Healthy Travel Media Launches Second Edition of Patients Beyond Borders : Book Offers New Choices for Patients as US Healthcare Crisis Deepens

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Healthy Travel Media, publishers of Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody’s Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Tourism, today announced publication of the updated and expanded Second Edition of the world’s best-selling consumer guide to international medical and health travel.

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US healthcare costs will rise yet another 6% in 2008, and another half-million are expected to hit the ranks of the uninsured. Patients Beyond Borders has helped thousands travel abroad successfully for medical care, and the Second Edition now offers patients even greater choice.

This impartial, easy-to-navigate trade paperback now gives health travelers more than 400 pages of medical travel destinations, resources, and advice they need in order to make safe, cost-effective decisions about traveling abroad for their healthcare.

"We're pleased to have added several new destinations to the Second Edition, including Israel, Jordan, South Korea, New Zealand, Panama, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Turkey," says Josef Woodman, author of Patients Beyond Borders. "US healthcare costs will rise yet another 6% in 2008, and another half-million are expected to hit the ranks of the uninsured. Patients Beyond Borders has helped thousands travel abroad successfully for medical care, and the Second Edition now offers patients even greater choice."

As the number of uninsured and underinsured Americans continues to grow, travel abroad for treatment is rising dramatically, with international hospitals and clinics reporting 15–40% increases in the number of Americans seeking treatment. More than 180,000 Americans will cross borders for healthcare this year; and that number is expected to nearly double by 2010.

International patients considering travel to particular destinations will now have five country-specific editions to choose from as well. With the upcoming releases of Patients Beyond Borders: Taiwan Edition (August 2008), Patients Beyond Borders: India Edition (September 2008), Patients Beyond Borders: Singapore Second Edition (November 2008), Patients Beyond Borders: Korea Edition (November 2008), and Patients Beyond Borders: Malaysia Edition (Spring 2009), medical travelers will have access to in-depth information on accredited hospitals, clinics, and specialty centers in their preferred destination.

About Healthy Travel Media

Healthy Travel Media, an independent imprint based in Chapel Hill, NC, publishes books on medical, health, and wellness travel. Patients Beyond Borders is available through booksellers everywhere and is distributed to the retail trade by Publishers Group West (http://www.pgw.com).

Qualified members of the media are invited to request a review copy; please contact jorchard@patientsbeyondborders.com.

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