The reason you should know Dr. Marty Makary – is because he is the author of the book:
Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care
See his book: http://www.amazon.com/Unaccountable-Hospitals-Transparency-Revolutionize-Health/dp/1608198367/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339536544&sr=8-1&keywords=unaccountable
Dr. Marty Makary is co-developer of the life-saving checklist outlined in Atul Gawande’s bestselling The Checklist Manifesto. As a busy surgeon who has worked in many of the best hospitals in the nation, he can testify to the amazing power of modern medicine to cure. But he’s also been a witness to a medical culture that routinely leaves surgical sponges inside patients, amputates the wrong limbs, and overdoses children because of sloppy handwriting.
Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why? To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Unaccountable is a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.
If you are a concerned citizen about health care system for yourself or for your friends/relatives, you should be careful for pricing of medical services as well as experience of doctors/hospitals.
We at MedicalTourisminGujarat.com are very sensitive about these issues and are taking care of it while registering doctors/hospitals.
Medical tourism business is a global business. People can fly anywhere in the world to get cheaper but quality medical services. Let us try to understand some countries which are competing for medical tourism business at global level.
1. Singapore: It has a competitive edge as a Chinese-speaking nation, which makes it attractive to the large number of affluent mainland Chinese.
Biggest advantage: Language
2. Malaysia: As a Muslim nation, it has kept in touch with Arab patients very well.
Biggest advantage: Religion & Language
3. Thailand: Thailand is 10-15 per cent cheaper than Singapore & Malaysia. In thailand, 35 private hospitals have been certified by The Joint Commission, a US-based accreditation organisation for healthcare services. This will help strengthen confidence among patients, especially from the United States and Europe. Thailand is rich in natural tourism resources – from beach to mountainous destinations as well.
Lessons to learn:
Cost may not be the only reason why foreign patients decide where to go. They will choose to go to the country where they feel most comfortable and have ready references in terms of culture and language both. Apart from those – friendly service and good hospitality are also magnets to attract patients from all over the world.
Some learning from the talk of Dr. Mukesh Hariawala:
1. President Barack Obama really care about health of poor americans.
2. 15% of americans(total 340 millions americans) are not insured or under insured for health services.
3. http://www.saifeehospital.com is doing amazing work in India.
4. Americans are impatient. They need things on their own time.
5. There is a huge potential for medical tourism in India and India is not yet ready to collect billions of dollars because of aging population in western countries. Medical tourism is 100 billion industry.
6. 77 miliion americans are old americans and they need healthcare services at much lower rates. To know more, visit: http://www.aarp.org
7. Indians must learn – how to make stories and market medical tourism.
If you have ever wondered – what is the connection between Medical tourism in India and Obamacare(President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), then here is the answer:
As per Dr. Mukesh Hariawala – “India will flourish because with the new Obamacare, medical costs will rise and so will these wait periods. He estimates the cost in India to be around 10% of the cost of a procedure in the United States. Not only is healthcare cheaper but India has highly talented skilled doctors, nurses and an infrastructure.”
Let us tell you little more about Dr. Mukesh Hariawala: He is a national award winning and internationally acclaimed celebrity Indian American Cardiac Surgeon, Research Scientist & Healthcare Economist. He has received an award in June titled “Indian Healthcare Visionary of the Decade”. This award was given to him by the 4th Annual Business Leadership Conclave at Hotel Leela in Mumbai for his keynote presentation on Indian’s medical tourism future. Dr. Hariawala has carefully planned a “100 Billion dollar Medical Tourism” plan that he believes will greatly benefit India.
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Lets see some statastics first. In first 8 months of 2013, International tourism went up 5% compared to last year 2013.
As per World Tourism Organisation, number of international tourists
Jan. to Aug 2013: 747 million worldwide
Jan. to Aug 2012: 709 million worldwide
“While global economic growth is in low gear, international tourism continues to produce above-average results in most world regions, offering vital opportunities for employment and local economies,” said UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai at the opening of the European Tourism Forum in Vilnius.