Medical Tourism Tips: Best Practices for Effective Treatments

One of the most lucrative tourism segments that are gaining momentum across the globe is Medical Tourism. Every year people in large number travel to various destinations to receive top class medical treatments at affordable price. There are various reasons behind people picking up medical tourism as a travel option such as non affordability of the required treatment, no insurance cover for the required treatment or the treatment simply not available in their own country. As a medical tourist, it is very important for a person to consider some important things while travelling to a foreign country for health care reasons. Listed below are the travel tips that will ensure a safe and successful medical travel experience.

Intensive Groundwork
The experience of abroad visit for receiving medical treatment can be dismaying at times. Hence research work is an important factor before planning a medical travel. Right from choosing a right country to right hospital and doctor to have your treatment done, one must go into minute detailing before taking further step. Scroll down and read about the following things that you must research on.

a) Undergoing Procedure

The first and foremost thing that one must consider is the undergoing procedure. Find out what you will achieve from the surgery and does it match up to your expectations. Also inquire about how much time it will take in recovery process, cost of the treatment and possible risks and complications.

b) Hospital Appraisal

Due to the rising popularity of medical tourism, more and more hospitals in abroad are entering into this business to woo the lucrative foreign tourist segment. But do they all are certified to serve you with the best medical procedure? While selecting the hospital, you must check about its accreditation such as Joint Commission International (JCI), Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) and International Standard Organization (ISO), honors & accolades and high standards in terms of facilities and equipments. Also check about the success ratio of the hospital.

c) Doctor Appraisal

Do check about the qualifications, reputation and experience of the doctors in the designated field who might be treating you.

d) Country Appraisal

A thorough research about the country you are visiting for medical care is essential before boarding the plane. Find out which country is best for providing the required medical procedure and the cost involved. The distance between the home country and travel destination must be considered because your doctor may not permit long distance travel.

Keep in Touch With Your Local Doctor

Be in contact with your local doctor and tell him about your decision of abroad travel for medical treatment. You may need his assistance in accumulating the health reports required by the overseas hospital as well as for post treatment checkups after returning home.

Documents must be kept in Order

Always be well prepared when you are travelling overseas for medical treatment. Keep a check whether all required documents are with you or not. Make copies for each document that you require:

a) Passport & Visa

Passport is essential for you and your companion while travelling from one country to another. Depending on the country you are travelling to, you may or may not require visa. Consult with the embassy of the destination country for that.

b) Credit & Debit Cards

Keep one or two debit and credit cards besides some local currency as you might need them in case of emergency.

c) Driver’s License

If you intend to drive in abroad, make sure that your driving license is valid and remain with you throughout the travel. Some countries may require international driving license in addition to your driving license. Consult with the embassy of the destination country about the requirement.

d) Medical records

Medical reports such as X-rays, MRI, medicine prescriptions and pre – surgery records relevant for the treatment must be there with you at the time of journey.

Handy and Emergency Contact Information

You must possess emergency contact information like relatives and friends, information about the destination country’s embassy, hospital information, information of the hotel you are staying in, contact details of your local doctor, employer and insurance company and International contact details of your bank.

All the aforementioned information is very important from the perspective of medical tourism. The very fact that it is very hard to manage all these things single handedly; there are several private tour operators who offer customized tour packages that guide patients through this process.

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The Joys of European Adventure Travel

Adventure holidays in Europe come in the form of trekking, walking, skiing, cycling and rafting in France to the cooking schools and cultural cities of Tuscany.

It’s surprisingly easy to get off the beaten track in Europe and find yourself amongst fields of lavender or the white villages of AndalucĂ­a, staying in small, family hotels and guesthouses or more glamourous chateaux.

Or discover the UK, from Yorkshire to Wales, London to Edinburgh we’ve got some great spots to explore right here at home and all of them offer superb European adventure travel opportunities.

Europe is home to outstanding trekking, biking, river sports and skiing opportunities regardless of whether you are a beginner or an expert and some of the best places to go to try your hand at these are Spain for horse riding, the French Alps for skiing and Italy for hiking. However, for unspoilt landscapes and more affordable European adventure travel opt to visit Eastern Europe. Here you will find fantastic cycling in Slovakia, unspoilt hiking routes in Romania and canoeing in Poland.

Or for the ultimate in winter activities and outstanding natural beauty head Northern Europe because where else in the world could you spot brown bears, swim with orcas, watch for blue whales, see polar bears, marvel at the Northern Lights, witness the Midnight Sun, stay in an ice hotel, and take a reindeer ride to Santa’s grotto? Here you can visit Norway for dog sledding, Sweden to stay in an ice hotel, Iceland to trek amidst volcanoes, Finland for exhilarating downhill skiing and the Faroes Islands for an island-hopping tour unlike any other.

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Grow a Business That Involves Woodworking

Growing a profitable business from home is possible even in these uncertain economic times. If your passion is woodworking or even if you have little or no experience in this area, it is possible to be successful in starting a business that centers on woodworking.Areas of such a business could also include designing and building sheds or boats. All you need are proven business plans. You will also need plans that will give you step-by step instructions with regards to building various woodworking projects.

There are a number of business plans available on the internet that help get your woodworking business started and become profitable in a timely and cost-effective manner. These plans should explain the necessary tools and materials you will need to complete your various woodworking projects.

Sourcing the materials you will need to complete your wood working projects is very important when it comes to the bottom line. You will also need to exactly what to purchase so that there is no waste. You do not want any left-over materials that will not be used in future projects.

You will need to know what types of woodworking projects to build such as furniture that will most profitable. Maximizing your profits by producing a good quality product that is easy to sell will help your woodworking succeed in the short and long-term.

Many of profitable woodworking projects can be built with basic woodworking tools. You do not always need expensive power tools or a large garage.These easy to build crafts can be built-in assembly line fashion. This will reduce your overhead and help your woodworking business become profitable in a timely and cost-effective manner. A proven woodworking plan will help you achieve this.

The woodworking crafts you decide to build could be easily constructed in the shed in your backyard. This would free up you garage for other uses such storage or keeping the materials needed for your woodworking projects.

If you don’t have a shed on your property it is possible to build one with little or no woodworking experience. There are many resources on the internet that will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to complete such a project. The cost for the plans are sometimes free or can be acquired at minimal cost. After completing your shed you might to make the design and construction such structures as part of your woodworking business.

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Stress Is Normal!

Living in the 21st century, we have adopted certain terminologies as a part of our vocabulary. And, we do not even spare a moment to think about them. One such common phrase is “stress is normal!”

Is stress normal?

Is it Okay for stress to be normal?

According to MedinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, “stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. It is a feeling emotional or physical tension that arises from any thought or event that makes you frustrated, angry, or nervous.”

Now, if we try to relate this definition with the concept of “stress is normal,” it makes one believe that,

It is normal to get into a state of emotional or physical tension each time we are angry, frustrated, or nervous!

First of all, staying in such a condition is detrimental to our health in several ways. Diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions, mental illnesses, and many more are the consequences of staying in a state of stress.

Then is it okay to accept stress as a part of our lives?

Now, if we look at what causes stress according to the above definition, we find that it arises from “a thought or event that makes us frustrated, angry, or nervous!”

Why do we get frustrated/angry/nervous?

The simplest reason for this is when things don’t go our way, or people do not behave in the manner we want them to. In other words, we feel frustrated when we cannot control our circumstances or others around us. The unfortunate truth is, most things that happen in life are beyond our control, and people behave the way they want to, not the way we want them to!

If this is the hard reality, should we then respond to these aspects by getting stressed and impacting our physical and mental wellbeing?

A closer look at the definition of stress points out to a simple word, “Thought!” It says that other than a specific event it is the thought that triggers stress.

Well! That’s a saving grace because while we cannot control the events that occur in our lives what we CAN control is our thoughts. It is only our thoughts that can help us respond to stressful events in life in a manner that we do not get stressed.

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Stay Home and Earn Unlimited Income

With the internet opening up opportunity for people to work from home is something that more and more people are trying to do.

The problem is that most people don’t know where to start or what action to take to start generating an income (earning from home.)

Do you have a problem trying to make money from home? If so,

I have written this article because believe I can help you get started generating income from the comfort of your home and this article is going to show you two ways that you can do that;

These are;

1. Affiliate Marketing

2. Taking Surveys

1. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is quite interesting as It is very simple to become an affiliate marketer.

All you do is just help people (or companies) promote (or advertise) their product to people who need them and when those products get purchased, you are paid a commission (or a percentage) of the profit they made out of the sales.

Remember you don’t need to come up with the product to sell as this already exist.

Simply put, you are like the middle-man between the buyer and the seller.

The secret of becoming a great affiliate marketer is for you to promote the product you know (or like).


People want to buy weight lose products and there are companies that sell these products. All you need to do is help the company sell their weight lose products to people willing to buy them and you get paid.

2. Paid Surveys

This is when you are giving an incentive for giving your honest opinion about a product (or company).

Incentive can be in cash or vouches but it is mostly cash.

I can tell you that if you are available for at least 1 hour per day, you can make more than $100 for every hour you spent giving your opinion about a product (or company.)

There are lots of companies that wants to know how their customers feel about their products and services. This helps them to improve on their products and services deliveries to the populist.

We all use these products and services so, to form your opinion is not a problem in this situation. As an additional advantage, you get to let the companies that manufacture the products you use know how you feel about their product and that you turn helps them service you better.

What a great way to earn an income from the same company that you pay for their goods and services.

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Opting Out of the Rat Race Can Be a Valid Life Choice

“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat” said Lily Tomlin, American actress and comedian. That’s an acute and deep analysis of the frenetic chase oriented lifestyle that most people seem doomed to live over and over, all their lives! A blind race after the so-called finer things in life; for money and power and social position and accepted definitions of success; a running in place simply to keep up with the next person; all these factors have combined to make the modern Human a driven creature running, running, till the day they die.

But is this the only possible way to live and be? Isn’t there any other way to have a full, and fulfilling, life? Are the stress and daily angst of the rat race; the associated physical, emotional, and mental health problems; the inescapable evils of a modern life? Not necessarily, as a lot of people around the world are discovering. Opting out of the rat race is becoming a distinct possibility in the age of information, technology and outsourcing and the possibilities have only improved manifold over the last year, as the world, and corporate, have realized the alternatives to the 9-5.

There are numerous stories of people seizing control of their own lives and changing direction in mid-stream. From sales professionals giving up lucrative jobs with MNCs in order to teach MBA, to engineers turning restaurateurs; young people are choosing to walk away from the high stress, high speed, and insane run up the ladder, to do something they enjoy. It’s huge! It’s a risk! But most of them agree, it’s worth every minute of it! They may make less money, at least for a while, but what they gain instead more than makes up for the financial loss.

First of all, there’s a huge fall in stress and angst levels. That brings with it massive health and lifestyle benefits. Occurrence of diabetes and hypertension are sky high in most professions these days. Younger and younger people are being afflicted, and most of them have no family history of either disease. Experts agree that this is caused by the high levels of stress these people function under, everyday. Heart attacks are happening younger and younger, and fertility and libido are way down in most urban centers. Get rid of the stress, and voila! Problems are reduced significantly, sometimes even totally disappear!

Less time spent running after money or the next gadget or the newest television means more time on your hands for doing things you love and spending quality time with family and friends. Creative pursuits, hobbies, and social interaction, all reduce stress further, not to mention make life a joy, and give an immense amount of meaning and fulfillment. And the really fun thing is that you don’t even have to give up on the money! Consultants make good money these days, as can freelancers and business owners. Maybe it wouldn’t be as much as your executive salary package, at least for a while, until you build things up to that level, but the advantages are many too. And with modern technology, as we have already seen this past year, it is highly possible.

So take a serious look at your life, and consider opting out of the rat race. Even thinking about it helps. Feeling like you have an out, anytime you want it, makes the here and now less like a jail sentence and more like a choice.

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How Can I Become An Innovative Person?

We see the word innovation often, and it’s amazing sometimes what qualifies for innovation as this buzz-word is being bantered about. Those of us who are creative and innovative know our prospects for success are greater than those without such talents and attributes. Perhaps this is why so many people seek to learn how to innovate themselves. It sure looks good on a resume, and most job descriptions do have a phrase or two in them such as; looking for an innovative self-starter. Let’s talk about innovation a little bit and see if you can figure out how to reposition yourself better as someone known to be innovative.

Innovation is Just Combining Observations and Solutions from Other Domains

Many who’ve thought about it long enough realize that most good innovations in any particular sector come from borrowing ideas or portions of ideas from other sectors or domains. Most innovators I know admit that most of their new original thought concepts come to them in this way. If this is the case, then we don’t need to teach innovation at all, rather we just need more polymaths and people with vast arrays of experience in many fields.

Unfortunately, that would mean all the ‘Innovation Gurus’ would be out of work and teaching very few seminars because until their enrolled students had more experiences in more areas of life and work, the seminar attendees wouldn’t be ready to use the methodology taught or have enough knowledge to be a future contender in the top ranks of innovators.

Of course the scary part of this theory of re-combination to create innovation means that it’s pretty easy to teach and if so, anyone can do it, so maybe that’s why everyone is trying to specialize in this “innovation coach” generalist category today. Once someone has experience and knowledge and understands how to use information in one area in another, they can become innovators, at least proficient at the most common type of innovation that is.

If you’ve played sports, you might take some of the strategies and tactics used to win and use something similar in a business situation to better a product or sell a service. Perhaps you had a short stint in a summer job, and realize that some of your observations there could be used at the organization you work or volunteer at now. Maybe you use a utensil in the kitchen that might also be good for doing a task at work, with only a little modification. There’s your chance to innovate. Take it. Think about it, both early and often.

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