When you hire the former CEO of Cigna, perhaps this might be an area of expertise to get coverage and the tourism element started. The destination here is Puerto Rico which is not totally out of the country being it is a US possession.
Former Cigna CEO and Founder Joins Board of Directors With Medical Tourism Company–Accounting and Algorithmic Business Model Expertise Hired
Below is a video from their website where a man talks about his experience in going to the Apollo hospital in India for a resurfacing procedure. I remember when Satori stated out with a video showing a ship and it’s posted around the Medical Quack back around 2008 as it was kind of a teaser/satire if I remember correctly. You can also find this press release at the City of Hartford’s website.
When you look at their map, Canada is in there too and they have wanted to get into the tourism business as well.
Back in 2009 I attended the World Medical Tourism Conference in Los Angeles and I was a bit of a sponge in soaking up all the information I could get and now just a couple years later I’m seeing some of the companies represented there growing and offering the services which many at the time were just proposals. You can read the link below for more information as I chatted with companies from Israel, Germany, (the professor who codes, my favorite as we talked medical records too) Turkey, and quite a few from Mexico. Germany was close to our costs but less and the costs at that time included airfare and travel so I guess they were less when you took out those 2 elements. I learned a lot that day. BD
The City of Hartford selects Satori World Medical as Medical Travel Facilitator
SAN DIEGO/HARTFORD – June 30, 2011 –The City of Hartford, Connecticut has selected through a competitive bidding process Satori World Medical, a global healthcare network and medical travel company, as an additional network option for city employees. This positions the City of Hartford as the first major city in the United States to offer this innovative medical travel benefit to their employees and dependents.
Satori World Medical will provide City of Hartford employees and their dependents with a full service medical travel program, also known as medical tourism or global healthcare, which can result in 40-80 percent cost savings per procedure. The program offers specialized procedures, such as orthopedic, cardiac, and other major surgeries that can be performed at one of Satori’s network hospitals in Puerto Rico.
“We employ a large Hispanic workforce and having access to some of the best doctors and hospitals in Puerto Rico through Satori’s Global Network may be a very attractive option for their medical care,” said Richard Pokorski, Benefits Administrator for the City of Hartford. Mr. Pokorski goes on to say that the cost savings will be helpful to the City of Hartford as many municipalities are seeking ways to help balance a shrinking revenue base and higher operating costs. It is estimated that implementing Satori’s medical travel benefit may save the City of Hartford approximately 6% off their total annual medical spend.
“We are very excited to work with such an innovative city and offer access to our high quality, cost-effective network of hospitals,” said Steven Lash, President & CEO, Satori World Medical. Mr. Lash continues to say “Due to the significant development of quality programs overseas and greater transparency on quality outcomes, coupled with the unrelenting increase in healthcare costs in the U.S. there is now more than ever, a need to provide access to low cost, high quality healthcare.”
Satori World Medical has done extensive due diligence on hospitals and physicians to find the best the world has to offer. Its network features hospitals that meet or exceed U.S. standards of care, are accredited, and monitored regularly by Satori on the quality of care delivered.
For more information on the City of Hartford, visit http://www.hartford.gov/
Satori World Medical provides access to its global network of board-certified doctors and worldwide centers of excellence through a high-quality integrated medical travel program, which is easily added to any health plan, reducing the costs of surgical procedures by an average of 40-80 percent when compared to the same procedures performed in a U.S. hospital. Its business model is specifically designed to deliver high-quality health care services, share the tremendous cost savings with plan sponsors and their employees and to coordinate all medical and travel services for individuals who need care. For more information about Satori World Medical, call +1 (619) 704-2000 or visit at http://www.satoriworldmedical.com.