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Healthbase has helped an uninsured American patient get double hip resurfacing surgeries in India. The high cost of Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery in the United States plus the lack of expertise in this procedure in the country continues to drive scores of Americans to India.

Nov. 21, 2008, Boston, MA. Healthbase Online Inc., an award-winning medical tourism facilitator based in Boston, Massachusetts, helps an Arizona-based former ballet dancer treat her hip osteoarthritis in India. 53-year old Katharine Frey who had arthritis in both her hips traveled to Apollo Hospitals, Chennai to have her hips resurfaced and availed of the 85% discount on the cost of the surgery.

“I have appreciated everything we have experienced and received at the Apollo Hospitals . Everyone has been very kind, supportive and helpful,” says Katharine after her hip resurfacing surgery last winter. She was so happy with the quality of care she received at her overseas hospital that she went back a few months later to have her second hip resurfaced.

Being uninsured, the $60,000 required to have a single hip resurfaced in the US seemed out of reach for Katharine. This led her into researching her other option – surgery overseas – and contacting Healthbase who coordinated both her surgeries in India for $8,000 each. The price included doctor’s fees, physical therapy and a week in the hospital.

According to Saroja Mohanasundaram, CEO of Healthbase , “Our clients prefer going abroad for Birmingham hip resurfacing because it is a fairly new procedure in the US but has been in use, say, in India, for many years. Being a major procedure it demands years of practice on the surgeon’s part to gain proficiency. The fact that Katharine went back to have her other hip resurfaced in India speaks volumes about the high level of satisfaction with our service and that of our partner hospitals and surgeons.”

Katharine Frey taking off on a paragliding flight just weeks after her hip resurfaicng surgery in India
Katharine Frey taking off on a paragliding flight just weeks after her hip resurfacing surgery in India

Katharine returned to work merely two and a half weeks post operation and to teaching ballet twenty days post operation. Katharine actively participates in swimming, yoga, hiking, paragliding, and cross-country road trips. “She has no pain in her hips and is moving and functioning like a normal human. I am so grateful and am enjoying watching Katharine return to life,” remarks Scott Martin, Katharine’s husband.

Katharine was operated upon by Dr. Vijay Bose and his team. Dr. Bose, a specialist in Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, Joint Replacement and Sports Medicine, has over a thousand BHR surgeries under his belt.
“Beyond the cost savings, the attention given was remarkable. Dr. Bose and his qualified staff will always be remembered for this,” adds Katharine.

Impressed by the high quality of care in India, even Scott, who accompanied Katharine to India addressed some of his periodontal issues through dental scaling and crowns at Apollo Hospitals while Katharine recuperated after her second Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery.

“It has been a positive life changing process for both of us. Thank you, Healthbase, for being so receptive, supportive and professional,” acknowledge Katharine and Scott.

Healthbase connects patients from across the globe to health care facilities in India, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Philippines, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Mexico and United States. Healthbase has over 45 providers on its network.

About Healthbase Online Inc.:

Healthbase, an award-winning Boston-based medical tourism and dental tourism facilitator, is a one-stop source for global medical and dental choices, connecting patients to leading healthcare providers around the world. Healthbase coordinates over 200 procedures in various categories like orthopedic, spinal , cardiac, bariatric, urology , oncology , dental , cosmetic and general surgery . Some of the common procedures offered are Birmingham hip resurfacing , total hip replacement , knee replacement , ACL repair , rotator cuff surgery , spinal fusion , spinal disk replacement, heart bypass surgery , lap band , gastric bypass , cancer treatment , liposuction, dental implants, crowns, bridges, etc. for a fraction of the cost in the US with equal or superior outcomes. Healthbase’s partner healthcare facilities are located in Thailand, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Mexico and USA, and are expanding to Canada, UK, Jordan, Taiwan, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, El Salvador and Guatemala. To ensure that patients receive the best care possible, Healthbase works mainly with hospitals that have international accreditations like JCI, JCAHO and ISO. Healthbase caters to the needs of individual consumers, self-funded businesses, insurance carriers, benefit consultants, insurance agents, and third party administrators seeking affordable medical travel and dental travel options. To learn more, call 1-888-691-4584, email info.hb @ healthbase.com or visit http://www.healthbase.com.

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007 TOP SECRETS OF MESSING UP YOUR MEDICAL CARE OVERSEAS

Ever heard of botched cosmetic jobs in Brazil or crappy dental work in Mexico? Such situations are very real. Here are the 007 top secrets of messing up your medical care overseas.

Top Secret # 001: Not doing research
Don’t do any research and you will successfully fail in your quest for achieving safe and healthy medical treatment overseas. However, if you do want to go abroad and get quality health care while saving some bucks then consider doing thorough homework and collecting enough information. Some sources of information are: websites offering medical tourism services like Healthbase, news, articlestestimonials, etc. Satisfied medical tourists claim proper research to be a sure-fire way of happy and healthy medical tourism.

Top Secret # 002: Going abroad for a wrong procedure
Your ambulance will not drive you to India during an emergency (or even otherwise). Reasonably, only non-emergency treatments can be considered for medical tourism but not all such treatments fit the criterion as sometimes the travel costs can outweigh the possible savings achievable by going abroad.

Top Secret # 003: Choosing the wrong place
How about going to Thailand for your half-yearly dental cleaning? Superb idea? Not exactly. How about going there for dental implants? Maybe. And for full mouth restoration? Definitely. Choose a wrong place and you will waste your money on medical tourism instead of saving some. Wise medical tourists consider travel cost, lodging cost and number of visits required for full treatment when calculating potential savings.

Top Secret # 004: Choosing an unqualified doctor
Thanks to the power of the Internet, it’s very easy to choose a doctor qualified at accomplishing botched jobs. If you wish to not fall prey to them, better do your homework properly. Check your doctor’s credentials, ask people around and get recommendations from reliable sources to avoid scheduling an appointment with “Dr. Quack”.

Top Secret # 005: Not doing proper planning and preparation
Allowing time for surgery but not for recovery and recuperation? That will require you to modify your itinerary. As a medical tourist you should prepare yourself to stay longer/shorter than expected. If you have travel or tourism on mind, allow time for that as well. A word on arranging your essential documents: Put together your medical records and financial records, acquire passport and visa, and have the information of your important contacts handy. Also, book your travel tickets and hotel rooms well in advance.

Top Secret # 006: Working with a substandard medical tourism agency
There are new agencies cropping up each day. Some of them are there to genuinely help you while others are affiliated with “Dr. Quack”. A good medical tourism agency like Healthbase will have partners that are certified by international or domestic accrediting organizations. It will offer a variety of medical travel services, it will offer numerous medical procedures in many countries, it will have patient testimonials on its website, it will have been covered by media, and much more. Your research will help you identify the good ones.

Top Secret # 007: Failing to follow the right aftercare
Planning to play football the day after your total knee replacement surgery? Ouch, that will hurt! Physical therapy, rest, diet, medication, etc. are all as important as the surgery. Your local doctor might be able to help you with your aftercare so always keep him informed. You might also need his help, for example, for removing sutures or for taking X-Rays.

Remember to avoid the above 7 mistakes and your medical tourism abroad will be happy, healthy and successful.

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MEDICAL OUTSOURCING

Dictionary.com defines outsourcing as “a practice used by different companies to reduce costs by transferring portions of work to outside suppliers rather than completing it internally”. The term which has been generally associated with the automobile industry was popularized during the past decade by the computer or IT industry. But when it is the health industry in question, how does outsourcing work there? What is outsourced and how?

If you are thinking it’s the drug manufacturing that is outsourced, you are wrong. Nor is it the bookkeeping that is outsourced. What is outsourced is the patient himself or rather he chooses to have his treatment done offshore. The driving cause is the high cost of health care in his home country. Or in certain other cases, the long waits before he can get the needed treatment.

So, medical outsourcing or offshore medical which is also commonly known as medical tourism is the practice of seeking health care abroad. But, who provides these outsourcing services?

There are lots of offshore health care providers in the form of hospitals and clinics participating in this business. Some of them can be found on the other side of the border while others may be a few oceans across. Examples include those in India, Singapore, Thailand, Mexico, Turkey, Panama, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, and so on. Some of them give excellent service – even superior to what you can get at home using the latest technology and by world-renowned surgeons – while others may not be as great. To show their commitment towards top quality, many providers also have international accreditations like JCI, JACHO, ISO, etc. Some have strategic alliances with well-known US health care providers like Cleveland Clinic, Harvard Medical International and Johns Hopkins.

International health care providers are able to provide you with high quality treatment at an affordable cost mainly because of low labor cost, low administrative cost, low malpractice cost and low living cost in their country. That’s the same reason why IT companies started outsourcing.

Now the obvious question arises – how do you find the right provider for your needs? The answer is do research. There are lots of resources available – news, articles, blogs, forums, testimonials, etc. Many people find it useful to work with a health tourism facilitator or medical tourism facilitator like Healthbase (http://www.healthbase.com). They are specialized facilitators who carefully screen and partner with international healthcare providers that meet up to the high standards of patients from the US, the UK, Canada, etc. They also help patients with all the logistics involved in getting a surgery abroad.

There are a few other things that you will need to do for a successful experience in getting your surgery overseas. Getting into the details of all of them is beyond the scope of this article. Here are some of them: doing a thorough research on the surgery in question to establish your suitability for it as well as for medical tourism, getting to learn about your medical travel destination, arranging all your medical records and sending them to the international hospital, securing passport and visa, booking tickets, and more. You may want to start here: http://www.healthbase.com/resources/medical-tourism/medical-tourism-information.

Earlier, people would go abroad mostly for elective cosmetic procedures which were not covered by insurances. Today, people outsource their orthopedic procedures as well as cardiac surgeries as well as organ transplants. It’s not just individuals who are interested in this trend to save money. Medical outsourcing has also received attention from health insurance companies who have started offering overseas treatment plans to expand their customer base, and from employers who have included it as a benefit to their employees.

At the time of writing this article, neither Merriam Webster nor Dictionary.com had an entry for “medical outsourcing”. But given the speed with which the trend is spreading, pretty soon they will have to update their dictionaries.

You can learn more about medical outsourcing, the details of the process, international healthcare providers and arrange your surgery by logging on to http://www.healthbase.com. Healthbase.com is a medical tourism facilitator committed to providing low-cost high quality medical travel services to the global medical consumer.

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Lipoplasty (Liposuction)

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Women and men who are of relatively normal weight but have isolated fat pockets causing certain areas of their body to appear disproportionate are particularly well-suited to Liposuction (lipoplasty). These localized fat deposits may at times be inherited traits that normally are impervious to dieting or exercise. Liposuction is often the only way to eliminate them. Though it is possible to undergo liposuction at almost any age, best results can be obtained if your skin still has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth contour following fat removal. Inelastic skin as in some older patients may not redrape well making a skin tightening procedure inevitable.
Consider yourself to be a good candidate for liposuction if you either have localized excess fat or if you desire contouring in any of the following areas:

  • cheeks, jowls and neck
  • upper arms
  • breast or chest areas
  • back
  • abdomen and waist
  • hips and buttocks
  • inner and outer thighs
  • inner knee
  • calves and ankles

Sometimes Liposuction may be used to treat a condition called gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, which frequently occurs among both teenage and adult males.

Do not consider Liposuction a substitute for overall weight loss.
 
Liposuction is not an effective treatment for cellulite (a condition that gives the skin an uneven, dimpled appearance) as well. To tackle these problem alternative treatments may be considered, in some cases.
INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION
Considering the individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from Liposuction. Your unique characteristics will be considered by your plastic surgeon in determining the most effective treatment. In the consultation process, you will be asked to specify the exact areas which you would like to see improved. Your surgeon will thus understand your expectations and determine whether they can be achieved realistically. Your current weight and your plan to lose or gain weight in the future will be evaluating factors in your liposuction.

Your unique characteristics will be considered by your plastic surgeon in determining the most effective treatment. In the consultation process, you will be asked to specify the exact areas which you would like to see improved. Your surgeon will thus understand your expectations and determine whether they can be achieved realistically. Your current weight and your plan to lose or gain weight in the future will be evaluating factors in your liposuction.

HOW LIPOSUCTION IS PERFORMED
The process begins by first inserting a small, hollow tube, called a cannula, through one or more tiny incisions near the area to be suctioned and fat is removed. Incisions, usually less than one-quarter inch in length are placed as inconspicuously as possible, mostly within skin folds or contour lines. A vacuum pressure unit is connected by tubing to the cannula. Under the surgeon’s guidance the suction device literally vacuums away the unwanted fat.
UNDERSTANDING RISKS
Fortunately for patients significant complications from Liposuction are infrequent. Year after year multitudes of people, who have undergone liposuction experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. However one should be aware of both the benefits and risks when considering surgery.

A personal discussion on the subject of risks and potential complications of surgery between you and your surgeon can prove helpful.

A detailed information booklet will be provided with instructions and precautions for the immediate and early postoperative period. This will also discuss the sequeal of Liposuction.

RECOVERY
Post surgery you will be taken into a recovery area where you will be closely monitored. Going home after a few hours probably might be permitted, although some patients may stay overnight in the hospital or surgical facility.
RESULTS OF YOUR LIPOSUCTION
Liposuction before and after image Areas of fatty deposits that previously created unflattering bulges and perhaps made it difficult to feel comfortable in your clothing or caused self-consciousness will be reduced by Liposuction surgery. The appearance of your new, slimmer contour may be delayed due to factors such as fluid retention following surgery and prolonged swelling. Because of the gradual healing process you should expect to wait a while to see the final results of your liposuction.
HOW lONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
As long as you maintain your postoperative weight the results of liposuction will be permanent. In case you gain a few extra pounds, you may realize that the weight is distributed more evenly instead of accumulating in the problematic areas of the past. A touchup might be desired occasionally to further improve the results in the area that has been suctioned. The additional treatment can sometimes be performed under local anesthesia.

Your progress will be evaluated in your visits to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals.

Please keep in mind your relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. For any queries or concerns during your recovery, or additional information at a later time, you should contact your surgeon.

 

 

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Healthbase is a provider-of-choice for medical tourists world-wide. We provide direct access to leading JCI/JCAHO/ISO accredited hospitals in Thailand, Singapore, India, Mexico and we are expanding to Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and Panama.

Over hundred medical procedures are available in various categories: orthopedic procedures such as hip replacement, Birmingham hip resurfacing, artificial knee replacement, knee surgery, cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, face lift, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction, dental procedures such as bridges, implants, crowns, and procedures in categories such as cardiac, vascular, spinal, obesity, eye, LASIK, urology, general surgery, plastic surgery, weight-loss surgery, wellness and much more. The savings are up to 80% from typical USA prices.

Healthbase provides direct access to elite US, UK and internationally trained physicians and surgeons at major, JCI/JCAHO/ISO accredited hospitals in over ten cities in Thailand, Singapore, India, Mexico and we are expanding to Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and Panama. Extensive hospital profiles including pictures of hospital facility, patient room, operating room, videos, doctor credentials, step-by-step guide, cost comparison, free quote and much more are available after login. Registration is simple, easy and free.

Singapore

Raffles Hospital

An ISO 9001 institute with US/UK trained specialists. Raffles Hospital in Singapore is a 380-bed tertiary care private hospital offering a full complement of specialist services using the most advanced medical technology. The rooms at Raffles Hospital are outfitted to the standards of five-star hotels, with an array of suites, single, double, four and six-bed rooms for you to choose from.

National Heart Center Singapore

National Heart Center Singapore is a designated national center for cardiovascular medicine in Singapore and sees over 85,000 outpatients yearly. Performed 2,056 Angioplasty procedures, 577 CABG procedures & 304 Pacing procedures in 2005. National Heart Center Singapore is the first heart center outside USA to be JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited.

Thailand

Piyavate Hospital

The Piyavate Hospital medical staff is comprised both American Board and Thai Board Certified Physicians in every specialty field, supported by highly qualified registered nurses, technicians and administrative personnel. Piyavate Hospital is located in Bangkok, Thailand. The hospital provides medical services using modern technology and state-of-the-art equipment, accredited by the International Standards Organization ISO 9001-2000.

Bangkok Hospital Group Medical Center

Bangkok Hospital is one of the biggest hospitals in Thailand providing tertiary healthcare. The Bangkok Hospital Group has world renowned physicians, cutting edge technology and excellent nursing staff provide all of their patients with the utmost level of medical care. The Bangkok Heart Hospital an ISO 9001:2000 accredited hospital has treated more than 40,000 cardiac outpatients and has done more than 1,100 heart surgeries to date.

India

Apollo Hospitals Group

The first Indian hospital to receive the Joint Commission International (JCI) USA accreditation the gold-standard in hospital certifications worldwide. Apollo Hospitals have over 7000 beds in 38 hospitals. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in New Delhi, India is spread over 12 acres of land, has a built-up area of 600,000 square feet, and handles close to 200,000 patients a year, of which 10,000 are international patients.

Wockhardt Hospitals Group

Wockhardt hospitals Group has established a chain of super specialty hospitals at Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkatta and Nagpur. Wockhardt Hospitals has associated with Harvard Medical International (HMI), USA. As associate hospitals of HMI in India, Wockhardt Hospitals benefit from the extensive learning and experience of Harvard Medical School and its affiliated institutions world-wide and strive to bring to its patients the benefits of global standards in technology and clinical expertise. Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai, has become the first super specialty hospital in South Asia to achieve accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI), USA.

Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center

Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center (EHIRC), an ISO 9001 institute has a total of 164 Critical Care beds to provide intensive care to patients after surgery or angioplasty, emergency admissions or other patients needing highly specialized management. The hospital is backed by the most advanced laboratories performing complete range of investigative tests in the field of Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Bio-chemistry, Haematology, Transfusion Medicine and Microbiology. Performed over 9756 Angiographies, 2707 Coronary Interventions, 5519 Cardiac (3214 CABG, 563 Valve, 765 Congenital, 977 other) surgeries in 2005.

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