Self-Funded Insurance Provider or Broker?The IMTCC Can Make Your Medical Tourism Program a Success
Self-funding is not a new concept but adopting domestic and international travel benefits is.
There are unique needs and risks to address in order to implement a successful and functional program that will make employers – and patients – happy. What’s the benefit of a medical travel program and its promised savings if self-funded employers and patients are not using it? Admittedly, risk management and mitigation strategies must be integral to the plan for savings realization while patient education, safety, success and satisfaction must be the end result to guarantee large scale adoption of the medical travel benefit.
You are selling an idea, a possibility of savings, value, quality and safety.
Let the IMTCC provide the practice behind the theory.
We offer solutions to all of these concerns through our three tenets: Advocacy, Aftercare and Accountability.
- Provide an international network of GPAs (Global Patient Advocates) to be the “salesforce” and case managers for your employer’s patients, handholding them through the research and info gathering stages of their needed procedure, offering education and support in helping them decide on a surgeon and prepare them for their MT experience. (At this time, there is no one that can sell/inform the covered employees your employer’s employees about the MT program you want to offer, showing them the extra support, safety and benefits of MT options).
- GPALs (Global Patient Advocate Liaisons) are based in the destination country and take over the advocacy and accompaniment of the patient once they get to the destination country. They are there to hand-hold the patient through the process and make sure that their experience, from start to finish, is stellar. Most importantly, they are a neutral third party with the best interests of the patient (and therefore the plan) as their goal. A well-cared for patient translates to savings, satisfaction and, with their success, comes wider spread adoption. Most importantly, they provide constant oversight and transparent feedback of every aspect of the patient’s experience. They are independent of the hospital, doctor, hotel or travel agency so they can solve problems and provide honest feedback on results and performance of each aspect of the patient experience… important events and issues, especially negative, that you would otherwise never hear of until it was too late.
- Provide the implementation of solid, evidence-based Optimal Standards of Practice (OSP) developed over close to 15 years of experience in MT patient satisfaction.
- Collaborative network, standardized processes and inter-accountability across borders, reducing fragmentation of care and information collection.