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Why a New Trend of Blue Collar Workers Are Outsourcing Their Medical Needs

Blue collar workers account for an increasing percentage of people outsourcing their medical needs to the medical tourism industry. Uninsured and underinsured laborers are tired of the rising medical costs and the astronomical costs of insurance coverage in developed countries.

Case after case is being shared about blue collar workers seeking alternatives to the out of control healthcare costs at home. A typical scenario is that of a laborer who suddenly finds himself in need of heart surgery or a knee replacement. The choice for many of these workers is to either do without the surgery, empty out the lifetime savings account, use the retirement account or sell their home. Like millions of others in need of a costly medical procedure, they simply cannot afford it.

In some instances, wait time is also a factor. In countries such as Canada, for those with needs that some of us might perceive to be a priority, there is a waiting list up to a year long. Reportedly, it is the bureaucratic red tape that is often the sole hindrance to timely medical care. A person can literally die waiting for approval for a life saving surgical procedure in a developed country, yet the same procedure can be obtained at a medical tourism destination with little effort.

Medical tourism offers hope to blue collar workers and others who are in need of medical procedures but cannot afford them, cannot wait for them, or do not want to use their retirement accounts to pay for the procedure.

In some instances, it is not the worker who is making the decision to have the procedure done overseas. Medical tourism facilities have started heavy marketing campaigns to Western employers, particularly those who employ the blue collar labor force. More and more, it is the employer who suggests (and in some instances, mandates) having the surgery done in another country.

The bottom line is that the worker in need of a heart bypass can obtain one in another country for $10,000 vs. $70,000 in the US. He can get a knee replacement for $6,000 vs. $50,000! It can be scheduled within a couple of weeks in another country, rather than wait a year or more in the US or Canada.

Ten years ago, the concept of medical tourism was new and received bad media coverage in developed countries. It was misunderstood and given bad press. Today, that trend has not only reversed, but medical tourism is being embraced as a viable option for people in need of affordable medical care.

Case studies and statistics verify that medical tourism offers top quality medical care in accredited facilities. A growing number of facilities that offer medical tourism are accredited by the IOS (International Organization of Standardization) and the JCI (Joint Commission International).

Many of the doctors who work in these medical tourism facilities have studied in the developed countries and then have returned to work in their home countries. A person in need of having a medical procedure done can rest assured that he will be cared for by highly qualified staff, with proficient translators standing by!

India has a goal of becoming the choice destination for medical tourists, and they are marketing to the blue collar workers who are need of both medical services and a long overdue vacation. Making the choice to obtain medical services in India means that the average laborer could travel with a companion to a state of the art facility in India, have the procedure done, and recover in a five star resort setting, for about 1/8 of the cost of having the procedure done at home.

If India is not appealing, there are multiple other options. Destinations such as Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico, Singapore and Panama are also exotic choices for the medical tourist. In many instances, post-surgical recovery can be done in a beach front resort. Once the patient has sufficiently recovered from surgery, there are plenty of shopping and activity options available to the medical tourist.

The concept of going to a third world country to obtain a package of services that supercedes what is available at home is becoming more widely understood and accepted. Just as the economy has become a global economy, so it is with the medical field. It is becoming commonplace practice for a person to travel abroad for all types of medical procedures. We are seeing, in the 21st Century, that we are truly living in a world with no medical borders!

As insurance costs rise at home, and wait time lengthens in the midst of government red tape, blue collar workers are taking advantage of an industry that once belonged to the elite white collar workers. Medical tourism is a viable option for obtaining timely and quality medical services in a vacation paradise, for a fraction of the cost of the same medical procedure in the home country.

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Deciding Whether to Place Your Teenager on Psychiatric Medication

Wondering if your teenager needs medication is something that can weigh heavily on the minds of parents. Parents often wonder about medication if their teenager begins behaving differently, is struggling with being able to pay attention in school, has significant mood swings or seems to have a very low mood much of the time. Placing children on medication is a big decision and one which deserves both information gathering and a lot of thought.

Since every situation is different and there are no clear lines that dictate when a teenager should or should not be placed on medication, I cannot give specific advice about which types of behaviors warrant medication. However, I can give some guidance about how to make sure you are making an informed decision about medication.

1. Clearly outline the reasons you are thinking medication may be helpful. It is often helpful to keep a log of your child’s moods or behaviors that will help clarify what the concerns are, how long they have been occurring, how long they last each time they are present, how often they are occurring, what the response is, etc.

2. Look online to gather preliminary information. The internet is a great resource for information gathering and to begin to inform you about what your child may be experiencing, however, remember that each situation and child is different so don’t use this as your only source of information.

3. Speak with a professional. Many parents will use their teenager’s Primary Care Physician as the first professional they speak with. These individuals can be great resources for general information about what your child may be experiencing and can begin to educate you about what medications may be available if they feel they may be warranted. They may also refer you to have your child meet with a therapist (you should look for a licensed therapist who has experience working with children and teenagers) and / or a psychiatrist.

4. Therapist or Psychiatrist? Many times people are confused about these two roles. A very simple explanation is this – Therapists provide therapy or counseling and cannot prescribe medication, however, they are usually knowledgeable to some degree about medications as they relate to symptoms in general. Psychiatrists are extremely knowledgeable about medications but may not also do therapy which can be very helpful in addressing many issues with teenagers. Often times therapists and psychiatrists work as a pair to best meet the needs of individuals who may benefit from both therapy and medication.

5. Get more than one opinion. It is perfectly reasonable to get more than one opinion about the decision to have your teenager use medication. If something does not make sense, you should not hesitate to ask for clarification.

6. Make sure your teenager is informed. It is really important that your teenager understand what is taking place if you do decide to move forward with therapy and / or medication. This can be very scary for them or may make them feel “abnormal” which can result in resistance, sadness or anger. Being able to work with professionals who are sensitive to this will be critical for your teenager.

A book that I have found useful and which I have recommended to parents with whom I have worked is Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medications For Kids by Dr. Wilens. Being well informed is critical if you are in this situation so that you make the best decision you can for your teenager.

How To Gain A Medical Assistant Certification

When you’ve made the decision to train for a medical assistant certification, you need to work out how to get the education. It’s possible to train on-line and qualify. Once training has been completed there are many areas of work a health carer may enter. There are areas that require specialist training and others that are more general.

If someone has a high school diploma then they may be able to complete a training program whilst they are working. During work duties, a student will be closely observed and given the opportunity to complete qualifications. A person has to prove that they are competent in certain areas before they can earn the qualification. Course work and hands on duties will need to be completed to a high standard before the qualification is granted.

If a person does not have a high school diploma then they should get an associate degree. An associate degree will open many doors for an individual. They may enter various nursing roles and health care roles. It’s not easy working in the health care profession and there is a lot of bereavement.

The medical industry is an interesting career to enter and every day is different. There are various aspects involved with caring for an individual. Respect, dignity and independence should be given to every client. It can be difficult to give someone independence when they are losing their faculties, but it is crucial they are encouraged to do everything they can.

Decisions like choosing what clothes they want to wear or what they want to eat can all help an individual. Health care workers are expected to support clients in anyway that they need. A health care worker may have to help with continence issues, basic hygiene, dignity, daily decisions and mobility issues.

There are many kinds of people that someone may care for. There are elderly people who may have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. It takes a special kind of person to be devoted to the care of an elderly person who is vulnerable. A carer needs to be sensitive to the needs of their client. If there is a problem then the carer needs to report it in the care plan and make the person in authority aware.

In some roles of nursing, a person may specialize in mental health care. They may work in mental health hospitals where clients are seriously ill. Mental health nursing can be challenging and hard. Clients may be aggressive towards carers, doctors and relatives.

There are various courses that a person could choose to study. Depending on the area that an individual wants to specialize in, the course will vary. Licensing may also need to be granted once a person is granted the medical assistant certification. There is a basic salary for a medical assistant, but this can increase depending on experience. If you want to train as a health carer then you need to decide what school you want to study at. Alternatively, you could choose to study on the internet and start today.