Medical tourism is finally a reality for retail travel agencies in the USA.
The international tour industry, which has always been a major product sold to individual travelers by regionally based retail travel agents, has been in a serious slump since 9/11. But now, travel agents can start selling a new product that will being about a positive recovery from that slump.
Have you ever heard of medical tourism? Last year, more than one million Americans not only heard of it, but traveled overseas for medical treatment such as hip replacement, cosmetic surgery, dental implants and even open heart surgery, and that number is expected to more than double each year into the foreseeable future.
These procedures cost an average of 65% less in countries like Costa Rica, Panama, India and Thailand than in the USA.
And these surgeries are not happening in third world countries.
You can feel safe and confident knowing you are sending your passengers to offshore operations of Harvard medical, Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, and dozens of other hospitals operated by some of the leading medical schools in America. They were all anticipating the flood of outsourcing medical procedures.
Congressional approval of the new U. S. health care initiative is expected to give medical tourism a significant boost. Industry experts who had anticipated a two-fold growth in overseas medical travel now foresee its expansion by five times in the next two years. That translates into five million new customers shopping for travel agents.
Now Global Surgery is making it easy for travel agencies to serve this burgeoning market. We have started a new program for training and licensing travel agents for medical tourism.
Our founder and CEO is Jack Schafer, who has has been a wholesale leisure tour operator since 1985. He became a pioneer in the medical tourism industry and earned distinction as one of its first (and only)
Wholesale medical tour operator in the industry.
We are providing retail travel agencies with a proven distribution channel. Global Surgery we will train their agents, qualify them, give them the best medical tourism product in the industry, and license them to sell it for full commissions.
Our medical tourism product works the same as any other packaged tour, with the wholesaler assembling a desirable medical tourism package and the agency handling the transportation side.
A Travel Industry First
Global Surgery Providers is the first wholesale medical tour operator in the industry, a new distribution channel that has long been awaited.
We are now offering exclusive, protected territories on a first-come first-served basis to qualified travel agents. We are currently still serving retail medical tourism clients on an interim basis, but as of June 1, 2010, all of our leads will be sent directly to our licensed agencies, and this new distribution channel, that serves both the client and the industry much better, will start to take effect.
“Yes, Please Give Me All The Details About Your Medical Tourism Training and Licensing for Retail Travel Agents. “
– by Charles Runckel
For most people needing medical care, the last thing on their minds is travel but a growing number of American medical tourists are setting out for India, Thailand and Latin America for everything from dental work to breast implants to major heart surgery. Rising health care costs in the US push people to seek medical treatments elsewhere, while medical facilities in developing countries have not only caught up to western standards but also in many ways exceeded them. These tourists are usually surprised to find brand new facilities and equipment as hospitals and medical tourism hubs around the world join in the fierce competition for this fast growing market.
This series of articles explores the reasons for going overseas and for staying home, as well as a comparison of major medical tourism hubs and an in-depth look at two hospitals that cater to international patients. While price is the major factor that first leads patients to look overseas for health care, there are a number of other benefits that often escape notice, though the price difference remains the prime motivator for most people. Medical tourism has its perils, however, and the aspiring tourist should be familiar with possible problems and have a good idea about which hub is right for them long before planning the details of a trip.
This is the main reason most people initially cite for their decision to go overseas for medical treatment, but the situation is actually even better than the bare numbers suggest. Figures that are normally thrown out range from one quarter to one tenth the price of US care, with dental work firmly occupying the one-tenth corner. These estimates are based on India, which is commonly the lowest priced option of sufficient quality for Westerners. While there is considerable variation, as a rule of thumb Thailand, India’s major competitor, is approximately 20% more expensive while the South American and other medical tourism hubs weigh in at 50-100% more than India.