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Eastern Remedies: Alternative Treatment for the U.S. Healthcare System
Date:5/14/2008

Atlanta-based OMEDTRA paves the way for a new solution in healthcare:

overseas access to safe, quality treatment

ATLANTA, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans who are looking for alternatives to the labyrinth that is the U.S. healthcare system need look no longer. Omedtra, a medical tourism, health travel and wellness company, is helping to make affordable, care-oriented medical treatment solutions available to patients everywhere.

An increasingly popular topic in America's healthcare debate, medical tourism provides a reliable healthcare option for millions of Americans who are in need of medical treatment, but cannot afford the cost of healthcare in the United States.

But medical tourism is not just for the disadvantaged or the extremely sick. It is becoming increasingly popular with average Americans seeking affordable healthcare choices. According to a new study by Deloitte, nearly 40 percent of U.S. healthcare consumers said they would travel outside of the country for medical tourism, if the quality was comparable and the cost was cut in half. In fact, 36.7 percent of Baby Boomers, 41.9 percent of Generation X-ers and an incredible 51.1 percent of Generation Y-ers would engage in medical tourism.

"Everyone is watching their pocketbooks and worried about rising healthcare costs, especially in this economy," says Omedtra's founder and CEO, Dr. Rakesh V. Thapliyal. "But one thing is undeniable: all of us, regardless of generation, are becoming more and more interested in our own healthcare."

Omedtra was founded by Dr. Thapliyal, a healthcare expert, and is managed by doctors, finance and hospitality experts who all share a common passion for helping those in need. The company brings together the perfect marriage of experience for a medical tourism company: experts in the medical profession with experts in the hospitality and finance fields, Omedtra offers its clients safe and practical options for overseas medical travel. By providing a customized solution that matches a patient's individual wants and needs, Omedtra makes the overseas medical travel experience as comfortable and affordable as possible.

In 2006 and 2007, an estimated 1 million Americans traveled overseas for medical treatment. There are currently 28 countries that cater to the international health traveler, with millions of patients visiting hospitals and clinics each year in these countries.

With the rising cost of healthcare in the U.S., many Americans are choosing this option, given that medical treatment overseas typically costs 60 percent to 80 percent less than it does domestically.

Most people are aware of soaring healthcare costs and that many Americans struggle to find access to quality healthcare. The facts are daunting.

-- Premiums for employer-sponsored health coverage have surged 87 percent

over the past six years

-- By 2015, more than one in every four workers will be uninsured

-- According to U.S. census data, 47 million Americans currently do not

have health insurance

Beyond these figures, there's also the problem of the underinsured. Of the 250 million Americans who have some form of heath insurance, many hold policies that do not cover necessary medical procedures, putting a huge financial burden on patients.

Because of these trends, seeking medical procedures in a safe, modern overseas hospital - often staffed with U.S. trained doctors - has become an affordable and even essential alternative for many Americans.

The cost differences between procedures in the U.S. and countries overseas are striking. In the U.S., heart valve replacement surgery can cost $180,000. In India and Thailand, the same procedure can cost as little as $7,000. A hysterectomy is $20,000 in the U.S., while in India and Thailand it is less than $5,000.

Medical Procedures

Procedure / Treatment USA ($) Cost in India &

Thailand ($)

Open Heart Surgery 100,000 7,000-10,000

Total Knee Replacement 48,000 6,000-8,000

Hip Resurfacing 55,000 7,000-9,000

Hysterectomy 22,000 4,000-6,000

Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder) 18,000 3,000-5,000

Obesity Surgery (Gastric Bypass) 65,000 9,000-12,000

Heart valve replacement 180,000 7,000-12,000

Heart pacemaker/defibrillator 60,000 4,000-8,000

Omedtra provides its services by partnering with world-class hospitals in India and Thailand that have proven records of success and reputations for being centers of excellence. Each of Omedtra's partner hospitals have proven expertise in all specialized surgeries such as knee and hip replacements, open-heart surgery, ophthalmology, organ transplants, weight loss surgery, cosmetic and dental work. In addition, Omedtra's overseas partner hospitals have advanced practice in in-vitro fertilization, and offer non-invasive medical treatment and physical exams.

Omedtra has a unique story, having been founded by a physician with a passion for helping those in need. Dr. Thapliyal, the founder, enjoys great personal, professional and unique relationships with the CEOs, doctors and owners of the partner hospitals in India and Thailand.

"Patients have a choice now," says Dr. Thapliyal. "These hospitals are ideal locations for medical treatment, offering state-of-the-art medical facilities and highly-skilled, English-speaking physicians who have been trained in the U.S., Canada or Europe."

The company has complete access and authorization to work closely with its partners to ensure that the treatment process is seamless and its clients are attended to with the utmost care and personal, dedicated attention.

The healthcare debate in this country is complex and many Americans are searching for solutions. For many, medical tourism provides a safe, affordable alternative to the costly and complicated options available to them in their own country. Founded on the basis of compassion and care, Omedtra is hoping to be part of that solution.

To discuss the innovative industry of medical tourism or to learn more about Omedtra, contact Dr. Rakesh V. Thapliyal, Omedtra, (404) 786-0504 or rakesh.thapliyal@omedtra.com

About Omedtra

Omedtra is a medical travel and wellness solutions company that provides affordable, care-oriented, quality medical treatment solutions to patients everywhere. Omedtra provides Americans with safe and practical options for overseas medical travel. By providing a customized solution that matches the individual wants and needs of its clients, Omedtra makes the overseas healthcare experience as comfortable and affordable as possible. Omedtra was founded by a physician, Rakesh V. Thapliyal, MD, RRP, and managed by doctors, finance and hospitality experts who share a common passion for helping those in need. Omedtra brings together the perfect marriage of experience for a medical tourism company: experts in the medical profession with experts in the hospitality and finance fields. Please visit http://www.omedtra.com for more information or call 1-800-614-6685.


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