MEDICAL TOURISM & FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Medical Tourism iconIt will take months to get that knee replacement and you’re considering options abroad. Why not choose a destination with top-notch medical care, turn-key programs, and resort-style living?

Look no further than Greater Palm Springs. We have been expecting you.

Greater Palm Springs has been considered a place of healing for centuries. Our dry climate, mineral hot springs and stunning vistas naturally calm the spirit and relax the mind. In fact, it was the draw of tourists that inspired the region’s growth into a world-class resort destination offering award-winning hotels, spas, restaurants, entertainment, events and more.

As the valley has grown, so has the area’s world-class medical industry which includes Eisenhower Health, Desert Care Network (Desert Regional Medical Center, JFK Memorial Hospital, and the Hi-Desert Medical Center) and Desert Doctors, an association of independent doctors and practices.

Each has answered the call of medical tourism (MT) and offers concierge services to make your medical experience as breezy as your resort stay. Programs may include travel arrangements, accommodations, bundled services and comprehensive treatment from preparation through surgery and rehabilitation.

Looking for a diagnosis or consultation?

Maybe all you need is imaging to determine the cause of your pain or to further analyze your diagnosis. Desert Medical Imaging (DMI) is an independent facility with multiple locations throughout the valley and an established MT program. Headed by John Feller, MD, they specialize in imaging for oncology, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, traumatic brain injury, and stem cell therapy, and their doctors are internationally recognized for their work. Their MT services include travel and appointment coordination, recommendations on hotel partners, and collaboration with the many specialists within the Desert Doctors network, an organization they initiated. A trip to DMI for individual services will also save you the facility fees charged by hospitals.

“We see an influx of medical tourists during high season (November – March) seeking consultations about cardiac CT, whole-body MRI, prostate imaging and treatment, personalized medicine - including genomics - and our advanced clinical trials,” says DMI Director of Clinical Research Bernadette Greenwood. “They come to the valley seeking expert services while also enjoying our beautiful weather, and we are privileged to provide them with high quality, timely care.”

Looking for all-in-one medical tourism services?

You know what procedure you need and want the entire process to go smoothly with little coordination and no surprising bills. It then makes sense to have all your services under one roof at either Eisenhower Health or Desert Regional Medical Center. Each has created packages offering cash pricing for full services.

Desert Regional established their MT program around elective joint replacement services, including minimally-invasive hip and knee replacement, and has since expanded to include other elected offerings such as bariatric, urological surgeries and gastrointestinal procedures on a case-by-case scenario. Pricing is discussed upfront and a coordinator is assigned to help you through the process.

Eisenhower Health offers bundled services for one cash price on 15 different orthopedic surgeries and cardiovascular services. This means one bill and one price for A-Z services from your first doctor appointment, to x-rays, to surgeons and anesthesiologist, facility fees and all related aspects. MT clients can stay in the Renker Pavilion designed as an appointed five-star hotel with full-time concierge services offered. They also partner with The Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage and the Miramonte in Indian Wells for guest accommodations.

“The length of stay for orthopedic surgeries is often 4-6 weeks for full recovery,” says MT patient services manager David Renker.

Eisenhower also offers cash pricing for urgent and primary care services with pricing established on a case-by-case basis.

An acclaimed medical community in a world-class resort destination… Why go anywhere else besides Greater Palm Springs for your medical care?

By Lauren Del Sarto, Desert Health News