I have stayed in tune to Medical Tourism for the past 2 years. When I would ask a business contact in conversation about the topic, whether an employer, agent, consultant or broker, I would almost always get an acknowledgement along the lines of “what is that? What is Medical Tourism” All along I knew that Medical Tourism if properly coordinated and designed would fit perfectly into a company benefit plan. In those two years things have changed rapidly and now most employers, agents, consultants and brokers know what medical tourism is. The problem is they don’t know how to implement medical tourism in their group health insurance plan and what hospitals or countries to work with.
I drive a German car and my prized Flat Screen above the living room mantel is from South Korea. I like many fellow Americans embrace technology and love choice and competition. So why should we only think nationally when it comes to our very own medical, dental, or vision care? I am not advocating that everyone leave the country for every procedure. Only that we have an option – to research alternatives and make an educated decision. True consumerism in medical care is having a Medical Tourism benefit.
Kemal Canlar is President of Global Benefit Options a firm that specializes in developing strategic Medical Tourism Benefit solutions for the US Insurance Market. Mr. Canlar was a former Senior Sales Executive for UnitedHealth care one of the largest US and international insurance carriers and has been in the corporate insurance benefits industry for over 10 years. Mr. Canlar was born in Ankara, Turkey and currently resides in New Jersey. Mr. Canlar graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire