Medical Tourism is a growing trend among Americans

Every year it is estimated that more than 750, 000 American residents travel outside the country to seek medical care abroad, according an article of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The choice of travelling outside the country of residence for medical care can be for several reasons. Some decide based on price, based on the reputation of the doctor, the reputation of the hospital facilities, the geographic proximity, or particular connection to the country. The article adds: “The most common procedures that people undergo on medical tourism trips include cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and heart surgery.”

A common concern among those who travel for medical care is safety. The role of those who plan and organize medical care abroad, like a medical tourism facilitator, is to ensure people receive the best medical care.

Maintain a clear communication is essential to keep the client confident.

One of the ways to ensure the medical care is safe, and follows international standards is the international accreditation from Joint Commission International. This organization has been accrediting hospitals all over the world since 1994 to ensure consistency, safety and standard rules for medical care. Hospitals and clinics that receive this accreditation follow and maintain strict standards for patient safety, minimizing the risks of medical procedures. A JCI seal of approval means the patient will return home the best way possible in the least amount of time.

Medical Port partnered Hospital Lusíadas Porto and Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa that are accredited by Joint Commission International.

This partnership is a guarantee that our clients will receive the best care they need and the course of their treatment is under the supervision of top professionals. The international accreditation by JCI ensures that patients will be treated with the same quality standards, as they were back home in the United States, in a welcoming and private environment.

 

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Deciding to go abroad for a medical procedure

When considering going abroad for a medical procedure or treatment it is important to get clear answers and be confident about the destination country.

Some characteristics are essential to make a decision, such as:

  • Internationally accredited facilities
  • Medical providers reputation and awards
  • The quality of the medical training in the country
  • Language spoken and the ability to speak other languages
  • How the Medical Tourism Facilitator takes care of the process
  • Waiting times
  • Total costs

When researching where to go for a certain procedure, patients often rely on the country’s overall safety and their ability to speak different languages. It is true that some countries and regions are well known for some medical procedures but it is also true that countries with a safe environment are great candidates for a safe recovery.

In a country like Portugal planning a treatment while enjoying leisure time is a natural association. There are state-of-the-art private medical facilities at affordable costs with high quality medical professionals. The country offers a variety of tourism options, from the most adventurous to the most relaxing in a welcoming weather all year round.

Some quick facts about Portugal:

  • 30% of the population is fluent in English, 20% in French;
  • Ranked number 8 out of 181 in KOF Index of Globalization;
  • Ranked number 18 out of 162 in the Global Peace Index by the Institute for Economics & Peace;
  • There are around 4 physicians per 1000 habitants;
  • Best 2014 European Destination voted by USA Today readers;
  • Voted best country to visit in 2013 and 2014 by Condé Nast Traveller;
  • Top 10 Best value destinations for 2015 by Lonely Planet.

Medical Port acts as the gateway for Medical treatments in Portugal, making sure the entire process is quick, smooth and trouble-free. We work with the best private hospitals and offer medical care in the fields of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Diagnosis & Check-Up, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Hernias and Psychology.

Visit www.medicalport.org for more information.

 

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Make health prevention your 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

Make sure your health comes first and get a complete check-up while enjoying the sun in Lisbon.

Medical Port and Sagres Vacations recently partnered to create Medical Tourism programs for Americans who wish to travel to Europe. This partnership aims to let consumers know that Portugal is a great option for Medical Tourism. Medical Port works only with top private hospitals and clinics in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve.

Start off 2015 the best way possible by doing a complete health check-up while you enjoy the best that Lisbon has to offer. Think about historic monuments, mild all year round temperatures, and great Mediterranean style food. “Prevention is the Key” program is a one-week health assessment Medical Tourism package. Health prevention is important and can reduce health risk factors and also improve the length and quality of life. Assess how good your health is and the lifestyle changes you can do to improve it.

The medical component of this package includes:

  • Complete health check-up in private hospital in JCI accredited facilities
  • Different check-up exams for men and women
  • Transfers, hospital concierge, and accommodation.

As for leisure, travellers can enjoy different options:

  • A private tour to discover Lisbon or Oporto and its surroundings
  • Get in shape while enjoying daily countryside and beach walking trails
  • Special options include:
    • Enjoy a relaxing and detox program in a Hotel with SPA
    • Learn more about Mediterranean cuisine with a chef in cooking sessions
    • Experience a private walking tour in Lisbon or Oporto with a professional photographer
    • Sail Tejo or Douro Rivers in a luxury sailboat

When you want to commit to a healthy lifestyle, you should do it with the support of your friends and family. And set realistic and measurable goals. Join this program with your partner and start to reinforce your commitment with healthy living in 2015.

Why choose Portugal?

With centuries of History it’s no surprise that there are plenty of places to see and things to do. From visiting magnificent castles to amazing contemporary art museums, the choice is yours. Portugal is a very safe destination as it’s ranked 18 out of 162 in the Global Peace Index. There’s an average of 3300 hours of sunshine per year, one of the highest in Europe and nearly 30% of the population is fluent in English.

To find out more about this partnership read our previous blog post, here. If you want to know more about “Prevention is the Key” contact Medical Port, or Sagres Vacations.

 

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How to look your best in 2015 in a girls only week

Have you have wondered how you can look younger without going under surgery? Then, the Medical Tourism package “Small details make the difference” is just right for you and your friends.

Medical Port and Sagres Vacations recently partnered to create Medical Tourism programs for Americans who wish to travel to Europe. This partnership aims to let consumers know that Portugal is a great option for Medical Tourism. Medical Port works only with top private hospitals and clinics in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve.

Choose Lisbon or Oporto for a week with friends and get yourself immersed in the right beauty treatments, deep and relaxing sleeping, and a good amount of fun. Look and feel younger and energize yourself for the New Year.

The medical component of the program includes:

  • Dermatology consultation
  • Fine wrinkles treatment
  • Flights, transfers with a private driver, hospital concierge, and accommodation.

As for leisure, travellers can:

  • A day cruise in Tejo River (Lisbon) or Douro River (Oporto)
  • Shopping day with the help of a personal shopper
  • Getting beautified – get your hair, make-up and nails done by professionals
  • SPA session – spend an entire day in a SPA
  • Girls night out – have a girls night with dinner and fun

When it comes to aging there are several ways to deal with this concern, but not all include going under surgery. There are dermatological treatments to make people look and feel younger, and regain confidence in themselves. Also, having time to relax, have fun with friends while traveling are great ways to rejuvenate oneself and feel better.

Why choose Portugal?
With centuries of History it’s no surprise that there are plenty of places to see and things to do. From visiting magnificent castles to amazing contemporary art museums, the choice is yours. Portugal is a very safe destination as it’s ranked 18 out of 162 in the Global Peace Index. There’s an average of 3300 hours of sunshine per year, one of the highest in Europe and nearly 30% of the population is fluent in English.

To find out more about this partnership read our previous blog post, here. If you want to know more about “Small Details Make the Difference” contact Medical Port, or Sagres Vacations.

 

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Medical Port’s CEO, Belén de Vicente, becomes the first portuguese Certified Medical Tourism Specialist

Belén de Vicente | Medical Port's CEO

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Belén de Vicente, CEO of Medical Port, Premium Medical Tourism Facilitator, has become the first portuguese Certified Medical Tourism Specialist.

Belén de Vicente has obtained the prestigious certification from the Medical Tourism Association (MTA), a certification of expertise within the Medical Tourism field which clearly sets Medical Port apart from its competitors and reinforces the company’s understanding of medical tourism patient facilitation services, best practices in implementation & communication and the best practices in medical tourism and International patient services.

About Medical Port | Premium Medical Tourism Facilitator

Medical Port is the first truly Global Medical Tourism Facilitator dedicated to gather Portugal’s expertise in Medical Services as well as renowned hospitality for your benefit.

Our goal as Premium Medical Tourism Facilitator is to provide you with adequate alternatives for surgeries and medical treatments in Portugal. Adequate meaning cost-effective, quality driven, according to your timings and customized to your needs. We make sure the entire process is quick, smooth and trouble-free.

Medical Port ensures you a relaxing Medical Tourism experience abroad combining medical expertise from the top physicians in Portugal with great hospitality paying attention to the details that assure your well-being. With Medical Port you’ll have full access to the best medical staff in a safe and friendly environment that will boost your quick recovery.

We will be your only point of contact during your Medical Tourism experience. We’ll listen to your needs, prepare your offer, put you in contact with the physician for the pre-assessment stage, provide you with your travel plan, enroll you at your Hospital of choice, book your favorite Hotel, a translator or chauffer. We can even organize a dreamy cruise for you, a very nice way to celebrate your recovery. Whatever your needs or desires may be, we’ll make sure they’re attended to.

 

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Portugal as a Medical Tourism destination

Taking advantage of its privileged location in the old continent, being able to offer beach, country and city plans only minutes away from each other, its amazing weather and openness to welcome foreigners Portugal is now a strong player in the provision of Medical Tourism services.

The combination of a long tradition of high-quality touristic offers with state-of-the-art private medical infrastructures, available 24*7, with spotless facilities and private rooms, as well as highly qualified patient-oriented medical teams, fluent in different languages, are the basic ingredients for an high-quality Medical Tourism offer in Portugal.

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HEALTHCARE INDICATORS

According to the Portugal Health System Review 2011 report, from the European Observatory of Health Systems and Policies:

All residents in Portugal have access to health care provided by the National Health Service (NHS), financed mainly through taxation. Approximately one-fifth to a quarter of the population enjoys a second (or more) layer of health insurance coverage through health subsystems and voluntary health insurance. Health care delivery is based on both public and private providers. Public provision is predominant in primary care and hospital care, with a gatekeeping system in place for the former. Pharmaceutical products, diagnostic technologies and private practice by physicians constitute the bulk of private health care provision.

In the last decades many measures have been adopted to improve the performance of the NHS, including public–private partnerships (PPPs) for new hospitals, a change in public hospital management structures, the reorganization of primary care and the creation of long-term care networks.

Portugal’s Key Public Health Indicators are well above European average according to the World Health Organization, namely life expectancy at birth, life expectancy at age 60 and neonatal mortality rates, reinforcing the quality of the Portuguese Healthcare system. As an example, the mortality rate has declined more than 0.8 percentage points since 1975. This trend reflects both an improved access to an expanding health care network and a continuous political commitment, and leads to improved living standards and increasing investment in health care.

All hospitals belonging to the NHS are in the public sector, reporting to the Ministry of Health. Private sector hospitals, where 3 major groups have 80% of the market share, operate under their own management policies.

Additionally, Portugal has around 4 physicians/1000 inhabitants – a value well above the European average – trained by demanding Medical Schools, where just top students are allowed to attend.

Further more, in Portugal 30% of the population is fluent in English, 20% in French, 10% in Spanish. These percentages are considerably higher in the services sector and especially in the health care sector, where the medical bibliography is mainly accessible in English and French.

In line with the Portuguese hospitality, the country’s medical teams give the personal and human care patients need. They have the vocation and make the time for it.

Besides analyzing major trends on health indicators in Portugal, another curious marker of the country’s performance are, naturally, blogs, in which foreigners living in Portugal share their experiences. Living In the Sun, the blog of a British citizen living in Portugal states that “by conducting adequate research and ensuring that you have gone through the correct processes, you can be sure that you will receive the same high quality health care that you are used to getting in the UK. The Portuguese health system is very efficient and has an extremely good reputation for standards of care, so you will certainly not be jeopardizing your health by moving here!”.

A LONG TRADITION OF PRIZES AND AWARDS

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Just to highlight the most recent ones:

  • Lisbon was awarded Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2013 by the World Travel Awards;
  • The magazine “Condé Nast Traveller” elected Portugal the best destination to travel in 2013;
  • The guide “Lonely Planet” classified Oporto and the Douro Valley as the first destination in Europe to be visited in 2013;
  • TripAdvisor website visitors elected Lisbon as the best city in the world for its quality/price relationship;
  • The British journal “The Telegraph” named the Alentejo region as “the paradise for food lovers” at the beginning of 2013;
  • Portugal won the prize for the best golf destination in Europe in 2012 and was elected as the best destination for golf holidays by international travel agencies in the scope of the Travel Agent Choice Awards.

MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION

When it comes to Medical Tourism decisions, we want, first of all, to be sure about the quality of the healthcare provider’s infrastructures and teams. But there is much more beyond this. In Portugal, patients are having their medical treatments in one of the safest countries in the world – 18th out of 162 in the Global Peace Index 2013 of the Institute of Economics & Peace –, whilst hosted by highly professional medical teams that hold the warm and humane touch that characterizes Portuguese nature.

In Portugal, patients can take advantage of the country’s warm and sunny weather, where mild winters allow outside treatments, combining the sun’s healing capacities with advanced medical programs. And shortly after, one can choose to play golf, go to the beach, do exquisite river cruises, or go on a shopping spree, in one of the safest and language-savvy countries in the world. All together, this configures a safe and very attractive ecosystem for Medical Tourism in Europe.

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If you considering healthcare abroad, visit Medical Port’s website for more information about procedures, hospitals and doctors available in Portugal. You can also use our contacts page.

 

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Contact us

If you’d like to know more about Medical PortMedical Tourism or the type of medical treatments and surgeries available in Portugal, combined with exquisite touristic components, please contact us at +351 220 973 751 or use the form below. We’ll be glad to tell you more about the country, its healthcare system and our services.