Employers and health plans are being courted...with the promise of huge savings over the same procedures in the US...BD
The companies aren't just waiting for that comfort level to rise, either. They are courting large employers and health plans by promising to find the best foreign hospitals they claim rival U.S. facilities in quality measures, all while saving them up to 80% in health care costs so they will offer employees and members incentives for seeking care abroad. And the medical travel companies themselves are being courted by countries and overseas hospitals eager to take American patients. For example, the director of medical services for the Singapore Tourism Board said 555,000 tourists had received medical treatment in that country last year. Singapore would like to bring that number to 1 million per year by 2012.