Industry News: Volume 3 Issue 21

PRESS RELEASE: Bumrungrad International Hospital Launches Medication Tourism: Patients Access Quality Specialty Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Specialized Treatment at Lower Cost

Visit to get details about exciting medication tourism opportunities in Thailand

July 16, 2019 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. & BANGKOK – July 16, 2019 – With the introduction of a Medication Tourism program that makes specialty pharmaceuticals, vaccines and specialized care conveniently available to patients at up to 80 percent savings, Bumrungrad International Hospital (BIH) takes the lead in improving access to high quality care and prescriptions at significantly lower costs for complex diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, Hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, cancer and orphan/rare diseases. The first Joint Commission International accredited multi-specialty hospital in Asia, BIH offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities, as well as expert staff and a five-star campus providing authentic, safe and original brand name medications and treatments for every patient.

 “Travel to Thailand to have prescriptions filled and authentic specialty drugs expertly administered at a fraction of the cost resolves a major problem for all patients and U.S.-based self-insured employers who are forced to ration care or deny coverage to keep high specialty drug costs from overrunning their operations,” says David Boucher, chief business transformation officer, BIH, one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, serving over 1.1 million patients annually, including over 520,000 international patients from over 190 nationalities.

“Bangkok is an easy travel destination, leading all cities in overnight visits with close to 1,400-1,500 flights a day going in and out from all parts of the world, making it feasible for people to get their much needed – often life-saving – medications for a relatively low price,” continues Boucher. “Patients and their companions can stay in an affordable hotel, from one night to 30 nights or more, and access treatment at a price that meets their budget.”

Runaway costs for specialty drug prescription medications, particularly in the United States, continue to threaten the health and pocketbooks of individuals, as well as the financial solvency of employers and payers. This avalanche of expensive medicines – which can range from $15,000 a year to as much as $750,000 annually in the United States – has the potential to cripple an entire healthcare system, imposing out-of-pocket costs that cause people to abandon their prescriptions and fail to adhere to treatment. Patients questioning the availability of a particular drug or who want to see if BIH can make it available should visit the website at or contact [email protected].

“Medication Tourism extends the value of medical tourism, furthering the Bumrungrad mission to improve access to affordable care and medications for people throughout the world,” says Boucher. “Today, we offer over 30 centers of excellence and our medical staff includes 1,300+ physicians, many of whom are U.S.-board certified and spent time in the United States to complete a residency, fellowship or pursue advanced training.”

Visit to research the background, training, experience and languages spoken by physicians.

“We have interpreters for over 20 languages that are available in the hospital 24/7 and try to make as many accommodations as possible,” says Boucher. “A representative office is located at the main international airport in Bangkok for maximum convenience to medical travelers.”

BIH also provides concierge services to streamline travel and accommodations, arrange for the transfer of records, book follow-up care and appointments and tend to the needs of patients and their companions.

About Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad International Hospital (BIH) is a Joint Commission International accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1980, it is one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, with 580 beds and over 30 specialty centers. BIH offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center. BIH serves 1.1 million patients annually, including over 620,000 international patients. Visit

CPR for Bumrungrad 
Brittany Tedesco 
[email protected] 
201.641.1911 x14

To view the official press release, click here.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare opens first pediatric hospital in rural Montana

by Jacqueline Renfrow – Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH), a regional health system in western Montana, officially opened Montana Children’s, the first pediatric healthcare facility of its kind in the state.

Previously, in rural or frontier Montana, there were no hospitals with pediatric specialty departments or the staff needed to treat seriously ill children. But on July 1, the $60 million, 190,000-square-foot facility opened with a team of pediatric specialists.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

The Economic Tsunami of Liver Disease: Echosens Publishes New White Paper, Highlights Impact on U.S. Financial Solvency

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Echosens, a high-technology company offering the FibroScan family of products, today announces the release of its white paper “The Economic Tsunami of Liver Disease,” articulating how a disease once considered uncommon in the 1980s is now a major epidemic. Author Dr. Stephen A. Harrison, M.D., FACP, FAASLD, COL (ret.), USA, MC, visiting professor of Hepatology, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, medical director, Pinnacle Clinical Research provides expert guidance on how liver disease is poised to further escalate U.S. healthcare costs, and presents solutions for early detection and lifestyle changes.

To view the official press release in its entirety, click here.

Economic Report: Inbound Medical Tourism in the United States

By Medical Tourism Magazine

As medical tourism continues to grow, developed nations, such as the United States, see large number of Americans traveling abroad for medical procedures.  However, there continues to be a growing interest in inbound medical tourism in the U.S.  There are an increasing number of international patient departments in U.S. hospitals marketing to these patients.  

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

US medical tourism company Doctours expands to 35 countries

By Morgan Haefner 

Los Angeles-based Doctours will expand its online Expedia-like platform for booking medical care trips to 35 countries, according to TechCrunch.

Doctours aims to help patients search and compare procedures like in vitro fertilization, stem cell therapy, cosmetic and reparative plastic surgery, and dental work around the world. Once patients book a procedure, Doctours creates an itinerary and offers flight and hotel options for patients’ needs.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

Trump gives boost to state drug import plans

By Nathaniel Weixel

The Trump administration has softened its stance on drug importation, giving a boost to states that want to curb rising drug prices by importing medications from Canada.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar last week said he and President Trump “are committed” to making importation work.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.