US firm adds India to medical travel destinations

August 21st, 2008 - 11:45 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 21 (IANS) India has been added to the list of possible destinations for surgery and other medical care at a fraction of the US cost by American medical travel company Companion Global Healthcare Inc.The state-of-the-art Wockhardt Hospitals in Mumbai and Bangalore have become the first two facilities in India accepted into Companion Global Healthcare’s network of overseas hospitals, company President David Boucher announced Wednesday.

Companion Global Healthcare, which helps self-insured employers and individuals access lower-cost health care overseas, now has affiliations with 10 hospitals located in India, Costa Rica, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and Ireland.

All of the hospitals hold the prestigious JCI accreditation, and all have completed Companion Global Healthcare’s extensive credentialing process, Columbia, South Carolina based company said.

Wockhardt has established a special division to serve international patients and their Mumbai and Bangalore facilities are both accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and affiliated with Harvard Medical International.

They offer a variety of procedures, including hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee replacement, cardiac surgeries and spinal surgery.

Their physicians in these specialties are backed by new-generation technology and nursing care. Private rooms in the hospitals are equipped with computers, high-speed internet access, televisions and DVD players.

“A self-insured company can save tens of thousands of dollars if just one of its employees elects to have surgery at a fully credentialed Companion Global Healthcare network facility, and the employee can save thousands in out-of-pocket costs,” Boucher said.

“The addition of Wockhardt Hospitals to our network gives our clients more outstanding options if they are considering going abroad for care.”

“International patients have experienced in our services excellent clinical outcomes with personalized care at highly affordable costs,” Wockhardt Hospitals CEO Vishal Bali said.

“Over the past 18 years we have built an evolved health care system in India that matches global benchmarks in patient care.”

“We are extremely proud of our JCI accreditation and our affiliation with Harvard Medical International, which gives us access to Harvard Medical School’s experience and expertise in patient care.”

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