The Health Traveler's Forum

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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Posted by Josef Woodman on 11 April 2012
Anadolu Titanic Comfort Hotel
Anadolu Titanic Comfort Hotel

Good medicine treats the whole patient—before, during, and after a medical treatment. Good medicine also recognizes the importance of support from family and friends. Patients feel better and heal better when the people they love are near.

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 23 February 2012

Excuses. We all have them.

Who hasn't postponed a doctor's visit until after an important project is completed, time off can be arranged, a big family event is past or some extra money appears in the budget? If you travel—either for pleasure or business—you may have another excuse: "I'll see a doctor after I get back home." But upon your return, you get caught up in work, school, family and social events, so your medical appointment gets delayed ... again!

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