• June 06, 2011
  • 0

Some Facts About Pancreas and Pancreatic Cancer

  • Pancreas is an organ in the abdomen that lies horizontally behind the lower part of the stomach. 
  • Pancreas secretes enzymes that help digestion
  • Pancreas secretes hormones that help in regulating the metabolism of sugar. 
  • Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of the pancreas. 
  • Pancreatic cancer spreads rapidly and it is rarely detected in early stages. 
  • Pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis even when it is diagnosed in early stages. Surgical removal is also not possible. 
  • The signs and symptoms may not appear until the cancer is advanced. 

Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Usually symptoms are not shown until the cancer is advanced. Listed below are the list of common symptoms of pancreatic cancer. 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Irritation and itching sensation in the skin
  • Changes in urine color and stool
  • Sudden onset of diabetes

 

  • May 18, 2011
  • 0

Cost Factor Benefits in Medical Tourism Practice

Cost benefits are an important part of healthcare delivery system as the public will always prefer these services at affordable rates. Our associated healthcare system give you cost factor advantages with the efficacy of excellent service. Nowadays more people are opting for medical tourism where they will be proffered with a cheaper medical treatment and services without compromising on quality or effectiveness. Growing global standards and improvement of technology has lead many foreign patients to seek treatment in internationally known hospitals. The low cost procedures and affordability with utmost quality care has lead the medical tourism to flourish worldwide. We offer savings ranging from 30% up to 80% in the cost of medical as well as surgical treatment. The specialists and expert surgeons with our associated hospitals will conduct surgeries with top notch techniques and technologies and that adds on to the quality services that we provide to our clients. The administrative set up, strict auditing for corruptions and malpractices, insurance services, and credits will definitely urge medical tourism to grow further more. Improved means of communication and reasonably priced travel is another cause for development of medical tourism. We can proudly say that the medical tourism our hospitals promote is surely a clear economic solution for many health problems.

  • May 18, 2011
  • 0

India: An Attractive Medical Tourism Destination - Some Reasons

India is becoming one of the most preferred medical tourism destinations for the medical travelers across the globe. Here I am trying to find out some of the best possible reasons for this trend.

  1. Private health care costs are very affordable
  2. Air travel expenses and luxury hotel fares are also significantly lower
  3. Subsidized medical education in India facilitates the availability of a  pool of experienced and talented medical professionals and scientists in the world
  4. The volume of patients helps helps surgeons to gain invaluable  experience
  5. India has one of the largest private hospital infrastructure in the world which are affiliated with global medical institutes like Harvard Medical and accredited by JCI, USA or ISO
  6. English is widely spoken. being the medium of public conversation and the preferred language of communication in Hospitals and Medical centers
  7. A government that is favourable to medical tourism. The Indian government has a special VISA for medical tourists.
  8. Experience in medical tourism is another factor. Medical tourists from South Asia and Middle East have been coming for medical treatment to India for many years now.
  9. Medical decisions are by doctors and not by rules made by non-medicos. Doctors have more say in medical treatment in India.
  10. Familiarity of Western Patients with Indian doctors.
  • May 18, 2011
  • 0

Teleradiology Comes to Smart Phones

Medical practice is one that has always been abundantly helped by technological innovations. Telemedicine which evolved with various developments in digital technologies, has in many ways eased the burden of health care for both patients and doctors. XR-EXpress, a Picture Archiving and Communications Software (PACS) Teleradiology System, introduced by New Mexico Software, Inc, is one of the innovations to join the arsenal of telemedicine applications.The XR-EXpress system enables doctors to examine X-rays, CT scans, Ultrasounds, EKGs etc that are generated as part of routine examinations on their smart phones. Currently available for Google Android smart phone, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, the imaging application needs Android operating system higher than 2.2. The application itself can be downloaded for free on the Android Marketplace. The application not only streams the images, but it also tags them with patient information and stores them for retrieval later. However, these images cannot be used for diagnostic purpose as of now due to FDA regulations. At the same time radiologists can use them for case review and quick access to patient reports.

  • May 18, 2011
  • 0

Good Times for Germany's Medical Tourism

Germany is fast becoming a nation to reckon with in the booming medical tourism industry. With high hospital density and doctor to patient proportion, its healthcare system is unparalleled in the world. Germany remains a favourite destination for medical tourists from the Middle East, Europe and the US.A recent report from the Middle East highlights the relative popularity of German healthcare in Middle East countries. Visa restrictions in the US following the September 11 attack and the suicide bombing in 2009 has made Arabs look up to Europe and Germany in particular for treatment. Berlin-based Vivantes International Medicine had a 100 percent rise in the number of Middle East patients last year. Heart defects, tumours and strokes are some of the health issues that bring Arabs to German hospitals.   The relationship between Berlin and the Middle East is a two way flow and not only are Arabs coming to the city for healthcare, but German professionals are at the forefront of trying to get a foothold into the Arab healthcare market, which is currently dominated by British and American institutes.   German companies Centrovital and Vivantesis are set to enter the Middle East market. If things go according to plan, there will be franchisees for Centrovital's successful concept of therapeutic health centre combined four star hotel in the Gulf. Vivantes is already involved in the development of many hospital projects in the Gulf.

  • May 18, 2011
  • 0

New EU Body to Promote Medical Tourism

European countries have joined hands to create a platform for debate and guidance for all involved in cross border health care. Christened European Cross-Border Health Care Organization (ECHO), the newly formed organisation will bring together regulatory and supervisory bodies in EU, health insurance companies, health care professionals, medical travel agents and quality and accreditation bodies. There has long been a lacuna in this area, reports the International Medical Travel Journal. ECHO comes from a belief of Europeans in medical tourism that existing international organizations neither understand nor well serve the region at a time of great change.    ECHO will have three advisory councils for standards and practice, ECHO development and legal. There will be working groups on hospitals and clinics, agents, spas, insurance and government bodies. ECHO will be headquarted in Brussels, Belgium, with local offices in La Coruna, Spain and Bielefeld, Germany.

  • May 18, 2011
  • 0

Reasons for Medical Travel

The main reasons for medical travel to countries like India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa etc can be summarized as below. The indications are such that health care is also making use of features of globalization. 

  1. Rising health care cost
  2. Lower health care cost in outside countries
  3. Lack of insurance coverage or inadequate coverage
  4. Development in communication systems and IT infrastructure
  5. Growth of health care consumerism
  6. Employers search for cost saving options
  7. Increased marketing by foreign health care providers
  8. Increased confidence in quality of health care abroad. Many of the hospitals are JCI accredited.
  9. Development and emergence of medical tourism facilitators
  10. Enhanced ease and reduced cost of international travel
  11. Presence of doctors and medical professionals in abroad hospitals who are trained in US, Canada, UK etc.