The Impact of Covid-19 on Global Waiting Lists

In the wake of the current global outbreak of COVID-19 The global waitlist has grown to an all-time high. A lot of people are without access to physiotherapists or surgeons and their health is negatively affected. The delays have placed immense stress on health care systems. It has led to a rising number of initiatives to ease the burden. These initiatives have been focused on reducing the wait time of patients. However, a lack data, a poor policy and personal preferences have all hindered efforts.

The Ministry of Health - Canada

The Ministry of Health, Canada's successor since 1968, requested an investigation into waiting lists. While these studies showed that the wait times for routine procedures were much lower than from other nations, both the government as well as the medical profession was unable to put them into practice. They expressed the possibility about waiting list manipulation manipulative and the need to improve the process. Contrary to this it is noted that the United States' waiting list average is seven years more than the UK's.

In a recent survey, Finland revealed an average wait duration in the range of 1.5 years. The findings of these surveys found a huge gap between demand and supply across the nation. In the rural regions waiting lists were longer than those in cities with the median being around five months. Furthermore, some countries established minimum wait time in order to have cataract surgery. For many Americans waiting for three months is not unusual. In Denmark the average waiting period was more than six years, which makes them the second-most difficult illness to treat.

British Ministry of Health

The issue wait lists have posed a challenge to health policy for a long time. The fact that waiting time was longer in certain countries than others was enough to spur policy change. In Britain the Ministry of health signed an agreement with 4 Seattle hospitals to offer the ophthalmic procedure. This arrangement allowed patients to undergo surgery more efficiently and has dramatically improved standards in British healthcare services. The government is currently focused on expanding the accessibility in medical facilities.

Hip and Knee Replacements

The number of people who are on the waiting list for surgery has hit a record with the median wait time for hip replacements and knee replacements, as well as other procedures falling under two weeks. The only minor and emergency procedures have shorter wait times. Pandemic disruptions also have reduced the number of patients on the lists. In the end, the number of people on these lists has nearly two times as large. It is now impossible to provide proper medical attention to the patients in a planet that is extremely sick and so large.

The Commonwealth Fund

In 2016 The Commonwealth Fund reported that the number of people who are on waiting lists is higher in Canada than every other nation. In Canada for instance there are the highest number of people waiting to see a doctor. This means for many they are in danger due to absence of access to experts. Most people have no option other than to seek the most appropriate treatment. This is made worse due to the inability of these countries to locate experts.

The number of patients who are on the global waiting lists has increased slightly over the past few years, with a particular increase for elective surgery. The number of patients who are on wait lists was greater in Canada as compared to Australia. Although they had fewer people the number of patients who were on waiting lists around the world was more than within the United States. A recent study revealed that the amount of elective surgical patients who were on these lists was restricted to a handful of hospitals. Although the majority of patients listed are over 50, they aren't mobile enough.

World Wait List Times

The number of patients waiting on the waiting list for treatment in the world is lower than the waiting list for the US. In turn, the amount of patients who are admitted for treatment is more than Denmark. Therefore, there are millions who are affected by the global waiting durations. If you're listed be aware that the wait time for the specific procedure is less than the standard in your own country. There is no age-related variation. That means that you won't need to wait longer than your peers. If you're an older and have a medical condition, you may ask your physician about your particular situation.

While amount of patients waiting to receive elective treatment is increasing, the worldwide waiting duration for elective procedures has been reduced by a significant amount. There have been notable rises in the number of patients who have less than one year's worth of waiting. For instance, in the United States, the median wait time for elective procedure is nearly two-thirds of global average. It is currently the norm waiting times for surgery are shorter than those in Denmark.

If you are on a waiting list in any country, you have the option of going to a another country for your procedure with no referral required. We can help you plan your entire itinerary including preparing your onsite treatment plan or virtual second opinion.  Our services are free for patients. 

Global Health Teleconsultation – Top Specialists

What is teleconsultation?

Global Teleconsultations are available for cancer, bariatric surgery, orthopedics, and serious disease.  Our definition: Regardless of geographic location, teleconsulting is the ability for a patient to collaborate remotely over a secure video with a top specialist to gain a second opinion on a diagnosis or prior to arrival at the destination.

How does our teleconsultation service work?

It’s simple, all you need is a computer, a smartphone, or an electronic tablet.

  • You simply complete an online and secure teleconsultation request and specify your preferred day, time, hospital/clinic, and or surgeon (if known), otherwise, we will assign a top specialist based on your specific request.

  • A patient navigator will confirm availability with the surgeon and/or propose an alternate time.  Your surgeon will review your medical file in advance of your discussion.

  • You receive a link to access to connect via mobile, tablet, or desktop to your surgeon and have a 1:1 discussion.  This is your opportunity to ask your surgeon anything you want.

  • On completion, you will then receive the surgeon’s recommendations, confirmed pricing, and a copy of your video transcript.

What are the advantages of teleconsultation?

Teleconsultation services offer you many advantages:

  • Remove the barrier and concern of traveling overseas for surgery by selecting your surgeon in advance

  • Priority waitlist and check-in on the day with no need to do a pre-consultation on arrival avoiding surgeon and traffic delays and jet lag on arrival

  • Speak directly and confidentially 1:1 with your surgeon and get personal feedback and confirmed pricing.

  • Health Teleconsultations can be tax refundable if you have a health or flexible spending account or as long as the physician or specialist consulted is licensed in their jurisdiction.

 

How To Find High-Quality Surgeons Who Specialize In Artificial Joint Replacement

If you’re looking for high-quality options for your artificial joint replacement needs, this article has been written for you. Perhaps you’re considering one of the most common joint replacements (knees or hips). Or perhaps you’re considering shoulder, fingers, ankles, or elbow joint replacement. Whatever the case, you probably know that in the US, Canada, and the UK the cost can be expensive. That’s why many people are traveling abroad for the high-quality surgeries they need at a price that’s often more affordable.

Here at Taqtik Health, we can help you. We have answers for all the questions you may have about finding the right surgeons who specialize in artificial joint replacement at high-quality medical facilities throughout the world.

On any typical day, our team answers questions like:

  • What is artificial joint surgery?
  • What are these artificial joints made of?
  • How long do artificial joints last?
  • How long will my recovery take?
  • How much does joint replacement surgery cost?
  • How much can I save on my surgery by working with Taqtik?

… and many more.

So, whether you need knee, hip, shoulder, finger, ankle, or elbow joint replacement surgery, we can help you find the right solution and save money compared to prices in the US, Canada, or Australia.

Not only will you enjoy price savings, but we will also ensure your artificial joint replacement procedure will be done in a state-of-the-art hospital that is comparable to the best facilities anywhere in the world.  In fact, our surgeons often have more experience than their U.S. and Australian counterparts.  So, without a doubt, we can help you find what you need.

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So, let’s consider a few common questions:

What is joint replacement surgery? This type of surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts.  Replacing a joint can reduce pain and help you move and feel better. Hips and knees are replaced most often. Other joints that can be replaced include the shoulders, fingers, wrists, ankles, and elbows.

What are artificial joints made of? Typically, these parts are made of plastic and metal that aren’t reactive to the human body. So, they are made out of materials like metal, ceramic, and plastic.

How long do artificial joints last? For the majority of people, you can expect your new joint will last up to 20 years. However, depending on how demanding your lifestyle is, the faster the joint could wear out. Are you overweight? If so, your artificial joint will need to support that extra weight. Also, what is your typical activity level? Since artificial joints can loosen over the years, the more use it gets, the quicker it can wear out.  Other factors that apply are the surgeon’s skills and the quality of the artificial joint.

How long will my recovery take?  – For knee replacements, most people can resume normal daily activities within 6 weeks.  However, for many people it may take 6 months or up to an entire year to fully recover and enjoy all the benefits of their knee replacement surgery.  As for hip replacements, most patients are able to walk within a day or two. And most can get back to their normal routines within a few weeks of their surgery

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No matter what artificial joint replacement procedure you need, there are 6 key benefits you’ll enjoy by working with us.

  • Cost Savings – Most international joint replacement surgeries cost less than those in the US, Canada, UK, or Australia
  • Reduced Wait Times – You’ll avoid the frustratingly long wait times in your home country. Why wait 6-12 months when you can get your knee or hip replacement done immediately abroad?
  • The Highest Quality Care – Saving money does not mean compromising on quality.
  • State-of-the-art Medical Facilities – The International infrastructure and medical facilities for artificial joint surgery are comparable with that offered in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
  • Highly Experienced Doctors – International joint replacement doctors and surgeons are skilled professionals with years of experience. Most have had their medical training in the U.S. or UK.
  • A Beautiful Vacation – Our international locations for artificial joint surgery are some of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world.

Summary

Given the money, you can save by getting your artificial joint replacement abroad … the cost of flights, passports, and hotels are easily covered with the extra money going right into your pocket for other important things in life.

And, if you’re recovering from this surgery, why sit at home when you could be recovering in a bungalow at a beautiful international beach while receiving your physical therapy or massage?

If your family comes with you, many of the hospitals have travel agents that will arrange fun getaways to the beach and other adventures.

So, with all things considered … Yes, talking with Taqtik Health about your artificial joint replacement procedure is a smart decision.

Not only can you get what you need for a better price, but your overall costs will also be lower than doing it at home.

And you’ll enjoy better service, better quality, immediate availability, and get to spend your time recovering in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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Is Traveling Abroad For Artificial Joint Replacement Really Worth It?

Is Traveling Abroad For Artificial Joint Replacement Really Worth It?

Many people who contact Taqtik have heard about the advantages of traveling internationally for artificial joint replacement.

However, they often have concerns about the overall cost, including travel expenses, quality of service, schedule availability, and perhaps most importantly, the quality of the joint replacement doctors and staff.

In this article, we’ll consider some of the often-overlooked benefits that may convince you that traveling internationally to work with some of our world-class orthopedic doctors who specialize in artificial joint replacement is a great idea.

For many people, the potential price savings is a key issue that causes them to reach out to us. And in fact, depending on the procedure, you can usually expect to significantly benefit by working with us.

But beyond just price, there are many other benefits to consider. For example, our foreign hospitals are much more willing to give accurate quotes upfront, prior to your joint replacement surgery.

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Good luck asking a western hospital what your final bill will be upfront. As you likely know, they can often be evasive, vague, and avoid committing to a fixed price.

However, in foreign hospitals, they often offer set packages that cap the total cost.  And it’s this openness that enables you to better compare your options across multiple countries.

But no matter what, you can be assured that any artificial joint replacement surgery will be lower than in a domestic-based hospital.

Beyond the basic costs for the surgery, you should also expect to enjoy superior service during your visit.

For example, tasks typically delegated to low-level medical assistants in western hospitals are usually performed by highly trained professionals abroad.

Instead of being told where to go to get your medications or to see another doctor, you can expect to be personally escorted.

That’s because while western joint replacement medical professionals are usually over-booked, rushing in and out to the next patient, doctors in the major international hospitals have a much more reasonable work schedule and have a greater focus on spending quality time with each patient.

If you need to stay overnight in the hospital, you’ll be amazed at the quality of the rooms and service, which often seem more like a hotel suite than a traditional hospital room.

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And if you’re concerned that because something is cheaper then it must be lower quality, nothing could be further from the truth with our surgeons who specialize in artificial joint replacement.

While the doctors or surgeons you may see in your home country are typically “average,” those you’ll see in International medical hubs are often much better.

Most are trained in the US or Western Europe and find that working in their home countries allows them to spend more time focused on developing their joint replacement surgical skills compared to the overworked and frenzied environment their western counterparts have to endure.

Also, by traveling internationally for your knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or ankle replacement, you’ll have quicker access to the medical services you need.

For example, in the US, you may have to wait for months for your surgery. And in Canada or the UK, you may have to wait 1-3 years!

However, by traveling internationally, most artificial joint replacement procedures can be conducted within a few days of arriving.

Lastly, if you’re recovering from joint replacement surgery, why sit at home when you could be recovering in one of the most beautiful vacation locations in the world?

And if your family comes with you, many of the hospitals have travel agents that will arrange fun getaways to the beach and other adventures.

Moreover, given the money you can save on the joint replacement procedure, your vacation will still be cheaper than having the services done at home!

Summary of Benefits

No matter what artificial joint replacement surgery you need, there are 6 key benefits you’ll enjoy by working with us.

  1. Cost Savings – Most international surgeries cost less than those in the US, Canada, UK, or Australia
  2. Reduced Wait Times – You’ll avoid the frustratingly long wait times in your home country. Why wait 6-12 months when you can get your joint replacement surgery immediately abroad?
  3. The Highest Quality Care – Saving money does not mean compromising on quality.
  4. State-of-the-art Medical Facilities – The International infrastructure and medical facilities for artificial joint replacement surgery are comparable with that offered in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
  5. Highly Experienced Doctors – International orthopedists who specialize in artificial joint replacement are skilled professionals with years of experience. Most have had their medical training in the U.S. or UK.
  6. A Beautiful Vacation – Our international locations for joint replacement surgery are some of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world.

Conclusion

So, is traveling internationally for your artificial joint replacement surgery worth It?

Yes, because not only can you get your medical procedure for a lower price, but you’ll enjoy better service, better quality, immediate availability, and get to spend your time recovering in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

To learn more and get a FirmQuote™ from one of our medical tourism experts, click here.

Looking For A Surgeon Who Specializes in Artificial Joint Replacement?

Looking For A Surgeon Who Specializes in Artificial Joint Replacement?

Whether it’s osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or suffering chronic pain from inflammation, worn cartilage, damaged bones, muscles, or tendons, you may need to find a surgeon who specializes in artificial joint replacement. These types of doctors are called orthopedic surgeons.

According to Dr. George Haidukewych, orthopedic surgeons are “basically the surgeons of the musculoskeletal system.” They take care of disorders and injuries of bones, joints, ligaments, and arthritis.

It’s fairly easy to find a long list of orthopedic doctors and surgeons. However, since there is no special certification or licensing specific to artificial joint replacement, one of the most common challenges is finding the right one for you.

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Knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle, wrist, and finger joint replacement surgeries in the US, Canada, and the UK can be expensive.

And because so many people lack insurance that covers the entire cost, Taqtik Health is often the solution to find the right orthopedic surgeon to do their artificial joint replacement.

So, when we are first contacted by someone looking for any sort of artificial joint replacement surgery, our primary goal is to listen carefully and help find the best options.

What makes us different is that unlike many medical travel agents, we are involved in every step of the way. We stay right by your side throughout the entire process.

For example, once you’ve arrived at your destination, we’re also there to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Even after you’ve returned home, we follow up to guarantee your complete satisfaction.

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When it comes to finding you the best artificial joint replacement medical services, you can expect us to deliver:

  • State-of-the-art Medical Facilities – The infrastructure and medical facilities we provide are comparable with those offered in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
  • Highly Experienced Doctors – Our International artificial joint replacement doctors and surgeons are skilled professionals with years of experience. Most have had their medical training in the U.S. or UK.
  • The Highest Quality Care – At Taqtik, saving money never means compromising on quality.
  • Cost Savings – Most of our artificial joint replacement surgeries cost less than those in the U.S. and Australia
  • Reduced Wait Times – Why wait 6-12 months in your home country when you can get your artificial joint replacement immediately in one of the world’s most beautiful vacation spots?
  • A Beautiful Vacation – Our locations are some of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world.

Most of the people we talk to every day likely have the same questions and concerns you probably do.

Here at Taqtik Health, we want to help. If you have any questions about finding the right joint replacement doctors and surgeons at high-quality medical facilities throughout the world, please contact us right now.

Click Here To Talk With Our Medical Professionals

Whether you need knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle, wrist, or finger joint replacement … we can help.

Not only will you enjoy price savings, but we will ensure your procedure will be done in a state-of-the-art hospital that is comparable to the best facilities anywhere in the world.

And our surgeons often have more experience than their U.S. and Australian counterparts.  So, without a doubt, we can help you find what you need.

In short, if you’re looking for the best orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in artificial joint replacement, Taqtik is your best choice.

By talking to one of our experts, not only can you get your medical procedure for a lower price, but you’ll enjoy better service, better quality, immediate availability, and get to spend your time recovering in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

To learn more and get a FirmQuote™ from one of our medical tourism experts, click here.

 

Looking For An Excellent Orthopedic Doctor?

Looking For An Excellent Orthopedic Doctor?

Whether it’s a dislocated shoulder from falling, a torn ligament from playing basketball, a worn-down hip from years of osteoarthritis, or chronic back pain from an injury, the type of doctor you need to see is an orthopedic doctor.

According to Dr. George Haidukewych, orthopedic surgeons are “basically the surgeons of the musculoskeletal system.” They take care of disorders and injuries of bones, joints, ligaments, and arthritis.

Although their main focus is surgical, orthopedists also provide many other non-surgical options.

It’s fairly easy to find a long list of qualified orthopedic doctors and surgeons, however of the most common challenges is finding the right one for you.

For example, knee, hip, hand, back spine or shoulder surgeries in the US, Canada, and the UK are expensive … often running in the tens of thousands of dollars.

And because so many people lack insurance that covers the entire cost, Taqtik Health is often the solution people need for finding the right orthopedic doctor at some of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world.

So, when we are first contacted by someone looking for any sort of orthopedic medical service, our primary goal is to listen carefully and help find the best options.

What makes is different is that unlike many medical travel agents, we are involved in every step of the way. And we stay right by your side throughout the entire process.

For example, once you’ve arrived at your destination, we’re also there to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Even after you’ve returned home, we’ll follow up to guarantee your complete satisfaction.

Click Here For More Information

When it comes to finding you the best orthopedic medical services, you can expect us to deliver:

  • State-of-the-art Medical Facilities – The infrastructure and orthopedic medical facilities we provide are comparable with those offered in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
  • Highly Experienced Doctors – Our International orthopedic doctors and surgeons are skilled professionals with years of experience. Most have had their medical training in the U.S. or UK.
  • The Highest Quality Care – At Taqtik, saving money never means compromising on quality.
  • Cost Savings – Most of our orthopedic surgeries and treatments cost less than those in the U.S. and Australia
  • Reduced Wait Times – Why wait 6-12 months in your home country when you can get your orthopedic medical services immediately in one of the world’s most beautiful vacation spots?
  • A Beautiful Vacation – Our locations are some of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world.

Most of the people we talk to every day likely have the same questions and concerns you probably do.

Here at Taqtik Health, we want to help. If you have any questions about finding the right orthopedic doctors and surgeons at high-quality medical facilities throughout the world, please contact us right now.

Click Here To Talk With Our Medical Professionals

Whether you need knee, hip, or shoulder replacement, hip resurfacing, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, arthroscopy, meniscal repair, or spinal surgeries … we can help.

Not only will you enjoy price savings, but we will ensure your orthopedic procedure will be done in a state-of-the-art hospital that is comparable to the best facilities anywhere in the world.

And our orthopedic surgeons often have more experience than their U.S. and Australian counterparts.  So, without a doubt, we can help you find what you need.

In short, if you’re looking for the best orthopedic doctor, Taqtik is your best choice.

By talking to one of our experts, not only can you get your orthopedic medical procedure for a lower price, but you’ll enjoy better service, better quality, immediate availability, and get to spend your time recovering in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

To learn more and get a FirmQuote™ from one of our medical tourism experts, click here.