Medical Tourism Industry a Growing Trend Among Those Frustrated with US Healthcare System

Houston, TX (PressExposure) November 25, 2009 -- In 2008, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 million Americans traveled abroad to seek healthcare and this figure is expected to double by 2010.1 Frustrations related to U.S. healthcare combined with emerging facilities from distinguished companies like Atlantic Health International (AHI) are molding medical tourism into a low-cost, viable option for quality healthcare.

Houston-based AHI is highly recognized and respected in the U.S. healthcare market as having significant experience in healthcare development and management. It is because of this reputation that AHI is able to attract board-certified U.S. physicians with the highest standard of medical/surgical care, including Scottsdale-based Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Amit Sahasrabudhe.

“A common misconception is that patients traveling abroad for care are seeing physicians who practice in those countries,” Dr. Sahasrabudhe said. “I am proud to be among AHI’s group of U.S. physicians who will be making frequent trips to Mazatlán to perform the same procedures I offer from my Scottsdale location at a fraction of the cost.” Much of the growth of the healthcare tourism industry comes from patients looking to access high-quality care at a reduced cost, insurance companies looking to offer coverage outside the U.S. and employers looking to reduce healthcare costs.

AHI, adept in rendering the best and reliable treatment in Mexico, performs procedures in the areas of Bariatric, ENT, Orthopedic, General Surgery, such as gallbladder removals, hernia repair, weight loss surgery, hip replacement or resurfacing, total knee replacement, septoplasty surgery, etc. as well as services such as radiology, physical therapy and laboratory. Patients can expect procedures performed abroad to cost an average of 40 to 60 percent less than the same procedure would cost if performed in a hospital within the states.

“We are uniquely positioned to meet the consumer demand for medical and surgical care abroad,” AHI CEO and Chairman Jerome Mee said. “Our reputation allows us to attract well-respected doctors in their fields and our first facility in Mazatlán is not only picturesque, but conveniently located as well. Patients enjoy the tremendous savings while recuperating in a clean environment that serves as a hospital, but looks more like a five-star hotel,” Mee said.

AHI hospital location surrounds a healthy environment. The AHI’s teams of executives including orthopedic specialist, bariatric surgeons and others have together, developed and operated more than 30 physician joint venture surgical facilities in the U.S. It is a proud member of the Medical Tourism Association and the European Medical Travel Alliance, both of which are international, non-profit organizations whose goal is to promote the highest level of quality healthcare to patients in the global environment. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission International Accreditation. AHI’s Mazatlán location is currently open and it has plans to open a location in the Dominican Republic in the near future.

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