Over the past few years, a global trend in seeking medical care outside the U.S. has developed and is gaining popularity. Some reports believe as many as 500,000 American patients are seeking health care abroad every year.
For many, the inability to get basic health coverage is a primary factor in their choice to seek medical care outside the country. With America reporting some of the highest medical care costs in the world even those with health care are facing a lack of health insurance coverage for home health care or non medically necessary surgical procedures such as cosmetic surgery, some Americans are choosing to seek their medical care elsewhere.
Where do American patients go for medical treatment abroad?
Americans are increasingly seeking out treatment in medical facilities in:
- Latin America, particularly Costa Rica and Panama
In a secondary trend, senior citizens have begun seeking home health and nursing home options that are far more affordable than those available in the U.S.
What could go wrong?
Many medical tourists arrange and pay for their medical care ahead of time – before even getting on the plane. While there are many satisfied patients, it’s important to note that surgical procedures in any country are not without risks and complications from any medical treatment can occur. The costs related to complications are not always factored in and what if you have to be evacuated home?
Seven Corners has introduced the first travel medical plan of its type to address the highly unique needs of medical tourists. It’s called Bordercross Worldwide, and it provides coverage for:
- Medical care due to complications
- Trip cancellation
- Medical expenses
- Emergency evacuation