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Posted by Josef Woodman on 01 July 2014
Patients Beyond Borders in the making...
Patients Beyond Borders in the making...

It’s been nearly a year since I posted on these pages, which roughly coincides with the time it took the editorial team and I to research and revise the Patients Beyond Borders Third Edition. I’m happy to report the book is at last nearly complete, was in fact announced just last week. We are pleased with the final product, representing nearly ten years of research and experience...

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 17 August 2013

In 1997 I cofounded, one of the world’s first online wellness sites, eyeing a projected $2 trillion US healthcare crisis and looming challenges of the sedentary workplace and harmful lifestyle habits. The idea was to offer employee incentives for wellness behaviors that would in turn foster a healthier, more productive workforce.

We were long before our time; after four challenging years we sold the company in 2001.

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Posted by PBB Editor on 07 January 2013
Singapore Changi Airport
Singapore Changi Airport

As US healthcare costs continue to rise and the options for quality care overseas become more widely understood, I'm often asked—by the media, in conferences and lectures, by friends and acquaintances—"Where's the best place in the world to go for medical care?"

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 15 December 2012
Waiting area, Bumrungrad International Hospital

While I attended a healthcare conference last month in Kuala Lumpur, halfway across the planet from the hallowed hallways of Harvard Medical School, my trusty newsfeed treated me to an item that starkly underscored some of the large competitive challenges confronting the US healthcare system and its stakeholders.

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 13 May 2012

During a recent annual physical, my GP noted a melanoma that he found worrisome, and suggested a biopsy. When, after some discussion, I asked what the procedure would cost, he seemed genuinely bewildered at such a question. And when I pressed him, I became convinced he honestly did not know the answer.

Two days later, I called a neighborhood radiology lab and an oncology specialty clinic to make the same inquiry. Again, I got the now-familiar runaround, and I never did get a clear...

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