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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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Posted by Josef Woodman on 16 December 2011
MRI scan at Sime Darby Medical Center Subang Jaya in Kuala Lumpur
MRI scan at Sime Darby Medical Center Subang Jaya in Kuala Lumpur

On a recent business trip to Southeast Asia and all too aware of my impending sixtieth birthday next January, I reserved an extra day in Bangkok for some routine medical tests and procedures. The story will likely be familiar to you: my eyesight ain't what it used to be, I can barely hear my dinner companions in restaurants, and it was once again time for that dreaded colonoscopy. So I booked a vision exam, a comprehensive auditory test, and the endoscopic-style procedure.

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 11 October 2011
Bartender Brennan Mulligan showed off his new smile after dental surgery in Cost
Bartender Brennan Mulligan showed off his new smile after dental surgery in Costa Rica

I awoke this morning to a tweet that alerted me to an article in today's New York Daily News on the subject of medical tourism. "What a way to start the day," I groaned, "likely a hack job on the dangers of traveling to terrorist nations, horror stories of germ-infested hospitals, untrained surgeons wielding wooden scalpels, on and on...." Such are the tales...

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Posted by Josef Woodman on 27 September 2011
Scans and other testing abroad can save money

Renown writer and travel guru Peter Greenberg recently challenged me to provide examples of what I call "medical travel no-brainers," which popped up this week on PeterGreenberg.com.

He writes: "half of travel planning is looking for the right deal. We seek out affordable airfare, car rentals, accommodations, even entertainment. Why not also 'shop' for value with your...

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