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U.S. (Complimentary Knee Replacement) by: Laura Carabello t’s hard to remember the times before websites such as Orbitz and Priceline revolutionized the online travel industry. Get ready for the same revolution in healthcare: DoctorGlobe is now offering the same type of technology and online tools that can help you find, compare and reserve your care online. You’ll have a choice of over 3,000 U.S. domestic hospitals to help you discover hospitals that offer better care for less money -anywhere from one mile to 2,500 miles away from your home. Here’s how it works: Ø You must be an employee of a company that gives you access to the DoctorGlobe site. (Just ask your employer to offer the platform – no upfront cost!) Ø You are in need of a medical procedure (such as a joint replacement or heart surgery). Any hospital selected on DoctorGlobe would qualify for full employer coverage of your medical and travel costs (no out-of-pocket) + a cash bonus that represents a share of the savings you created by selecting that hospital. “It’s time for you and your employer to re-think the whole process of choosing a hospital for surgical procedures,” says Tibi Zohar, CEO and Co-Founder, DoctorGlobe. “Naturally, one would consider the shortest drive as the most relevant surgery destination. We do provide many opportunities for lower cost, high quality care that are in close proximity to virtually anywhere in the country. However, this new online search platform opens up a whole new world that also offers an interesting travel opportunity at no cost to you and your travel companion.” Consider Visiting the National Mall, Washington, DC When was the last time you visited our National Mall in Washington D.C.? This might not be at the top of your vacation list and it’s certainly not the most exotic destination on the map. However it is the nation’s capital and an incredibly inspiring city.

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As it turns out, Maryland is the least expensive state for getting a joint replacement, and at some of the highest quality-rated hospitals in the U.S. Hospital examples within an hour drive from the National Mall: University of Maryland - St. Joseph Medical Center, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and Medstar Union Memorial Hospital. U.S. News and World Report ranks these hospitals as “High Performing” in knee replacement. Only 10 percent of U.S. hospitals rated in this procedure were high performing. High-performing hospitals exceeded expected standards of care. When hospitals offer lower pricing, this brings about more patients and results in a greater volume of procedures – which means more experienced surgeons. Depending on where you live, you may also receive a bonus of up to $3,400 for selecting any of these hospitals, which should suffice for any uncovered trip costs. Walking activity is recommended post-surgery, and most mall museums offer wheelchairs. Ask Your Employer Sound good? Check out DoctorGlobe.com, then direct your company’s Human Resources and Benefits department to the site for more information. You and your employer stand to save a bundle – and you and a companion get a free trip. About the Author Laura Carabello has been an entrepreneur and a strategy consultant in both domestic and international businesses related to health care and technology since 1985. She is the publisher/managing editor of Medical Travel Today, the authoritative, online business-to-business international newsletter of the medical tourism industry (www.medicaltraveltoday. com), as well as US Domestic Medical Travel (www. USDomesticMedicalTravel.com), the newsletter dedicated to U.S. intra-state and inbound medical travel. In 2011, Carabello published Medical Travel Today: Opinions and Perspectives on an Industry in the Making.  

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