The health-care industry is about to undergo a global revolution driven by a force it can no longer resist: information technology.
Acupuncture is as effective and longer-lasting in managing the common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, night sweats, and excessive sweating (vasomotor symptoms) associated with breast cancer treatment and has no treatment side effects compared to conventional drug therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented September 24, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 50th Annual Meeting in Boston.
It's no longer enough to tout the anticipated treatments and even cures; real marketable products and profits need to be seen.
Sandra Roberts of Titusville recently traveled to India for a wellness checkup. She spent six hours in the hospital taking tests, then went back two days later for results. She paid $350.
A group of Americans visited South Korea not only to go shopping and traveling but get high-quality, state-of-the-art medical treatment at relatively lower costs.
More foreigners are coming to Singapore to seek medical treatment. In 2006, some 400,000 came for treatments such as health screenings and the numbers are rising.
Many foreigners are now visiting Indian hospitals to have surgery, writes Amrit Dhillon in Delhi. THE term "medical tourism" may have to be revised as a new type of patient is admitted for treatment at India's top private hospitals. Previously, visitors overwhelmingly came for cosmetic treatment or dental work.
Falling ill while abroad seems like the worst sort of traveling nightmare. Yet, for growing numbers of travelers, the lure of combining affordable medical care with attentive room service is a chief draw for packing a suitcase and boarding a plane.