Check out my article Predicting the Impact of Medical Tourism at HealthLeaders. It’s the feature of the day there.
Next week we will release a white paper entitled Medical Tourism: Implications for Participants in the US Health Care System. If you’d like a copy, drop me an email or sign up for the mailing list on the right hand side of this page.
Here’s a quick rundown of the predictions. Check out the HealthLeaders article for more details.
- Prediction 1: Medical tourism will cross over to the insured population in 2008
- Prediction 2: Mini-med plans and small employers–not big health plans and blue chip companies–will be the early adopters
- Prediction 3: Opposition to medical tourism by U.S. physicians will be modest
- Prediction 4: State governments will begin to embrace medical tourism by 2010
- Prediction 5: The emergence of medical tourism won’t have a major, direct impact on U.S. health care costs, but the secondary impact will be substantial
In the white paper we delve into the predictions in more detail and outline what it all means for health plans, employers, providers, medical device companies and pharmaceutical companies. I look forward to your feedback.October 12, 2007