Yes. we all know Jeeves. Bertie’s venerable Man Friday, yes.
But Medical Butlers. What in the heck is that?
Well, Medical Butlers are aÂ new category of workers brought about by the disastrous American healthcare system.
As we were desultorily contemplating the coming collapse of the U.S. healthcare system, we were drawn to this new category of Medical Butlers on the Internet (where else).
Medical butlers are a direct offshoot of medical tourism – Medical tourism is the process of traveling aboard to a specific destination to obtain certain medical procedure with the highest quality of medical care and luxury accommodations during their recovery (as defined by medical tourism conciergeÂ Fly Free For Health).
Here’s how the folks at Fly Free For HealthÂ describe Medical Butlers:
Medical Butlers are a new breed of service professionals assigned to visiting overseas patients and their families, handholding them from the point of arrival to departure. Their role lies in their abilities to meet both the lifestyle and healthcare needs of the medical traveler. Thereâ€™s also a digital form of Medical Butler who are just a click away to serve as a Digital Concierge via the internet and mobile phone. The digital form of Medical Butler is called iMedical Butler.
Odd though it may seem, it does look like there’s potential for this category of health-care facilitators like Medical Butlers.
Medical Tourism – Hot Trend
After all, a Deloitte Center for Healthcare Solutions study has found that medical tourism is a hot trend among U.S. healthcare consumers.
According to the study, more than 750,000 Americans went overseas in 2007 for less expensive medical treatments, a number that’s projected to grow to 6 million by 2010 and 15.75 million in 2017.
Obviously, this will cost the U.S. health care system billions of dollars. Yes, all those greedy doctors, avaricious insurance companies, callous hospitals and mercenary pharmaceutical companies are gonna take a beating. Hooray.
The Deloitte studies also highlight three key conclusions:
* Outbound medical tourism currently represents $2.1 billion spent by Americans overseas for care â€” $15.9 billion in lost revenue for U.S. health care providers. Americans primarily seek this sort of care for elective surgical procedures.
* The number of outbound medical tourists is projected to rise to 15.75 million in 2017, representing a potential $30.3 to $79.5 billion spent abroad by Americans.Â As a result, the potential lost revenue for U.S. health care providers could top $228.5 to $599.5 billion.
* Medical care in countries like India, Thailand and Singapore can cost as little as 10 percent of the cost of comparable U.S. care, often including airfare and a stay at a resort.
Pain will Spread
Bottomline, if average Americans are feeling the pain today, that pain will surely extend tomorrow to those inflicting the pain now – the unholy nexus of greedy insurance companies, callous hospitals, avaricious doctors and mercenary pharmaceutical companies who together are denying the most basic of rights to American citizens – healthcare.
And the biggest beneficiaries of American medical tourists are expected to be Thailand, Singapore, Mexico and India.
Maybe, all the greedy desi doctors in the U.S. can become Medical Butlers midwifing the visits of American medical tourists to Indian hospitals.