Saturday, May 5, 2007

50-year old knee injury relieved through Healthbase at an Indian hospital

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50-year old knee injury relieved through Healthbase at an Indian hospital

Uninsured American gets a knee replacement surgery overseas after years of living with a bad knee

William Nilsson had not paid much attention to the knee injuries he sustained during football games in high-school some 50 years ago. But when he tore his knee ligaments last year while playing golf, he, like 45 million uninsured Americans, didn’t know how he could pay for a knee replacement surgery. He saw the light of hope with Healthbase that helped him find low cost but high quality treatment in India, ensuring that he could play golf again.

After his successful surgery and recovery in India, William Nilsson and his wife returned home to the US in mid-April. He recalls his wonderful experience with Healthbase throughout the process of his treatment. In his own words, “I was very impressed with all the help I received and the clarity with which my questions were answered [by Healthbase]. The service and information I have received from Healthbase has been excellent. Everything was great.”

He also enthusiastically talks about the quality of care he received at Wockhardt hospital in India. He quotes, “The doctors who treated me were very professional. They would visit our room many times a day. The quality of care we received on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the least, I would rate them as a 10.”

William Nilsson is one of the many uninsured and underinsured American patients who seek help at Healthbase each year. Healthbase, a Massachusetts based medical tourism facilitator, connects patients to leading medical facilities overseas, arranging first-class treatment for them at major internationally-accredited hospitals in India, Thailand, Singapore, and Mexico. In order to provide a wider variety of hospitals and greater convenience to its patients, Healthbase is expanding its network of provider affiliates to Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium and Turkey.

The cost of surgical care at Healthbase’s continually growing network of affiliated institutions is typically a fraction of that found in the U.S., with equal or superior outcomes. A knee replacement surgery, for example, which costs over $30,000 in the US, costs only $6,500 in India. Even with travel expenses taken into account, the comprehensive treatment packages offered by Healthbase provide a savings measured in thousands of dollars.

At, patients can arrange treatment, travel, and accommodation without ever leaving home. Registered Healthbase members are guided as they make decisions for themselves using detailed hospital reviews, physician profiles and honest patient feedback. Patients can correspond with partner hospitals, review personalized estimates from different providers, and even upload and selectively share their digital medical records. The website also provides online educational materials and procedural information.

To make sure patients receive the best care possible, Healthbase only works with hospitals that maintain best practice standards of care, such as JCI/JCAHO accreditation. Each hospital has been personally inspected by Healthbase team to ensure that the experience itself, from the quality of nurses and standards of hygiene to post-treatment recovery services, is exceptional.
Healthbase makes treatment abroad accessible to more patients than ever before.

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