Medical Tourism

Why should an integrated practice add medical tourism to its patient care offerings?

How does medical tourism compliment an integrated practice?

How are international stem cell therapy treatments different than those available in the U.S.?

Is it legal to recommend stem cell therapy to your patients?

How do you avoid fee splitting when participating in medical tourism?

Chiropractor talking with a patient about medical tourism

These are the questions that the owners of integrated practices typically ask us when they consider adding medical tourism to their practices. Every one of these questions is valid and you need a good answer to each before making your decision to add or not to add. So, take a few minutes to read this article and you should be better prepared to make the decision as to whether you should or shouldn’t add medical tourism to your practice.

Why should an integrated practice add medical tourism to its patient care offerings?

Every practice sees patients that have conditions that they can’t treat with traditional chiropractic or perhaps completely treat with functional medicine. Even if you offer human cellular tissue product-based treatments, you cannot treat certain conditions and according to the FDA you should never administer IV treatments. When you provide a valid solution to the patient’s problem, he or she is happier with you as their provider…even if you refer the treatment to an international provider. Patients have often been living with chronic conditions for a long time with no real solution. Many are tired of taking medications to mask symptoms and are extremely grateful when they find a viable treatment and solution to their problem.

Conditions that can be treated with stem cell therapy internationally but not in the U.S. include:

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Autism
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • COPD
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Long Covid
  • More

Patients that seek treatment in Colombia and Costa Rica, etc. find great success with these treatments and many of them refer new patients to the provider that referred them and to the international clinic.

We’re going to talk about how you as a provider can experience revenue without the fear of fee splitting a little further down the article.

How does it compliment an integrated practice?

As an integrated practice, you likely have a commitment to providing a better quality of life without drugs and or surgery to your patients. Stem cell therapy and the associated treatments offered by clinics like Infinity Medicina Regenerativa are natural, safe, and effective. Offering medical tourism also helps you help more patients avoid the cycle of prescription drugs. We all know how the side effects of prescription drugs may inhibit the success of many treatments that you offer. Having your patient treated with a high dose of stem cells can complement and enhance the treatments that you offer.

How is international stem cell therapy different than treatments available in the U.S.?

This is one of the biggest reasons to offer medical tourism to your patients. In the U.S., any human cellular tissue used in treatment must not be manipulated per the FDA guidelines. What is manipulation? There are several key points about manipulation that should be understood.

One, the tissue as harvested from the umbilical cord contains “other” components in addition to mesenchymal stem cells. To remove those unwanted components would constitute manipulation. So, all treatments available in the U.S. are not purely stem cells.

Two, stem cells proliferate naturally. This means that they multiply. This is one of the greatest things about stem cells and why they are so helpful in the treatment of so many conditions. In the U.S. this growth is viewed as manipulation and therefore, illegal.

This video explains the difference in U.S. and international stem cell therapy

Three, the cost of cells in the U.S. because of the no manipulation conditions imposed by the FDA is very high. In the U.S. if a patient has a knee injected for Osteoarthritis the cost is typically $5,000 to $7,500. The patient will receive between 1 and 3 million cells in addition to the cellular debris that is removed in international labs. The international price is similar, but the cell count starts at 50 million pure stem cells.

Four, fresh not frozen cells. This may sound funny, but all cells used in the U.S. are cryopreserved and stay that way until just prior to injection. What percent of these cells re-animate? It’s not going to be as large a number as you might like to believe. At Infinity, the donated cord is cryopreserved. It is re-animated in a water bath, over an extended time, at the exact correct temperature. The tissue is processed, and the stem cells are separated from the debris. The cells are then verified as live. These live cells are then grown through several generations until the desired number of cells has been reached. The cells used in treatment have never themselves been cryopreserved and are therefore fresh. The international standard for treatment is 80% live. Infinity will never go below 90% and adds additional cells to be sure that the patient receives the entire dose of live, healthy cells.

Five, most treatments for chronic conditions require between 150 million and 250 million cells depending on body weight and condition. A number that would cost the patient between $375,000 and $700,000 in the U.S. The pricing in international stem cell clinics is a very small fraction of that price. So, the patient receives more cells that are live, fresh, and significantly more effective.

Is it legal to recommend to your patients?

The short answer is yes. You are not offering the treatment at your practice or anywhere within the borders of the United States so there is no legal issue.

How do you avoid fee splitting when participating in medical tourism?

As we all know fee splitting would result in serious consequence for all involved. We have opinion from multiple healthcare attorneys on the subject. They all agree that the way we work with U.S. based practices is legal, honest, and ethical. There are services that you can provide in the U.S. that will help your patients tremendously and you are compensated for those and only those services. Call us for more information on the exact program.