Eastern Remedies: Alternative Treatment For US Healthcare System

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Americans who are looking for alternatives to the labyrinth that is US healthcare system need look no longer. Omedtra, a medical tourism, health travel and wellness company, is helping to make affordable, care-oriented medical treatment solutions available to patients everywhere.

An increasingly popular topic in America's healthcare debate, medical tourism provides a reliable healthcare option for millions of Americans who are in need of medical treatment, but cannot afford the cost of healthcare in the United States.

But medical tourism is not just for the disadvantaged or the extremely sick. It is becoming increasingly popular with average Americans seeking affordable healthcare choices. According to a new study by Deloitte, nearly 40 percent of U.S. healthcare consumers said they would travel outside of the country for medical tourism, if the quality was comparable and the cost was cut in half. In fact, 36.7 percent of Baby Boomers, 41.9 percent of Generation X-ers and an incredible 51.1 percent of Generation Y-ers would engage in medical tourism.

"Everyone is watching their pocketbooks and worried about rising healthcare costs, especially in this economy," says Omedtra's founder and CEO, Dr. Rakesh V. Thapliyal. "But one thing is undeniable: all of us, regardless of generation, are becoming more and more interested in our own healthcare."

Omedtra was founded by Dr. Thapliyal, a healthcare expert, and is managed by doctors, finance and hospitality experts who all share a common passion for helping those in need. The company brings together the perfect marriage of experience for a medical tourism company: experts in the medical profession with experts in the hospitality and finance fields, Omedtra offers its clients safe and practical options for overseas medical travel. By providing a customized solution that matches a patient's individual wants and needs, Omedtra makes the overseas medical travel experience as comfortable and affordable as possible.

In 2006 and 2007, an estimated 1 million Americans traveled overseas for medical treatment. There are currently 28 countries that cater to the international health traveler, with millions of patients visiting hospitals and clinics each year in these countries.

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With the rising cost of healthcare in the U.S., many Americans are choosing this option, given that medical treatment overseas typically costs 60 percent to 80 percent less than it does domestically.

Most people are aware of soaring healthcare costs and that many Americans struggle to find access to quality healthcare. The facts are daunting.

-- Premiums for employer-sponsored health coverage have surged 87 percent over the past six years

-- By 2015, more than one in every four workers will be uninsured

-- According to U.S. census data, 47 million Americans currently do not have health insurance

Beyond these figures, there's also the problem of the underinsured. Of the 250 million Americans who have some form of heath insurance, many hold policies that do not cover necessary medical procedures, putting a huge financial burden on patients.

Because of these trends, seeking medical procedures in a safe, modern overseas hospital - often staffed with U.S. trained doctors - has become an affordable and even essential alternative for many Americans.

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