Josef Woodman, a pioneer in creating consumer-based guides for international health, wellness, and dental travel, published the first book of this sort, Patients Beyond Borders, after his father traveled abroad for dental care. Mr. Woodman has traveled to hospitals, medical and dental providers worldwide to gather information and publish information on medical tourism destination.
His journey of exploration into the world of medical tourism began when his father decided to travel to Mexico for dental care to save thousands of dollars and receive expert care. At this time, the term “medical tourism” had not even been created. Mr. Woodman is a successful veteran of the high-tech boom, and recognized international medical travel as a sector ready for rapid growth.
In this interview, Woodman responds to the common, yet difficult question in the medical tourism sector, why hasn’t there been greater development and deployment of information about cross border care and medical destinations?
Woodman also discusses what he believes will push providers and governments to be more transparent in supplying information about medical care, such as published prices for services. He shares his thoughts on how the United States will react to the call to action for more information from healthcare providers, versus other countries.
His early exploration into international healthcare, led Mr. Woodman to see that without quality information, cross-border consumers would be at risk. This, along with his fathers’ personal experience, led him to develop Patients Beyond Borders.