Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 7, 2010
The international tour industry has been in a serious slump since 9/11, but a new product -- medical tourism -- is finally providing the means for a positive recovery.
Last year, more than one million Americans traveled overseas for medical treatment such as hip replacements, cosmetic surgery, dental implants and even open heart surgery. These procedures cost an average of 65% less in countries like Costa Rica, Panama, India and Thailand than in the USA.
Fears about the quality of offshore surgery soon vanish when prospective patients discover that Harvard Medical, Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic and 18 of the leading U.S. medical schools anticipated the growing demand for the outsourcing of medical procedures and are all operating leading-edge hospitals overseas.
Congressional approval of the new U.S. health care initiative is expected to give medical tourism an even further 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 an Atlanta company is making it easy for travel agencies to serve this burgeoning market. Global Surgery Providers (GSP) has announced a new program for training and licensing travel agents for medical tourism. GSP founder and CEO Jack Schafer has been a wholesale leisure tour operator since 1985. He became a pioneer in medical tourism and earned distinction as the first and only wholesale medical tour operator in the industry.
"We are providing retail travel agencies with a proven distribution channel," Mr. Schafer said. "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."
GSP's 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. Global Surgery Providers is now offering exclusive territories on a first-come first-served basis. They are currently still serving retail medical tourism clients, but as of June 1, 2010, all of GSP's leads will be sent directly to their licensed agencies.
"We are eagerly looking forward to the launch of this new distribution channel that will better serve both the travel industry and their clients, Mr. Schafer said.
Medical tourism licensing information is available by calling 877-866-8558 or by email to: Jack@GlobalSurgeryProviders.com.
Jack Schafer, CEO
Global Surgery Providers Inc.