Medical tourism thriving in the country

Updated on November 20, 2019 in Mexico
4 on November 20, 2019

Last I checked, most countries like the US, offered no insurance coverage for weight-loss surgery. Millions of people flock to Mexico for cheaper options leading to the thriving of medical tourism. Is it always cost-effective in the long run? Would you opt to travel to a distant country for surgery? It is high time coverage for surgery became available.

 
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Hello Jax. I went to Mexico after 3 denials thru 3 seperate ‘weight loss supportive ‘ insurance plans.cost me $15k total out of pocket to be told no for those 3. I had surgery in MX for $3900 in 2014. My day of surgery, I was 319 lbs. I had a HW of 374 (last recalled Lose It! Data), I paid my surgeon had surgery and left. It ended up helping me lose 229 lbs (5’6″ frame) over 22 months. In the end, I became a patient coordinator in Medical Tourism. I advocate heavily for Health Reform, for Education post surgery, and feel that patient follow up in group and 1:1 support is needed. VSG data (10 years old now!)

I want to help save lives. This is a serious disease, and we ,as patients, can shake it. We need the right ppl for the job with the type of care that is showing is needed in post op.

We all (myself included) think it’s just the health benefits, in not carrying the equivalency of a Grown Man around daily. Its MORE than that. This data proves, (asmbs data on sleeve) that the severity of obesity data needs to be viewed as whole body approach of Metabolic and Endocrinology disease. We have weight advocates with #OAC (Obesity Action Coalition) that fight for reform in health care. However , if you are a patient, with a BMI greater than a 50, you may need surgery before reform is hammered out…and to know that $5k or less will help you help yourself, Is Invaluable for quality of life.

on November 20, 2019

Did you go through a medical tourism company or did you find the clinic, make the appointment, and handle the logistics on your own?   I’ve often wondered how difficult (or easy) it is to navigate a different system.    

on November 20, 2019

I did my own independent research. I paid attn to those who made moves in the field for the betterment of patient care, as I was paying for it, I wanted and expected a certain level of care. Each company comes with a price for it’s base. Some have a ton of overhead costs in staff, maybe where it isn’t needed for the week to week and you can take advantage of that. I paid attn to post op care, I did my own extended diet care, and anyone in Northern America would have to have an extended Care plan for 5/10yrs. There isn’t support that exists for what a WLS patient will need currently (I’m working on building that in my current company, however)

Medical tourism offers in typical packages, surgery, hotel accommodations for 2, ground transportation, post op nursing, nutrition class, wound care instructions. Past that, the add on’s are what moves one company to another in +/- in patient care fields . Doctors/nurses/extended courses in diet/vitamin support/tour setup. Plastics care/Dental for 1stop shopping with patients.

on November 20, 2019

Just know patients with a BMI less than 50, with adequate funding, can be done with surgery in 2wks or less depending on current health. You are welcome to find me on Facebook as Liberty Black. PM if you would like to talk about having surgery.

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