Treatment In Paradise

March 29, 2019 Tweet

3 Top Countries For Medical Tourism Where Recovery After Treatment Can Be Done At Amazing And Affordable Resorts

For any medical treatment done as a health tourist or medical tourist, it’s very important to understand the recovery requirements after a procedure is finished. This may include frequent follow ups with the doctor for monitoring the outcome, avoiding travel for several weeks for recuperation, or additional procedures to address complications if needed.

All the recovery requirements depend on the type of procedure and the complexity. It is important to remember that any type of surgery that is done, even cosmetic or bariatric surgery, will require a recovery period.

Since many top international hospitals are located in beautiful travel locations with nice resorts and spas, it’s a benefit to medical tourists to take advantage of the location in addition to the lower costs to facilitate the most pleasant and speedy recovery as possible after treatment. When the scenery and atmosphere are nice, it’s easier and more enjoyable to take care of yourself and heal.

Here are three top countries for medical tourism that also offer wonderful affordable resorts in tropical environments for a pleasant recovery.

Malaysia

Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia between Singapore and Thailand. It’s a tropical country with a long coast line with small islands a short distance from the shore. It’s inexpensive to travel in Malaysia and there are a wide range of resorts and beach hotels for all budgets. Malaysia’s medical services are ranked the top in the world for health tourists so combining treatment in Malaysia with recovery at a nice resort is an excellent combination.

Malaysia Resort

Beach resort in Malaysia

Thailand

Thailand, located just north of Malaysia, has become the top country for both tourism and medical travel globally. Because Thailand is a tropical country and has a variety of beach resorts as well as hill resorts in the north of the country, it’s an ideal place to combine medical tourism and recovery. The medical tourism options in Thailand are numerous. The busiest hospital for medical tourism is Bumrungrad International Hospital, located in central Bangkok, making it easy to access nearby beach resorts for a speedy recovery.

Thailand resorts

Tropical island beach in Thailand

Costa Rica

For medical tourism from North America, Costa Rica offers an excellent location to combine medical or dental travel and recovery. It’s also a tropical country with a variety of beach resorts to accommodate all needs. Since most medical travel to Costa Rica is for dental tourism, relaxing at a beach resort after having dental work makes the recovery as pleasant as it can be.

Dental Clinics In Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano and Town in Costa Rica

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Why to Go for Laser Hair Removal?

March 25, 2019 Tweet

If you’re staying home due to those few errant hairs on your body, it’s not an honest plan. Hair isn’t one thing that ought to stop you from carrying your swim wear and touch the pool or the beach. There are several choices you’ll fancy to keep your legs, underarms and swimming costume line, bathing suit prepared. If you would like to be free from of these worries forever, you must attempt optical laser hair removal.

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4 Top Locations For Dental Tourism

March 16, 2019 Tweet

Travel For Affordable Dental Care At These Hubs

Dental travel is currently the most popular form of medical tourism. Many people are without dental insurance. If they do carry dental insurance, the work that is required is not covered or the costs even with insurance exceeds their finances. As a result, dental tourists are willing to travel to take care of their teeth and many times this is done while on vacation.

Top treatments include teeth cleaning, fillings, All-on-4 or All-on-6 implants, and caps or crowns. Teeth whitening is also a popular cosmetic treatment. For those requiring extensive dental work and multiple treatments, seeking an international dental clinic can reduce expenses considerably.

Several locations around the world have emerged as top dental tourism destinations due to the quality of the care, the affordability (in some cases 70% less than the U.S. costs), and their location as being easily accessible to the home country or being in a popular tourist destination. They also have an abundance of high quality dental professionals as the volume of patients and successful procedures creates expertise over time. Here are four top dental care hubs to consider.

Mexico

For U.S. travelers, Mexico offers an easy way to get dental treatment. With many popular dentists just across the US-Mexico border and with the savings being quite significant, Mexico has become popular for dental tourists. The main cities include Los Algodones near Yuma, Arizona, which is dubbed the Molar Capital of the World with nearly 300 dentists. Tijuana has several top dentists serving patients from California. Nogales, just 45 minutes south of Tucson also has dentists with are frequented regularly. Cancun, a popular vacation spot on the Yucatan Peninsula, is also a hub in Mexico for top dental care.

Dentists in Mexico

Costa Rica

For many retired residents in Florida, Costa Rica has become a popular destination for dental tourism. A short flight from Miami to San Jose, dental care is easily accessible at many dentists throughout the city many for services the growing number of medical tourists to the country. Costa Rica also has a large U.S. expat community living there so top dental care has been developed to support that community as well.

Dentists in Costa Rica

Malaysia

Over the last several years, Malaysia has become a tourism hot spot with increased visits to top cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Melaka. With it has come a growing number of internationally recognized dentists providing treatment at excellent prices. Malaysia also has a large expat community and many of the dentists high quality has been developed around servicing families working in the country for extended stays. Dental tourists can benefit from this resource.

Dentists in Malaysia

Thailand

With Thailand earning the spot as the most visited country and being a medical tourism hub in its own right, dental tourism has grown considerably with this trend. Also very affordable with top dentists in Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai, Thailand is the perfect place to combine a holiday with dental work and relax on the beaches or in the resorts while recovering from a procedure.

Dentists in Thailand

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Top Hospital In Malaysia Provides Imaging With 50% Less Radiation

February 12, 2019 Tweet

Subang Jaya Medical Center Offers Latests CT Scanner Technology

Subang Jaya Medical Center, a top hospital in Kuala Lumpur, now provides CT Scanning with the latest technology that make it safer for patients to undergo the imaging process. The Somatom Drive CT Scanner is able to make a scan in 50% less time and also filters out a significant portion of the radiation. This means that the patient is exposes much less to radiation during the scanning event and the risk to health issues to greatly reduced.

The scanner also provides images in 4D and the images have a resolution that makes them much more clear than previous scanning technologies. This allows the technicians and doctors to see the internal organs with much more precision and accuracy.

High quality scanning such as this give doctors the ability to see a patients internal organs without surgery and helps them identify lesions that could pose health risks or lead to chronic illnesses.

Subang Jaya Medical Center is part of the Ramsay Sime Darby Group which also manages Ara Damansara Hospital and ParkCity Hospital in the Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya suburbs of Kuala Lumpur. Learn more about the scanner from this video:

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Phyathai 2 International Hospital Offers Health Screening Package In Bangkok

January 30, 2019 Tweet

Health Screening Package Is Perfect For Medical Tourists And Under USD$500

Phyathai 2 International Hospital is located in Bangkok and is a JCI accredited hospital. It is a part of the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services group, the largest group in Thailand. It now offers an excellent health screening package for under USD $500 and it includes an Abdominal Ultrasound. The program is called Ultimate Program (No. 3) and it is provided by the International Check Up Program.

Health screenings are excellent ways to assess any health risks and can be easily done while on vacation. Taking about 2 -3 hours, they evaluate a range of conditions and are more extensive than a physical or checkup which you might get at a local hospital.

Phyathai 2 International Hospital is centrally located in Bangkok and services 2,000 outpatient cases daily. It has 220 beds and has a full department to assist international patients.

Learn more on their website at: http://phyathai2international.com/en/cost-financing/Health-Promotion-Center/Heath-Check-Up-Packages# 

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3 Top Health Screening Programs In Kuala Lumpur For Medical Tourists Under US$500

January 23, 2019 Tweet

Easy Preventative Health In These Private International Hospitals In Malaysia

On vacation or business in Malaysia and want to take care of your yearly health check up without the hassles you may experience at home? Try a Health Screening Program in Kuala Lumpur.

Health screenings are established and popular programs at top private international hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for assessing risks to one’s health and providing a thorough examination of one’s health condition. Similar to a yearly physical or a check-up but with many more tests and evaluations, the health screening program has enormous benefits for those wishing to catch health issues early on and get personalized recommendations for maintaining a healthy life.

Many international hospitals have a dedicated department space with doctors and nurses managing and assisting throughout the entire range of tests which takes about two to three hours to complete followed by a review with the doctor later in the day or on another scheduled day once the results are available. The health screening department will connect you with specialists if it is needed based on the results.

Top private international hospitals in Kuala Lumpur are excellent medical centers for a health screening while on vacation or business because they routinely win accolades from medical tourism organizations, English is widely spoken, and they are very popular among the expat community, health tourists, and local business professionals. The health screening programs are affordable as well for most budgets and can be paid for with most credit cards (confirm payment options during appointment scheduling). It is also easier to schedule an appointment than you might think. Here are three top programs all under US$500.

Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur – Executive Screening Program

Gleneagles Hospitals Kuala Lumpur is located in the Ampang area of the city along Ampang Road (Jalan Ampang). It opened a new wing to the hospital with a dedicated space for health screening programs. It’s Executive Screening Program offers a range of programs. The Premium Plus Screening provides the most comprehensive tests including an Abdominal Ultrasound. The cost is under US$500. Learn More: http://gleneagleskl.com.my/facilities-and-services/health-screening-centree/

Sunway Medical Center – Comprehensive Health Screening Package

Sunway Medical Center is located in the southwest suburb of Kuala Lumpur called Petaling Jaya in the area known as Bandar Sunway. It is managed by the Sunway Group which is involved in hotels, malls, theme parks, and its expanding Sunway Medical Center. A top rated hospital among medical tourism organizations, it offers a Comprehensive Health Screening Program for both men and women both under US$500. Learn more: http://sunwaymedical.com/health-packages/

Prince Court Medical Center – Well Man and Well Women Health Screening Package

Prince Court Medical Center (PCMC) is located centrally in Kuala Lumpur near the Bukit Bintang area and off of the main road of Jalan Tun Razak. It is a top international private hospital with a very modern building. Its dedicated Health Screening department is on the main floor and is comfortable and spacious. The doctors and nurses are friendly and helpful. PCMC offers a Well Man and Well Women health screening package with all key tests for under US$500. Learn more: https://www.princecourt.com/service-areas/medical-packages/

The best part about a health screening program in Kuala Lumpur is that the hospitals will keep your records on file so you can do comparisons and see health trends the next time you visit. The health screening program also helps you become familiar with the hospital and its services should you be interested in other treatments in the future.

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Top 3 Cities For Dental Tourism In Thailand

January 7, 2019 Tweet

Thailand has become a major tourist destination globally offering a mix of exciting cities, pleasant beach resorts, and tropical hill terrain in the north of the country. In addition to the wonderful food, ancient temples, and warm culture, it also offers a concentration of excellent and affordable dental clinics that make it easy to add a teeth cleaning or more to a holiday there. Taking care of basic dental work is easiest in these three cities which are also top tourist destinations in Thailand.

Bangkok

Bangkok is the largest city in Thailand and is the main entry point for many visitors to the country. Offering excellent inbound infrastructure, it hosts more than 20 million tourists per year. Bangkok is the heart of Thailand’s booming medical tourism industry with top hospitals and clinics available in the city center and surrounding areas. Dental clinics are numerous as well as dental departments in the major private hospitals.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a beautiful city in the north of Thailand which is surrounded by hills and near the border of Laos and Myanmar. It has a large artistic and creative community along with numerous temples, an elephant sanctuary, and cultural festivals to suit any traveler. It’s even home to a large expat retirement community which uses the services of its dental clinics regularly. Chiang Mai is about a 75 minute flight from Bangkok and is easy to travel around.

Phuket

Phuket is a large beach resort area in southern Thailand. The famous Patong beach is located in Phuket along with many resorts, spas, and outdoor activities. A popular location for tourists who enjoy beach life, it’s also an excellent city for dental tourism around the beach area and in Phuket City a few miles away.

All three cities have the highest concentration of dental clinics due to the increasing tourist arrivals and top dentists opening clinics. Here’s a lists of dental clinics in these cities – click below:

Dental Clinics In Thailand On ClinicTrip

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Transformative Travel Trend Benefits Health Tourists

December 10, 2018 Tweet

Bangkok Laut Malaysia

Transformative travel has been listed as a travel trend (Source) and it’s a benefit for health tourists. For those seeking a vacation that makes them better, healthier, and stronger, there are now many options that are easier to find and enjoy. Basic activities are focused on wellness and include detox, yoga, weight loss, sleeping better, meditation, and stress management or stress reduction.

More advanced transformative travel includes preventative medicine by getting a health screening at an international hospital, body improvement through exercise or cosmetic procedures, dental health, eye care, and heart health. It may also include alternative treatments such as Ayurvedic medicine, energy healing, and Chinese traditional health exercises such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

Many of the locations around the world that cater to medical tourists are also centers of wellness and transformative travel. Thailand, India, Malaysia, and Dubai have both excellent spas, health resorts, and top international hospitals. Traveling to these locations makes it easy to seek holistic treatments for most ailments and return home a stronger and more balanced person.

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Lasik surgery cost in Bangalore

December 6, 2018 Tweet

The best thing about LASIK is that it is non-invasive, besides, it doesn’t cause any pain as such. Recovery is quick and requires minimal assistance. There are no bandages or stitched needed, which reduces recovery time to about a week tops. However, there might be slight discomforts immediately post surgery. These can range from mild discomfort, temporary haziness to irregular astigmatism.

Many factors determine how much a LASIK procedure will cost you. The most important ones are:

1. Technology: A clinic offering state-of-the-art technology, with renowned equipment may charge a little more than clinics that perhaps use technology of a lower standard.

2. Types of Procedure: Certain minimally invasive, non-standard procedures like the bladeless ReLEx SMILE can end up costing more than regular procedures. But you’re paying for what you’re getting.

3. Location: Depending on the city and the locality, the prices of the clinic might fluctuate. Big cities often have a little more expensive set-up as compared to smaller cities. This is due to the sheer higher cost of setting-up in Big cities.

4. Aftercare: Many clinics and centres nowadays offer aftercare as an added package. Which means you don’t compulsorily have to opt for it. (this implies it won’t be included in the overall cost, so you’ll have to be vigilant for that).

5. Hospital Size: Economies of Scale plays out here. The bigger the firm, the lower the prices they’re able to offer because their overall costs are lower. Clinics with a nationwide set up of doctors and assertive staff are often less expensive.

6. Patient Care: Often an optometrist or optician will carry out the initial assessments, which can help reduce the cost when compared to an assessment by the surgeon. Be a little cautious with this because it doesn’t allow you to build a professional relationship with the surgeon prior to your surgery. Which is often underestimated but an integral part of your comfort with the procedure.

If you are in Bangalore, however, I’d recommend Seedi Eye Care Centre, which is located in Jayanagar. This is mainly because of their experienced medical staff and world-class equipment. When I had my LASIK done with them it only cost me around Rs. 20,000. Which let me tell you is way below what other clinics of similar repute are asking for. I literally made a list of all the best eye clinics in Bangalore and did my homework before landing on Seedi. Having had a personal LASIK procedure conducted by them on me, I can vouch for their wonderful care and brilliant doctors. You need to remember that your eye sight is too important to take unnecessary risks.

Lasik Surgery cost at Seedi Eye care centre Bangalore: 20,000

Contact info: +91 9886060384 080-40948890

Address: 42, Nandidurga Main Road, Jayamahal, Bangalore-560046

Consultation Charge: 300

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Island Hospital In Penang-Malaysia Offers Health Screening Package

December 4, 2018 Tweet

Malaysian Hospital Developing Medical City In Popular Tourist Location

Island Medical City (IMC) is a planned development in the city of George Town on the picturesque and popular island of Penang in northwest Malaysia. The 600 bed medical city will be the first of its kind in Malaysia and be an extension of the current 300 bed Island Hospital in the Jalan Burma area of the city, one of the original destinations for medical tourism in Southeast Asia.

The new medical city will have the largest and top tertiary care hospital in Penang, medical suites for clinics, and a hotel dedicated to medical tourists. Because Penang is a top tourist destination in Southeast Asia and a cruise ship port of call, as well as a growing city from Malaysia’s economic development, the expansion from hospital to medical city will match the population and tourist growth on the island. Read more about the project here: https://www.thesundaily.my/local/island-medical-city-will-be-the-first-of-its-kind-medical-hub-in-malaysia-XL195462

Island Hospital currently offers a health screening package as part of their mission to “Act Don’t ReAct” which encourages medical tourists to be proactive about their health and catch any medical risks early with the comprehensive health check up. The package starts at RM670 and includes the full range of preventative health tests. Learn about the package here: https://packages.islandhospital.com/product/premier-package/

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Consultation, medical history, physical examination, explanation & counseling by the consultant physician and:
▪ Medical Report
▪ Complimentary Island Hospital bag
▪ Complimentary diet book
▪ One meal coupon

Visit Island Hospital’s home page: https://www.islandhospital.com/en/home

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Advent in Zagreb And Medical Tourism In Croatia

November 29, 2018 Tweet

Advent in Zagreb is a European style Christmas market in the main square and throughout the city. It’s been voted the best Christmas market in Europe by travelers for the last three years and this year it aims to be even bigger. If you are visiting Zagreb for the holidays and going to Advent which starts on December 1, then it’s a nice opportunity to take advantage of the excellent clinics available for medical travelers.

With events at Trg Ban Josip Jelačić, the main square, and at Zrinjevac where you can shop at small wooden cabins and drink mulled wine to the large ice skating rink and European Square, there are many fun Christmas themed events and locations to completely enjoy the festive season. Learn more about Advent in Zagreb here from CroatiaWeek.

While participating in Zagreb’s Advent, medical travelers may also experience the growing number of good options for health care in the city. Zagreb’s medical tourism industry is expanding with leading clinics for dental care, eye care, and orthopedics. Top clinics in Zagreb include Poliklinika Bagatin (https://www.poliklinikabagatin.hr/eng/) for plastic surgery, dermatology, and dentistry; Poliklinika Kvaternik (https://poliklinika-kvaternik.hr) which specializes in cosmetic surgery, dermatology, heart health and cardiology, and ENT treatments. For eye care, Eye Hospitals Svjetlost (https://svjetlost.hr/en) is a noted clinic.

The best way to initiate health care at an international clinic or hospital is to start with a health screening to get to know the medical center and doctors before starting treatment. While visiting Advent in Zagreb, it’s a nice opportunity to learn about the health care options that may be considered for future care.

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Dermatologija, Ortopedija, Estetska kirurgija, Otorinolaringologija, Interna medicina, Radiologija

November 13, 2018 Tweet

Poliklinika se nalazi u samom centru Zagreba, okuplja tim vrhunskih medicinskih stručnjaka te omogućuje brzo i kvalitetno rješavanje zdravstvenih problema. Apsolutna posvećenost potrebama pacijenata te prije svega stručnost i dugogodišnje iskustvo naših liječnika, ključ su poslovanja Poliklinike Kvaternik. Misija klinike je najsuvremenijim metodama dijagnostike i liječenja pružiti najbolju uslugu pacijentima.

Adresa: Šubićeva ul. 27, Zagreb 10000,tel. 01 613 1900;

Radno vrijeme: Ponedjeljak-Petak, 12:00-20:00;

Plaćanje:Sve glavne kreditne kartice te gotovina;

Website: https://poliklinika-kvaternik.hr/

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Polyclinic is located in the very center of Zagreb, brings together a team of top medical professionals and enables fast and high-quality solution of health problems. Absolute commitment to the needs of patients, and above all the expertise and long experience of our doctors, are the key to the business of the Polyclinic Kvaternik. The mission of the clinic is to provide the best service to patients with the most advanced methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Website: https://poliklinika-kvaternik.hr/

Poliklinika Kvaternik

Šubićeva ul. 27, Zagreb 10000

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Fertility Promotion At Sunway Medical Center in Malaysia

November 8, 2018 Tweet

If you are planning a procreation vacation, Malaysia is a good destination to consider. Sunway Medical Center, a top international hospital for medical tourists located in Kuala Lumpur is offering a fertility promotion through the end of 2018. For couples that want assistance with their journey to parenthood, this IVF package is worth researching.

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) / In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Package

The package includes:

  • 2-way airport pickup
  • Fertility specialist’s consultation charges and ultrasound scan assessments
  • Semen analysis and AMH blood test
  • Supplements and blood investigations for both husband and wife
  • Stimulation medicine and hormonal injections, oral medications and vaginal pessaries
  • ART laboratory fee, operation theatre and anesthetist’s fees
  • Egg colleciton under anesthesia and embryo transfer procedure fees

The package also includes free embryo storage for 2018. The promotion expires at the end of 2018, so consider it for your year’s end holidays. The price for international patients is RM19,500 which converts to less than USD$5,000.

Learn more about the promotion on the Sunway Medical Center website here: http://sunwaymedical.com/2017/08/01/special-package-icsi-ivf/

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3 Hospitals For Top Heart Care In Kuala Lumpur

November 7, 2018 Tweet

These top hospitals in Malaysia’s largest city, Kuala Lumpur, offer excellent heart care and treatments for medical tourists. These three hospitals have been recognized as top medical centers for international patients. Whether you are looking to combine a heart health screening while on vacation or plan to have a complex heart treatment for cardiac or vascular diseases, it is worth researching the options at these hospitals.

Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur

Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur was recognized as the top international hospital of the year in 2018 by industry organizations. Located in the Ampang area of Kuala Lumpur it offers easy access from the city center, top facilities, and a cardiology department equipped with the latest technology. Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur has an international patients department that provides a range of services for medical tourists. Below are the heart conditions that can be treated by Gleneagles. Learn more about the department here: http://gleneagleskl.com.my/centres-of-excellence/cardiac-centre/

  • CARDIAC SURGERY
  • ADVANCED HEART DISEASE / HEART FAILURE
  • BRIGHAM CARDIAC VALVE CENTER
  • CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS SURGERY
  • HEART TRANSPLANT
  • CONGENITAL DISORDERS
  • TRANSMYOCARDIAL REVASCULARIZATION
  • ARRHYTHMIA PROGRAM
  • AORTIC DISEASE PROGRAM
  • STRUCTURAL HEART DISEASE PROGRAM
  • CLINICAL CARDIOVASCULAR SERVICES
  • CONGENITAL DISORDER
  • EXERCISE TESTING LABORATORY
  • VASCULAR DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY
  • HEART TRANSPLANTATION PROGRAM
  • INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY
  • NON INVASIVE CARDIOLOGY
  • VASCULAR CENTRE
  • PULMONARY VASCULAR DISEASE PROGRAM
  • DYSPNEA CENTRE
  • VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE (VAD)

National Heart Institute (Institut Jantung Negara)

The National Heart Institute (IJN) in Malaysia is one of the top cardiology hospitals in Southeast Asia. It has treated 3.7 million patients since it opened and is a Joint Commission International accredited hospital. Located neat the city center of Kuala Lumpur it provides both invasive and non-invasive heart treatments including angioplasty and stenting. It offers various heart health screening programs which are easy to include in a vacation to the country. The institute has an international patient center here: https://www.ijn.com.my/patient-care/international-patient-centre-2/

Sunway Medical Center

The cardiology department at Sunway Medical Center is a Center of Excellence for this hospital located in Petaling Jaya, a southwest suburb of Kuala Lumpur. Winning the top international hospital of the year in 2017 by industry organizations, it has a strong customer centric approach to health care and works to make the patients visit a stay as efficient as possible. Sunway Medical Center offers treatments for patients with cardiac and vascular diseases and includes treatments for these heart conditions:

  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), e.g. Atrial Fibrillation (AF)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital Heart Disease (Paediatric) – Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), Patent Foramen Ovale, Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Coronary Artery Disease/ Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
    ○ Acute Coronary Syndrome
    ○ Stable Coronary Artery Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Structural Heart Disease – Cardiomyopathies, Atrial Septal Defect (ASD),
    Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)

Learn more about the cardiology department at Sunway Medical Center here: http://sunwaymedical.com/centres-of-excellence/cardiac-vascular-center/#1439267123526-becc0706-dd12cfd5-82a4

Visit their International Patient Center here: http://sunwaymedical.com/international-patient-centre/

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Bangladeshi Restaurant In Kuala Lumpur

September 12, 2018 Tweet

Simple Restaurant, Traditional Bangladesh Flavors

For medical travelers from Bangladesh visiting Kuala Lumpur for health care, there are many excellent restaurants throughout the city serving a variety of food. But if you need to have the flavors of home, the ClinicTrip team found a restaurant that’s worth a try.

Roshona Bilash Restaurant serves Bangladeshi / Bengal food in the city center at an affordable price. Located in Bukit Bintang, it is a simple restaurant with a variety of good dishes with veg and non veg options. Traditional Bengali foods include:

  • Bhorta
  • Bhuna
  • Torkari
  • Chhenchki
  • Chorchori
  • Dhud Cha Tea

Website: http://roshonabilashrestaurant.com

We hope you enjoy it!

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Prince Court Medical Center Offers Health Screening And Leisure Package

September 11, 2018 Tweet

4 Day 3 Night Health Package At Top International Hospital in Malaysia

If you are planning a short stay in Malaysia to take in the sights, you can now add an affordable Health Screening Program to your activities. Prince Court Medical Center (PCMC), a top international hospital in Kuala Lumpur, is offering a 4 day Health and Leisure package that includes a comprehensive health screening along with accommodation and transportation in the center of the city.

According to their website, the cost is US$638 for male patients and US$667 for female patients (exchange rate ~ RM4 to US$1) and it includes:

Day 1

  • Meet at the airport (KLIA) and transport to the hotel
  • The hotel accommodation is excellent at two 4 star hotels – The Impiana or The Concorde
  • Check in to hotel and free day for sightseeing

Day 2

  • Transfer to PCMC
  • Health Screening
  • Lunch at PCMC
  • Review Results With Doctor
  • Transfer back to hotel

Day 3

  • Free Day For City Tours – local travel agency contact info provided by PCMC
  • Appointments with PCMC specialists if needed

Day 4

  • Check out and transport to airport (KLIA)

The Health Screening test includes vitals, heart tests, radiology exams including the Abdominal Ultrasound, and lab tests / blood work.

You can review the tests and package at this link: http://www.princecourt.com/news/health-leisure-package/

Overall, it’s an excellent promotion and an easy way to get a Health Screening while you are on vacation in Malaysia.

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Health Screening And Travel Package At Sunway Medical Center In Malaysia

September 7, 2018 Tweet

Shop, Play, and Health Checkup At Top International Hospital

Sunway Medical Center near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city, is offering a Health Screening and Travel Package that is good through March 31, 2019. Sunway MC is a top hospital in Malaysia and a top international hospital for medical tourists. Located in a suburb on Kuala Lumpur called Petaling Jaya it’s easy to get to. It’s specific location is called Bandar Sunway because it is not only a leading hospital but also a popular resort and shopping complex.

The package includes 3 days and 2 nights (3D2N) at its resort along with the Health Screening at the medical center. The price for a single deluxe room at the Sunway Pyramid Hotel plus the standard screening is only US$380. A premier screening is US$477.

The deal also offers complementary one way pickup at the airport, transfer to the medical center on the day of the health screening, one entrance to the Sunway Lagoon water amusement park, and a Simcard start pack. The package includes 2 nights stay, morning breakfast, the health screening, and a 50 minute massage at the Mandarin Spa.

You can read more about the offer on their website here: http://sunwaymedical.com/2017/03/21/one-3d2n-medical-travel-package/

Overall, it’s a great way to have your health checked and enjoy a vacation along with it at a top medical and vacation spot all in the same place.

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Current Exchange Rates Benefit Medical Travelers

July 20, 2018 Tweet

Preventative Health Treatments More Affordable In Thailand And Malaysia Now

With the exchange rates improving for medical travelers to Malaysia and Thailand, preventive health and other treatments are becoming even more affordable. It’s an excellent time to visit the top international hospitals in these countries for health screening packages and cosmetic, orthopedic, and dental treatments. Already a helpful bargain for medical travelers arriving from North America or Europe, these treatments are now even easier on the budget with the exchange rate changes and should make staying healthy simple and cost effective.

U.S. Dollar vs. Malaysian Ringgit – July 2018

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U.S. Dollar vs. Thai Baht – July 2018

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Dubai Inspires With Top International Hospitals

July 19, 2018 Tweet

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Dubai, UAE. Credit: Image by Ahmad Ardity from Pixabay

Medical Tourism Is Another Big Reason To Visit Dubai

Recently, Dubai was rated as one of the top preferred cities for expats to live. It’s a top commercial center in the Middle East and among the Gulf (GCC) countries. It is an international city with a large portion of the population being expats which makes connecting with new people easier.

Dubai is the largest city in the UAE. With incredible architecture, luxury shopping malls, top hotels, and a wide range of activities to offer, it has become a major draw for the international community and for tourists alike. It also has year round sunshine.

Dubai has also become a hub for international hospitals. With more than 190 accredited by the Joint Commission International it offers an incredible range of services for medical travelers. Even top hospitals in other countries have established medical centers in Dubai adding to the high quality of health care options.

So if you’re visiting Dubai for vacation, business, or meeting friends, consider a health screening or more advanced treatment at the hospitals and dental clinics available. A quick search on ClinicTrip will list a variety of medical centers from which to choose.

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Get To Know Phyathai 2 International Hospital in Bangkok

July 2, 2018 Tweet

Top Private Hospital In Bangkok

Centrally located in Bangkok with international accreditations, Phyathai 2 International Hospital is a top spot for medical tourism within the Southeast Asia region. It offers Health Screening Programs as well Centers of Excellence in Cardiology, Neurology, and OBGYN.

Phyathai 2 Hospital is located near the Victory Monument section of Bangkok and can be reached from the PhyaThai BTS station.

This is the link to the International Patient Webpage: http://phyathai2international.com/en/patient-service/International-Patient-Service

Get to know the hospital from their promotional video.

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Mahkota Medical Center In Melaka Offers A Health Screening Program

July 1, 2018 Tweet

Private Hospital In Malaysia Makes Preventative Health On Vacation Easy

Melaka is one of the most visited cities in Malaysia by tourists due to its cultural heritage, great food, and scenic location along the Straits of Melaka. It also has a top hospital for medical tourism, Mahkota Medical Center (MMC), which is located centrally in the city. Melaka is about a 1 1/2 hours drive south from Kuala Lumpur on the main North-South highway. Per their website, they service 85,000 medical tourists annually.

MMC offers an excellent and affordable Health Screening Program which is easy to combine with a holiday in the area. Check out their YouTube video which shows the types of tests their health screening package offers.

Mahkota MC Health Screening Center Website: https://www.mahkotamedical.com/centres-of-excellence-coe/wellness-centre/

 

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Experience Flavorful Thai Food During Your Medical Trip To Thailand

June 28, 2018 Tweet

Amazing Food To Try In Thailand

Thailand is a top destination for medical tourism with a wide range of international hospitals, including the popular Bumrungrad Hospital in central Bangkok. For many people the purpose of the medical trip is to get a health screening and then continue on with a vacation. This type of parallel tourism has become very popular. So for those who will have more mobility on their medical tourism visit to Thailand, here are great foods to try during the stay. We’ve selected options that you may not easily find in your local Thai restaurant, either!

Ground Nut Appetizer

Cheese Over Noodles

Noodles In Curry Soup

Dessert Sweets In Sugar Broth

Eggplant Dip With Crackers

Mango Curry

Fresh Mango With Sticky Rice Dessert

Pink Tofu Soup

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Beaches, Buffets, and Health Screenings

June 20, 2018 Tweet

As you head out to amazing destinations this summer to relax, you’ll probably be enjoying beaches in sunny destinations, foraging through immense buffets at the resorts, and taking in all of the tourist sites. But did you ever consider getting a health screening at the same time?

In fact, wellness tourism is becoming a larger portion of overall tourism. Travelers to popular vacation destinations now want to check their cholesterol levels along with soaking up the sun. What’s great is that it’s not hard to do. Many wonderful vacation spots also have top international hospitals which are accredited and offered comprehensive health screening programs.

A typical health screening only takes a couple of hours in the morning with a review with a doctor after the results are available, and you are done for another year. Getting a health screening while on vacation is so easy to do and provides so much helpful information about your well being that it may become the main reason for traveling to the destination in the future.

Getting a health screening is also an excellent first step to becoming a medical tourist without much risk involved. A health screening is a preventative activity and it also let you learn about the hospital, the doctors, and gives you a first impression of the quality of the services should you require medical procedures in the future.

So as you head out on vacation this year, check out the nearest international hospital and return feeling better than ever.

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Always Look Out For Your Heart

June 18, 2018 Tweet

5 Conditions That Increase The Risk Of Heart Disease

Illnesses related to your heart are a leading cause of disease among both men and women. Many heart conditions that occur are related to lifestyle factors which can be managed to reduce the risk of long term sickness. It’s important to always look out for your heart in this way because there’s only so much it can take before it causes pain or worse. Here are several risk factors to always monitor.

  1. High blood pressure. This is also called hypertension and it’s prevalent in as many as 1/3 of adults. It’s a major risk factor as it can increase the risk of heart attack. The blood pressure measurement is easy to get at any medical facility. The ideal target is 120/80 and the healthcare professional will tell you if you are in a healthy range.
  2. High cholesterol. High cholesterol can lead to plaque build up in the heart arteries and veins. When this happens there can be blockages of blood resulting in a heart attack.The target cholesterol reading should be less than 5.2 mmol/L and the LDL or bad cholesterol reading should be less than 2.6 mmol/DL.
  3. Diabetes. Diabetes can cause wide-ranging harmful effects to the body including the heart and the brain and can lead to blood vessel damage. If this occurs to the blood vessels of the heart it increases the risk of a serious heart condition.
  4. Smoking and Excessive Alcohol. Both smoking and alcohol consumption can lead to higher blood pressure levels leading to heart disease. They also put strain on the rest of the organs of the body causing imbalances which can impact the heart as well. Since both habits seem harmless at the time, it important to understand the possible impact to the body.
  5. Stress. While we may not always be able to avoid stress, we need to know when stress becomes unhealthy. Constant stress is a major and quiet risk factor. Stress itself can cause internal harm but it can also lead to unhealthy lifestyle and diet behaviors which can harm the heart as well. When you are not managing stress in your life, you are putting your heart at risk.

The path to a healthy heart starts with measuring your vitals, getting a blood test, and observing your lifestyle habits. Once you know how you are doing with respect to the five risk factors described you can make the best decisions for the long term health of your heart. While worrying about your heart health may not seem crucial at any given time during the day, heart disease can sneak up on you if you don’t look out for your heart all of the time. A health screening at an international hospital will provide all of the information you need to make the best decisions for your heart.

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Emerging Medical Tourism Destination: Vietnam

May 31, 2018 Tweet

The country of Vietnam is experiencing rapid growth. A booming economy with more than 6% annual economic expansion, increased tourist visits, and rapid development of infrastructure projects. It’s good news as it catches up to other Asian Tiger nations in the region. Now, Vietnam is starting to develop itself as a Medical Tourism hub as well.

The Ho Chi Minh City (HCM) Department of Tourism released a bilingual handbook which is a guide to the medical tourism options in the city. Ten thousand copies have been printed with the names and contact info for 14 health facilities including HCM City International Hospital, HCM City Heart Institute, University Medical Center, and the Traditional Medicine Institute among others.

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Vietnam Tourism Department Medical Tourism Guide

Per its statistics, there were 80,000 tourists who came to Vietnam for health checks and treatment and spent $2 Billion. In HCM City alone there were 40,000 health tourists. The tourism department plans to promote the offerings in nearby markets such as Cambodia and Laos which have traditionally been markets for Thailand.

HCM City – District 1

Vietnam has a number of quality public and private hospitals with capable doctors and low cost treatment and can be a good option for visitors traveling to the country for vacation and who want to tie in a Health Screening at the same time. For most visitors, Vietnam requires a Visa so check with their consulate in your country before planning your trip to this emerging medical tourism destination.

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Is A Procreation Vacation In Your Future

May 27, 2018 Tweet

3 Top Fertility Centers in Popular Vacation Spots

Many couples today are having children later in life which may make it more difficult to become pregnant. Those who have very busy lives may also find it hard due to stress and lifestyle factors. A new trend is emerging to solve this problem. It’s to go on a ‘procreation vacation’ to a relaxing vacation spot to try to get pregnant or to use the services of a fertility clinic.

Fertility experts contend that for those that are having trouble getting pregnant, it may be easier to go on vacation to a relaxing location as the body my respond better to the soothing environment. This may have more of an impact on those who wish to bear children later in life.

For those that have tried to conceive and are still having trouble, there are fertility clinics in some vacation areas that may be able to start the process. Here are three that have gained a strong reputation.

Barbados – Barbados Fertility Center

Barbados is an island in the Caribbean that has beautiful beaches and clear waters. It’s also becoming a popular vacation spot.  It may be your perfect spot for a procreation vacation. Barbados Fertility Center is an internationally accredited fertility clinic that opened in 2002 that has had thousands of success stories. They combine modern fertility medicine with holistic treatments. The stress free environment of the island helps, too.

Website: http://barbadosivf.com

Spain – IVF Spain

Spain is still one of the most popular vacation spots in Europe. The sunny weather, easy going culture, and great food make is a popular destination. In the southeastern coast of Spain, called the Costa Brava, is the city of Alicante, a popular beach destination. It’s also home to IVF Spain, a leading fertility clinic. This clinic offers personalized treatment with empathy and respect. They treat the fertility effort as a journey and offer top doctors.

Website: https://www.ivf-spain.com

Malaysia – TMC Fertility

Malaysia is a hot spot for vacationers now with its multicultural environment, great food, and tropical paradise locale. Beautiful islands, lagoons, and beaches are easily accessible and fun to enjoy with fresh coconut water anytime. It’s also home to an award winning fertility center – TMC Fertility. Located in the Tropicana Medical Center in Petaling Jaya, a suburb of the booming city of Kuala Lumpur, it’s highly rated and offers a wide range of fertility treatments. Its success rate is 66% and it offers superior patient support.

Website: http://www.tmcfertility.com

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Only Seek Top International Doctors For Bariatric Surgery

May 24, 2018 Tweet

Bariatric surgery has become more popular for its weight loss success. But it’s not a simple procedure. It requires modification of an internal organ – the stomach – for the treatment to be successful. For this reason, you should only seek top doctors at accredited and established international medical centers for this surgery.

Bariatric surgery is also called weight loss surgery because the surgery makes the stomach smaller so the patient will eat less food. Hormonal changes also occur that affect the appetite so you are less hungry during the day. For many people it’s helped them manage their weight better which is important. Research suggests that people who have a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30 are considered obese and obesity results in chronic illness over time and shorter life spans. For those that can’t get their BMI to healthy levels, this procedure may aid longevity.

Bariatric surgery should be considered for those with a BMI of 40 or higher. At this level, people are considered morbidly obese which puts them at much greater risk for long term health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, and fatty liver disease. It should also be considered for those who have not had success with other weight loss techniques, especially diet and exercise.

Here are three common types of bariatric surgery:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy: It’s the most common procedure and transforms the stomach to a banana shape so that patients eat smaller portions of food.
  • Gastric Bypass or Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: This method turns the stomach into a small pouch and attaches it to the lower intestine so patients eat smaller portions and less fat is absorbed during digestion.
  • Adjustable Gastric Band: Restricts the stomach using a silicon band which can be adjusted. It’s also called a weight loss band. It is performed laparoscopically and is considered the safest procedure.

If you have a BMI above 40 and are considering bariatric surgery, review the risks as well. Like any procedure there are risks to modifying the stomach which can cause complications. However, at established hospitals that have Centers of Excellence dedicated to Bariatric Surgery, the risks can be very low. Make sure to review the success rates at the hospitals you’re considering first.

Patients are required to stay at the hospital one night and the recovery period is usually two weeks but it can vary. There may be some discomfort and soreness after the procedure when it’s done properly by trained doctors.

There are many factors that cause obesity and it’s not just limited to diet. Because morbid obesity can cause serious health complications, if you have difficulty reducing your BMI below 30, then research the options for weight loss surgery and always seek treatment at a top medical institution.

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Dengue Fever Always A Risk In The Tropics

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If you are traveling to tropical countries over the summer, then it’s always good to be cautious regarding dengue fever. Dengue is transmitted by mosquitos and causes headaches, fever, vomiting, joint pain, and a skin rash. When it becomes severe it can lower blood pressure to the point where the body can’t operate. Most people recover from it within two to seven days, but it may require a hospital stay.

For this reason, if you’ve been bitten, you may become a medical tourist whether you want to or not. Most international hospitals in tropical countries are well equipped to handle dengue infections as more than 60 million people are infected each year. It usually requires an overnight stay as blood platelets are monitored along with blood pressure and the patient is kept hydrated.

There are four strains of dengue and some people get it multiple times. However, the successive infections can lead to hemorrhaging. Therefore, the best way to avoid dengue is to stay clear of areas with high concentrations of mosquitos. Standing water tends to be a breeding ground for dengue carrying mosquitoes, so always be aware of your environment. Water runoff in drains along streets in tropical cities can be risky. Make sure to cover up as much as possible and apply mosquito repellent constantly.

Areas particularly challenged by dengue are Southeast Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Also parts of Africa, northeastern Australia, and northern countries in South America such as Colombia and Venezuela have high concentrations of dengue outbreaks. So don’t let dengue ruin your vacation and always travel safe!

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Ayurvedic Treatment Gaining Popularity As Alternative Medicine

May 21, 2018 Tweet

While there are many amazing international hospitals available to treat every medical condition, some patients may choose to try alternative medicine before seeking treatment from a doctor. One type of alternative medicine is Ayurvedic Treatment. Its origins are in India, especially the southern states of the country, most notably in Kerala. Ayurvedic spas and resorts are gaining in popularity as wellness destinations, but Ayurvedic hospitals also exist to treat chronic complications.

Ayurveda is the healing practice in India that was developed before modern medicine. Its purpose is to restore balance in the body and it does this with herbal oils that are applied to the body along with diet, exercise, yoga, and lifestyle improvements. While the scientific research on Ayurvedic medicine is limited, it has been used to treat stress, diet related problems and chronic illness conditions. It’s also been used by patients recuperating from the effects of surgery or cancer treatment. It can be applied for body care and rejuvenation like a spa treatment as well.

India has both Ayurvedic resorts for casual spa-like treatments for those who want to try it out and get the feel of an Ayurvedic session and see if it has wellness benefits to them. Kerala is also home to Ayurvedic hospitals where the treatments are intended for actual healing of chronic conditions or recovery from a hospital procedure.

Whichever Ayurvedic treatment you choose to enjoy, it’s good to know the 5,000 years of learning and knowledge have gone into the practice and the benefits just may help you feel better and put you in a good state of mind.

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What Is An Upper GI Endoscopy?

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If you are passionate about preventative health, you may want to consider an Upper GI Endoscopy. This procedure allows technicians and doctors to view the lining of the upper digestive tract. This includes the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine.

It’s useful to detects gastrointestinal (GI) disease such as cancer, ulcers, complications from acid reflux or GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, inflammation, and strictures in the esophagus. Many of these conditions can be diet related. However, even with a high quality diet, it does no harm to check out your upper GI tract with this simple procedure to detect an potential complications.

If you do have conditions such as problems swallowing, constant heartburn, bleeding, then it’s worth having the examination. It’s also hard to technicians to detect issues with the stomach without being able to physically view its interior. The Upper GI Endoscopy is the easiest way to do that.

Many international hospitals offer an Upper GI Endoscopy as an extension to a Health Screening Program. It’s a procedure that can be added on to the other tests while your are at the hospital. The test may require minor sedation. During the procedure a thin flexible tube with a camera is guided into your mouth and down your throat and finally into the stomach to observe the lining of each section.

During the procedure the doctor may also take biopsies and remove polyps. So it’s important to find out exactly what the doctor intends to do with the procedure before it starts. However, accruing to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, it’s a low risk procedures that can have a variety of preventative health benefits.

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Preventative Health Made Easy While On Vacation

May 18, 2018 Tweet

The summer travel season is approaching and it may be bigger than ever. More people are traveling around the world to exotic locations to enjoy unique experiences from the local cultures and cuisines to postcard style resorts and excursions. Many of these exotic locations also happen to have some of the best international hospitals in the world. It’s a great opportunity for vacationers to spend a couple hours to go through a preventative health screening program without much effort and return home with a complete review of their health.

Now, it may not sound like the most wonderful thing to do on a vacation – going to a hospital and spending time getting pricked by needles and taking urine samples. However, since most people are so busy back at home, it’s actually a very good to do a health screening programs. It only takes a couple hours in the morning with a review with the doctor a bit later in the day and you have a full analysis of your health condition.

If you a haven’t had a health screening at an international hospital and are skeptical about it’s value and if it’s any better than a physical or check up at home, you may be surprised. The health screening programs at international hospitals are very comprehensive and include all blood work, vitals, and heart stress tests, but also chest x-rays, abdominal ultrasounds, cancer marker tests, and bone density analysis. Plus you can add on additional tests such as a colonoscopy, mammogram, or upper GI endoscopy.

The cost is not expensive compared to similar tests in the U.S. and western Europe and it’s a great way to combine fun and health at the same time. Check out hospitals for health screening packages in these popular vacation spots:

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Medellin, Colombia
  • Dubai, UAE
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Search hospitals on ClinicTrip.com to find Health Screening Programs in these locations.

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Malaysian Food To Experience During Medical Travel To Kuala Lumpur

May 17, 2018 Tweet

If you’ve planned a medical trip to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to one of it’s top hospitals, you’ll probably get a chance to indulge in the local food. There are a variety of fun foods to try if it’s your first time to the country. Malaysia is known for it’s incredible food choices and flavors so it will be a great experience.

Malaysian food is a mixture of the cuisines of the various cultural groups that live there including the Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Western  influences. For breakfast, try the Indian and Tamil dish called Roti Canai. It’s a fried bread that’s flakey and served with dahl and chicken curry along with a sambal chili sauce. You can have it cooked with an egg, banana, onions, garlic, and other ingredients.

Roti Canai With Curry Sauces

Similar to Roti Canai, you can order Paper Dosai which is thin like a crepe, but crispy and rolled up. You break off pieces and dunk it into coconut chutney, tomato chutney, or dahl. A great breakfast!

Paper Dosai With Chutneys

When you’re ready for lunch, don’t miss a famous Malaysian dish – Curry Mee. Mee means noodles and they are cooked in a bowl of curry with tofu and a variety of vegetables. This is a filling meal.

Malaysian Curry Mee

You’ll also find plenty of vegetarian options in Malaysia. Some Buddhist temples even serve vegetarian buffets for lunch.

Vegetarian Lunch In Malaysia

For dinner, try a light Malay village (Kampong) style dish with rice and veggies cooked in coconut milk. Nuts are usually served as well. This is also served with fried chicken or fish if desired.

Malay Village (Kampong) Style Food

Lastly, you can always rely on fried noodles done in a Cantonese style. Just order Mee Goreng for a tasty treat. If you order Maggie Goreng, you’ll get ramen style noodles. Be careful of the hot chili peppers.

Mee Goreng in Malaysia

Enjoy your food adventures during your medical travels to Malaysia!

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What Information Does An Abdominal Ultrasound Provide?

March 26, 2018 Tweet

If you schedule a typical checkup with your doctor, it usually includes an inspection of your vitals and may or may not include blood analysis. However, if you visit an international hospital for a Health Screening Program, it usually includes vitals, blood work, and an Abdominal Ultrasound among other tests to inspect the organs of your abdomen and pelvis. It’s a very useful test to determine if there are any irregularities with these organs so that the appropriate health remedies can be applied.

If you don’t get this level of analysis during your annual physical or check up, consider an Health Screening Program at an international hospital. It’s an excellent preventative health service. It’s also a great first step if you plan on being a medical tourist because it gives you an easy way to learn about the hospital and the doctors before you have a more complicated treatment.

Here is a list of the what is observed during an abdominal ultrasound.

Liver:

  • Is the liver outline smooth?
  • Is there a liver parenchymal lesion?
  • Are the intrahepatic ducts dilated?
  • Is the CBD and Portal Vein normal in caliber?
  • Is there a reversal of the normal hepatopetal flow?
  • Do you have fatty liver disease?

Gallbladder:

  • Do you have gallstones?
  • Is the gallbladder wall thickness within normal limits?
  • Is pericholecystic collection observed?

Pancreas:

  • Is the pancreas normal?

Spleen:

  • Is the spleen enlarged?

Kidneys:

  • Are both kidneys normal in size and echogenicity?
  • Is there renal calculus or hydronephrosis observed?
  • Do you have any kidney cysts?

Bladder:

  • Is the urinary bladder smooth in outline?
  • Is any urinary bladder calculus or debris observed?

Prostate:

  • Is the prostate enlarged?

Abdominal Aorta:

  • Is the abdominal aorta normal in caliber?
  • Is there any plaque build up?

Free Fluid:

  • Is any free fluid observed?

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The Future of Medical Tourism: International Medical Living

March 19, 2018 Tweet

As medical tourism continues to grow and becomes a larger portion of the overall travel industry, the signs of the future are already appearing. While medical tourism is defined as a patient traveling outside their home country for health care, the future of this trend may lead to travelers finally buying a condo next to the hospital so that they can live permanently next to the medical center.

Called medical living, the trend appears to already be taking shape. In the SE Asian country of Malaysia, which hosts several top rated international hospitals for medical tourists, condos are being built right next to the hospitals and they’re filling up quickly with international buyers. The buyers are not necessarily sick or needing urgent medical care, but they realize the benefits of having a top hospital easily accessible as a part of the living experience.

New condos viewed from Gleneagles Hospital in Kuala Lumpur

The low costs of treatment and ease of access to specialists and health screening programs makes it very convenient for those wanting a living situation with ultra simple access to top health care. With an aging and mobile population seeking better health care, the condos near to hospitals is an attraction retirement options.

As an example, the popular and top rated hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, Gleneagles Hospitals has several condo towers being build next to it. Condo owners can simply walk next door to the hospital at any time and enjoy the services without any effort. With this trend and new style of living, hospitals will play a larger and more valuable role in peoples’ lives especially as they focus more on preventative health measures and quick care when a problem arises.

Condo towers in Kuala Lumpur next to a top hospital promising a new way of living.

 

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Malaysia Establishes Health Travel Lounges At Its International Airports

March 17, 2018 Tweet

When some medical travelers arrive in the destination country, they may not have researched which hospital or clinic they plan to visit. They are aware of the services available, but lack the tools to actually find and compare the options. The lack of diligence can lead to issues with the quality of medical providers these medical tourists finally choose.

To overcome this situation, Malaysia’s health tourism organization called Malaysia Health Tourism Council (MHTC) has established two medical tourism concierges and lounges at the country’s two airports closest serving it’s popular medical travel destinations – Kuala Lumpur International Airport – KLIA (KUL) and Penang International Airport (PEN).

According to their website, they aim to be the first point of contact for many traveller’s health journey in Malaysia. They concierges offer personalized welcome and escort upon arrival, a one-stop info center for medical care options, information to walk-in medical tourists, and facilitation of transport and accommodation to medical travelers in Malaysia. In addition, the lounges provide a comfortable place for medical travelers to rest and wait for their scheduled pick-ups.

The lounges are located in KLIA in the Arrival Hall at Gate 5 and Gate 8. You can also call the MHTC call center from 9am to 6pm local time, Monday through Friday for assistance.

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Links To Five Health Screening Programs In Kuala Lumpur

February 13, 2018 Tweet

Health screenings are an excellent way to catch health problems early on and seek the appropriate medical treatment quickly. Top international hospitals offer health screening programs and many have dedicated health screening centers. From the center, your designated doctor can recommend specialists and be a source of information for you about your health and the hospital. Here are five private hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, which are recognized international hospitals, along with links to the health screening packages. Contact the hospitals directly for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur

Gleneagles Health Screening Packages

Prince Court Medical Center

Prince Court Medical Center Health Screening Packages

Sunway Medical Center

Sunway Medical Center Health Screening Packages

Subang Jaya Medical Center

Subang Jaya Medical Center Health Screening Packages

KPJ Ampang Specialist Hospital

KPJ Ampang Specialist Hospital Health Screening Packages

 

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Affordable Preventative Health Screening and Dental Checkup In Malaysia

December 8, 2017 Tweet

I just visited Malaysia again for my annual health check up and it was efficient and affordable as expected. I combined it with a vacation that I took there as I’m familiar with the country and like visiting Kuala Lumpur. My health screening at a private hospital in the Ampang area of Kuala Lumpur was $331. It included a range of preventative tests that I would not have received in the U.S. (even with insurance) including an abdominal ultrasound which allows the doctor to visually examine the liver, kidneys, pancreas, gall bladder, lower portion of the aorta (for plaque build up), and the prostate.

In the same hospital, I also visited a dermatologist to get a skin health screening since I live in a very sunny climate. The cost for a very thorough exam and consolation with the specialist was $75. The administrators at the health screening center set it up for me very quickly.

My last appointment was with a dentist in the central part of the city that I’ve visited before and for a dental checkup and teeth cleaning. The cost was $40 and it went very quickly with no wait time in the office. The dental clinic was in a small mall.

The total for all of the appointments was $446 and it was a very easy and convenient to combine everything with my vacation. I’m also happy to have established relationships with the doctors and dentists who were friendly and very helpful. Based on my experience, I consider Malaysia a very good option for medical care for those who live there and for medical travel for those who plan to visit the country.

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Fatty Liver Disease Prevention

November 18, 2017 Tweet

When you go through a health screening program at an international hospital, an abdominal ultrasound is usually one of the tests included. The ultrasound takes images your abdominal organs to determine their visual health. One condition they are able to detect is fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease is a liver illness that occurs when too much fat is stored in the liver cells.

The impact of fatty liver disease can be inflammation of the liver which can lead to scarring of the liver tissue, cirrhosis, and eventually liver failure when too much scarring occurs.  In the United States, fatty liver disease is the most common form of liver illness which affects as many as 100 million people according to the Mayo Clinic.

Fatty liver disease if more common in people aged 40 to 50 years and can be caused by obesity, high blood sugar, Type 2 diabetes, and excessive alcohol use. Initially there may be no outward symptoms, but if the disease progresses, then symptoms may include fatigue, an enlarged liver, and pain in the upper right abdomen.

Risk factors include high cholesterol, high levels of tryglycerides in the blood, and obesity. To prevent fatty liver disease it is recommended to eat healthy with a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, nut, and legumes. It is also helpful to maintain a healthy weight and get regular exercise.

As mentioned, an abdominal ultrasound can help detect if fatty liver disease is present and if the liver is experiencing any inflammation as a result. Most international hospitals offer the abdominal ultrasound test as part of a health screening program and a yearly screening can help detect the disease at its early stages.

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Clinica Las Condes Encourages Nutritious Eating

November 6, 2017 Tweet

The nutrition team at Clinica Las Condes in Santiago, Chile, has developed healthy and flavorful recipes that allow patients to live better. Clinica Las Condes is a Joint Commission International accredited hospital in Santiago and is a part of the Johns Hopkins health network. Located in the upscale neighborhood of Las Condes, it offers a wide range of medical specialties and treatment options.

Its International Patient Center provides more information at this link. Learn more about the nutrition team from this video: “The Best Recipe”

 

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Medical Tourism Help Desks Planned for Airports in India

August 9, 2017 Tweet

As India becomes a major hub for medical travelers, it’s considering ways to make it more convenient for health tourists to find top hospitals. One project involves establishing help desks at major airports to facilitate the needs of patients arriving who may not have already selected a hospital.

India’s Ministry of Tourism plans the facilitation desks at six airports starting with Mumbai in October and expanding to New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad. These are the cities where the top hospitals exist. The centers will have trained personnel to guide patients if they have already come up with a short list of medical providers. If the patients haven’t done any research, the staff will provide them with a list of accredited hospitals in the area.

The influx of medical tourists to India is driven by low costs for world class care. In some cases treatment costs can be 10% of the cost in the U.S. However, when many patients arrive, they haven’t researched hospital choices at all and the help desks will give them a informed start so that can efficiently find the best care and not be potentially misled by paid operators within the airport or city.

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Medical Tourism in Chile: Getting to Know the Providencia District of Santiago

August 6, 2017 Tweet

Providencia is a commune or district in Santiago, the largest city in Chile. It is a hub of commerce and upscale urban residential streets. It’s a nice area to visit and stay while in Santiago for medical tourism as it’s near to top hospitals in the city.

Two Joint Commission International accredited hospitals nearby to Providencia are Clinica Las Condes (https://www.clinicalascondes.cl/HOME) and Clinica Alemana de Santiago (https://portal.alemana.cl/wps/wcm/connect/ingles/home). Clinica Las Condes in located in the Los Condes district of Santiago which is a northeast suburb and a short subway ride from Providencia. Clinica Alemana de Santiago is also located nearby in Vitacura, a northeast suburb as well and reached easily by taxi or subway.

Providencia with the Andes Mountains in the distance.

The advantage of staying in Providencia is having access to a wide range of hotels and vibrant city life with shops and restaurants that give Santiago much of its character. Sights to see are the Bellavista neighborhood with its colorful bohemian mix of restaurants and shops. Avenue de Providencia itself has many shops and cafes. With the high density of shops it’s easy to get daily things done prior to your treatment and afterwards during recovery.

Main plaza in downtown Santiago, a short subway ride from Providencia

Providencia is just east of the city center and borders San Cristobal Hill on the northern side. It’s an area well known by taxi drivers and there’s easy transportation to the main airport – Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL). Santiago is an overnight flight from the U.S. usually through Houston or Atlanta. Flights depart in the evening and arrive in the mid morning in Santiago. Returning home, flights depart in the evening from Santiago. A tourist immigration fee of $160 was previously charged upon arriving in Chile but it has been discontinued. Tourists can stay for up to 90 days with a valid passport.

A nice park with public art in Providenca

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Health Screening Test – Bone Densitometry Measures Bone Mass

July 17, 2017 Tweet

An executive health screening at an international hospital has many benefits related to preventative health. The screening tests for a variety of health indicators including radiology tests to inspect internal organs and bones. One of the important tests performed is to measure bone thickness of the patient to determine if there is bone loss.

The test is called a Bone Densitometry (DEXA) and it is commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis and to determine the risk of developing fractures. It works like an X-Ray and images the lower spine and hip.

Measurements are made on the images and compared to the bone mass of a young adult (T-Score) and the bone mass of other people in the patient’s age group (Z-Score). If the bone mass is less than the average, it will be highlighted and your risk of developing fractures will be assessed. The doctor will be able to give recommendations for increasing bone mass which may be related to diet and exercise.

Bone health is very important to monitor and this test is helpful to do that. Most people reach peak bone mass at age 30 and then experience slight loss of bone mass as they age. Many factors contribute to bone mass including diet,  physical exercise, age, and hormonal levels. Maintaing a healthy bone mass will reduce the risk of fractures and changes in posture throughout the aging process and allow for optimal mobility.

Results from a Bone Densitometry test show thinning of lower spine bone mass.

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Hospital in Focus: Burjeel Hospital Abu Dhabi

July 15, 2017 Tweet

Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently won an award from Frost & Sullivan as the 2017 UAE Emerging Medical Tourism Provider of the year. Burjeel Hospital was established in 2012 and receives medical tourists from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as well as from many other nations.

Burjeel Hopsital provides treatment for all major medical specialties and has world class equipment, but also places a huge emphasis on the process and ‘art’ of healing which includes top care form the staff, a comfortable environment, and personalized attention. Their guest first philosophy is key element of the care.

Burjeel Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission International and was the first private tertiary hospital opened under the auspices of the standards defined by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

The hospital has 209 beds and 10 operating rooms. It provides services to international patients so that they have an efficient and comfortable experience and arranges pick up at the airport. Abu Dhabi has a world class infrastructure so the inbound medical travelers will find it convenient to travel to Abu Dhabi and Burjeel Hospital for care.

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Health Screening – The Best Bet For Your Health

July 14, 2017 Tweet

Having completed an executive health screening at a hospital in Malaysia while working in Kuala Lumpur for a brief time last year, I was impressed with the quality of the program and had these thoughts to share about it.

As men and women today face more challenges of career and family commitments, they must take charge of their health and well-being. A Health Screening is important to do annually just as dental check up is a regular commitment as well. There are many hospitals in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand that offer health screenings for men and women where health is affordable and the quality is high.

It’s easy to make an appointment at a hospital for a wellness physical that includes several options and costs. A simple health screening includes a vitals, basic blood and urine tests, ECG, and a chest xray. Additional tests which are usually included are lung function and abdominal ultrasound.

The health screening will also include consultation and physical examination and a review of a with a physician to analyze your results. There are several other tests that can be included that apply to women or men specifically. The costs vary according to the packages and options chosen.

On the day of the test, fasting the night before is necessary to give accurate readings. Be sure to bring shorts and gym shoes for heart stress tests where you walk on a treadmill. After the health screening test are complete a free coupon for a lunch is usually given to the patient to use in the hospital’s cafe. You won’t go home hungry.

The tests are analysed and then read to the patient at a later time of the date or on another date chosen by the patient. The results of the test are kept for two to three years and if you return to the same hospital, the physician will compare results and look for trends. If you show continual improvement, then you know you are on the right track!

Renal (Kidney) Profile from My Health Screening Results

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5 Top Private Hospitals in Bangkok

July 10, 2017 Tweet

Popular International Hospitals In Thailand For Medical Tourism

Bangkok has emerged as a top international city with a rising economy and major tourist destination in Southeast Asia. Now the second largest economy in the region, it also was the most visited city in the world per a Mastercard report in 2016 with over 21 million visitors.

While many people visit Bangkok for holiday or business, a growing segment of visitors are arriving for medical care. The top hospital in the world for medical tourism, Bumrungrad International Hospital, is centrally located in Bangkok and has been the anchor for a growing number of top hospitals serving medical travelers.

Here are five top hospitals in Bangkok. The first four are located in central Bangkok.

Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad was established in 1980 by an American team with 200 beds and now is one of the largest hospitals in Southeast Asia and has 580 beds. It sees 1.2 million patients per year of which 520,000 are international patients from 190 countries. It cares for 5,000 outpatients a day and has 150 interpreters on staff to handle patients from all over the world. Bumrungrad is accredited by the Joint Commission International. The hospital is located off Sukhumvit Road at Soi 3 and has an excellent health screening program.

Website: https://www.bumrungrad.com

Bumrungrad International Hospital

Sikarin Hospital

Sikarin Hospital Entrance

International Patients, Please Contact:  zawminoo@sikarin.com

Sikarin Hospital has over 23 years of experience and is Joint Commission International accredited and has program specific accreditations for its Primary Stroke Program, Diabetes Mellitus Program, and Acute Myocardial Infarction Program. It also has an excellent Aesthetic Center with experienced specialists and competitive prices.

It is the most convenient private hospital to visit in Bangkok because it is located near Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in the BangNa district. It is only 15 minutes from the airport and the surrounding area has many shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants to make the patient’s stay comfortable without being directly in the city center.

Sikarin Hospital has 350 beds, advanced medical equipment including the latest MRI technology and a catheterization laboratory, along with top medical doctors. Its centers of excellence include health screening programs (check-up), aesthetic treatments, Sikarin Heart Center, dental clinic, orthopedics, and an international medical center.

Sikarin Hospital Waiting Area

Sikarin Hospital in Bangkok provides all services for international patients to ensure safety and comfort during the visit including:

  • Airport Pick Up and Hotel and Hospital Arrival within the Bangkok Visa Extension
  • Cultural Support
  • Multilingual Translation Services
  • Medical Inquiry Services
  • International Insurance

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Sikarin Hospital

Bangkok Hospital

Bangkok Hospital was established in 1972 and was one of the first private hospitals in Thailand. It is accredited by the Joint Commission International and has branches all across the country including Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. It is centrally located in Bangkok and its centers of excellence are in cardiology and cancer care. It covers all medical specialties and has a top orthopedic center and spine center.

Website: https://ww2.bangkokhospital.com/en

Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital

The Samitivej Hospital group is one of the leading private hospital groups in Southeast Asia. It has six hospitals and the Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital is its main branch located in central Bangkok. It is accredited by the Joint Commission International and has 275 beds and 400 specialists. The hospital provide services to international patients including the large expat community in Bangkok. It has a top liver and digestive center and an orthopedic center. It is located several blocks off Sukhumvit Road at Soi 49.

Website: https://www.samitivejhospitals.com/sukhumvit/

BNH Hospital

BNH Hospital (originally ‘British Nursing Home’ Hospital) was the first private hospital in Bangkok established in 1897. Its modern facilities were built in 1996 and it serves the local and expat community. BNH Hospital provides all medical specialties and has a top Women’s Health Center and medical Check Up center. The hospital is located just south of Lumpini Park.

Website: https://www.bnhhospital.com

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Specialty Hospital: Yanhee Hospital

Yanhee Hospital is a top hospital in Bangkok for cosmetic surgery. It was founded in 1984 and services patients from all over the world. It has 400 beds and is accredited by the Joint Commission International. Its top procedures are face lift, tummy tuck, eye lid restoration, breast augmentation, and nose shaping. It is located north of the the Bangkok city center in Bang-O.

Website: http://yanhee.net

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Abdominal Ultrasound Key Test in Health Screening Programs

July 9, 2017 Tweet

Most health screening programs at international hospitals, especially ones in Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore, include an abdominal ultrasound. This is a key test of the health screening program and an important element in preventative health.

The abdominal ultrasound collects images of the organs of the abdomen or upper belly. It is a harmless test since it uses sound waves to create images. The radiologist applies a gel to the abdomen and rubs a handheld device across the gelled areas to create the images.

The organs and body structures that are checked include the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys. The test also checks the abdominal aorta which is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the lower part of the body and legs.

The test can identify aberrations which may signal the onset of disease or other health problems including tumors. It may find gallstones, inflammation, or polyps in the gall bladder. It checks the healthy of the liver by looking at its size and shape. It may find an enlarged spleen or find problems with the pancreas. It may also identify an aneurysm of abdominal aorta.

All of these conditions can result in pain around the belly, so this should be discussed before the test with the radiologist so that he or she can focus on that area if pain is felt. During the test the patient simply lies on their back and may be able to watch the monitor as well.

Because many illnesses can be discovered easily by imaging the organs with the ultrasound, this test has so much value when done on a regular basis. Many physicals in the U.S. may not include this test so it is a benefit when visiting an international city with top hospitals which provide this test to have it done.

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How to Care for Your Liver

June 29, 2017 Tweet

The following healthy article was submitted by a ClinicTrip user:

Our liver is one of the most complex organs in the body. It performs more than 500 functions and is also the largest organ in the abdomen. The liver is a housekeeper, cleaning the body constantly. Some of the most important functions include:

  • Digesting proteins and fats
  • Removes toxins from the body
  • Helps to control blood clotting

In order to digest fats, the liver releases bile that breaks down the fats which aids digestion. The more proteins and fats digested, the more the liver has to work. The liver also has to work when alcohol is consumed, drugs are taken including several prescription and OTC medicines, and when excessive fats are eaten which can come from fast food, processed food, and fried foods.

How do we pay the liver for its service? Eat a proper diet – not too much fat and or junk food and less or no alcohol or drugs. Eat healthy food without chemicals or additives.  Read the labels on processed food. If the label list is very long, then look for something that does not have all those chemicals and is made with natural ingredients.

Although the exact cause of liver cancer is unknown, it is thought to be related to excessive damage to the liver. Obesity may increase the risk of liver cancer due to its links with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Cirrhosis which is a liver disease caused by scarring of the liver or loss of liver cells can be caused by the Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C viral infections. Too much alcohol can also cause liver damage.

It is important to have your liver checked regularly which can be done during an annual health screening at an international hospital. Exams and tests for the liver may include a physical examination, blood tests, CT scans, an MRI, an ultrasound, and a biopsy. A yearly comprehensive physical is important because it is preventative and may help catch liver problems early enough so that lifestyle changes can be made to return it to health.

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Ploenchit Area of Bangkok Offers Easy Access to Bumrungrad International Hospital

June 27, 2017 Tweet

Bumrungrad International Hospital is one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia and sees about 520,000 international patients per year from 190 different countries according to their website. It was the first hospital in Asia to be accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). With 580 inpatient beds and 1,200 physicians and dentists, it’s a busy place.

Bumrungrad is located at 33 Soi Sukhumvit 3 which is off of the popular Sukhumvit Road in the Wattana area of Bangkok. The nearest elevated rail stop on the BTS line is Ploenchit station and the area has nice accommodations for those wanting to stay near to the hospital. It is possible to walk from the Ploenchit station to Bumrungrad, but it’s a good hike and in hot weather that may not be for everyone. A taxi will get you to the hospital from the station much more quickly.

Many hotels are located around the Ploenchit station especially on Thanon Witthayu Road. The area is fairly upscale with several embassies nearby and with the Central Embassy Mall which is accessed from the BTS platform. The mall has an elegant Thai food court modeled after a Thai village on the basement floor along with a popular grocery store.

Central Bangkok Map

Basic map of Central Bangkok with Ploenchit Station on the right side in the middle.

Because of the traffic in Bangkok, it is recommended to stay near the hospital as travel times around the city can be much longer than the distance appears because of the congestion. Ploenchit also offers many nice restaurants and other malls with food courts that are just one or two stops away on the BTS. You can reach Ploenchit on the light rail from the international airport – Suvarnabhuhi Airport (BKK). Remember to change lines at the Phaya Thai station where the City Line from the airport connects with the BTS line to Ploenchit.

Central Bangkok from viewed from Ploenchit in the early evening.

Entrance to City Line light rail in the Suvarnabhumi Airport for transportation to Ploenchit.

Restaurant on Soi 1 near Bumrungrad International Hospital.

Map of Central Bangkok with Bumrungrad on the right in pink and Ploenchit in the lower center area.

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Do Pistachios Help The Heart?

June 25, 2017 Tweet

The following article was submitted by a ClinicTrip user.

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One to two handfuls of pistachio nuts a day may keep heart disease at bay. Researchers have found that they may help to lower cholesterol and keep arteries healthy. Three ounces of pistachios a day can significantly lower the risk of heart disease. The nuts are rich in nutrients that reduce hardening of the arteries, a main cause of heart attacks and strokes.

Volunteers in a U.S. study supplemented a low fat diet with pistachios. Some ate 1.5 ounces of pistachios, while others had double that amount, either as a snack or putting the nuts in cereal, muffins, and pesto sauce.  A third group  did not eat any pistachios.

The length of the study was one month and the cholesterol levels were analyzed. The results showed that cholesterol levels were significantly lower among the pistachio eaters. Those who ate the most nuts experienced the  biggest decrease in cholesterol.

Eating three ounces of pistachios a day cut cholestrol levels by 8.4 percent with bad cholesterol (LDL) dropping by 11.6 percent.

The results showed that pistachios, when eaten with a healthy heart diet, may decrease a person’s cardiovascular disease risk profile.

Pistachios are rich with an antioxidant called lutein, usually found in green leafy vegetables and brightly coloured fruit. Lutein helps prevent cholesterol from clogging arteries. It is best to eat unsalted pistachios as too much daily salt intake can raise blood pressure.

The study was carried out by researchers at Pennsylvania State University.

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Hospital in Focus: Sunway Medical Center – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Sunway Medical Center is located in Petaling Jaya, a large and affluent southwest suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was recently awarded the best international hospital for 2016 by the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ), a medical tourism industry publication. The hospital was established in 1999 by the Sunway Group, one of Malaysia’s largest business conglomerates which is involved in education, healthcare, hospitality, property, and construction.

The Sunway Group is very innovative and driven to think about the future and that can be seen in the quality and efficiency of the hospital. For example, each department has its own pharmacy so that prescription medication can be dispensed quickly to shorten waiting times. The hospital has 535 beds, 130 consolation suites, and 12 operating theaters. They are also expanding the existing location with a new Cancer & Radiosurgery Center and another 10 level tower with single inpatient rooms and consultation suites. They also plan to open new locations in Kuala Lumpur and possibly other locations around Malaysia.

One advantage Sunway Medical Center offers to patients, especially medical tourists, is that the hospital is connected to the other Sunway Group properties which include a nice resort and spa, water theme park and mall so that there are things to do for family who accompany the medical tourist and a place to stay for the recovery period. The complex is also attracting permanent residents in nearby condos from a variety of countries who have found the area affordable and want to live next the hospital and Sunway entertainment areas.

Centers of excellence include fertility, cancer care, cardiovascular care, and orthopedics among many others. The hospital has all related clinics including eye, dental, and skin care. A standard single room costs RM268 or US$62 per night (http://sunwaymedical.com/room-rates/) which is very reasonable for the region. They have a friendly dedicated international patient center who can converse in a variety of languages and will assist with every step of the visit to and stay at the hospital.

Getting to the medical center is from Kuala Lumpur International Airport – KLIA (KUL) by taxi is easy and takes about 60 minutes. Once at the hospital, the professionalism of the staff will make it clear why this hospital is a top center for medical tourism.

Learn more at: http://sunwaymedical.com

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Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids – A Personal Experience While in Malaysia

June 11, 2017 Tweet

The following experience regarding a hearing loss evaluation and hearing aid recommendations was submitted by a ClinicTrip user residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Do you have problems hearing conversations when you are in a crowded room? Have you had damage to your hearing or it just something you avoid and don’t want to visit a doctor to have your hearing tested?

When I had my health screening at Gleneagles Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I decided to have the hearing test included. I knew I had some hearing loss and wanted to see if it had changed. The results came back and it showed that I have more hearing loss in one ear and less hearing loss in the other. It was confirmed.

I was also told that the ringing in my ear came from the brain, not from the ear. I always thought it was because of an explosion near my ear. Well, it turned out that the explosion affected the brain and not the ear.

I was sent to the auditory clinic when I was at the hospital and the technician placed hearing aids near my ear. They attached to the ear and were hidden comfortably behind the ear.  She adjusted the aids until I could hear every sound and every conversation around me. I couldn’t hear the ringing in the ear any more which was a big relief.

The hearing aids were from Norway and were easy to wear and very light. The technician said that they were the best ones on the market. They had other brands of hearing aids as well. The next question was the price. I knew that hearing aids in the U.S. were very expensive. Friends back home told me what they cost. The Norwegian aids in Kuala Lumpur were half the price of the ones in the U.S.! They were very affordable and some people may have the costs covered with their medical insurance.

So, it you have hearing issues while living in Malaysia go to Gleneagles Hospital in Kuala Lumpur in the Ampang area and get your hearing tested. If you need hearing aids, they are happy to help you decide which aids work best for you and I found the experience very helpful and efficient.

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Recover in Paradise at These Top International Hospitals

May 6, 2017 Tweet

There are several aspects of medical tourism that are important to consider – the quality of the hospital and doctors, the costs, and logistics of traveling to the medical center. One aspect that is often overlooked is the quality of the recovery period. Many procedures may require a week to several weeks of recovery before the patient is able to return home. During this period the patient heals and the doctor monitors the results of the treatment. More complicated procedures may even require a second treatment.

Several top international hospitals around world are located in areas that are very beautiful and the cost of living is moderate to low so that the stay is peaceful, affordable, and enjoyable. Here are five hospitals that let patients recover in paradise.

Penang Adventist Hospital – Penang Island, Malaysia
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Sunset from Penang Island – Malaysia

Penang Adventist Hospital is a JCI accredited hospital located on the stunning island of Penang off the northwest coast of Malaysia. Penang was one of the first hubs for medical tourism known for excellent health care, affordable travel, and amazing scenery. Located in the center of Georgetown, the main city on the island, the hospital is nearby to the popular beach destination of Batu Ferringhi with peaceful resorts and a variety of lodging. Quiet affordable hotels throughout the city are available. Because of this, patients are never far from the hospital and have access to enjoyable attractions highlighting the tropical forests on the island, great beaches, and beautiful sunsets.

Pablo Tobon Uribe Hospital – Medellin, Colombia

Medellin is know as the cit of eternal spring due to its beautiful climate. This Colombian city is going through a renaissance in culture and livability and is rated as the top city to live in South America along with Santiago, Chile. Pablo Tobon Uribe Hospital is JCI accredited and listed among the top 10 hospitals in South America. The excellent transportation, beautiful parks, and small towns surrounding the city make it an ideal place to recover and relax.

Tweet Translation: “A hospital with soul, we join the week of sustainability.”
Hospital Galenia – Cancun, Mexico
Most people know Cancun as a popular resort town along the beach on the Yucatan peninsula. It also has high quality health care. Hospital Galenia is a JCI accredited hospital that is within easy reach from the resort zone along the beach. Just a short flight from the U.S., getting treatment at Hospital Galenia lets patients combine vacation with health in a relaxed tropical environment with the entire area for their enjoyment and the hospitality of the medical staff to speed up recovery.

Hospital Clinica Biblica – San Jose, Costa Rica

 

Tweet Translation: We are the first private Costa Rican medical center to obtain the national brand license – Essential Costa Rica.”

Costa Rica is on many travelers list of places to visit. In just a 3 1/2 flight from Houston, visitors have this small tropical country to explore with beaches, jungle, volcanos, and coffee farms. Located in the capital of San Jose, Hospital Clinica Biblica is JCI accredited and offers high quality care in a beautiful setting. With more than 40,000 Americans traveling to CR for health care each year, the country is very accepting of those visiting for medical care and offers the convenience of a popular tourist destination to get around during the recover time.

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Waterfall near San Jose, Costa Rica

Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin – Hua Hin, Thailand
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Delicious Thai food options in Hua Hin

Bangkok Hospital – Hua Hin is JCI accredited and belongs to the long established Bangkok Hospital network. Hua Hin is a small beach town that’s a popular place for residents of nearby Bangkok to enjoy the coast, get out of the city, and avoid the larger beach town of Pattaya. The town is a very relaxed setting for medical care.

The nice beach atmosphere in Hua Hin is perfect for recovering and costs are lower than Bangkok as well. With many hotels available and great food at every turn, you just may want to stay longer than needed. There are non-stop coach buses from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi  Airport to Hua Hin for 270 Baht (~$US 8).

Learn more about each hospital on ClinicTrip.com.
*ClinicTrip is not affiliated with the hospitals in this article or with any tourist operation in the cities mentioned.

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Getting to Know the Ampang Area of Kuala Lumpur

May 3, 2017 Tweet

     If you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur (KL), the largest city in Malaysia, for medical travel, you may be spending time in the Ampang area of the city. Ampang is northwest of the city center and is reached by Ampang Road (Jalan Ampang) which starts in the downtown area of KL and passes by the Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC park.
     Several top hospitals are located in the Ampang area or within close distance to the Ampang area so it’s good to become familiar with this district. Along with top hospitals, Ampang is known for its large international and expat community since several major embassies are located along Ampang Road or on the side roads including the British Embassy, the U.S. Embassy, the Russian Embassy, and many others.
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     Ampang is home to many new condos where expats live because of the large international school located there called ISKL (International School of Kuala Lumpur). There are also several smaller malls and grocery stores which are popular including the Great Eastern Mall (G-Mall), the KLCC mall, and the Hock Choon supermarket. There is a nice grocery store at the bottom of the Great Eastern Mall as well that is popular with expats.
     You can find many nice restaurants – Western and local – in the area along with all of the services. For a local feel, the nearby area of Desa Pandan provides night time food stalls and local restaurants attracting many patrons. If you want to try the local Roti Chanai (fried bread with dhal curry), it’s a good place as well.
Ampang in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
     The main hospitals in the area are Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital, and Prince Court Medical Center. Outside of Ampang, but nearby is the National Heart Institute (Jantung Negara Malaysia).
     If you want to eat with health in mind, a large Buddhist Monastery is located along Ampang Road, not far from the KLCC shopping mall, which provides a low cost lunch every day (less than $3-US) that is vegetarian and delicious.
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     Ampang is about 90 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and can get busy with traffic especially during rush hour. So try to arrive during the midday if possible and plan travel to hospitals accordingly. There is a light rail that reaches the Ampang area but the locations are not convenient so it’s better to take a cab if you don’t have a car.
     You’ll find the Ampang area a nice place to get the feel for KL, meet expats, and reach top hospitals in one of the worlds best international medical destinations.

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Medical Travel Safest at Established International Hospitals and Clinics

February 19, 2017 Tweet

It’s fairly common to read about patients traveling overseas for medical care that have a bad experience or even a fatal experience. These are very tragic situations. Many times, however, the patients sought medical care or treatment from hospitals, clinics, or doctors that were not established or legitimate providers in their fields. It is commonly seen for patients seeking plastic or cosmetic surgery. The risk of having a terrible outcome goes down when medical travelers seek treatment from established practitioners.

The value of medical travel is at its best when the quality of care is high, the wait times are short, and the costs are at a discount compared to what patients have available in their home country. If patients try to undercut any of these benefits and costs even further by going to non-established medical providers, they put themselves at great risk which doesn’t make the equation pay off any more.

It is always recommended to research the medical provider first even when it’s a referral from a friend. The top ones are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) organization and are usually the large hospitals. If you are seeking medical treatment, even for cosmetic surgery or dentistry, that is not from a JCI accredited hospitals or clinic, make sure they have a well known reputation for success and are a legitimate operation in anyway that you can including researching their credentials in their home country. Even visiting the facility first and interviewing the doctors, well before any treatment, is recommended as well. By not leaving anything to chance, you increase the likelihood of success and a positive outcome.

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Knee Replacement Surgery Testimonial – Hospital Galenia in Cancun

February 6, 2017 Tweet

Mexico is rated as one of the top countries in terms of value for medical tourists. It has a variety of medical hubs throughout the country and one of the them is the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. The main city in the state, Cancun, is well known for being a popular tourist destination, but also has a Joint Commission International (JCI) qualified hospital called Hospital Galenia. This hospital is well situated for inbound medical tourists, has a variety of centers of excellence, and also provides health screenings which is an ideal for people visiting the area.

This video testimonial from Hospital Galenia is from a patient who received knee transplant surgery.

 

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Three Countries with Top Health Care and Affordable Living

January 14, 2017 Tweet

As high quality health care outside of the U.S. become more known, more patients are opting to travel for health screenings and basic procedures. The advantages include no wait times, affordability, and in many instances, superior care.

Several countries which offer world class health care and medical facilities also have a low cost of living and enjoyable climate. For this reason, they are not only great places for medical travel, but also for full time living as an expat or as a retiree. In fact, many housing developments in these countries are near hospitals for those who wish easy access to a medical provider.

These three countries are international health care hubs and enjoyable places to live, especially for those who are planning on needing frequent medical attention.

Colombia – World class care in a beautiful city

Colombia has always been at the forefront of medical care in South America and now hosts several of the top hospitals on the continent. Many are located in the city of Medellin which is known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’.

Many of the first major organ transplants in South America were performed in Medellin and they continue to set the pace of advancement with a world renowned medical community. Because of this living well is a priority in Colombia and the quality of life in Medellin is rated very highly. Just a 7 1/2 hour flight from Chicago, Colombia is a good choice to research for one’s health and living needs.

Costa Rica – Large retirement communities rely on it’s health care

According to the U.S. state department, as many as 50,000 Americans live in Costa Rica and another 40,000 visit for medical care each year. These numbers would indicate that the health care and living standards are very high. Just a 3 1/2 flight from Houston, it’s possible to do an overnight trip to San Jose, Costa Rica, but many choose to stay longer.

Costs are low and the quality of care is very high. Even though Costa Rica is a tropical country, the higher elevation of San Jose gives it good year round weather. A doctor’s visit may only cost $50 which means you can enjoy your life and stay healthy at a low cost.

Malaysia – Top health care in English

Even though Malaysia (between Singapore and Thailand) is a 24 hour journey from the U.S., its quality health care and lower costs are helping the country see a boom in medical tourism. Because it was a former British colony, English is widely spoken especially by the health care community and doctors.

Many private hospitals, such as Gleneagles KL are recognized worldwide by medical tourism journals and provide ultra modern medical care with high standards of inpatient convenience. Inbound transportation is easy though Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The main hub for hospitals are Kuala Lumpur and Penang Island in the north. Medical tourism is a focus for the country so expect great service. The living standards are high with great food and low prices and excellent affordable holiday spots for recovery after a procedures.

You can search ClinciTrip.com for top hospitals in each of these countries. If you don’t require immediate care, try a health screening at one of the hospitals to become familiar with the services and the local culture. You just may decide to stay!

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Vacation a Good Time to Address Men’s Health

December 27, 2016 Tweet

Statistics show that men don’t get regular medical check ups or spend as much time as they should focusing on health which exposes them to chronic illnesses which could have been prevented with early detection or monitoring. Common illnesses which could have been avoided include heart disease and diabetes.

There are various reasons for men not monitoring their health including lack of time, not having a primary care doctor, confusion whether or not insurance will pay for it, not feeling sick, and not having the patience to visit a doctor. Because of this several public service campaigns exist to encourage adult men to visit the doctor more frequently for physicals or other health evaluations.

Not having enough time is a very common reason that is difficult to overcome, especially when some doctors require scheduling months in advance. A great way to deal with this issue is to encourage men to get a check up during vacation. A health screening at an international hospital is a standard and comprehensive preventative health evaluation that only takes a couple hours, but is easy to schedule at top hospitals and clinics in major tourist destinations.

Top travel destinations such as the Cayman Islands, Cancun, Costa Rica, Panama City in North America and Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Cebu City in Southeast Asia all have top hospitals with established health screening programs, sometimes called executive health screens.

The screenings can be booked online through the hospital website or by email and usually can be done the next day, although its always good to book ahead of time. Costs for such programs can range fro $300 to $500 dollars and be paid by credit card. Compared to the cost of a physical in the U.S. with blood work and similar tests, it’s a fraction of the price.

Even more valuable, the health screening program usually covers more tests than a normal physical. Beyond blood work, vitals, physical tests, and urine analysis, most health screenings include a chest x-ray, heart stress test, and abdominal ultra sound.

The abdominal ultrasound is particularly helpful since it images the abdominal organs to detect problems in the pancreas and digestive tract. Add-ons to most health screenings include colonoscopies and advanced cancer marker tests.

After the results have been collected, a formal meeting with a physician is set up to review the data and make recommendations. The doctor can detect problem areas that may be related to infections, heart issues, and cancer markers, as well as overall nutrition deficiencies, diabetic concerns, liver and kidney function problems, and weight issues.

The tests are simple, carried out very quickly, and take no longer than a couple of hours on the morning of a vacation day with enough time left over to relax on the beach afterwards. The time spent can help many men get a good picture of their health, which they may not otherwise get, and help them make good lifestyle decisions in the future!

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Inexpensive Dental Care Is Just Across the US-Mexico Border

September 20, 2016 Tweet

The cities of Los Algodones, Tijuana, and Nogales are well known as quick excursions into Mexico for fun food and souvenir shopping for Americans living near the border in California and Arizona. Now, many cross the border for high quality dental care at low prices.

With prices as much as 70% lower than U.S. dental care costs, many are choosing to walk across the border for implants, crowns and bridges, All-on-4, veneers, and root canals. The savings are not only attracting those who live near the border, but also those from across the U.S. since the flight and hotel costs along with the dental work is still an enormous discount.

Here are a few dental care options in each town to consider.

Los Algodones

Los Algodones is near Yuma, Arizona, and just a walk across the border puts you in the highest concentration of dental offices in the world. The town is safe and flooded each day with dental tourists seeking the quality care that the area offers.

Sani Dental Group

Sani Dental Group was founded in 1985 by D.D.S. Enrique Jimenez and is promoted as the most prestigious dental clinic in the area. It attracts patients from across the US and provides all major dental work with a price list on their website.

Other dentists include Dental Solutions Los Algodones, Castle Dental, and Alamo Dental Clinic.

Tijuana

Tijuana is now a city of nearly 1.7 million people and is one of the largest border crossings in the world. Just 45 minutes from San Diego, it has high quality dental care options. As a hub for dental tourists from southern California, it’s an affordable option.

Sam Dental

Sam Dental offers high quality care, per their website, and emphasizes honesty. Their services include dental implants, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. They also will pick patients up at San Diego International Airport and drive them across the border. The clinic is a member of the American Dental Association.

Other dentists include Dr. MEXICO Tijuana Dental Center and Smile Tijuana.

Nogales

Nogales, Mexico, is just across the board from Nogales, Arizona, and about 45 minutes from Tuscon, Arizona. While it doesn’t have as many dentists as Los Algodones or Tijuana, it does attract many dental tourists from Arizona and is easy to access.

Dental Laser Nogales

Dental Laser Nogales, per their website, has been operating in Nogales for 15 years and offers an experienced team, excellent equipment, has their own laboratory, and all services are performed on site. They are bilingual and offer free diagnostics.

With the wide range of dental care options in these three cities across the US-Mexico border and with the large discounts compared to costs in the US, the dentists are worth considering.

Note: ClinicTrip does not endorse the dentists mentioned in this article and recommends that patients research all options and discuss with a physician before selecting any dentist in the U.S., Mexico, or abroad.

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Three Hospitals You Should Know in the UAE

September 4, 2016 Tweet

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Dubai, UAE. Credit: Image by Ahmad Ardity from Pixabay

Top Hospitals In Dubai and Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a major hub for medical tourism and health travel. With over 140 medical organizations accredited by the Joint Commission International, it has hospitals and clinics to suit every medical need.

The UAE is located at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula and has a vibrant population of 9.2 million people. It is home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and busiest airport, Dubai International Airport. The largest cities are Dubai, Abu Dhabi, the capital, and Sharjah.

Dubai is a six hour flight from London and a 12 hour flight from NYC. It has an excellent infrastructure which makes getting to hospitals effortless and the hospitality to make hospitals stays as comfortable as possible. It is also an excellent tourist destination so that recovery times can be enjoyable.

Because of the wide range of medical options in the UAE, medical travelers should take time to research what is available. These three hospitals are excellent candidates to start.

Burjeel Hospital

Burjeel Hospital is Abu Dhabi’s largest private tertiary hospital. It is equipped with the advanced facilities and equipment for diagnosis, and also has renown specialists and medical personnel. It has 282 inpatient beds, 10 operating rooms, and a wide range of patient suites. Centers of excellence include cardiology, opthalmology, oncology, and fertility (IVF). Located off Al Nadja Street, Burjeel Hospital focuses on healing beyond just medical treatment. By creating a beautiful atmosphere and offering caring staff, the positive energy assists with bringing patients back to wellness.

American Hospital Dubai

American Hospital Dubai was the first private hospital in the Middle East to be accredited by the Joint Commission International. Established to replicate American medical standards, the doctors are North American Board Certified or have equivalent training programs as found in the U.S., UK, or Canada. The hospital also joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network which gives it access to the latest research and practices of the Mayo Clinic and allows it to collaborate on medical efforts. American Hospital Dubai has an extensive international patient department and estimates that 20% of patients come from outside of the UAE. Centers of excellence include a heart and vascular center, orthopedics and total joint reconstruction center, and a wide range of health screening packages. Located on 19th Street just off Oud Metha Road next to the Movenpick Hotel, it’s easy to reach in Dubai.

Zulekha Hospital

Zulekha Hospital was founded in 1992 in Sharjah by the esteemed Dr. Zulekha Daud and has 150 inpatient beds. The hospital specializes in bariatric surgery, minimally invasive surgeries, and joint replacement surgeries, and high risk cardiac care. In addition to supporting UAE patients, Zulekha Hospital also provides support for international patients with an extensive international patient department which provides travel booking assistance so that visiting the hospital is frictionless. Patients requiring dialysis during vacations to the UAE can also rely on Zulekha Hospital to provide excellent service for this treatment. Zulekha has an additional 79 bed hospital in Dubai.

Because of the high quality hospitals in the UAE, it makes sense to consider it as a health destination, either directly or while on vacation. The Emirati culture of caring for patients throughout the entire experience and the focus on returning patients to full health is what makes these hospitals so valuable for the health traveler.

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6 Cosmetic Procedures Popular for Medical Travel

June 18, 2016 Tweet

Cosmetic or plastic surgery is one of the more popular reasons patients seek medical travel. Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis meaning that there no overnight stay at the clinic or hospital. The costs of the treatments at overseas hospitals can be more affordable and the risk of complications during recovery are much less compared to major surgical operations.

There are now many dedicated clinics at international hospital hubs that cater to medical travelers seeking cosmetic surgery. Brazil is the top destination dubbed the ‘World Capital of Plastic Surgery’, but Thailand and Malaysia are popular as well. Because of the focus and experience these clinic have in this specialty, the quality of the treatment can be quite high. These locations also after comfortable resort style accommodations for recovery. Below are several of the most common procedures for which patients will travel.

Face Lift

The face lift procedure (rytidectomy) removes or reduces the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of the face caused by age and is an anti-aging treatment.  The procedure addresses face issues such as sagging skin, droopy cheeks, neck bands, and deep lines and folds. Post operative conditions include bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the face for 10 to 14 days.

Eyelid Aesthetics

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is one of the more popular treatments since it solves a small but common problem of excessive and sagging skin on the lower and upper eyelids. This causes bags or bulges under the eyes and wrinkles. Eyelid surgery reduces bulges under the eyes and excess skin above the eye improving appearance. After surgery, eyes may be bandaged for a day and swelling and bruising around the eyes may occur for one to two weeks.

Hair Transplant

Advances in hair transplanting have resulted in fuller heads of hair without the scarring typically resulting from the removal of a strip of skin. The new method called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) takes individual hairs from the sides and back of the head and then they’re transplanted individually into the balding areas. The day after the procedure the patient may resume normal activities (except for washing the hair for 3 days or as advised by the physician).

Breast Augmentation

Breast surgery is performed to enhance or correct the shape of a woman’s breasts. By using implants or fat transfers from the body, breast size and volume is increased as desired or restored due to age or weight loss. Discomfort from the surgery can last for two weeks and scarring from the incisions may take six months to soften or fade.

Buttocks Augmentation

Enhancing the buttocks is done for two reasons – to provide a rounder shape or to remove excess and sagging skin to give a more tone appearance. The first is achieved with implants or fat transfer, but the second can be achieved with a laser assisted procedure that is minimally invasive and helps sculpt the muscles of the posterior and remove excess fat.

Nose Shaping (Rhinoplasty)

The nose knows. Nose shaping surgery is often chosen to enhance and to alter the size, shape and angle of your nose.  It is also done to bring the nose into better proportion with the rest of one’s face. It can be done to correct structural problems with the nose that cause chronic congestion and breathing problems as well. Bruising and swelling from the procedure will usually disappear within 2 weeks.

Several international clinics focus only on plastic and reconstructive surgery including Yanhee Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Beverly Wilshire Medical Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Hospital da Plastica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Advanced Hair Clinics in Athens, Greece.

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Telemedicine Can Make Medical Tourism More Efficient

June 13, 2016 Tweet

Many potential medical travelers are hesitant to seek health care overseas because they lack the initial personal connection with the hospital or doctor. If a private practice is located in the community or at a nearby hospital, it takes a short visit to meet the healthcare provider and develop a feel for their capabilities and commitment to your health.

This is much harder when the healthcare provider is overseas. Some medical travelers overcome this by going on vacation to a international hospital hub and making an initial inquiry into the hospital, even if they don’t have a specific illness. By doing so, they take care of the upfront familiarization process without having to go out of the way to do so. They may also schedule a health screening so that they learn more about the services of the hospital, which is an important first step to gauge an international healthcare provider.

If you are unable to combine tourism with the exploration of healthcare options, then telemedicine or telehealth is another viable option. Telemedicine use technology to interact with a healthcare provide who is not in the same room as you. It can happen locally, when a patient is connected to monitoring devices which are viewed at a nearby hospital or care center (used especially to monitor elderly people with chronic illness) or it can be used across continents to discuss potential illness and the ensuing medical travel.

In the second case, images and simple diagnostics can be sent, potential screenings can be done, and more importantly, preliminary discussions can happen between the patient, local physician, and the overseas doctor. Sometime teams of doctors can be present in the discussion with telemedicine technology linking everyone together.

Telemedicine can also assist in post-operation situations where the recovery needs to monitored carefully. In many cases, the patient will plan to remain overseas for the recovery period. However, when the patient returns home, telemedicine can continue to monitor and evaluate their status. Wound management is where this technology can be applied in a beneficial way.

The technology will only continue to develop and can make medical tourism more efficient and safe for patients, but also give doctors more reach before and after procedures. As medical tourism increases, it will help hospitals deals with the influx of patients more effectively. Although telehealth can’t guarantee a successful outcome, it does help reduce some risks with patient-doctor communication before and after treatment.

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Healthcare in the Caribbean a Perfect Combination

May 29, 2016 Tweet

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The Caribbean islands have wooed travelers from all over the world with a salubrious climate and friendly people. Island breezes and swaying palm trees are enough to put even the most busy people at ease for a while. Its proximity to Florida and the East Coast of the U.S. make it an easy destination to reach. As a world away, but still close to home, it’s a wonderful escape.

While the islands have an abundance of first class resorts, the Caribbean now has a first class hospital in the Cayman Islands which is a healthcare option for medical travelers who want the best of both worlds – an affordable quality international hospital within easy reach of the U.S. and a beautiful healthful environment.

Health City Cayman Islands (HCCI) is the second Joint Commission International accredited private hospital after Doctors Hospital in the Bahamas and is aiming to turn the Caribbean into a medical tourism hub. A joint venture between Narayana Health group from India and U.S. based Ascension, it opened in February 2014 and offers high quality care at affordable prices compared to healthcare costs nearby in the U.S.

For example, here are four procedures with prices comparisons between Health City Cayman Islands (HCCI) and U.S. average prices.

Heart Bypass (CABG x 4)

HCCI: $31,680 vs. U.S.: $151,533

Heart Valve Replacement

HCCI: $30,960 vs. U.S.: $186,548

Hip Replacement

HCCI: $15,840 vs. U.S.: $105,049

Knee Replacement

HCCI: $15,840 vs. U.S.:$69,214

Source: www.healthcitycaymanislands.com

The Affordable Healthcare Act in the U.S., while helping to insure millions of Americans, has not slowed the pace of growth of medical tourists seeking care outside the U.S. Commons concerns for medical tourists are being as near to home as possible, being in a comfortable environment, and receiving higher quality care than is available in their home city. Health City Cayman Islands provides all of this with the extra benefit of offering an ideal location for recovery before returning home, a benefit that many overlook.

Health City Cayman Islands has several centers of excellence including cardiac surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, pediatrics, endocrinology, pulmonology.

It also has a helpful international patient desk that can help schedule your appointments at the hospital. Their goal is to make the patient’s experience exceptional from arrival to departure using world class specialists and leading edge technology. The hospital offers bundled pricing that includes the initial consultation, all physician visits up to two weeks post-surgery, the operating and medication fees, along with all transportation costs and inpatient services.

With a resort style setting, top medicals services, and affordable prices, Health City Cayman Islands has established itself as the premier hospital in the Caribbean and an ideal location for medical travel.

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5 Popular Private Hospitals in Malaysia

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Top Hospitals In Kuala Lumpur For Medical Tourism

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, a small country in Southeast Asia situated between Singapore to the south and Thailand to the north. Formally a British colony, proficiency in English is very high in the healthcare community and a key strength of the doctors and administration officials at the major hospitals. KL, as it is known locally, is an influential city in the region with modern buildings, an award winning airport and effective transportation throughout the metro area.

KL is a multicultural city with a pleasant mixture or Malay, Chinese, and Indian communities along with a large expat community. Because the country is so hospitable and friendly to visitors, it has become a hub for medical travelers who find good value in the extensive and high quality international hospitals located in the city and throughout the metro area.

These five popular hospitals in KL have either received international recognition, are popular regionally, or have a very strong reputation locally and among the expat community.

Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur

Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur is located in the heart of the burgeoning and popular Ampang area of northeast Kuala Lumpur. The hospital is owned by the large Parkway Pantai Group which includes Mt. Elizabeth Hospital and Gleneagles in Singapore. It is a modern hospital which has won international recognition among medical tourists and has a very popular Executive Health Screening program serving many of the business expats, embassy personnel and foreign diplomats in the area. Centers of excellence include oncology, women and children’s health, cardiology, orthopedics, and neurology. The hospital is adding another ten story building with an integrated laboratory, service apartments and a hotel. Just off Ampang Road (Jalan Ampang) and not far from the city center, access is easy and convenient.

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Sunway Medical Center

Sunway Medical Center started with one building in 1999 and has now expanded to five with another complex on the way. Located in the planned development of Bandar Sunway in the KL suburb of Petaling Jaya which includes Sunway Univeristy, Sunway Resort, Sunway Lagoon which is a theme park, and various condo complexes. Its very modern facility is designed for maximum efficiency with a pharmacy located in every department to speed up the fulfillment of prescriptions. Centers of excellence include oncology, health screenings, digestive health, and fertility. Post operation recovery is simplified at Sunway Medical Center with the resort facilities nearby.

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Sunway Medical Center

Sunway Medical Center

Prince Court Medical Center

Prince Court Medical Center is a private health care facility located centrally in Kuala Lumpur and very close to the KLCC shopping center. It was owned by Petronas which is Malaysia’s national petroleum company and then sold to a sovereign wealth fund known as Khazanah Nasional. Its ultra modern, sleek, and “green” design give it a relaxing and spacious feel. Well known for its Executive Health Screening program, it is also well known for gastroenterology, cardiology, burn management, IVF , oncology, orthopedics, and radiology. Popular as well among the expat community, it has received international recognition and attracts top doctors. Located just off Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Raja Chulan, it’s easy to find and access.

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Subang Jaya Medical Center

Subang Jaya Medical Center is the flagship hospital in Malysia for Ramsay Sime Darby Health  which is a joint venture between Ramsay Health of Australia and Sime Darby which manages palm oil plantations in Malaysia. The hospital is located in the KL suburb of Subang Jaya another suburb southwest of KL and bordering the large suburb of Petaling Jaya. The hospital has operated since 1985, won numerous awards, and is accredited by the Joint Commission International. The hospital has an efficient Health Screening Program and top expertise in a variety of medical specialties. Two other hospitals are owned by the same group in KL – newly built ParkCIty Medical Center and Ara Damansara Medical Center.

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Subang Jaya Medical Center

Subang Jaya Medical Center

KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital

Opend in 1995, KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital is the first hospital of the largest hospital network in Malaysia, KPJ Healthcare Berhad, which operates 25 hospitals in the country. Located in the Ampang area of KL, it is Joint Commission International certified. It offers services for a wide range of specialties including renal treatments, cardiology, OBGYN, gastroenterology, and endocrinology.

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KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital

As medical tourism continues to expand in Kuala Lumpur, these hospitals are excellent choices when preparing for one’s health care needs and offer the convenience and expertise needed to make medical travel to the city worthwhile.

 

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What is Living Donor Liver Transplant – LDLT

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The liver is a vital and important organ in the human body.  The liver filters blood coming from the digestive tract before it goes to the rest of the body.  It also detoxifies harmful substances.  It is the largest internal organ and works 24 hours a day.

Because the liver is a complex organ it is susceptible to many complications such as hepatitis which is inflammation of the liver. Inflammation can be caused by viruses and also lifestyle factors such as alcohol, obesity, and allergic reactions.  When the liver is scarred from chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease, or fat build up it leads to cirrhosis.  This condition prevents the liver from functioning properly.

When treatment is unable to prevent damage to the liver, a transplant is the last option for patients with end-stage liver disease.  There are two types of transplants.  The first is deceased donor liver transplant and the second is living donor liver transplant.  If the wait time is too long for the first type of transplant, the second type, LDLT, can be a viable option.  According to the Mayo Clinic:

“You may have a shorter waiting period and equal or improved life expectancy with a living-donor transplant.” ~ Mayo Clinic

During an LDLT procedure, the surgeon removes the entire damaged liver of the recipient and replaces it with a portion of the healthy liver from the donor.  It’s expected that the livers of both parties will grow back and be healthy.  Two additional benefits of the LDLT procedure are that it allows scheduling of the procedure so that the recipient can be properly prepared and the quality of the graft may be better since it is received from a healthy donor and the cold ischaemic time (duration which the donor tissue is on ice) is shorter.

Several international hospitals have centers of excellence devoted to liver transplants.  Investigating and researching the best options locally and globally early on for LDLT can optimize your chances for a return to proper health.

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Arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) – Malaysia

October 28, 2015 Tweet

Kuala Lumpur International Airport, known as KLIA, is an ultra modern airport located about 25 miles south of Malaysia’s largest city, Kuala Lumpur.  Built in 1998, it is a major airline hub for Southeast Asia and home to two local airlines – Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia.  It has won airport of the year three times in 2005, 2006, and 2007.  There are many transportation options from KLIA to downtown Kuala Lumpur including taxi, bus, and light rail.  The light rail option is describe here on the KLIA website.

Upon arriving at KLIA, you will most likely take the rail link inside the airport called Aerotrain to get to immigration and baggage claim.  For most travelers, there is no need to fill out a landing card.  Immigration usually goes very quickly as the hall is large with many stations.  Within the airport there are a variety of food and beverage options and you’ll be able to get a first taste of the local cuisines.

If you plan to visit an international hospital in Malaysia, KLIA makes a very good first impression and is an efficient airport for arrival and departure.

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Growth of Medical Tourism in Malaysia – Country Focus

August 2, 2015 Tweet

Between 2009 and 2013, the number of medical tourists arriving in Malaysia increased to 770,134 from 336,225 according to the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC).  These numbers are expected to grow as the sector receives more attention and a boost from the government which is eager to make the country a preferred destination for international patients. The construction of a world class airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), several years ago is an example of this commitment.

There are many strong factors which will aid this goal.  English is widely spoken in Malaysia since it was a former British colony, making travel to and communication with hospitals easier.  Further, because there is a pleasant mix of cultures in Malaysia, many hospital staff are used to communication with visitors from a variety of backgrounds. Second, there are a large number of world class hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, the largest city, and in Penang Island which hosts the second largest city and is a 45 minute flight up the west coast.  Third, the cost of many procedures is much lower compared to the U.S. and wait times for procedures can be as short as a day.

Malaysia is building a core strength in performing high-end procedures such as heart bypass and orthopedic surgery non-invasively which shortens the recovery time for patients and reduces the time the have to stay at a hospital.  This is important since many patients are concerned about how long they need to stay after a procedure before returning home without fear of complications.

While there are competing nations in the region such as Thailand, Singapore, and potentially Vietnam in the future, Malaysia offers very good value comparatively and is prepared for an increase in international patients originating from the region such as Indonesia, the Gulf states such as the UAE, and eventually the U.S.

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How to Prepare for a Health Screening

June 30, 2015 Tweet

The popularity of health screenings at international hospitals is growing because they are so useful to analyze one’s health.  To make the most of the program and maximize the accuracy of the measurements, the patient must do a few things to get ready.  Here are five key ways to prepare for a health screening.

1.  Fast for 12 hours before the the health screening program starts – all the way up to when the blood test is done.  Fasting includes skipping all foods and liquids except for water.  All medications may be taken except for medications that must be taken after food (such as anti-diabetic medicine).

2.  Bring gym shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes for the heart stress test which is done on a treadmill.  Depending on your physical shape, you may be actually running and sweating.

3.  Drink lots of water prior to arrival.  The nurses will ask to get a urine sample from you, so it is helpful to be ready to go.  Also, for the abdominal ultrasound, your bladder will need to be full so that the doctor can get an accurate image.  There will be water provided at the department as well.  Some programs have radiology equipment inside the health screening department.  Others will require you to walk to the Radiology Department in another part of the hospital.  The administrators will explain how to get there.

4.  Bring your passport.  The patient form requires passport information.

5.  Allow time for the screening program.  It may take less than two hours, but depending on how many people are going through that day it may take longer.  Most programs will provide food after all of the tests are done.  Also, determine when you’ll be able to review the results.  If your program is in the morning, then results will be available usually by 2pm in the afternoon.  If you can’t review it on the same day, try to have a day and time in mind when you can come back in to meet with the doctor.

If you are able to follow all of these guidelines, then you are prepared for a very accurate health screening and analysis of your state of health!

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Arriving at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok – Thailand

June 7, 2015 Tweet

Bangkok, the capital of and largest city in Thailand, is an established medical hub for international patients and has a wide range of internationally accredited hospitals, including Bumrungrad International Hospital, one of the busiest medical centers in the world.  The main entry point for patients is Suvarnabhumi International Airport located at the eastern edge of the metro area.  It’s an easy airport to navigate and provides a variety of transportation modes into the city.  The three most common forms of transit are taxi, the Airport Rail Link, and hospital arranged transport.

Upon arriving, most passengers will de-plane directly at the gate.  However, some flights will de-plane onto the tarmac and passengers will load onto a bus which will transport them to the terminal.  Once inside the terminal, passengers will walk to immigration, baggage claim, and customs which appear very similar to most international airports.  After collecting one’s baggage, passengers proceed to the transportation departure points to Bangkok.

Taxis and hospital pick-ups are located outside Floor 1.  Just follow the signs for taxis and request on from the Taxi Desk.  Make sure it is a metered taxi.  Fares start at 35 Baht and there is a 50 Baht surcharge from the airport.  It is helpful to have 100 Baht notes to pay for the trip. Depending on one’s arrival time, travel by taxi could take more than an hour due to high levels of traffic and congestion.

If you are mobile enough to handle transit by light rail, then the Airport Rail Link (City Line) will could save time and costs.  Travel into the city by rail is 45 Baht [roughly US$1.30] one way payable at the ticket window in the airport.  The airport line ends at the PhyaThai station in Bangkok.  You will need to exit the train and then either leave the station to catch a cab or connect to the BTS line.  If you decide to continue on the light rail look for the BTS ticket window.  The ticket fare for the BTS line varies by distance to the stations and can be up to 35 Baht.  The ticket window will not issue a ticket but will provide change for your Baht paper money in 10 Baht coins.  Once you have the coins, go to the nearby ticket dispensing machine, find the fare for the station to which you need to go, and insert the coins to get the ticket.  Central stations include: Siam, Ploen Chit (near Sukhumvit Soi 1), Victory Monument, Chit Lom, and Thong Lo.  From these stations, you can catch a taxi to the hotel or hospital.

Bangkok BTS Map: http://www.transitbangkok.com/bts.html

The photos below are a visual guide to Suvarnabhumi International Airport and show how to get to the Airport Rail Link.  Upon returning to the airport for your departure flight, be sure to arrive at least two hours before the flight.  Check-in lines and, particularly, immigration lines can be long and slow.

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10 Benefits of Visiting an International Hospital

May 21, 2015 Tweet

Seeking treatment for a medical condition at an international hospital has become easier.  In fact, the experience may be even better than at one’s local hospital.  Here are several benefits to visiting a hospital overseas.

1. Shorter wait times – many international hospitals don’t have wait times to perform surgical procedures.  Once one’s condition and treatment plan has been evaluated, surgery can be perform almost immediately.

2. See specialists more quickly – there are few barriers to seeing specialists at international hospitals.  In fact, some hospitals may only have a small fee to meet with a specialists to evaluate your condition and treatment options.

3. Lower costs –  based on most comparisons, costs at many high quality international hospitals are less than costs in the U.S.  Costs in the U.S. for many treatments ranging from orthopedic surgery (hip replacement and knee replacement to angioplasty and heart value replacement) may be higher by a factor of 5 compared to international hospitals in Southeast Asia, India, or Latin America.

4. Equal or better quality – there has been an rapid increase in accreditations by international organizations such as the Joint Commission International of hospitals around the world, meaning the standards at certified hospitals are very high.  In addition, the facilities may be more modern and the equipment newer and more advanced.

5. Evaluation of all options before surgery – while surgery may be the first option at hospitals in one’s home country, many international hospitals aren’t driven to perform surgery.  Doctors may evaluate all options with you first including natural healing methods.

6. Better post treatment care for less cost – while surgery can be done almost immediately at many international hospitals, it is the post surgery and recovery time that will determine the success of the operation.  Because costs are lower for inpatient rooms at international hospitals, you may be able to afford a longer stay at the  hospital to recover from your procedure.  Further, many hospitals recommend nearby resorts and spas where recovery can be done in a peaceful and nurturing environment.

7. Nicer inpatient rooms – because of the lower costs and newer facilities, inpatient rooms may be much nicer and offer private accommodation.

8. Hospitals take care of travel arrangements – many international hospitals are located in established tourist hubs, so travel to the hospital is streamlined.  Hospitals have international patient teams that will assist with travel arrangements and visa requirements taking the stress out of the travel portion of the visit.  Some of the larger hospitals may even have a counter at the airport.

9. High levels of efficiency – if a hospital in your home country seems slow, many international hospitals, by contrast, pride themselves in operational efficiency so that the patient’s experience is pleasant.  For example, a hospital in Malaysia has a pharmacy in every department so that prescriptions are filled hassle free.

10. Combine holiday and medical travel – it is becoming popular for people to combine travel plans and even book vacations around a hospital visit.  Many outpatient procedures can be done together with holiday travel rather easily.  Having a comprehensive health screening while on holiday is one of the first ways people become familiar with medical tourism.

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