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Partnering with Clinics – A New Frontier of Medical Tourism

Partnering with Clinics – A New Frontier of Medical Tourism

Most employers today, have to include a healthcare plan and health insurance benefits to attract quality human resource and retain top employees. But healthcare costs in the U.S. are skyrocketing and it is becoming challenging for many U.S. employers to provide this incentive.

Navigating through healthcare plans is also more difficult nowadays and companies are seeking alternatives to signing contracts with health insurance companies. This is why the idea of self-funding has developed and peaked.

Instead of partnering with insurance companies to provide health insurance coverage to employees, companies are insuring themselves to have more control and flexibility over costs and savings. Self-funding is a new strategic step worth studying and if executed well, an employer can save quite a lot on healthcare expenses.

How Self-funding Works


Self-insured health plan means that an employer is directly funding the employee’s medical expenses. They basically cover the medical costs from their own pockets via the company’s assets rather than paying yearly premiums to insurance institutes. The employer processes the claims as presented through a third party, thereby taking advantage from the cost control self-funding offers.

If the plan has a good year (that is less employees in need of medical coverage), then the employer saves a lot.

Related: New Facts About Self-Funded Employers (Infographic)

The Need for Joint Ventures with International Clinics

With healthcare costs rising in U.S., employers have started looking into medical tourism to cut the costs. According to a study, 46,000 public and private sector workers disclosed that $20 million (25%) of their healthcare expense is linked to health risks like obesity, stress, tobacco use and cholesterol.

The number of U.S. companies that are self-funded also increased from 44% in 1999 to two-thirds in 2012. Now, more than 100 million Americans are covered by self-funded health insurance plans.

By self-funding, companies can cut healthcare costs from 20-55%, reduce sick leave claims by 32% and see an increase in productivity by 52%.


Case Studies

  • Disk replacement surgery in U.S. costs $300,000-400,000. The cost is reduced to $38,000 by contracting with a clinic in India.
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery costs $14,000 in America which is why some U.S. employers have contracted with a clinic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where the same procedure costs $5,800 (including travel expenses)
  • For self-funded employers, savings are even more for a hip replacement procedure which amounts to $60,000 in the U.S. but $15,000 in Mexico and $8000 in India.
  • HSM Solutions, a U.S. based company of 2,500 employees, saved $9.5 million over a period of six years in healthcare costs by partnering with international clinics via medical tourism agencies.

Self-funding coupled together with medical tourism, allows employers to increase employee bonuses, from the savings they enjoy while cutting down on insurance costs. The company gets to save a lot while the employees remain healthy and happy. It is a win-win situation. This is a major opportunity for medical tourism agencies to get involved and profit from this large pool of potential clients.

If you are a business owner and still paying premiums to insurance carriers, you can modify your healthcare plans and save big in expenses. Contact Medical Tourism Business and they will connect you with medical tourism facilitators who will help you contract with JCI accredited healthcare facilities worldwide. You can partner with those healthcare centers and effectively control your medical expenses.

Looking for ways to grow your business and protect your startup? Contact us today and let’s talk about what is possible.

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About the Author:

Gilliam has devoted himself to educating people about medical tourism for the last decade. Throughout that time, he has helped companies and individuals from all over the world start, manage, and grow their businesses by implementing proven practices and strategies. His passion for this industry has driven him to help founders create successful and profitable medical tourism businesses, achieve long-term growth, and become leaders in the field.

One Comment

  1. Home Healthcare June 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm


    Thanks for providing such well-rounded information in this post. As a business owner, it’s interesting to see that self-funding is becoming more common. I’m curious if it will become even more popular in the next 5-10 years. What do you think?

    Thanks for the insight. Hope to connect soon.


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