New York, New York (PRWEB) May 15, 2012
Author James R. Goldberg of The American Medical Money Machine: The Destruction of Healthcare in America and The Rise of Medical Tourism has announced a new consulting service directed at travel agents who are already in or are considering entering the business of Medical Tourism.
Goldberg said at a speech in mid April, 2012, given to Great Decisions, a national study group, given in Sandia Park, New Mexico, that “Fools Go Where Wise Men Fear to Tread!"
Robert Marshall, an executive of Homonculus Press, Goldberg's publisher, said that "the lack of control and regulation regarding sending patients to foreign hospitals for medical care, carries significant liability risks for travel agents seeking to expand their businesses."
Goldberg said, that "there are no International Treaties which address the safety of patients sent overseas for medical treatment. Although the lure of far less expensive care is taking hold as the American medical system continues to deteriorate, medical care provided overseas is completely unregulated. Although over 400 hospitals are now accredited by the Joint Commission of Oakbrook, Illinois contain absolutely no oversight or policing."
Goldberg went on to say “This, in my opinion, is a highly profitable sham designed by the Joint Commission and provides virtually no assurances of patient safety or compliance with their suggested regulations. The logo sold to the participating hospitals is a virtual copy of the US seal and is designed to provide the impression that these foreign facilities are endorsed by a US agency: this is completely untrue."
Robert Marshall said that “Goldberg, whose only child, died under suspicious circumstances at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok, the supposed epicenter of Medical Tourism.”
Goldberg alleges in his book, that "the medical records obtained from Bumrungrad were largely falsified and filled with inconsistancies and which point to the cause of my son's death to an attempt to harvest his organs, a practice well known in South East Asia."
Goldberg further said, "Bumrungrad Hospital and the Thai authorities refused to cooperate, with my investigation and withheld a blood sample taken just after my son died. A professional forensic investigation reveals numerous violations of standard practice. Bumrungrad was entirely uncooperative, which did not surprise me, but the Joint Commission which sells US look alike accreditations, was even more hostile to my questions and insistence that they conduct a thorough investigation: this was shocking."
Goldberg went on “the US has no jurisdiction over malpractice or malfeasance which Americans may suffer as a result of medical mistreatment abroad as they have no offices or operations in the US. Many of the overseas accredited hospitals promote their services through US based travel agents and insurance companies. Hence, in the event of litigation, these companies can and will be sued. It is the purpose of Medical Tourism Travel Consulting to assist travel companies in understanding their legal exposure and the risks they take in participating in arranging for medical tourism. Medical outsourcing/tourism is not a panacea."
Goldberg is a healthcare executive and technologist who has also become an investigative journalist and author. He was a partner in one of the world’s largest technology strategy and development companies.
The initial consultation for the services of the company is complimentary. The company can be contacted through the author or the publisher. The American Medical Money Machine: The Destruction of Healthcare in America and The Rise of Medical Tourism is available on Amazon in paper back or Kindle and through bookstores world wide.