Conventional wisdom dictates that more experience makes you a better doctor. If this axiom holds for medical tourism, Colombia is poised for a promising future. Colombia already serves as a regional medical hub for neighbors in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Intra-Latin American medical travel flourishes because regional health insurance plans (EPS) cover the cost of care in Colombia. For those living in less populated countries, such as Netherland Antilles, this provides superior medical care at a great value – a win-win for both the insurers and patients. With the prevalence of Multinational Corporations headquarters in Colombia, scores of expats receive medical care in Colombia, granting additional exposure to English-speaking Westerners.
Internationally-focused since inception, Colombian hospitals are accredited by international non-profit ICONTEC using International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) standards. ISQua subsequently accredits ICONTEC hospitals since standards are identical. The Medellin Healthcare Cluster sets additional guidelines focusing on quality of care outcomes. The global revolving door continues through international partnerships and training. Fundacion Cardioinfantil in Bogota partners with the Cleveland Clinic to train doctors and co-sponsors an annual cardiovascular clinic. Hospital Pablo Tobon Uribe in Medellin follows National Comprehensive Cancer Ontario Protocol (NCCN) guidelines and its Hematology specialists are Birmingham-trained. At MediHelp in Cartagena de Indes, a US-trained doctor performs Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment for Parkinson’s disease and the clinic even performed gastric bypass for famed Argentinean soccer star Diego Armando Maradona.
Over the past decade, a dramatic transformation has taken place – spearheaded by popular President Uribe, elected in 2002 on a platform of restoring security to the country. Increasing political stability has grown the tourism sector with virtually limitless options – Bogota is a bustling big city with culture and gastronomical delights. Medellin, a mountain retreat rejuvenates your health with its temperate year-round climate. Cartagena de Indes, a breathtaking colonial enclave on the Caribbean transports you back in time and conjures up images of swashbuckling pirates fighting on the walls of fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tourism board’s new promotional statement is “the only risk is wanting to stay” and believe me, you just may…
MedVoy is pleased to be partnered with ObesityFree that is focused on providing laparoscopic weight loss solutions for patients who have struggled for years with their excess weight. Obesity has become an epidemic and for the first time in many decades, life expectancy is expected to decline in years to come – by as much as 10 years because of this previously underestimated condition. A large number of weight loss operations have been devised over the last 50 years, including: vertical banded gastroplasty, gastric banding (adjustable or non-adjustable), Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) and malabsorbtion procedures such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, biliopancreatic diversion and duodenal switch.
Dr. Rosales of ObesityFree has specialized in – Gastric Sleeve and Adjustable Gastric Band – because the best results have come from these procedures, while also being safer with less complications and side effects. Dr. Rosales received an Invasive Surgery Fellowship at the Christus Health Group in Monterrey, Mexico and has been specializing in these procedures for the past five years. The surgeries are performed at the JCI Accredited facility of the Christus Health Group in Monterrey, Mexico. Dr. Rosales is a member of the Member of the Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery, AMCE and is also a Board Certified Surgeon with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Certified for Advanced Trauma and Life Support.