Medical Tourism


MANY TRAVEL ACROSS THE OCEAN TO EXPLORE … ESCAPE AND TAKE IT EASY. BUT THERE’S ANOTHER REASON TO TRAVEL … EACH YEAR … MORE THAN 750 THOUSAND PEOPLE LIVING IN THE U-S HEAD TO ANOTHER COUNTRY FOR MEDICAL CARE. VALLEY NEWS TEAM’S “MAECY ENGER” SPOKE TO ONE LOCAL FAMILY WHO SAYS IT’S THE ONLY OPTION THEY HAD. “FINANCIALLY, EMOTIONALLY ITS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT.” MELISSA KAVA’S FAMILY AND FRIENDS FROM FARGO CAME TO WISH HER THE BEST AFTER HER SURGERY. “SHE’S BEEN TO SPECIALIST, ALL OVER CANDA, U-S AND MEXICO AND NO ONE COULD HELP HER.” SHE’S BATTLING BLINDNESS… “NO SIGHT IN THIS EYE AND 22% IN THIS EYE SO IT’S LIKE LOOKING DOWN A TOILET PAPER TUBE.” “THE SURGEON HERE IN THE UNITED STATES IS THREE YEARS OUT AND SHE DIDN’T HAVE THAT AMOUNT OF TIME TO WAIT.” THEY WERE REFEREED TO A SPECIALIST IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND HER FAMILY MANAGED TO SEND HER THERE. THE SURGERY WILL STOP THE DETERIORATION BUT HER FAMILY SAYS SHE CAN’T DRIVE … WORK OR FOCUS ON SOMETHING FOR TOO LONG. “JUST SAD, HEARTBREAKING” “SHE’S DOING GREAT, HER HEALING IS GREAT, SHE’S JUST DOING A WONDERFUL JOB” THEY’RE NOT ALONE IN NEEDING A PASSPORT TO UNDER-GO A MEDICAL PROCEDURE. “MEDICAL TOURISM” IS EXPECTED TO GROW SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE NEXT 5 TO 10 YEARS. WHILE IT CAN COME WITH IT’S RISKS … FOR SOME PROCEDURES THE COSTS SAVINGS CAN BE UP TO 90 PERCENT … ON THE OTHER HAND … MOST PATIENTS MUST PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR THEIR EXPENSES. “PART OF THE SURGERY IS F-D-A APPROVED IN THE STATES FOR GLOCOMA, BUT SINCE SHE HAD TO PUT DEADENING LENSES IN HER EYE, THAT’S NOT F- D-A APPROVED, I THINK THAT’S RIDICULOUS, HERE’S A WOMAN WHO’S WORKED HER WHOLE LIFE, AN AMERICAN WHO HAD INSURANCE AND CAN’T USE IT AND HAS TO FLY TO ANOTHER COUNTRY TO GET WHAT SHE NEEDS” WHILE … MELISSA’S FAMILY SAYS THE PROCEDURE IS WORTH IT … THEY’RE OUT 3- HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. SOMETHING HER BROTHER SAYS NEED TO CHANGE. “A TENTH OF 1 PERCENT OF PEOPLE HAVE HER ISSUE, SO YOU CAN’T MAKE MONEY OFF THAT WHEN SO FEW PEOPLE HAVE IT, IN OTHER COUNTRIES THEY’RE NOT TRYING TO TREAT THE PAIN, THEY’RE TRYING TO CURE YOU.” THE FAMILY SAYS AT THIS POINT … ALL THEY CAN DO IS HELP SUPPORT HER ANYWAY THEY CAN. IN FARGO MAECY ENGER VALLEY NEWS LIVE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MEDICAL TOURISM OR IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP OUT MELISSA’S FAMILY WE’VE ATTACHED A LINK TO VALLEY NEWS LIVE DOT COM JUST CLICK ON THIS STORY.

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