K. Eckland is an acute care nurse practitioner in cardiothoracic surgery. After working with patients from all backgrounds and watching the American health care system continue to deteriorate and fail many of her neediest patients - she became interested in surgical tourism. Several of her patients asked about medical tourism, and were relying heavily on industry supported websites to find surgeons and medical providers. This prompted K. Eckland to explore the medical tourism phenomenon more closely, since none of these websites were independent or unbiased, as part of an effort to safeguard the health and well-being of her patients.
She then began traveling, interviewing and observing surgeries as a way to try and make sure that patients would have legitimate and unbiased information about surgical tourism options. Using use internationally accepted criteria and scientifically validated tools to evaluate providers, procedures and facilities, K. Eckland financed this project (with her crumbling retirement funds), and accepted no outside funding from doctors, hospitals, companies so that readers could be assured of her impartiality. K. Eckland doesn't work for the doctors, she works for you, the readers.
I feel that as a nurse, my job is to advocate for my patients - and while I wish everyone could stay close to home for their medical needs, that's just not the reality for many people. Instead - I want to help people find safe options.
I limit myself to surgical tourism and surgeons for a couple of reasons - the main reason being that I have extensive surgical experience and know the international standards and protocols used for surgery and surgical patients. I also believe that its not always practical to encourage people to seek medical tourism for chronic diseases/ conditions that require frequent follow-ups.
Not everyone should buy my book - but if you or a loved one is considering traveling for surgery, please buy my book before choosing a provider off the Internet.