The World’s Top 10 Best Hospitals for Medical Tourism – New List Announced

The annual ranking by the Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA) confirms that Asia is again leading the way as the number one medical tourism destination across the world. For the second time in a row, Malaysia’s Prince Court Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpus was selected as the hospital that best provides medical tourists with outstanding care as well as excellent medical treatment.

While there are many outstanding international medical centers in Asia, many medical tourists value not only excellency of care and medical treatment, but also non-clinical aspects of care, such as good communication skills, social practices, ethics, cultural expectations, and post-discharge care coordination. These factors all affect the overall experience for medical tourists. Julie Muntro from MTQUA states that “It’s almost impossible for medical tourists to know how to find a good hospital that will truly provide the treatment and care they are traveling to get. We hope consumers and doctors will pay more attention to non-clinical factors that can significantly impact clinical outcomes and not just ask about hotels and airport pickups.”

Malaysia and Turkey new stars on the Medical Tourism Sky

While Thailand has often been seen as the number one medical tourism destination, the land of smiles enjoy fierce competition from its southern neighbor Malaysia, along with Turkey who attracts increasing patients from Europe and the Middle East. While a Malaysian hospital takes the first rank, Turkey’s Andalou Medical Centre is number four on MTQUA’s list of the best hospitals for 2014.

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The World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists for 2014

  1. Prince Court Medical Centre, Malaysia
  2. Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Germany
  3. Fortis Hospital Bangalore, India
  4. Anadolu Medical Centre, Turkey
  5. Wooridul Spine Hospital, Korea
  6. Shouldice Hospital, Canada
  7. Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore
  8. Clemenceau Medical Centre, Lebanon
  9. Bumrungrad International, Thailand
  10. Mediclinic Morningside, South Africa

For more information about the top destinations and international hospitals for Medical Tourism, or to receive a FREE CONSULTATION on which medical tourism destination and hospital that fits your needs the best, contact Novasans today!

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Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in the Philippines with Dr. Arnold Angeles

Dr. Arnold Angeles is one of the Philippines most respected plastic surgeons, operating his own plastic surgery clinic in Quezon City, Philippines. Last week, Novasans had the unique opportunity of receiving an exclusive interview with Dr. Angeles, where he shares the story behind his success in the plastic surgery industry and his aspire to serve his patients with impeccable service and a professional hand.

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Dr. Arnold Angeles, tell us about your medical background and how you decided to pursue plastic surgery as your main medical focus?

I started as a General Surgeon focusing on cancer surgery and surgical intensive care. I have removed a lot of cancer tumors and improved the lives of many patients.  But, there was more to this career… I wanted to do more.  I wanted to be able to reconstruct the entire defect I have created, improving the lives of patients even better.  Then, it started.  I realized, with all the exposures and experiences with my previous commitment in general surgery, my skills automatically complemented surgical skills in cosmetic surgery.  It has worked very well indeed.  Although some things have changed, others remained the same.  I still improve lives, almost  in a similar way as before… but now, it starts with improving their self-confidence, and everything follows.

dr. arnold angeles plastic surgery philippinesWhat services and procedures does Dr. Arnold Angeles offer patients and what is your specialty?

My Specialty is in body contouring (liposuction, augmentations and facial rejuvenation surgeries). These things can be easy to do, but I always do them with utmost safety, good planning and strict follow-through care.  Best results and experience always follows.

Although Dr. Arnold Angeles clinic specializes in plastic surgery, do you also offer dermatology treatments and non-invasive procedures such as Botox and facial fillers?

Yes, I do offer non-surgical procedures like botox and fillers.  These are my armamentarium to shape the face without surgery.

Can a patient receive a general estimated price quote of what the treatment/procedure will cost even before coming to the clinic for an initial consultation and evaluation?

Yes. An estimated price quote is always given upon the initial email thread conversation.  My costs have no hidden charges and are always transparent so that you know what you pay for.

For your international patients, can Dr. Arnold Angeles’ clinic also assist with accommodation recommendations during their stay in the Philippines?

Yes.  I completely understand the experience of international patients.  We always strive to make their stay here very hospitable, warm and safe.  We can provide airport pick-up/send-off and hotel/condotel stay with a very affordable price.

Does Dr. Arnold Angeles clinic offer surgery packages for the patients, and if so what kind of packages are available?

Yes, I offer packages.  For me, it’s a simple way to pay things without all the details. Although I also provide an itemized costing for the patient’s reference.

Does Dr. Arnold Angeles clinic have its own surgical theatre or are the plastic surgeries performed somewhere else?

dr. arnold angeles plastic surgery philippinesI perform my surgeries in a hospital setting (St. Luke’s Global Hospital). There are comments that a hospital stay is more expensive than a clinic stay. For me, no matter how good the clinic is, nothing compares with the universal safety precautions and patient care and comfort in a hospital setting.  It is always a wise investment for any surgical procedure, especially for international patients.  Surgical skill is not a joke and I have a lot of experience with it.

Which countries do most of Dr. Arnold Angeles’ international patients come from?

My practice caters to 70% international and 30% local clients. Most international patients come from Canada, South America, South Africa, Texas, UK, Japan, Singapore, UAE and HongKong.

Does Dr. Arnold Angeles clinic offer any follow-up consultation for the patients should they request this when they are back in their home countries?

Clinic or follow up sequence are done through email, viber and skype. Except for Singapore where I visit my clients every other month.

The Philippines is becoming increasingly popular as a plastic surgery destination. What are the benefits of traveling to the Philippines for plastic surgery or a dermatology procedure?

The main benefit here is the comfort and hospitality.  Most Filipinos treat others as family and wants to be admired in how they put others first before themselves.

Lastly, why should international patients choose to travel to the Philippines to enjoy your plastic surgery services?

This is a very important question. Although the Philippines is still a 3rd world country, out expertise is at par with almost any plastic surgeons.  We take our training seriously.  We always prioritize result that is achieved with competent surgery and safe surgery.  We also provide choices and cater the procedure to the needs of the patient…not the other way around — catering the patients to the surgery in a boxed-typed surgical process.

Other treatments offered by Dr. Arnold Angeles:

  • Ulthera – a non surgical procedure for face lifting.  Not all patients require a surgical procedure.  Most of them need the right treatment to get the right results.
  • Body contouring with latest body cavitation machine.  This is also a non-surgical procedure that improves body contour.  Usually for those with small contour problems that does not necessarily needs surgery.
  • Body tight – This is an adjunct to a surgical liposuction that really improves skin tone and contraction.  Some may not need any tummy tuck or arm tuck with this option.
  • Muscle augmentation – pectoral (male chest) augmentation, biceps, triceps and calf augmentation.

Dr. Arnold Angeles is one of Novasans’ esteemed Plastic Surgery Partners. View his profile here, and contact him directly here.

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Medical Tourism Travel to India with Samaira Global Wellness

In its quest to provide medical tourists with a wide range of destination and procedure opportunities across the world, Novasans is proud to present a collaboration with the esteemed medical tourism agency Samaira Global Wellness. To showcase Samaira Global Wellness’ medical tourism services, the Novasans team conducted an interview with the agency.

What is Samaira Global Wellness what is the story behind the company?

Dr. Priya Bhanushali at Samaira Global Wellness

Dr. Priya Bhanushali at Samaira Global Wellness

Service to Mankind is to serve God. Samaira Global Wellness‘ vision is to serve mankind in best possible way. We are the leading medical facilitator in Mumbai, India, which is first of its kind completely managed  by a team of highly qualified doctors and not by salesperson or mediators. Our highly qualified doctors gives us the edge over other companies because every case is first seen and handled by our doctors. Any patient choosing Samaira Global Wellness can call our panel doctor and talk about their concern.

We believe in We Care We Cure policy where every client coming to Samaira Global Wellness is showered with personal care and attention so that utmost comfort is given to the patient coming from various part of globe to get relieved from their pain and this is our reward where patient across the border comes to India and get backs to home with a smile.
This is the reason Samaira Global Wellness exists. Where, our passion is driven by our desire to break down the boundaries of healthcare as its lead by team of professional doctors and not by corporate group. We believe in giving quality service to the patient, right from his paper process to his treatment services with utmost transparency where at every step the patient is updated by our side the various options of treatment cost which can fit into his components and expectations.

What services does Samaira Global Wellness offer international patients?

Samaira global wellness believes in we care we cure policy.
Every patient who chooses us are our precious and valuable clients , hence we make sure that we make the medical journey of the patient very comfortable and very relaxed.
  • We take complete responsibility to extend the helping hand to the patient. We help in selecting best hospital and doctors to attend patients need.
  • We give Transfer facility  from/to  airport – Hospital – from/to hotel.
  • Assistance in choosing right hotel (geographically, quality, price).
  • We also offer various other non medical facilities (SPA, beauty salons etc.).
  • Leisure activities and vacation trip around various destination can be arranged by our company.

What procedures does Samaira Global Wellness offer international patients?

  • Cosmetic surgery ( breast/ butt implants, nose reshaping ,skin hair n laser treatments)
  • Cardiovascular (angioplasty, CABG, transplants, Valvular repair)
  • Orthopedics (joint and spine; sports medicine, Rheumatic )
  • Cancer (often high-acuity or last resort, radiation and chemotherapy)
  • Reproductive (fertility, women’s health, IVF, Surrogacy)
  • Weight loss (LAP-BAND, gastric bypass, Liposuction)
  • Scans, tests, health screenings and second opinions
  • Hair trasplants
  • Skin nails and Body treatments

Which medical facilities does Samaira Global Wellness collaborate with and where in India are these located?

  • We collaborate ONLY with world class quality hospitals/clinics in India. Our hospitals are premium hospitals which are classified as seven star hospitals
  • ALL our doctors are abroad trained in leading hospitals and  provide  world class treatment, using latest and advanced  equipment.
  • ALL our doctors are very experienced in serving international patients and the whole infrastructure is tuned to provide our international patients with top quality treatment, safe and comfortable experience, as well as friendly atmosphere

In general terms, can you explain how the process of traveling to India with Samaira Global Wellness is done and what steps the patient needs to go through in order to obtain their procedure?

  • Step 1: Filling out the Online Application Form and Medical Questionnaire
  • Step 2: Meeting with SAMAIRA GLOBAL TEAM team online by exchanging e-mails
  • Step 3: Providing medical reports (transcripts, MRI, x-rays, etc) to SGW staff.
    • We receive your request, your medical reports through the given email on our website and we transfer these documents to the hospitals and clinics for doctors to examine them.
  • Step 4: Receiving the doctor’s review from our team
    • As soon as our team receives the information and medical reports from you, our team share and discuss your case with doctors/ physicians for a treatment plan.
  • Step 5: Receiving a treatment plan and estimated price quotation for the procedure.
    • After we share your request and your medical reports with the doctors/ physicians, we receive your treatment plan and price quote to share with you.
  • Step 6: Arrangement of travel (flights, accommodation etc), arrival and transfer
    • Our well experienced Network offices will take care for all your requests. Together with them, we make your flight reservations, airport transfers (upon request) , hotel reservations (upon request), local or upstate tour organisations for you (upon request) such as cultural tours, shopping tours etc.
  • Step 7: Doctor’s consultation
    • We guide you through the whole process and we will be with you (if you wish) while you have your first consultation.
  • Step 8: Receiving medical treatment
    • We will make sure that you will get the best quality service and the treatment.
  • Step 9: Post treatment recuperation
    • We have network offices around the world. We make sure that they will follow up your health needs.
  • Step 10: Post treatment enjoyment and travel
    • We can organize local or upstate tour organizations for you (upon request) such as cultural tours, shopping tours etc.

Anand Joshi at Samaira Global Wellness

Anand Joshi at Samaira Global Wellness

Can a patient receive a general estimated price quote of what the treatment/procedure will cost before traveling to India with Samaira Global Wellness?

Yes very much , we provide complete details about
  • Procedure and Procedure costing
  • Hospital details
  • Doctor
  • Number of day stay
  • Hotel / travel / translator quote
Samaira  Global Wellness  provides the package price with a transparent breakdown of the costs prior to any booking. There are no hidden costs at  Samaira  Global Wellness.

Does Samaira Global Wellness offer accommodation and transportation should the patients wish so?

Yes Samaira  Global wellness presents to you the widest range of hotels to choose from. The hotels on board range from three star hotels to seven star hotels and we offer very competitive rate to our valuable client we will take care that the distance between your accommodation and hospital is kept to minimum possible. For transportation we provide wide range of choice of cars as per your requirement with well trained and friendly drivers at your service

Are the patients allowed to bring a family member or friend with them during their stay in India?

Of course. You can bring along a family member or companion for moral support. If you decide to come alone, we will arrange for a care-taker to be with you throughout your hospital stay.

Which countries do most of Samaira Global Wellness’ patients come from?

Medical tourism is concept of patients beyond borders and we receive patients from all over globe, such as USA, UK, GULF , AFRICA , EUROPE, ASIA.

Does Samaira Global Wellness offer translation services, and if so, in which languages?

Yes Samaira Global Wellness offers translation services for those patients who cannot speak English
  • Languages offered are- Arabic. Chinese, Tagalog, Malay, French, Spanish, Germany and if needed we can arrange other language translators too

Does Samaira Global Wellness offer any follow-up consultation for the patients when they are back in their home countries?

Yes , Once the patient is treated and  has been back to their home countries , we do the follow up consultations as to track down the result of the treatment and for patients well being. Once patient leaves India, we get the photocopy of all his reports for our knowledge. Our panel doctors keep referring the file as and well needed. If necessary the patients are asked to do reports in their own country and forward us so that we know the treatment was successful , which gives us immense satisfaction for the job that Samaira global has done.

Generally, what are the cost savings that can be made by choosing to have a surgery done in India instead of in Western Countries?

The potential cost savings for medical tourists are huge and as a result are one of the more important factors in seeking treatment in India.
It is important to note that the cost for each individual will vary depending on their need and requirements. Usually, an elective procedure such as a knee replacement would cost on average of $30,000 in the US. Whereas getting that same procedure done using similar quality parts in India would cost 40 – 60% less than the cost in the US, including the hospital stay, all procedure and physicians costs and transportation to and from India.

India is one of the leading medical tourism destinations. What are the benefits of traveling to India for surgery or a treatment?

  • India has some of the most highly qualified and experienced physicians in the world. With a cultural emphasis on education, most of these physicians have gone on to super-specialize in their field, enabling them to become experts in their respective medical specialties. Further, most of the physicians that are in the our network have had extensive hands on training. The hospitals that Samaira global wellness has tied up with are the leading hospitals in India with multi-specialty facilities.
  • In addition to traditional medicine, India offers many more relaxing and rejuvenating treatment options from Yoga, Ayurveda, and Meditation to Allopathic and Naturopathic medicine.
  • India also offers world-class travel destinations such as the Taj Mahal, the beaches of Goa, the backwaters of Kerala and hiking in the Himalayas, heritage rich Rajasthan to name a few.

Lastly, why should international patients choose to travel to India with the service of Samaira Global Wellness?

Simply because we can make sure you make the right decision with regard to medical treatment in India. Samaira Global Wellness is handled by doctors and not just a team of salesperson and coordinators.
Our doctors make sure to give your right treatment and are your companion during your stay .
  • We plan extensively to make your travel, stay and treatment as comfortable as possible. First, we provide you with the information you need to make a decision about the choice of  hospital and the doctors who are best suited to treat you.
  • Second, we assist you with travel arrangements, help plan your stay and hospital admissions. Next, we work closely with you right upon arrival  and guide you through the entire process – from checking you into the hotel to helping you along throughout your hospital stay. And see that you return to your home country safe, sound and in the pink of health.

Find more information about Samaira Global Wellness, and receive a FREE PRICE QUOTE AND A DOCTOR’S EVALUATION FOR YOUR SURGERY OR PROCEDURE IN INDIA TODAY!

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South Korea aims to attract Russian Medical Tourists

medical tourism south koreaSouth Korea is continuing its quest to increase its piece of the medical tourism pie. To attain this, South Korea is now targeting Russian medical tourists and hopes to attract as much as 350,000 tourists from Russia in 2017. In recent years, Russians have flocked Asian tourist destinations such as Thailand. South Korea has also seen an increase in the number of Russians visiting Korea, which in 2013 reached 175,000. In order to double this number in three years time, medical tourism in South Korea is seen as one of the major potentials.

South Korea to make Incheon Asia’s Leading Medical Tourism City

While competition for the Russian medical tourists is fierce, South Korea hopes that by putting more effort into the Incheon region’s medical tourism infrastructure, this will work as an incentive for more Russians to opt for South Korea over its Asian medical tourism counterparts. The Incehon region launched The Incheon Medical Tourism Foundation (IMTF) in 2011, and according to the foundation, the number of medical tourists in the Incheon region rose from 2,898 in 2010 to 4,400 in 2011 and to over 10,000 medical tourists in 2013. In 2014, IMTF hopes that the medical tourism numbers will be 14,000. The IMTF is particularly targeting patients from Vladivostok and Khabarovsk, which has been aided by the January 2014 deal for South Korean and Russian tourists to travel in either direction for up to 60 days without a visa, leaving enough time for most medical treatments and recuperation time in South Korea before traveling back to Russia.

Medical tourism services at South Korean Airports

To alleviate the process for Russian medical tourists entering South Korea, a one-hour medical service will be set up at Incheon Airport specifically targeting transfer passengers, so that they can receive medical check-ups at the airport, and also enjoy skin care treatments or teeth cleaning while waiting to board their next plane. Incheon Airport will also boast a medical information centre to assist medical tourists with information and the possibility to meet potential doctors.

Incheon Healthcare City meet passengers at the Airport

By naming Incheon Airport as the “Medical Hub Airport”, the aim is to create the image of Incheon as a healthcare city already when greeting new patients. While targeting medical tourists from Central Asia, China, Vietnam, Canada and US military personnel based in the region, Russian medical tourists are still seen as the main growth potential. In the last four years, Russian medical tourists has shown an annual growth rate of 88,1% in South Korea, a number that will undoubtedly continue to rise due to the latest efforts from the country and the Incheon region.

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Plastic Surgery, IVF, Dentistry & Bariatric Surgery in Cancún, Mexico with My Medical Vacations

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Satisfied patients receiving treatment in Mexico with My Medical Vacations

With staggering prices on elective surgeries in the US, more Americans and Canadians turn for assistance abroad. With its proximity, affordable procedures and service level, Mexico has turned out to be one of the main destinations for American and Canadian medical travel. Novasans got an exclusive interview with one of its partner medical facilitators, a fairly new player in the Mexican medical tourism industry who is rapidly gaining attention; My Medical Vacations.

What is My Medical Vacations?

My Medical Vacations is a medical tourism agency based in Cancun, Mexico. We represent a solution for international patients that are seeking high quality medical attention, safety and great aftercare for an affordable price. All of our programs (plastic surgery, fertility treatments, dentistry and bariatric surgery), were designed to satisfy the needs of the most demanding clients.

How long has My Medical Vacations been in business?

1 year operating. The staff however has more than 15 years combined of experience in the medical tourism field.

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A patient with one of My Medical Vacations' professional doctors

My Medical Vacations offers treatments and procedures in Mexico. What kind of treatments/procedures is My Medical Vacations specialized in?

Like I mentioned before, at this stage we are offering Plastic/cosmetic surgery, Non-surgical cosmetic procedures, Dentistry, Bariatric surgery and fertility treatments. We are developing new programs for other specialties and they will be available at the beginning of 2014.

Which hospitals and clinics does My Medical Vacations collaborate with and where in Mexico are they located?

We have handpicked the most modern facilities. Right now, we are working with Hospital Americano and with specialized clinics like Dentaris, Victoria Clinic and Fertility Center in Cancun.

Where do most of My Medical Vacations patients come from?

Most of our patients come from USA and Canada. We also receive patients from UK, Australia, Northern Europe, Caribbean Islands and South Africa.

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Consultation Room

Do all of My Medical Vacations’ doctors speak English?

All of them have  fluent conversational and written English.

Does My Medical Vacations offer translators in other languages as well?

We offer translation for French, Italian and German speaking patients.

Apart from medical services, does My Medical Vacations offer patients additional services, such as accommodation, transportation, tours etc.?

All of our packages include all the ground transfers, daily nurse visits and personalized service from our medical concierge staff. In addition to that, other services like tours, sightseeing, spa, beauty salon and other non-surgical treatments (Botox, hyaluronic acid and plasma) can be booked with us. Being a one stop shop, has been one of the favorite aspects of our company to our happy patients.

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Are you interested in receiving a FREE PRICE QUOTATION from My Medical Vacations’ experts on your surgery or procedure in Mexico, contact My Medical Vacations today!

What are the cost savings to be expected when having a plastic surgery, a dental treatment, a bariatric surgery or IVF in Mexico instead of in for instance the US?

Savings can go from 50% to 80% depending on the treatments (s) that they choose. We also have to compare this with prices of Physicians in US that have the same experience, skills and qualifications that our surgeons here in Mexico. They are all board certified, members of multiple associations with many years of experience and impeccable records. One of our associate physicians for example is actually a professor of the medical faculty in Louisiana State University. This is the level that we offer and promote.

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One of My Medical Vacations' concierge staff with a patient on-site in Mexico

When an international patient contacts My Medical Vacations for a treatment/procedure in Mexico; how is the patient handling process done, from the first inquiry to the recovery back home?

We understand that traveling abroad for medical care is a tough decision. This is why all of the requests we receive are handled by our MEDICAL CONSULTANT Staff. The role of this position is primary. They have thorough training in the different medical specialties, so in many ways the patients are talking to experts. They become the bridge between the physicians and the potential patient. Their job is to assist them at all times with responses for the inquiries in less than 24 hours. They gather all the information needed from the patient so the doctors can make the most informed decision based in what is best for the patient. Once the patient is approved for surgery or treatment, the medical consultant assists them with the logistics, traveling arrangements, organization and scheduling.

Once the patient arrives, the MEDICAL CONCIERGE are in charge of all the on-site services, like transportation, appointments, translation and other details like last minute shopping for personal products, stops at the store, etc. Basically they become the patient’s personal assistance during their whole stay.

After surgery or treatment, our staff of registered nurses will visit them every day to make sure that their recovery is going on the right direction.

Every procedure has different minimum days of recovery in the destination. For example, liposculpture procedures require a minimum stay of 7 days post op and dental veneers a minimum of 5 days. This will ensure the initial recovery period.  And after that time they are ready to fly back home.

Our Medical consultants keep close communication with the patients even when they get back home to make sure everything is ok. We genuinely care for our patients so their wellbeing is a priority for us at My Medical Vacations.

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Clinic waiting room

Can a patient receive a general estimated price quote for his/her procedure before traveling to Mexico with My Medical Vacations?

All of our patients know their final price and what is included before they travel to Mexico. It’s important as nobody likes surprises.

Lastly, as a patient seeking IVF, plastic surgery, obesity surgery or dentistry in Mexico, why should I choose to travel with My Medical Vacations?

Medical tourism is a booming industry; however in many cases and regions, it is still developing. Understanding the patient needs is the key to succeed and our main focus, this is why people trust us. With a staff that has successfully managed over 800 cases; we provide a personalized service that exceeds our patient’s expectations.

My Medical Vacations has the perfect combination between medical and hospitality services and our patients enjoy this on a daily basis.

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Are you interested in receiving a FREE PRICE QUOTATION from My Medical Vacations’ experts on your surgery or procedure in Mexico, contact My Medical Vacations today!

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