Patients Beyond Borders® Author to be Featured at AARP’s Life@50+ National Event and Expo

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Medical tourism track expected to draw greater crowds as America’s aging population faces deeper cuts to Medicare

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As Americans begin to age into financially challenging conditions and the costs for medical treatments continue to rise here at home, a half-million US citizens will travel abroad this year for safe, affordable medical procedures.

Josef Woodman, author of Patients Beyond Borders, has again been selected as a featured presenter and moderator at Life@50+, AARP’s National Event and Expo, Sept. 22–24, at the Los Angeles Convention Center (CA). Woodman will moderate a panel discussion titled, “Medical Tourism: Is It for Me and What Do I Need to Know?” slated for Friday, September 23, 2011, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Woodman will lead a panel of healthcare professionals and patients from popular medical tourism destinations in a discussion about the benefits and risks of getting medical treatment abroad. Participants will learn where to go for the highest quality care, how to negotiate the best prices, what types of insurance coverage are available, and what to do in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.

Presenters will share the pros and cons of crossing borders to obtain high-quality, affordable healthcare, and each attendee will receive a copy of the upcoming international Patients Beyond Borders: Third Edition. Expert panelists will include Dr. William Ruschhaupt, chairman of Global Patient Services for Cleveland Clinic (OH), Mario Juarez, Trade and Investment Commissioner of Promexico of the Tourism Board of Mexico, and Paul Hambleton, an international healthcare patient who recently traveled to Mexico for life-altering knee surgery.

“As Americans begin to age into financially challenging conditions and the costs for medical treatments continue to rise here at home, a half-million US citizens will travel abroad this year for safe, affordable medical procedures,” said Woodman. “Mexico, Barbados, Costa Rica, India, Malaysia, and Thailand are among the many countries that offer treatments—such as orthopedic, heart, cosmetic, and dental—in American-accredited hospitals at 40–70% savings.”

The three-day conference is expected to draw more than 25,000 attendees and will feature a host of celebrities and guest speakers on topics geared toward the 50+ audience. AARP currently boasts nearly 40 million members and helps people 50+ achieve independence, choice, and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and to society.

Media wishing to attend Woodman’s session at the Life@50+ event can request press credentials at

About Josef Woodman

As president of Healthy Travel Media, Josef Woodman has spent more than five years touring 140 medical facilities in 30 countries, researching international healthcare travel. Woodman has lectured at the UCLA School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Duke Fuqua School of Business, and has chaired and keynoted conferences in 14 countries on medical tourism and global healthcare. He has appeared in numerous print and broadcast media including CNN, ABC News, Fox News, The New York Times, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Woodman is an outspoken advocate of affordable, high-quality medical care for healthcare consumers worldwide.

About Patients Beyond Borders

Patients Beyond Borders is the world’s most trusted source of consumer information about international medical and health travel. Through its print and digital publications, patient website, and mobile applications, Patients Beyond Borders has helped guide thousands of patients from all over the world to high-quality medical choices with safe, affordable outcomes. The upcoming international Patients Beyond Borders: Third Edition is one in a series of eight medical travel titles with more than 150,000 in print.

For more information or media queries, please contact:

Judy Orchard, communications manager
Tel: +1 919 924.0636
Email: jorchard(at)patientsbeyondborders(dot)com

Note: Qualified members of the media are invited to request a review copy of the international Patients Beyond Borders: Third Edition or any available country-specific titles. Please contact jorchard(at)patientsbeyondborders(dot)com.


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