Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) April 8, 2009
Bob Light reached a painful crossroads in his life. The Phoenix, Arizona man was in dire need of a new hip replacement, but couldn't afford the surgery as he has no health insurance. At the same time, Light worried about putting off treatment as the hip pain that bothered him much of his adult life was worsening by the day.
As one of the more than 750,000 Americans who have traveled for medical treatment by the end of last year, Light looked abroad for an alternative to his healthcare dilemma. Late last year he decided to explore an intriguing medical travel opportunity in New Zealand following a timely suggestion from a business associate.
Medtral New Zealand provided a complete medical travel package for Light - including airfare, hospital stay, treatment, staff, accommodations after treatment and a contingency insurance policy - at a fraction of what it would have cost him in the U.S.
Medtral New Zealand offers top-notch medical care and world-class non-acute surgical treatment in an English speaking, first world country. The hospitals employed by Medtral are all accredited by Quality Health New Zealand (QHNZ) and adhere to stringent quality standards. QHNZ is in fact accredited by the international organization International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), which is responsible for setting the healthcare standards of the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation system used in the U.S.
Interest in medical travel is expected to rise this year, which is hardly surprising with more than 48 million Americans without health insurance and health costs predicted to top $8,000 per person this year according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Light's total hip replacement procedure and entire stay in New Zealand cost about $23,000 as opposed to the $100,000-$120,000 he was told it would have cost undergoing the same procedure performed at a U.S. facility.
The expertise New Zealand offers medical travelers is also underscored by some intriguing facts in the areas of crime and safety. These include:
- In the recent Global Peace Index, New Zealand finished among the most peaceful countries at No. 4. The U.S. is ranked 97.
- According to the Seventh United Nations Survey of Crime Trends, New Zealand has a murder rate among the lowest in the world, ranking the 10th lowest out of 62 countries. The U.S. ranks 24th.
- New Zealand has low rates for MRSA, infectious disease, HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis B and C, and its blood supply is considered among the safest in the world.
Since his surgery, Light has felt liberated from constant hip and back pain that used to make a simple walk across a room an excruciating experience. He looks forward to being able to return to work full time managing his landscaping business.
Medtral New Zealand's services include, but are not limited to, total hip and knee joint replacement, hip resurfacing, coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and robotic prostatectomy. Medtral was the first company in the medical travel industry to offer contingency insurance to cover the risk of major surgical complications for patients traveling from overseas.
For more information, please visit http://www.medtral.com or call 866 206-3582.
About Medtral: Medtral New Zealand is the leading provider of medical travel in New Zealand for North American patients, providing world-class, non-acute care and treatment in some of the country's finest private hospitals. Medtral is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.