Thursday, December 2, 2010

Health Tourism is Alive and Well

Lance Winslow

We are so lucky in the United States to have one of the best health care systems in the world. Perhaps it is because we have the best medical schools, best doctors, best pharmaceuticals, best medical diagnostic equipment, and well, you get the picture. It is truly amazing how many people come to the US to get special operations. Recently, the King of Saudi Arabia came to the US to get an operation, and think about it, he has enough money to go anywhere in the world, but he chose the US, for obvious reasons.

Health Care Tourism means being alive and well, and folks will do just about anything to stay alive. Not long ago, a citizen from India went to the UK to have an operation; unfortunately she also had a terrible infection from a superbug and brought that with her also. This is one risk of health tourism, as folks move around the planet. Luckily, that's not all that typical, and there are lots of reasons for the increase in Health Care Tourism these days.

For the most part folks do it to either get the best care that money can buy, to save money, to combine a vacation trip with an operation, or to have an operation that is not covered by their health care program or socialist nation. For whatever reason and individual chooses to take part in heath tourism - be sure it is a growing sector world-wide.

Folks in the US often go to other countries to get risky operations that no doctor in the US will do because their malpractice insurance will not cover them, or because they have pre-existing conditions that are not covered by the patient's health care plan. Many folks go to Mexico to get dental work done due to the high costs and the reality that many are not covered on their healthcare plans for dental work.

In some countries the cost to say in a hospital might be well under $100 per day, thus an operation with hospital stay is now affordable, whereas in the US it could bankrupt a family. Indeed, other nations have fewer regulations on their heath care industry, which helps keep costs low, but then again on the flip side is the reality that it can be a Buyer's Beware risky game. Therefore, there are many online groups which get together and patients can compare notes on those risks/rewards/costs and accommodations.

In the EU there are many procedures and drugs which are approved there, but they are not in the US - often folks will use this as an excuse to see Europe, get their operation and treatment and their cost savings pays for their entire trip. It's an interesting development in this Global World, but as always - do your homework, do your due-diligence, and check the credentials and reviews from others first. Caveat Emptor - please consider all this.

Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow believes it's hard work to write 22,000 articles;

What Is Tranquility - Why Do We Need to Embrace Tranquility

Catherine Quel

When you think of the word tranquility, do you think about peaceful surroundings, a shaded woody area, a waterfall or a garden with butterflies? Often times, people think that in order to have tranquility in their lives, they need to have a peaceful environment. It is not always possible to have a serene and undisturbed setting.

Even though we can't seem to produce the quiet atmosphere, we can produce tranquility from within. You don't need to go to a physical place to find it.

Why is Tranquility Important?

Not having tranquility effects all facets of your personal and professional life. Tranquility, or an inner peace, is what keeps your life stable in these unstable times. Without tranquility, you are more prone to sudden outbursts and more anxiety and fear. Just think of all of the missed opportunities you face without that calming inner peace.

Now, how do we achieve this tranquility?

There are a few things that you can do to achieve it:

1. Meditation - Meditation allows you to drain your mind, which allows you to rest your mind without any other thoughts. This is a wonderful way for adults and even children to achieve tranquility and that inner peace. And, what is really beneficial is that you can meditate any time you want. All you need is a quiet space. If you have a lot of anxiety or stress in your life, meditate more often.

2. Martial Arts - Participating in a martial arts program will give you focus and peace. There are many different martial arts program, such as Tai Ch; Kung Fu, which is Chinese; Tae Kwon Do, which is Korean and Karate, which is Japanese. All of these programs put emphasis on focus and self-control. You can try a few or all of them to find one that works for you.

3. Stretching - If the martial arts programs are not for you, stretching may be. Stretching helps to relax the body and in turn, calms the spirit. There are also programs that you can participate in such as Yoga or Pilates. These programs will give you exercises that will tone your muscles in addition to improving your health. These programs also teach you how to relax your muscles and by doing so, will give you the tranquility you seek.

4. Use Key Phrases - Here is one that you probably never thought of, recognizing what makes you feel at peace. Maybe there is a key phrase or a saying that just sums it all up for you. Gives you hope and peace. If this works for you, write down your key phrases and carry them with you. You can also write your key phrases on your bathroom mirror or you can put the phrases to pictures and put them on your refrigerator, or wherever you would see them often

The key point here is if you are looking for that tranquility in your life and you don't know where to find it, just pick one of the items above and try it. Find what works for you.

Tranquility is a very important factor in our lives and we need to embrace it. In order to embrace it, we need to find it and hold on to it. Tranquility may be easier for you to find than you think.

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