Not only was the cost of my surgery significantly lower, WorldMed Assist got us great rates on travel and lodging. When my wife researched plane tickets, the best deal she could find was $1000 for two. WorldMed Assist got us both tickets for $400
Seaview, WA (PRWEB) May 28, 2008
WorldMed Assist, a medical tourism company, found an affordable solution when Washington coast resident Allen Miller learned he needed his gallbladder removed.
When Allen Miller heard that gallbladder surgery was the solution to the abdominal pain he'd endured for two months, his resentment at being classified as uninsurable took on new life. Six years earlier, he'd quit a job with employer-provided health insurance, and discovered when trying to get his own private-pay plan, no one would cover him because he had Hepatitis C. When he learned his surgery, a cholecystectomy, would run at least $20,000, he hit the Internet to learn how to become a medical tourist.
"I had friends who'd gone abroad for dental work, so I thought, 'Why not see something of the world while having this surgery!' I could afford to have the surgery in the U.S., but I knew I could get it done elsewhere for a lot less. I got on the computer, and right away found WorldMed Assist. I contacted them, and two weeks later, I was on a plane with my wife, headed for gallbladder surgery at Hospital Angeles in Tijuana, Mexico." Miller had looked at options for the surgery in Belgium, Turkey and India, but because he and his wife run a Bed and Breakfast, they needed the shortest trip possible.
Both Miller and his wife recently retired from dual careers as medical technicians, so when WorldMed Assist set them up on a conference call with his surgeon, Dr. Jorge Zavala Ruiz, they knew what questions to ask. "That call was very helpful," he said. "We got all the answers we needed and felt this was the right decision. The total cost for all my medical bill plus travel and hotel for my wife and me was around $6,000--a savings of 70%. The price included a liver biopsy to get the latest information on my Hepatitis C situation.
"Not only was the cost of my surgery significantly lower, WorldMed Assist got us great rates on travel and lodging. When my wife researched plane tickets, the best deal she could find was $1000 for two. WorldMed Assist got us both tickets for $400," said Miller.
On May 5, the Millers flew to San Diego. A driver from Hospital Angeles picked them up at the airport and drove them across the border. "He spoke English well, and told us all about his family," said Miller.
Miller was impressed with the hospital. Built just two years ago, everything was state of the art, and scrubbed and polished. He liked that every patient had a private luxury room.
The morning after his arrival, he was wheeled away for his gallbladder surgery and discharged two days later. "We were driven back across the border to check into a San Diego resort for three relaxing days before heading home," he said.
Just two weeks after surgery, he reported in to WorldMed Assist, "I'm off to our cabin by Ranier National Park to go hiking. Boy, do I feel good about the experience." His wife is now looking to have WorldMed Assist arrange cosmetic surgery in Mexico, again at Hospital Angeles. "Medical tourism is a good option for anyone who can't get insurance," Miller said. "Thanks to WorldMed Assist, I rolled the dice and got a seven."
About WorldMed Assist
Experts in medical tourism, WorldMed Assist's mission is to improve lives by helping patients receive high quality medical treatment abroad at affordable prices. WorldMed Assist (http://www.worldmedassist.com) coordinates and simplifies every aspect of medical care and travel. Waiting times are virtually eliminated, track records are proven, and facilities are state-of-the-art.