Two birds with one stone

Medical Tourism is New Trend in Israel

Now you can tour Israel and at the same time get a knee replacement. Sounds unusual? Thousands are turning Israel into a medical hot-spot.
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By INR Staff
First Publish: 10/9/2012, 7:00 AM

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Now you can tour Israel and at the same time get a knee replacement. Sounds unusual? Well, according to Eli Knoller of IsraMedica, tens of thousands of Americans have been flying overseas for medical treatments in a new trend referred to as medical tourism.

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"A patient with a pre-planned medical treatment need can have the procedure done abroad," Knoller stated. "There are excellent medical facilities in the United States as everyone knows, but tens of thousands of Americans choose to have medical treatment overseas because the savings are very significant."

Knoller quoted statistics indicating a high rate of Americans without health insurance, meaning that any type of medical procedure would be an out-of-pocket cost.

Knoller said that another reason for medical tourism is "patients and their spouses can easily combined the medical needs with a trip to a foreign country and then enjoy rest and relaxation following the procedure."

Knoller told Jay Shapiro Show  that in some cases a surgery can cost up to 65 percent less then in the United States. Examples of such procedures were listed as gastric bypass, spinal fusion, knee replacement, cosmetic treatments, dental implants, vein treatments, and other medical procedures.

In addition to Israel's countless medical breakthroughs, Knoller sited several other reasons Israel is becoming a hot-spot for medical tourism. "For religious reasons, regardless of what religion, or for patriotic reasons, people want to come to Israel because they believe in the high quality of medical care and innovations as well as they unique experience of visiting the Holy Land."