Good news for the medical travel community, domestic and international: Medical Travel & Digital Health News (MTDHN) has been accepted as the sponsor of the first “Medical Travel Month” – January 2022 – in the Society for Healthcare Marketing and Development, American Hospital Association’s “2022 Calendar of Health Observances & Recognition Days.”
“Medical Travel Month raises awareness for medical care options beyond what is available locally. Traveling for care, both domestically and internationally, allows Americans to access high-quality, affordable medical care. Raising awareness for medical tourism will show employers and individuals they do not have to receive low-quality or unaffordable care simply because it is what is available in their region.”
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an upsurge in domestic and international medical travel, largely a result of individuals seeking more affordable care. Lost insurance coverage, higher medical expenses and compromised access to care due to the pandemic are fueling this rise. What’s more—as employers know, too well—the cost of health benefits continues to skyrocket and companies are seeking high quality care at lower cost.
Today, comprehensive high-tech care is conveniently located in nearby countries, including Centers of Excellence in the lovely Cayman Islands, Costa Rica and parts of Mexico. Domestic hospitals and outpatient facilities nationwide are also a quality, cost-effective option.
MTDHN is excited to share with our readers a month full of exciting news, partnerships, blogs, and facts highlighting facilities that specialize in medical travel and tourism. If you would like to have your hospital or facility featured during Medical Travel Month, please submit a 500-word descriptor with photos and it will be published at no charge.
We’d love to hear from our readers about their experiences with medical travel. Tell us about how a patient’s health has been transformed by medical travel, how an employer found a cost-effective alternative to care close to home for its employees or how providers have rebuilt their revenue by serving US medical travelers.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this issue. We are kicking off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an interview with Liz Cormier-May, CEO, Mammogen, Inc, to discuss early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other health issues for women using biotechnology.
This issue also brings you news on Covid hospitalizations dropping, how many employees hospitals have lost to vaccine mandates, how intermittent fasting can help reduce the risk of diabetes, a Covid test costing more than a Tesla and more.
As always, please stay safe and tell me how you are breaking ground in these growing industries.
Executive Editor and Publisher
Medical Travel & Digital Health News