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Some travel so they can lie on a beach or visit centuries-old architectural masterpieces. And then there are those who travel for medical care. While this might seem odd to those who prefer the comfort and security of healthcare in their home country, for others it’s a more affordable way to get the procedure they need. In some cases, people…

President Obama was the world’s most prominent traveler this week, with a much discussed trip to Israel. To mark that, we have some dining advice for POTUS, courtesy of the New York Times’ Emily Brennan. She speaks with a chef from Jerusalem who offers guidance on the best places to eat in the ancient city, including where to find the…

Fifty-seven years ago this week, we entered a new era in travel – the dawn of the jet age. Jaunted has the story of the introduction of Boeing’s debut of the precursor to the 707, a plane that changed the way we travel and made the world much smaller. Can you imagine life without the jet? Thanks, Boeing. Of course,…

For many reasons, health insurers in the U.S. have been reluctant to jump on the medical tourism bandwagon. They are concerned about taking business away from doctors and hospitals already resentful of payment rates virtually dictated by the plans. Insurers realize that promoting medical treatment abroad would be perceived as a cost control measure at a time when politics is…

The recent discovery of a rare amoebic infection in two organ transplant recipients catapulted an unusual, but catastrophic, risk of organ transplantation into international headlines. The Centers for Disease Control reported that four people in three states received organs from a patient suffering from neurological problems who died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in November. Two of the…

Despite the rapid rise in medical tourism over the past five years, the vast majority of Americans remain reluctant to travel outside of the United States for medical care even if it means saving thousands of dollars.  Perhaps the main reason is concern about the quality of medical care, and the lack of universal credentialing and certification of foreign facilities…

Cisco and UnitedHealth Group announced last week a new partnership to build the first national telehealth network.  Calling Connected Care "the house call for the 21st century," United's CEO Stephen Helmsley added that it will "make it easier for people to receive care where distance has been an obstacle." Some thoughts on this: Will new technology reverse the need for…

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