With the number of JCI-accredited hospitals now approaching 300, top international facilities are poised to receive a growing number of global healthcare consumers.
Chapel Hill, NC (PRWEB) December 15, 2009
Patients Beyond Borders, the first comprehensive consumer reference guide for medical tourism, was recently cited in a report, Medical Tourism: Update and Implications, released by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. Utilizing information on international medical sites culled by Patients Beyond Borders, the report cites Patients Beyond Borders, alongside the Joint Commission International (JCI), as “neutral overseers” with important oversight.
“Despite current economic conditions, or perhaps because of them, Deloitte is forecasting an annual growth rate of 35%, with an estimated 1.6 million patients crossing borders for medical procedures,” commented Josef Woodman, author of Patients Beyond Borders. With the number of JCI-accredited hospitals now approaching 300, top international facilities are poised to receive a growing number of global healthcare consumers.
Patients Beyond Borders is the world’s best-read source of consumer information on medical tourism. Data was culled over a two-year period from hundreds of interviews with international hospitals, clinics, universities, and government agencies, as well as patients, prospective patients, and medical travel facilitators. Woodman has spent more than four years touring 120 medical travel facilities in 14 countries, researching contemporary medical tourism. “While we don’t always agree with research organizations on the numbers, we do agree the drivers are in place for extraordinary growth in the coming years,” says Woodman.
About Healthy Travel Media
Healthy Travel Media, an independent imprint based in Chapel Hill, NC, publishes books on medical, health, and wellness travel. Its flagship international title, Patients Beyond Borders, now in its Second Edition, is the leading consumer reference guide for medical tourism and is filled with authoritative and accessible advice. Specialized editions have been published for Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Thailand, with an edition now in production for Turkey. The Patients Beyond Borders series is available through booksellers everywhere and is distributed to the retail trade by Publishers Group West (http://www.pgw.com).
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