Medical tourism industry, which is estimated by the World Health Organisation to be worth $100 billion – is projected to grow by up to 25 per cent year-on-year for the next 10 years. This is according to s report by VISA and Oxford Economics. It says that three to four per cent of the world’s population will travel internationally for treatment. Here is a list of the top medical destinations across the globe according to Medical Tourism Index in the International Medical Travel Journal.
Singapore is one of the most developed countries in the world, maintaining the top spot in the World Health Organisation’s ranking of healthcare in Asian countries.
According to Bloomberg, Singapore is among the top countries with the most efficient healthcare systems in 2014, above 50 other countries. Seeking health care in Singapore saves a patient 25 per cent to 40 per cent of what they would have spent on the same services in the US.
India is one of the key players in the medical tourism industry as it strives to provide health care services with cutting-edge technology. Healthcare in India saves patients around 65 per cent to 90 per cent of the money they would have spent on similar services in the US, making India one of the most visited countries for health care. Additionally, in India, there is close to zero waiting time, as scheduling surgery or intervention is done quickly once the diagnosis is confirmed.
Turkey is a strong contender in the medical tourism market. Turkey boasts zero waiting times, affordable and quality healthcare delivery. It has a huge number of specialists specifically in transplants, radiation therapy for cancer, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, and genomic medicine.What’s more, the country’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines, offers flight rates at discounted prices to medical travellers.
Cost of receiving quality healthcare in Turkey is 50 to 65 per cent lower than in the United States. The European country’s friendly visa regulations have spurred the sector as patients from Asia and Africa also access medi-care in Istanbul or Ankara.
WHO ranks Brazil as the best in healthcare delivery in Latin America. Brazil has 43 hospitals accredited by JCI and has world-renowned surgeons. Brazil is the third most visited country after US and China for cosmetic and plastic surgery. Brazil offers high quality cosmetic and plastic surgical services at affordable rates. Florianopolis and Sao Paulo are two cities in Brazil best known for cutting-edge medical technology, medical advances, and innovation. Health travellers from the US save 20 to 30 per cent on health cost if they receive their health treatment in Brazil.
Mexico is most reputed for advanced care in dentistry and cosmetic surgery. It has 98 hospitals accredited by the country’s Federal Health Ministry and seven JCI accredited hospitals.Medical care in Mexico saves a patient 40 to 65 per cent compared to the cost of similar services in the US. With the availability of a large pool of specialists, trained in US and Canada, this country is fairly well resourced to take care of internal and external patients in need of health services.
Malaysia has won the number one spot in the International Medical Travel Journal’s award for “Health and Medical Tourism Destination of the year” in 2015 and 2016. Malaysia ranks among the best providers of healthcare in all of South-East Asia. Health travellers save 65 to 80 per cent on health cost compared to the cost of treatment in the US.
The Eastern Asian country offers excellent patient comfort with five-star rooms that look more like hotel suites than hospital rooms. In Prince Court Medical Centre, for example, there are indoor pools for hydrotherapy.
Having the highest number of internationally accredited hospitals in South-East Asia, Thailand draws a good number of medical travellers each year.
The country has advanced dental as well as cosmetic and dermatological procedures. Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, accredited by Global Health Accreditation for medical services, is one of the best hospitals in Thailand, providing advanced healthcare services to more than 400,000 medical tourists annually. Medical services in Thailand save a patient 50 to 75 per cent on medical expenses they would have incurred for similar services in the USA.
The Central American country has been ranked high in dentistry and cosmetic surgery, above Canada and US, consistently in the last few years.
The country is also building a name in the fields of eye surgery, cancer therapy, and bariatric surgery.TheCheTica Ranch, located in San Jose, provides exotic recovery retreats for medical travellers who relish recovery in a relaxing ambiance.This ranch is also staffed with highly-trained nurses to cater to the medical needs of these patients as they recover. Cost of healthcare services in Costa Rica is 45 to 65 per cent lower than in the US.
South Africa has highly skilled medical personnel and advanced healthcare infrastructure. It has been making medical advances, with statistics showing that in 2014, between 300,000 and 350,000 tourists from Africa travelled to SA for medical treatment. For Europeans and travellers from the Americas and Asia, South Africa offers an affordable alternative for many cosmetic procedures, thanks to the weak rand. For example, a breast augmentation procedure that costs $8,000 (P85, 948.00) in the UK would cost about $3, 600 (P38, 676.60) in SA, according to Medical Tourism SA, a consultancy firm that offers health care information for medical travellers.
The East African country might be a small player in the big health league, however, its centrality and more advanced economy is a plus.
The capital Nairobi has some of the continent’s excellent health facilities, that is, Aga Khan, Nairobi and Karen hospitals who have employed highly skilled personnel and invested in training their employees.
With the planned Universal Health Care earmarked as a major pillar of the Big Four agenda, at least 50 per cent of the more that 150 million people in the region could benefit in the long term.
FOUR ANCIENT SOURCES OF HEALTH
Hypocrites the father of medicine says “the SUN and salt are healers of the body”
The Sun is the star at the centre of the Solar System that supports all life by a process called photosynthesis. The same process is used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy into chemical energy that can later be released to fuel the organisms’ activities.
Photosynthesis is largely responsible for producing and maintaining the oxygen content of the Earth’
When an individual remains indoor they cannot get any vitamin D from the sun and are therefore unable to absorb calcium which is essential in healing.The most abundant mineral in the body is calcium to absorb calcium from your foods you must have vitamin D and that can be accomplished in minutes by being in the sun (in a swimsuit optional, mostly it is done by white people). We absorb Vitamin D in 20 seconds of being in the sun
BENEFITS OF SUNLIGHT
Direct sunlight is important for more functions as the hypothalamus and pituitary needs to regulate your sleep patterns, your weight, body temperature, sexual functions and to a degree water balance. Hormones are thus stimulated and are important for the regulation of nutrients in the body.
HEAD AND EYES
Your head and eyes needs sunlight, remove the cap sunglasses, artificial hair, wigs for a while to absorb sunlight through your head and eyes. OUR EYES needs sun too don’t believe the indoctrinating advertising by wearing sunglasses.
Sunglasses and make-up are not meant for beauty and fashion their purpose is to cause health problems to benefit corporations trading in the health sector.
The sun does not cause cancer, instead it is you shortage of certain elements that are required when in the sun that allow you to burn. Do you think the creator created the sun to cause health problems?
Once again the sun is a major benefactor to health and recovery from all illnesses when natural medicine is practiced. In the past EUROPE & USA hospitals would wheel their patients out into the sun daily for an hour or two because it’s very important for absortion of nutrients resulting in natural recovery.
Forgiveness is a virtue
It’s hard to get through life without experiencing some resentment. Executive Director – Phronesis International College (PIC) and Counselling and Psychotherapist, Peacebuilding and Life Skills Education Specialist Dr Thelma Kgakgamatso Tlhaselo-Majela discusses forgiveness and why letting go is good for you.
Forgiveness is a process that positions one on a healing path by choice in an attempt to resolve the psychological stress and trauma one could be experiencing. These pains and emotional injuries may stagnate one into feelings of anger, bitterness and resentment and in worse cases depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders. If left for long, protracted unresolved psychological distress and or trauma could deepen one more into multiple losses.
It may generate hatred and desire to cause harm on the other and this can throw one into revenge and or vengeance. Forgiveness then starts from the cognitive ability to choose letting go of the emotional and cognitive baggage thus granting the self or inner being power to constructively open portals of intrapersonal empowerment. Moreover, a well-integrated process of forgiveness could shift one into an empathetic and compassionate psychological space filled with virtue and psycho-sociological attributes of restoration that accentuate positive benefits of healing.
In your experience,what are the common issues that need forgiveness?
Life by nature is riddled with so many issues and challenges characterised by diversity and complexity hence appropriate understanding is very important. People are social beings that co-exist through healthy connectedness and this may happen at the physical, personal, socio-cultural, psychological, financial, spiritual; political level to mention a few.
We all need a deepened awareness on how the intra-personal (within self), inter-personal (with others), inter-group (within groups) and international (nation to nation) relational connections play out in life. These healthy relationships deserve to be developed, nurtured and protected lest they become dysfunctional and corrosive.
The common issues for forgiveness are varied and highly individualised. One person may look at what another is struggling with and may consciously or unconsciously belittle it because for them it appears an easy or small matter but people are unique and this deserves respect. The relational betrayals, emotional injuries, corrosive conflicts and intractable may result in residual emotions that can cause people to drift into anger and bitterness. In such accounts, people may find themselves responding through avoidance or seeking revenge which has the potential to cycle one back into deeper pain.
The complexity of forgiveness may originate from the nature and quality of the relationship one had, the nature of the wrong committed with the cognitive interpretations one ascribes to the event. This includes significant others such as spouses (couples), children, family relatives, colleagues, bosses and subordinates in the work place.
Sometimes, it may be people we do not know that have hurt us such as a murderer, rapist or an abuser and may not even acknowledge that they have done anything wrong to us. It may also be about the symbolic losses where the people and or situations to forgive do not physically exist such as a dead person or a geographic disconnection. In such cases, the existential reality of the phenomenon remains true, real and alive in the psyche of the emotionally injured person and requires a healing process.
Is it possible to forgive when one is still angry and can you forgive someone who does not think they have done anything wrong?
Forgiveness is a process that one does by choice for oneself and not for the perpetrator because one understands that the pain and suffering one is experiencing has a direct injurious effect on one’s life. Similarly, revenge and vengeance which for long has been one of the rudimentary human responses can only promote increased pain as it stagnates one into more hurt and pain.
It often cycles one back into psychological trauma hence one needs to perceive value addition in engaging in forgiveness because it can be logically and rationally incomprehensible when one is caught up in this quagmire. A bitter-angry person may grapple with cognitive dissonance which is an internal struggle to understand why they have to release someone who according to them deserves a punishment or better still refuses to acknowledge that they have done anything wrong.
But irrespective of the reason, holding on to anger, bitterness and resentfulness within the inner self can only grant one false gratification that they are holding the perpetrator to ransom. Needless to say, we have no control on how the other person thinks and feels and we may actually be subjecting ourselves to increased injury and punishment from the very issue we are contending with.
Seeking professional help will assist one to work through the psychological defence mechanisms such as denial, repression, rationalisation, reaction formation, regression to mention a few that may promote dysfunctional tendencies in un/forgiveness processes. Notwithstanding, people need to be assisted with respect for human dignity within them and never be forced and or coerced into forgiveness when they are not ready to do so. Given that anger will consume the person already holding the pain and hurt whether it is perceived or real, working on forgiveness can be a desirable option to open the healing process.
Can you discuss the rewards or benefits of forgiveness?
As can be seen, it often pays to work through forgiveness hence the concept of working it out because people respond to pain and trauma differently. The rewards and benefits shared in this context are not by any means exhaustive because there are several psycho-social models for assisting people to process forgiveness issues and this requires well trained service providers.
*People who are angry and bitter are often not desirable in social contexts because they may consciously or unconsciously spill this negative energy on other people and this tends to repel instead of attract social connections. At intra-personal level, we are likely not to find our inner life peaceful and enjoyable if we are ever stuck psychosocially on anger and bitterness because it may promote self-hate, poor self-concept and negative self-esteem. So it pays to be gentle to love yourself enough to desire good emotions about and towards other people for that will rub corrosively on your personal well-being. The benefits of forgiveness include enabling one to circumvent these psychological pains and trauma that can affect quality of life with self and others which may compound stress levels.
In extreme cases people may sink into depression and anxiety which could ripple into other areas of life such as sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, substance use and abuse, relational conflicts and psychosomatic illness. Forgiveness builds a healthy mindset and that attracts a healthy personality which consequently leads to healthy social and physical well-being. Forgiveness fills the inner space with good attributes and this is shared with others. We then by addressing forgiveness issues reduce on maladaptive tendencies and lift on psychosocial protection thus leading to safeguarding the intra-personal, familial, corporate and societal communities from effects such as divorce and relational stressors.
At corporate and industrial level, a socio-psychological space that is riddled with un/forgiveness is a breeding ground for visible and invisible costs. For instance, a huge cost can emanate from a collective environment that is unproductive because of collective stress and restlessness. A workplace where people are transparent and honest and regard others with respect to deserve forgiveness often tends to promote healing communities where others feel safe and do not fear hence they can work to the optimum level of their potential.
We also benefit as a nation when we are characterised by forgiveness because we have a strategic desire to promote a knowledge-based community as the foundation for transformational change. Botswana considers people as a reservoir for knowledge and wisdom to lead as change agents and if we are a community that is unable to work through issues of forgiveness, we may create or nurture a psycho-sociological space that disempowers collective construct for healing communities.
A Motswana who is able to forgive is likely to live with people from other backgrounds and has a healthy and broader capacity of dealing with diversity and differences with virtue and competencies for the 21st century to advance the nation at local, regional and international level.
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