Cartagena!: A Hidden Gem Guide to Surgical Tourism

Cartagena!: A Hidden Gem Guide to Surgical Tourism


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Cartagena!: A Hidden Gem Guide to Surgical Tourism by Dr Peter K. Smith, Albert Klein Pharmd, K. Eckland Acnp

The essential guide for people traveling to, living, working or vacationing in Cartagena, Colombia. Do you know where to go if you are having chest pain? Where's the best emergency room? Do they speak English there? Do they take insurance? What if you need surgery? Is it safe? What goes on behind the operating room doors? What about the surgeons?
These questions and more are answered in the updated and revised 2011 version. This book also provides general health and safety tips for prospective patients to prevent and identify serious medical complications while traveling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615535630
Publisher: Cirugia de
Publication date: 09/21/2011
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

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.

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