As we bid farewell to another year of travel, it is only appropriate to look back at some of the travel trends of 2014, and ring in a new year of wanderlust, seeking out astonishing, electrifying, or just off the beaten path destinations.
There's now plenty of global choice: At the close of 2012, more than 350 international hospitals have been awarded JCI accreditation, offering nearly any type of medical procedure to patients seeking access to lower-priced medical care without compromising quality.
While much of the health care "GDP gap" between the U.S. and other nations can be attributed to cost of living, it's undeniable there's plenty of room for reimagining our approach to health care, not simply in terms of reform, but in market-driven innovation.
Just how will health care reform affect those seeking treatment here at home, the more than 6 million Americans currently living abroad, and the nearly 1 million patients in the U.S. who will seek medical care outside of its borders next year?
With more than 400 American-accredited hospitals and clinics now offering Western-style medical treatment in 47 countries around the world, it's a bit of a no-brainer to check out your medical tourism options.