Medical tourism is usually associated with foreign exotic places like India, Thailand and Costa Rica.
But Vegas? The metaphors are beyond tempting. One-armed bandits; what happens in Vegas…; gambling with your health; Fear and Healing in Vegas. Our gonzo-journalism hero, Hunter Thompson, would be inspired.
According to a story by Richard Velotta on May 16 in VEGASINC, a group called the Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition is in the process of drafting an asset analysis and a quality algorithm before writing a feasibility study on how to grow Southern Nevada’s $50 billion medical tourism industry as well as its $106 billion medical wellness industry.
Velotta writes that at a recent symposium an all-star panel of doctors agreed that “building on quality health care” and excelling at specialties and treatments people can’t get anywhere else are the most important elements in developing a thriving medical tourism industry.
Yevgeniy Khavkin, M.D., is a neurosurgeon at the Nevada Spine Institute, which markets in Russia, China and Middle East. Khavkin said Russian patients are convinced that the best medical care in the world is offered in the U.S. and he and his physician wife are more than willing to see their former countrymen as patients.
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