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50-year old knee injury relieved through Healthbase at an Indian hospital

Uninsured American gets a knee replacement surgery overseas after years of living with a bad knee

William Nilsson had not paid much attention to the knee injuries he sustained during football games in high-school some 50 years ago. But when he tore his knee ligaments last year while playing golf, he, like 45 million uninsured Americans, didn’t know how he could pay for a knee replacement surgery. He saw the light of hope with Healthbase that helped him find low cost but high quality treatment in India, ensuring that he could play golf again.

After his successful surgery and recovery in India, William Nilsson and his wife returned home to the US in mid-April. He recalls his wonderful experience with Healthbase throughout the process of his treatment. In his own words, “I was very impressed with all the help I received and the clarity with which my questions were answered [by Healthbase]. The service and information I have received from Healthbase has been excellent. Everything was great.”

He also enthusiastically talks about the quality of care he received at Wockhardt hospital in India. He quotes, “The doctors who treated me were very professional. They would visit our room many times a day. The quality of care we received on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the least, I would rate them as a 10.”

William Nilsson is one of the many uninsured and underinsured American patients who seek help at Healthbase each year. Healthbase, a Massachusetts based medical tourism facilitator, connects patients to leading medical facilities overseas, arranging first-class treatment for them at major internationally-accredited hospitals in India, Thailand, Singapore, and Mexico. In order to provide a wider variety of hospitals and greater convenience to its patients, Healthbase is expanding its network of provider affiliates to Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium and Turkey.

The cost of surgical care at Healthbase’s continually growing network of affiliated institutions is typically a fraction of that found in the U.S., with equal or superior outcomes. A knee replacement surgery, for example, which costs over $30,000 in the US, costs only $6,500 in India. Even with travel expenses taken into account, the comprehensive treatment packages offered by Healthbase provide a savings measured in thousands of dollars.

At Healthbase.com, patients can arrange treatment, travel, and accommodation without ever leaving home. Registered Healthbase members are guided as they make decisions for themselves using detailed hospital reviews, physician profiles and honest patient feedback. Patients can correspond with partner hospitals, review personalized estimates from different providers, and even upload and selectively share their digital medical records. The website also provides online educational materials and procedural information.

To make sure patients receive the best care possible, Healthbase only works with hospitals that maintain best practice standards of care, such as JCI/JCAHO accreditation. Each hospital has been personally inspected by Healthbase team to ensure that the experience itself, from the quality of nurses and standards of hygiene to post-treatment recovery services, is exceptional.

Healthbase makes treatment abroad accessible to more patients than ever before.

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Dental Crowns

What is a dental crown and why is it needed?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth, covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

A dental crown may be needed:
• To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
• To restore a broken or worn-down tooth
• To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
• To give esthetics to a misshaped or discolored teeth
• To hold a dental bridge in place
• To cover a dental implant

What types of materials are available for crowns?
Permanent crowns can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.

Metals used in crowns include gold alloy, other alloys (for example, palladium) or a base-metal alloy (for example, nickel or chromium). Compared with other crown types, less tooth structure needs to be removed with metal crowns. Tooth wear to the opposing teeth is kept to a minimum. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well. They last the longest in terms of wear down and they rarely chip or break. The main drawback is the metallic color. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be color matched to your adjacent teeth (unlike the metallic crowns). However, more wearing to the opposing teeth occurs with this crown type compared with metal or resin crowns. The crown’s porcelain portion can also chip or break off. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look most like normal teeth. However, sometimes the metal underlying the crown’s porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more so if your gums recede. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth.
All-resin dental crowns are less expensive than other crown types. However, they wear down over time and are more prone to fractures than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide the best natural color match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and they wear down the opposing teeth a little more than metal or resin crowns. All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth.

Details of the procedure

What steps are involved in crowning a tooth?
Crowning a tooth usually requires two visits – in the first visit the dentist examines and prepares the tooth, and in the second visit he places the permanent crown.

Step 1: Examining and preparing the tooth
Your dentist may take a few x-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and the surrounding bone. If the tooth has extensive decay or if there is a risk of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp, a root canal treatment may first be performed.

Your dentist will first anesthetize your tooth and the gum tissue around the tooth. Next, he will file down the tooth receiving the crown along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. The amount removed depends on the type of crown used (for instance, all-metal crowns are thinner, requiring less tooth structure removal than all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal ones). On the other hand, if a large area of the tooth is missing (due to decay or damage), your dentist will use filling material to “build up” the tooth enough to support the crown.

After reshaping the tooth, your dentist will make an impression of the tooth to receive the crown. Impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth to receive the dental crown will also be made to make sure that the crown will not affect your bite.

The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where the crown will be manufactured. The crown is usually returned to your dentist’s office in 2 to 3 weeks. If your crown is made of porcelain, your dentist will also select the shade that most closely matches the color of the neighboring teeth. During this first office visit your dentist will make a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made. Temporary crowns usually are made of acrylic and are held in place using a temporary cement.

Step 2: Receiving the permanent dental crown
At your second visit, your dentist will remove your temporary crown and check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If everything is acceptable, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and the new crown is permanently cemented in place.

What should I watch out for after I have received a dental crown?
Discomfort or sensitivity: You will likely experience some sensitivity immediately after the procedure as the anesthesia begins to wear off. If the crowned tooth has a nerve in it, you may experience some heat and cold sensitivity. You may be recommended to brush your teeth with toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. If you have pain or sensitivity when you bite down it may usually mean that the crown is too high on the tooth. This problem can be easily fixed by your dentist.

Chipped crown: All-porcelain crowns can sometimes chip. A small chip can be repaired using a composite resin with the crown remaining in your mouth. For extensive chipping the crown may need to be replaced.

Loose crown: In some cases the cement under the crown washes out causing loosening of the crown, which results in bacterial activity in the area and causes decay to the remaining tooth. You must contact your dentist if your crown feels loose.

Crown falls off: Crowns may sometimes fall off due to an improper fit or a lack of cement. You should contact your dentist immediately in such a case. Your dentist may be able to re-cement your crown in place or replace it with a new crown.

Allergic reaction: In very rare cases, you can have an allergic reaction to the metals or porcelain used in making crowns.

Dark line on crowned tooth next to the gum line: Sometimes the metal of your crown may show through in the form of a dark line next to the gum line of your crowned tooth. It is normal, particularly if you have a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.

Does a crowned tooth require any special care?
The tooth underlying the crowned tooth needs to be protected from decay or gum disease. You should continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day – especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.

How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years on an average. The life span of a crown depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits (you should avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails and using your teeth to open packaging).

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Dental Implants

What is a dental implant and why is it necessary?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement and is used in prosthetic dentistry. Implants can provide people with dental replacements that are both functional and aesthetic. A dental implant involves a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. It acts as an anchor for a false tooth or a set of false teeth.

Implants can provide people with dental replacements that are both functional and esthetic. After a dental implant restoration is perfectly constructed, neither the patient nor anyone else should have any hint that an implant is there.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone in reasonable health who wants to replace missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. You must have enough bone in the area of the missing teeth to provide for the anchorage of the implants. If you do not have enough bone to support a dental implant, bone grafts can be placed. Implants are used to replace small bridges, removable partial dentures and even missing single teeth.

Details of the procedure

What happens during the dental implant procedure, and how is it performed?
A typical implant consists of a titanium screw, with a roughened surface. This surface is treated either by plasma spraying, etching or sandblasting to increase the integration potential of the implant. At edentulous (without teeth) jaw sites, a pilot hole is bored into the recipient bone, taking care to avoid vital structures (in particular the inferior alveolar nerve within the mandible).

This pilot hole is then expanded by using progressively wider drills. Care is taken not to damage the osteoblast cells by overheating. A cooling saline spray keeps the temperature of the bone to below 117 degrees Fahrenheit (approx) or 47 degrees Celsius. The implant screw can be self-tapping, and is screwed into place at a precise torque so as not to overload the surrounding bone. Once in the bone, a cover screw is placed and the operation site is allowed to heal for a few months for integration to occur.

After some months the implant is uncovered and a healing abutment and temporary crown is placed onto the implant. This encourages the gum to grow in the right scalloped shape to approximate a natural tooth’s gums and allows assessment of the final aesthetics of the restored tooth. Once this has occurred a permanent crown will be constructed and placed on the implant.

What type of anesthesia will be used?
A dental implant is surgically placed under local anesthesia causing the procedure to be generally not at all painful.

How long after a dental implant is placed can it be used to anchor my new teeth?
In earlier days, the waiting time was three months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw before beginning to construct the new dental prosthesis that is supported by the implants.

In recent years, an increasingly common strategy to preserve bone and reduce treatment times includes the placement of a dental implant into a recent extraction site. In addition, immediate loading or “implants in a day” is becoming more common as success rates for this procedure are now acceptable. This can cut months off the treatment time and in some cases a prosthetic tooth can be attached to the implants at the same time as the surgery to place the dental implants.

What precautions will I need to take after the procedure?
Dental implants are not susceptible to dental caries but they can develop a periodontal condition called peri-implantitis where correct oral hygiene routines have not been followed. Risk of failure is increased in smokers. For this reason implants are frequently placed only after a patient has stopped smoking as the treatment is very expensive.

What are the risks/complications associated with dental implants?
Although there are not many things that can go wrong with dental implants, some of the problems could be:
• Failure to integrate into the bone resulting into the falling out of the implant.
• A fracture or breaking of the implant.
• Problems with the connection between the implant and the prosthesis.
• An infection or an inflammatory condition in the soft tissue and sometimes in the bone as a result of the implant placement.
• Damage to the nerves in the lower jaw and to the maxillary sinus or the nasal cavity.
All of these complications are rare and can usually be easily corrected.

Does it hurt after the dental implants have been placed?
Some discomfort may occur once the effect of the anesthesia wears off about three or four hours after the procedure. Most patients do not have significant problems although the level of discomfort varies from patient to patient. Some patients do have varying degrees of pain or discomfort which may last for several days. Swelling and black and bluing may also develop.

What should I watch out for?
You should call upon your dentist when there is prolonged pain as this is not a good sign with dental implants. Having prolonged pain does not always mean failure but the cause of the pain should be determined as soon as possible.
The implant may have to be removed if an infection develops or if the implant is not properly integrating into the adjacent bone.

What happens if my dental implants are rejected?
In occasional cases when the dental implants fail or are rejected, they can be replaced with another implant, usually of a slightly larger size. The rate of failure is only about 1-5%. This might be somewhat higher in smokers and people with compromised immune systems. The key element to determining implant success is proper diagnosis and treatment planning.

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Hysterectomy

What is a hysterectomy and why is it necessary?
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus (womb). In some cases, the ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed.

A hysterectomy may be performed to treat:
• Leiomyomas or uterine fibroids (benign tumors) that have increased in size, are painful or are causing bleeding
• Severe endometriosis (uterine tissue that grows outside the uterus)
• Uterine prolapse (uterus that has “dropped” into the vaginal canal due to weakened support muscles) that can lead to urinary incontinence or difficulty with bowel movements
• Cancer of the uterus, cervix or ovary
• Persistent vaginal bleeding that is not controlled by other treatment methods
• Chronic pelvic pain related to the uterus but not controlled by other treatment

A hysterectomy is the second most common surgery among women in the United States. One in three women in the US has had a hysterectomy by the age of 60. But, before having a hysterectomy, it is important to discuss other possible treatments with your health care provider. A hysterectomy will stop your periods, and you will no longer be able to get pregnant. If the surgery removes both ovaries, you will enter menopause.

What are the different types of hysterectomy surgeries?
There are several types of hysterectomies:
• A total or complete hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and cervix. This is the most common type of hysterectomy.
• A total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy is the removal of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes (salpingo) and ovaries (oophor). If you haven’t experienced menopause, removing the ovaries will usually initiate it since your body can no longer produce as much estrogen.
• A partial hysterectomy is the removal of the upper part of the uterus leaving the cervix in place.
• A radical hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy is the removal of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, the upper portion of the vagina and some surrounding tissue and lymph nodes. A radical hysterectomy may be performed to treat cervical or uterine cancer.

Details of the procedure

What do I need to do before surgery?
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.

What happens on the day of surgery?
Your surgeon will explain the procedure in detail, including possible complications and side effects.

A nurse will take your blood and urine sample for testing, give you one or more enemas to cleanse the bowel, shave your abdominal and pelvic areas.

An intravenous (IV) line will be placed in a vein in your arm to deliver medications and fluids.

What type of anesthesia will be used?
You may either be given a general anesthesia in which you will not be awake during the procedure or you may be given local anesthesia (also called epidural or spinal anesthesia) in which medications are placed near the nerves in your lower back to block pain while you stay awake.

What happens during surgery, and how is it performed?
Hysterectomies are done through a cut in the abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy) or the vagina (vaginal hysterectomy). Sometimes an instrument called a laparoscope is used (a procedure called laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy or LAVH) to help see inside the abdomen during vaginal hysterectomy. The type of surgery done depends on the reason for the surgery and may last 1 to 3 hours. Abdominal hysterectomies are more common and usually require a longer recovery time.

How long will I be in the hospital?
You will stay in the hospital from one to two days for post-surgery care. Some women may stay in the hospital up to four days.

What are the risks/complications associated with hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy involves some major and minor risks. Most women do not have problems during or after the operation. Some risks include heavy blood loss requiring blood transfusion, bowel injury, bladder injury, wound pulling open, and anesthesia problems (such as breathing or heart problems).

What should I watch out for?
Be sure to call your doctor if any of the following symptoms appear:
• Bright red vaginal bleeding
• A fever over 100°F
• Difficulty urinating, burning feeling when urinating or frequent urination
• Increasing amount of pain

When can I expect to return to work and/or resume normal activities?
In the case of an abdominal hysterectomy, complete recovery usually takes four to eight weeks. You will gradually be able to increase your activities.

In a vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy, most women are able to return to normal activity in one to two weeks.
For both, by the sixth week, you should be able to take tub baths and resume sexual activities.

If my cervix was removed in my hysterectomy, do I still need to have Pap tests?
Ask your doctor if you need to have periodic Pap tests. Regardless of whether you need a Pap test or not, all women who have had a hysterectomy must continue to have regular gynecologic exams.

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Cholecystectomy

What is a cholecystectomy and why is it necessary?
Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder, which is located in the abdomen beneath the right side of the liver. Gallbladder problems are usually the result of gallstones. These stones may block the flow of bile from your gallbladder, causing the organ to swell. Despite the development of non-surgical techniques, it is the most common method for treating symptomatic gallstones. Other reasons for having this surgery done include cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder), cholangitis (inflammation of the bile duct), gallbladder cancer and biliary dyskinesia (abnormal gallbladder function).

Each year more than 500,000 Americans have gallbladder surgery. Surgery options include the standard procedure, called laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and an older more invasive procedure, called open cholecystectomy.

What are the different types of cholecystectomy surgeries?
There are two methods of cholecystectomy: open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Open surgery is the traditional way to removing the gallblader whereas laparoscopic surgery is the latest and minimally invasive way of doing it.

Details of the procedure

What do I need to do before the surgery?
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.

What happens on the day of surgery?
A nurse will review your chart and confirm that all the paperwork is in order. You will be taken to a pre-operative nursing unit where the anesthesiologist will start an IV. You will then be taken to the operating room. After the appropriate form of anesthesia is administered, surgery will be performed.

What type of anesthesia will be used?
Gallbladder removal is performed under general anesthesia, which will keep you asleep during the surgery.

What happens during surgery, and how is it performed?
If your surgery is performed laparoscopically, your surgeon will make three to four small incisions and insert tube-like instruments through them. The abdomen will be filled with gas to help the surgeon view the abdominal cavity. A camera will be inserted through one of the tubes. The camera sends a magnified image from inside the body to a video monitor, giving the surgeon a close-up view of the organs and tissues. Other instruments will be placed through the additional tubes. The surgeon watches the monitor and performs the operation by manipulating the surgical instruments through separate small incisions. The gallbladder is identified and carefully separated from the liver and other structures.

Finally, the cystic duct and the cystic artery are clipped with tiny titanium clips and cut, then the gallbladder is removed through one of the small incisions. This type of surgery requires meticulous surgical skill, but in straightforward cases can be done in about an hour.

If performed with the open method, a larger incision about 4 to 7 inches (10 to 18 cm) will be made in the abdomen through which the surgeon will remove the gallbladder.

How long will I be in the hospital?
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy does not require the abdominal muscles to be cut, resulting in less pain, quicker healing, improved cosmetic results, and fewer complications such as infection. Most patients can be discharged on the same or following day as the surgery.

However, after an open surgery, patients usually remain in the hospital for about 3 to 7 days.

What are the risks/complications associated with gallbladder removal?
As with any surgery, there are risks such as bleeding, infection, or an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Other risks include injury to the bile duct or the bowel. Your surgeon will inform you of the risks prior to surgery.

What should I watch out for?
Be sure to call your doctor if any of the following symptoms appear:
• Fever
• Worsening pain
• Redness or swelling around the incision
• The incision is warm to the touch
• Drainage from the incision

Will there be scar(s)?
If the procedure is performed laparoscopically the incisions should heal well, leaving small discrete scars. If the open method is used, a larger scar will be present.

When can I expect to return to work and/or resume normal activities?
Most patients can return to any type of occupation in about a week as there are no restrictions after laparoscopic gallbladder removal. You will be encouraged to return to normal activities such as showering, driving, walking up stairs, light lifting, and work as soon as you feel comfortable.

If you had an open surgery, you should not engage in heavy lifting or straining for six to eight weeks after the surgery.

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Spinal Arthritis

What is arthritis?

“Arthritis” is a general term that describes many different diseases causing tenderness, pain, swelling, and stiffness of joints as well as abnormalities of various soft tissues of the body. Of the combined term, “arthros” means a joint and its attachments, and “–itis” means inflammation. Various forms of arthritis affect nearly 50 million Americans and contribute to the majority of all physical disabilities.

Of the several varieties of arthritis, the most common, the most frequently disabling, and often the most painful is osteo- (meaning bone) arthritis, mostly affecting the weight bearing joints (hips and knees) plus the hands, feet and spine. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease and affects up to 30 million Americans, mostly women and usually those over 45 or 50 years of age.

Osteoarthritis of the spine
Spinal arthritis is one of the common causes of back pain. Spinal arthritis is the mechanical breakdown of the cartilage between the aligning facet joints in the back portion (posterior) of the spine that quite often leads to mechanically induced pain. The facet joints (also called vertebral joints or zygophyseal joints) become inflamed and progressive joint degeneration creates more frictional pain. Back motion and flexibility decrease in proportion to the progression of back pain induced while standing, sitting and even walking. Over time, bone spurs (small irregular growths on the bone also called osteophytes) typically form on the facet joints and even around the spinal vertebrae. Bone spurs are also seen as a normal part of aging and do not directly cause pain, but may become so large as to cause irritation or entrapment of nerves passing through spinal structures, and may result in diminished room for the nerves to pass (spinal stenosis). Osteoarthritis in the spine is anatomically divided into:

  • Lower back (lumbar spine) osteoarthritis, sometimes called lumbosacral arthritis, which produces stiffness and pain in the lower spine and sacroiliac joint (between the spine and pelvis).
  • Neck (cervical spine) osteoarthritis, sometimes called cervical spondylosis (spondy- implies the spine, and –osis is an abnormal condition), which can cause stiffness and pain in the upper spine, neck, shoulders, arms and head.

Causes of osteoarthritis and spinal arthritis
Repetitive trauma to the spine from repetitive strains caused by accidents, surgery, sports injuries, poor posture, or work-related activities are common causes of spinal arthritis. Other known risk factors for developing spinal arthritis include:

  • Aging: steady and advanced aging of spinal structures, beginning in the 30’s, often work-related
  • Gender: osteoarthritis being more common in post-menopausal women (although below age 45, it is more common in males)
  • Excess weight: causing more stress on weight-bearing joints and the spine, particularly during the middle age years
  • Genetics: having a family history of osteoarthritis or congenital defects of joints, spine, or leg abnormalities
  • Associated diseases: the presence of other associated diseases, infections, diabetes, and various other forms of circulating arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout

Surgery for spinal arthritis
For spinal arthritis, the only effective surgical treatment is spine fusion surgery to stop the motion at the painful joint. Spinal fusion may also be referred to as “arthrodesis”. Fusion is a surgical technique in which one or more of the vertebrae of the spine are united together (“fused”) so that motion no longer occurs between them. During spinal fusion surgery bone grafts are placed around the spine during surgery. The body then heals the grafts over several months – similar to healing a fracture – which joins, or “welds,” the vertebrae together.

When Is Fusion Needed?
There are many potential reasons for a surgeon to consider fusing the vertebrae. These include: treatment of a fractured (broken) vertebra; correction of deformity (spinal curves or slippages); elimination of pain from painful motion; treatment of instability; and treatment of some cervical disc herniations.

How Long Will It Take To Recover?
The immediate discomfort following spinal fusion is generally greater than with other types of spinal surgeries. Fortunately, there are excellent methods of postoperative pain control available, including oral pain medications and intravenous injections. Another option is a patient-controlled postoperative pain control pump. With this technique, the patient presses a button that delivers a predetermined amount of narcotic pain medication through an intravenous line. This device is frequently used for the first few days following surgery.

Recovery following fusion surgery is generally longer than for other types of spinal surgery. Patients generally stay in the hospital for three or four days, but a longer stay after more extensive surgery is not uncommon. A short stay in a rehabilitation unit after release from the hospital is often recommended for patients who had extensive surgery, or for elderly or debilitated patients.

The decision whether or not to undergo spinal fusion is complex and involves many factors related to the condition being treated, the age and health of the patient, and the patient’s anticipated level of function following surgery. This decision must therefore be made carefully and should be discussed thoroughly with your surgeon.

Healthbase is a medical tourism facilitator that connects patients to leading JCI/JCAHO/ISO accredited hospitals overseas through a secure, high-tech, information-rich web portal. Healthbase provides a wide range of medical procedures through its partner hospital network. Over two hundred medical procedures are available in various categories: cosmetic and plastic, orthopedic, dental, cardiac, and many more. The savings are up to 80 percent from typical US prices even after adding up the travel costs, hospital stay and other related expenses. Healthbase offers more than just procedural availability; we also provide customers with extensive information on medical treatments, hospital and doctor profiles to help them make an educated decision regarding their treatment; travel planning and booking; applying for medical/dental loan and much more.

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Note: All information presented here has been obtained from publicly available medical resources and is here for reference purposes only. Healthbase does not claim to be a medical professional and does not provide any advice on any issues relating to medical treatment.

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What is Medical Tourism?

Simply stating, Medical Tourism is the process of traveling abroad to receive superior medical, dental and cosmetic care by highly skilled surgeons at some of the most modern and state-of-the-art medical facilities in the world…all at a fraction of the price in the US, UK and Canada.

There are many ways to define Medical Tourism, which is also known as Medical Travel, Health Tourism, Health Travel, Medical Value Travel, Healthcare Abroad, Medical Overseas, Overseas Medical, Surgery Overseas and even Medical Outsourcing and Offshore Medical. But for millions of patients in the US, it is the only way to get the needed or desired medical treatment, without wiping out their entire life-savings.

Medical Tourism gives the global medical tourist the opportunity to get the best quality of medical surgery, cosmetic plastic surgery and dental surgery at significantly lower costs. While the low costs are the primary motivation to travel abroad, some medical tourists seek medical care overseas because of immediate availability of procedures and sometimes the unavailability of certain procedures.

Many countries offer discount medical tourism world wide. However, some of the best destinations for international medical tourism include India, Thailand, Singapore and Mexico. Central and South American countries like Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil and Argentina are also picking up fast as they not only have top quality medical expertise to offer but also have great travel destinations where one can enjoy a medical vacation.

Finally, some may call medical tourism a misnomer. Surely, vacationing is not the primary purpose of medical tourism, but while the medical tourists are recuperating, they usually take advantage of the opportunity to inexpensively vacation in the destination country.

History – How medical tourism came into being?

As the prices of receiving good healthcare soar, the insurance coverage becomes poor and the wait lists become longer, one is inclined to explore other avenues. If the same (and sometimes even better) quality of healthcare is available within reach then why not go for it? Hence, the birth of Medical Tourism.

Medical tourism is not a new concept. It has been practiced by wealthy Europeans and Asians for decades when they would travel within their continent and sometimes even to the US to seek health related treatments.

Today, Medical Tourism is no more a “dirty word” as was labeled once by the media. In the US, Health travel is quickly gaining recognition. This is proven by the fact that hordes of Americans (nearly half a million) visit Asia, Mexico and South America each year to seek high quality yet cheap medical treatment, combined with exotic vacations in the destination country.

Who should be interested in medical tourism?

As long as you are healthy enough to travel, you stand to benefit from medical tourism’s offerings. While anyone is a prospective patient, most of our customers fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Elective surgery
    A large number of medical tourists seek out elective procedures such as cosmetic, plastic, dental and wellness treatments that are not covered by insurance plans.
  • Underinsured
    As insurers cut back on their coverage and insurance costs skyrocket, more and more individuals find themselves ‘underinsured’ the current figure rising to about 16 million Americans. High deductibles, co-payments, out-of-pocket expenses, wait-lists and limited physician choices force many patients to seek out alternative treatments. Others find that the care they need is not covered under their catastrophic insurance plans.
  • Uninsured
    16% of the US population i.e. about 45 million Americans are uninsured. These individuals, many of which are self-employed, frequently find themselves dipping into their hard-earned savings to finance their medical care. Medical illness can be a financial nightmare leading to bankruptcy. According to a Harvard study, half of personal bankruptcies are related to medical expenses. Thus, medical tourism is an increasingly popular solution among our uninsured population.

What’s in it for me?

  • Savings
    You are not well and the treatment is necessary. Your insurance is not going to cover much and you will have to pay out of your savings. You know that the surgery will leave you with nothing to pay for your home loan or your car loan or even your utility bills and that you will have to start everything over again. Would you not rather go to another country where you can get the same high-quality care for a fraction of the cost?The primary motivation behind Medical Travel is undoubtedly savings. And not just savings – incredible savings, let us say! Compare a $7,000 hip resurfacing in India with a $48,000 one in the US. That’s more than 80% savings even after you have paid for your travel, stay and vacation.
  • Quality
    Everybody raves about the low cost of medical travel but does that mean that quality is compromised? NO! At least, not at Healthbase. We only include those hospitals and medical centers in our network which meet the tough standards like those specified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Joint Commission International (JCI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). So, rest assured that the services that you will get will meet or exceed US standards.To further ensure exceptional service, we have a rigorous screening and selection process through on-site visits and extensive research. We periodically send experts to our partner hospital sites to re-evaluate their service standards and facilities. Furthermore, we monitor the quality of our providers through patient feedback and reports by international healthcare agencies. At Healthbase, we make every effort to make sure that you receive the best in health and the most in savings.
  • Immediate Service
    When your health is at stake, wait-lists are not an option. Our hospital partners will work with your schedule and timeframe to ensure quick access to care. Through Healthbase’s sophisticated online quote system, your medical records will be made accessible to the hospitals of your choice instantly and hence will be able to get your medical quote within two business days in most cases.
  • Convenience
    As the industry’s most sophisticated and comprehensive web portal, consumers can arrange medical care from start to finish. Our one-stop service offerings are just one of the ways we strive to provide world-class care.
  • Travel Opportunities
    While the primary motivation for most customers is affordable surgery, the opportunity to visit exotic destinations is an additional draw for some of our customers. Some medical tourists spend a few days sightseeing before their procedure while others enjoy the same while recuperating.

I get all these benefits but how are the hospitals able to provide high quality at such low rates? Is it a marketing gimmick?

No, it is not a marketing gimmick and there are no fine print catches. Our hospitals can really provide high quality at low rates. Fees in the U.S. are driven by labor overhead, administrative expenses, and insurance contracts. Over 71 percent of hospital costs are labor related according to a recent World Health Organization report which helps to explain some of the cost advantages for countries with low labor costs. Healthbase eliminates these burdens by connecting patients directly to surgeons, allowing us to offer premier services at prices unavailable in the U.S. It is truly a win-win situation for everybody.

The process of Medical Tourism at Healthbase

Having read enough about the low cost high quality phenomenon of medical care, we are sure you now want to board that plane to get your treatment. Allow us to assist you in your journey to recovery with our unique and most sophisticated medical tourism process. The following diagram gives an overview of how our sophisticated yet easy system works.

The guide to the step by step procedure of Healthbase Medical Tourism follows:

  • Become a registered Healthbase member
    Register for FREE to create a new account or use an existing account to login to enjoy a whole host of services and resources.
  • Research the medical procedures
    Review the medical procedures of your interest from amongst 200+ procedures available. You may also visit our Med Library or read our weblog-1 | weblog-2 to update yourself with the latest and the greatest in the medical field.
  • Review and select a hospital from the network of partner hospitals
    After selecting a procedure of your interest, you may review the hospitals offering that procedure and choose a hospital that you like. To assist you with the selection of the hospital, we give you detailed profiles of our partner hospitals such as the hospital capacity, the equipments being used, room facilities, and much more. Furthermore, a complete profile of the doctors/surgeons employed with those hospitals is also available to make you confident about the medical team that will be in charge of your treatment.
  • Upload your medical records
    In order to assist you with the medical procedures, the surgeons will need to look at your medical records. Update your account with your medical records.
  • Request your free quote
    We have worked tremendously with our partner hospitals to get you the best deal possible for your treatment. At our website, you may request for your free quote for treatment at the hospital of your choice for your desired travel dates.
  • Correspond with the hospital and appointed surgeons
    Once you have reviewed the quote sent by the hospital, we encourage you to correspond with the medical team that will be responsible to cure you and get the answers to your questions. We will facilitate this communication between you and your surgeons.
  • Request and review travel and accommodation quotes
    When you are ready to go, you may request travel and accommodation quotes from our travel and hotel partners respectively. You can book your and your companions tickets, acquire your passports/visas, buy travel insurance, and review travel/packing tips using our online resources.
  • Apply for medical/dental loan
    We understand that your treatment is necessary but you may be unable to pay for it up front. Therefore, we have collaborated with loan processing companies where you can apply for medical and dental loans.
  • Arrive at your destination
    Upon your arrival at your destination country you will be received at the airport and will have an assistant till you reach the hotel or the hospital and you are checked in.
  • Go for pre-treatment consultation
    Our assistant will take you to the hospital for your pre-treatment consultation where you will be examined by the appointed medical team and will get a chance to clarify any doubts you may have.
  • Undergo your treatment/surgery
    Once you have checked into the hospital for your treatment/surgery, you will be treated by the best experienced surgeons.
  • Recuperate after your treatment and return back home
    After your surgeon has released you from the hospital, you will be taken back to your hotel. You may also celebrate your successful treatment with a vacation while you are recuperating. Once all the required post-treatment consultations are over and the surgeon is satisfied with your condition, you may return back home.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Begin your journey by logging in
now to explore the multitude of medical tourism options available to you, to view the cost comparison of over 200 procedures at various hospitals in different countries and to receive your free personalized cost estimate. It’s as easy as 1-2-3…fast, simple and FREE!!

Why Healthbase?

Life is precious and mistakes can cost you dearly. You are traveling halfway across the world to go under the knife of someone you hardly know. So wouldn’t you like to take a partner along who is with you at every single step all the way – from start to finish and beyond?

Yes, we are talking about us. When you choose to go with us, you will find us with you everywhere. At Healthbase, your wellness means everything to us. We are not amongst those medical tourism companies that give you a plethora of advice but a paucity of assistance. At Healthbase, you will receive the best of advice and the best of assistance. Here are a few more reasons why we stand out amidst competition and why we are the trusted provider-of-choice for medical tourists worldwide:

  • Empower yourself with information anywhere, anytime
    We have the industry’s most sophisticated and comprehensive automated web portal to guarantee quick, effective and efficient communication of all information related to the medical tourism process.
  • Communication is the key to everything
    We allow you to correspond with your assigned surgeons as and when required.
  • Our boasts are not empty
    We are medical tourism experts with first-hand industry experience and satisfied clients.
  • Offer so much to choose from
    We offer over 15 international hospital providers in 10 cities in 4 countries to meet your medical travel needs. And we are continually expanding our network so you have multiple choices to select from.
  • Quality is our hallmark of success
    We have a rigorous screening and selection process through on-site visits and extensive research. We periodically send experts to our partner hospital sites to re-evaluate their service standards and facilities.
  • Need we say again that quality is our hallmark of success?
    We have room for only leading healthcare institutions that are either JCI or JCAHO or ISO certified. They are equipped with the most modern, state-of-the-art medical equipments and technology and employ elite physicians educated and trained in the US/UK.
  • Understanding your needs at every step
    We partner with travel agencies to arrange your travel, with hotels to manage your accommodation, and medical and dental loan processing companies to support you financially.
  • Always round the corner
    We are accessible via our Toll-Free telephone number (1-888-MY1-HLTH or 1-888-691-4584) to answer your questions at your convenience. Should you require assistance via email then simply drop in a line (customers.hb@healthbase.com).

Corporate Medical Tourism

To all Small-business owners, Corporations, Self-insured employers, Insurers, Brokers: Are you looking to expand medical choices for consumers while saving thousands of dollars on each case? Do you want to distinguish your company from the competition? We have some excellent corporate plans (employer plans) that will help you reduce costs while maintaining high standards of care. Click here to know how.

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