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    China emerges as next global medical tourism hotspot
    Xinhua, 11 April 2017
    "'We see a rising market in China,' said Patients Beyond Borders CEO Josef Woodman in an e-mail interview. He said China can successfully compete with mature markets in the region, as it is strong in TCM treatment and its health care infrastructure is fast improving." Read more
    A boom in medical tourism to Mexico predicted if Obamacare ends
    Yahoo News, 22 March 2017
    "Patients Beyond Borders CEO Josef Woodman credits the Affordable Care Act with helping drive this trend by forcing people to make choices about their insurance for the first time, leading many to pick seemingly inexpensive 'skinny plans' that left many underinsured. 'Outbound medical tourism is not about rich people,” said Woodman. “It’s really people who are one medical condition away from the streets.'" Read more
    Going to Mexico for dental care saved me $1,800
    Arizona Daily Star, 13 March 2017
    "Most of the Americans getting dental care in Mexico live in highly populated border-area cities like Tucson, Patients Beyond Borders CEO Josef Woodman says. He has been researching the industry for 12 years and says while cost is unquestionably the driving factor for seeking out-of-country care, he urges dental tourists to do their homework and not to choose based on cost alone." Read more
    Medical Tourism Is Big Business But Still an Emerging Market
    SKIFT, 10 March 2017
    "With perpetually rising healthcare costs in countries like the U.S. or poor quality hospitals and doctors in other regions, medical tourism is thriving but many travel brands remain uncertain with how to address and market medical travel. That's the view of Josef Woodman, the CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, an organization that connects travelers to accredited hospitals, doctors, and specialists around the world." Read more
    Medical tourism taking wing as U.S. patients fly abroad for treatment
    Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 5 March 2017
    "'We have access to great care here in the United States, and if people had their druthers and money was no object, they'd stay here for medical care,' said Josef Woodman, founder and CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, a company that provides information and advice for consumers considering medical travel. 'But there's a whole lot of people who can’t afford the out-of-pocket costs here." Read more
    Trump travel ban could hurt medical visits to U.S.
    Chicago Tribune, 31 January 2017
    "Fewer international patients might be a problem for hospitals, said Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, a company based in North Carolina that publishes and sells guides about international medical travel. 'Hospitals will feel it because as their margins shrink, they need that out-of-pocket patient that they charge a lot of money to,' Woodman said." Read more
    Travel Abroad for Low-Cost Care
    Kiplinger, 6 December 2016
    "Some highly regarded facilities are not accredited by these international agencies, but you should investigate their standards carefully. Start by hunting online for any complaints or negative news reports that represent red flags. Hospitals may tout partnerships with prestigious U.S. medical centers, or they may highlight the number of U.S. board-certified physicians they have on staff, but these credentials are not particularly valuable on their own. Before booking an appointment with a physician or surgeon, ask about his or her background (including education and training) and for references from past patients. Also ask how many similar procedures he or she has performed, says Woodman. The higher the number, the better." Read more
    The Dangerous Practice of Seeking Medical Treatments Abroad
    Vice, 26 October 2016
    "According to Patients Beyond Borders, a medical-tourism guidebook published in 2007, patients spend between $3,800 and $6,000 per cross-border medical visit, including treatment costs, transportation, and accommodations. Still, cancer drugs in the US can cost much more—research from Memorial Sloan Kettering's Center for Health Policy and Outcomes shows the price of 30 newly approved cancer drugs rose to $10,000 a month or more between 2010 and 2014." Read more
    The allure of cheap doctors, drugs and dentists in Mexico
    The Desert Sun, 20 October 2016
    "Josef Woodman, the author of the medical tourism guide Patients Beyond Borders, estimated that 900,000 Americans left the country for medical care in 2013, but Woodman is not counting people traveling for prescription drugs, a big draw to Mexico. Another estimate for California only based on a 2001 survey put the number at 952,000 adults heading to Mexico annually for medical care, dental work and prescription drugs." Read more
    How Scripps and Baptist Health South Florida are responding to medical tourism growth
    Becker's Healthcare, 19 September 2016
    "Patients Beyond Borders estimates that the worldwide market for international patient care is approximately $40 billion today, and is expected to grow at a rate of at least 15 percent year-over-year. More specifically, 14 million patients use medical services outside of their country of residence each year, according to Patients Beyond Borders. On average, patients spend between $3,800 and $6,000 per visit." Read more
    Monterrey, un destino favorito del turismo médico
    El Economista, 14 July 2016
    "En general, los pacientes son de origen hispano que emigraron hacia los Estados Unidos así como hispanos nacidos en ése país, que vienen a México por atención médica, hospitalaria y dental, indica el estudio Patients Beyond Borders." Read more
    Dental tourism growing: Quebec Order of Dentists
    Radio Canada International, 14 June 2016
    "Patients Beyond Borders, researched the development and found Mexico is the most popular destination for Canadians seeking elective procedures such as dental work. Costa Rica, South America and India are also popular medical destinations." Read more
    How Cheap Oil and Fewer Nose Jobs Hurt Thai Hospital Stocks
    Bloomberg, 29 May 2016
    "Between 1.3 million and 1.8 million medical tourists traveled to Thailand last year, according to figures from Patients Beyond Borders, a consulting firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The country is well known for cosmetic and sex change procedures. Medical tourism generated 107 billion baht ($3 billion) of revenue in 2014, according to the latest Thai government estimate." Read more
    Sex-change surgery: India’s new line in budget medical tourism
    AFP, 7 May 2016
    "The number pales in comparison to Thailand which draws up to two million [medical travel] patients a year, but the firm’s chief executive officer (CEO) Josef Woodman was confident India would become a future leader in the niche area of gender affirmation surgeries. 'I think in another three to five years. It takes time,' Woodman told AFP of the surgeries, performed by less than a dozen Indian surgeons mostly in Delhi and Mumbai." Read more
    Chinese spur medical tourism in US
    China Daily, 15 April 2016
    "Competition among US hospitals for Chinese patients is heating up as they flood the US market, particularly lung cancer patients from large industrial centers like Beijing and Guangzhou in South China's Guangdong province, said Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, a company that publishes medical travel guides." Read more
    Why you should cross the border for a new face
    New York Post, 29 March 2016
    "According to Josef Woodman, CEO of the international medical and health travel Web site Patients Beyond Borders, increasing numbers of people are going abroad for health care. Judging by data from ministries of health and hospitals around the world, he says, 1.2 million to 1.4 million Americans are now heading overseas for surgery annually. And that number has been increasing by an average of 23 percent per year for the last 10 years. He attributes recent rises, in part, to Obamacare making Americans increasingly comfortable with shopping for physicians and insurance plans." Read more
    Can medical tourism succeed in Central Florida?
    Orlando Sentinel, 6 February 2016
    "'You can't become a medical tourism attraction until you have a great story to tell, beginning with great quality of care,' said Josef Woodman, founder and CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, who has written a book on the subject. Central Florida may be on its way, especially with Lake Nona's medical city booming, 'but does it have a critical mass of hospitals? I'd say probably not,' Woodman said." Read more
    Should You Travel Abroad for IVF?
    US News & World Report, 15 December 2015
    "Americans may also find equal, if not superior, care abroad, according to Woodman's book, 'Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody's Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Travel.' Barbados Fertility Centre, for example, reports an 80 percent IVF success rate for women under 35. Compare that to the United States,? where only about 46 percent of IVF cycles result in a clinical pregnancy on average, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology." Read more

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