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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Healthy Travel Media; 1st edition (March 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979107903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979107900
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A must-read for those considering medical tourism.”
— ABC News

“If you have no medical insurance, and need medical or dental treatment, you might consider obtaining a copy of a book that has clarified the way to a new form of travel: medical or dental tourism.”
— Arthur Frommer, author of The Travel Show with Arthur Frommer and radio personality on WOR 710 Talk Radio

Patients Beyond Borders is a landmark series of consumer guides to international medical travel that has helped thousands of patients plan successful health journeys abroad.”
— US News World Report

“This tome couldn’t be more timely.”
— Travel Leisure Magazine

Patients Beyond Borders tells how to plan and budget for medical care and how to find the best doctors and hospitals.
AARP Bulletin

“a practical guide to planning a medical trip…”
Washington Post
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Josef Woodman has spent more than three years researching contemporary medical tourism, interviewing patients, practitioners, administrators, government officials and specialists in the field, while conducting an extensive analysis of safety records, accreditations, success rates and consumer trends. With significant resources and contacts from his pioneering background in health technology on the Web, Woodman has compiled a wealth of information for the American public about important healthcare choices.

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Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone considering traveling for medical needs.
medical overhaul needed
It is nice to have this book as a resource, there is a lot of helpful info. in this book - I found it very informative and easy to read.
K. Williamson
I found 'Patients Beyond Borders" to be incredibly helpful when navigating the complex issue of medical travel.
Tom Harding

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Williamson on August 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
I spent a lot of time on the internet trying to research this topic on my own and looking for certain procedures (mainly dental and cosmetic surgery). It is nice to have this book as a resource, there is a lot of helpful info. in this book - I found it very informative and easy to read. I wound up getting dental work done in Mexico at a facility reviewed in this book and am happy with my experience. I recommend this book to anyone even remotely considering foreign medical travel.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tom Harding on March 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found 'Patients Beyond Borders" to be incredibly helpful when navigating the complex issue of medical travel. Great contact information - helpful advice - easy to understand and it covers all the bases with listings by country and procedure. I found the treatment index, budget planner and comparative pricing information very valuable and was impressed with all of the specific information in the book. A true resource for anyone considering traveling abroad for healthcare.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chan Joon Yee on February 5, 2008
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I'm often shocked when my patients from the US or UK tell me how much they would have paid for the $400 customised tooth whitening kit I just did for them. Needless to say, charges for more complex procedures must be astronomical where these patients come from. Hence, this very valuable book.

Actually, medical tourism is nothing new as far as Singapore is concerned. For decades, patients from the US, Europe and Australia have been coming to Singapore for major surgery and dental treatment. It's only in recent years that hospitals in Bangkok and Malaysia that have come into the picture and Bangkok has done so well that it is giving Singaporean doctors a run for their money.

Written in 3 parts, this book provides a very detailed and specific guide for Western patients seeking medical treatment in unfamiliar territories. Part 1 tells you how to choose a good, reliable facility. Part 2 provides background information on the countries where world class medical services are provided. Suggestions on accommodation are also provided.

Part 3 is just a glossary of medical terms. But even as this book is being revised, it is important to note that very rapid changes are occurring in places like India and Southeast Asia. It's a highly competitive market and new and better deals keep emerging.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Grimes on February 11, 2011
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I bought this book in 2009 to scope out alternatives to the $90K dental estimate that I was given in US (11 implants and a lot of other stuff). I used it to narrow down my search to Costa Rica, researched the dentists that it cited, got quotes, and am now 80% complete with my year long treatment program (normal time span for this degree of work). I will end up saving 2/3 off the US cost. Found doctors in Costa Rica to be equally qualified to those in US and much more patient focused. As the book points out, doctors send car to airport to pick you up, will arrange hotel etc. for your stay. The book is very accurate compared to my actual experiences. It has been worth its weight in gold. Would recommend to anyone, in conjunction with other research tools
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 22, 2007
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Along with so many other things in our lives these days, it appears health care is also now part of our global village. After reading Woodman's book, and seeing clips on the news and NPR, it is obvious that other countries are offering global health care. I certainly have my own horror stories about hospitals in our country, and find it very comforting to know that there are options now. The pictures of the hospitals are a far cry from ours here. Even my husband said "when do we check in?" The book is definitely on the edge of something very big, and I was happy to learn how to go about getting help and treatment in other countries. As we get older, Steve and I are glad to feel that we have a choice to travel to another country to get treated decently.

Peggy Strickland
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John R. Edmonston on March 18, 2007
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It is very clear that a lot of work went into this book.

It's information is comprehesive and well organized. Even better,

the writing style is conversational, making the book easy to read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Bell on May 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
There is really a need for a website to do what the book tries but then listing need to be current and there needs to be feedback, review. Things change. If they were really any good to begin with. The report I got was that someone connected with book asked if the dentist could be included and they said yes, so after a little bit of dental work -they were. Fill a cavity and get recommended to do major surgery! Something very wrong about that.

The book was bad for me. I read the listings. I checked another book and it listed it too. I trusted - mistake. Told one price in an email. Flew there, add to the price. Add a hotel to the price. Once there, they jacked up the price- a lot. Said, I can't afford that, so we cut back on general anthethesia. Set a price. But they fought like hell to not give me an accounting like you would get in the US. If that happens to you - walk. They did not give the same standard as here in the US not even close. But I expected that - sort of. The book says they have the same standards. Not true. But afterwards, they demanded a lot more money.

Now things are going wrong. Bone is showing. It's a failure. And they will not tell me the type of bone implanted or the size of screws - because I actually paid in advance what was agreed. AVOID PRISMA DENTAL in Costa Rica! They use this book in their office to reassure people. It worked. But I should have walked.

My advice: search around the embassy websites for recommended people. Check multiple embasssies for their refrences and then you might even contact them and see if there have been any concerns.
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