WHO’s World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April. The 2018 campaign aims to raise awareness for the right to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), where anyone can access quality health services without suffering from financial hardships.
While some countries already offer UHC, many others lag behind, as a consequence, 800 million people spend more than 10% of their household budget on healthcare, and 100 million people fall into extreme poverty each year due to health expenses.
These numbers deserve everyone’s attention.
What are the necessary steps to ensure that every person in the world has access to quality healthcare at a cost they can afford? How do we make sure that families don’t have to choose between healthcare and food, or education?
Let’s take a step back and look around us: you can get Japanese tatami for your home, freshly-brewed coffee from Brazil, or take live lessons from top-tier universities - all at your fingertips.
What if we could achieve the same level of access for healthcare?
Imagine a world where healthcare systems joined forces to contribute with what best they have to offer and make it accessible to the whole world, or a global healthcare system that everyone has access to - no matter who they are and where they are in the world.
Are we dreaming? Perhaps.
But the reality is that when a healthcare system fails their citizens, they will look for alternative options away from home. And guess what? This is nothing new.
Patients have been traveling for treatment for a long time, escaping prohibitive prices, inadequate offerings, or long waiting lists. While regulators still fail to provide people around the world with the services they have been asking for, we are witnessing a movement of cross-border healthcare.
Qunomedical is here to guide and support people all over the world to find and access the healthcare they deserve and we want to be at the forefront of this much-needed healthcare revolution.
See for yourself how three of Qunomedical patients decided to find a better healthcare option in a different country in a bid to change their life for the better - or even save it.
Traveled to: Austria, Vienna
Treatment: Open-heart surgery
Reason for having surgery abroad: highly complex surgery not available in her own country.
I needed a highly-complex heart surgery that I was not able to get in my home country. Even if traveling abroad to get a open-heart surgery was daunting at first, I just took the plunge because my life was at risk. Having surgery in Vienna literally saved my life.
Traveled to: Poland
Treatment: Weight loss surgery (gastric bypass)
Reason for having surgery abroad: High-quality surgery at an affordable price.
Having been obese all my life due to hormonal issues, I have been wanting to have weight loss surgery for years but had been turned off by the prices and the lengthy procedure involved from the NHS. Qunomedical helped me find an astonishing deal with a qualified doctor at a professional hospital in Poland and I cannot recommend it enough. It is the best decision I have ever made for myself, my health and my future.
Traveled to: Croatia
Treatment: Dental implants, root canals, crowns.
Reason for having surgery abroad: high-quality dental treatment at a fraction of the cost compared to the US.
When I had to decide between paying over $25,000 or having all of my teeth ripped out, I felt hopeless. I was only 42 and my confidence was at an all time low. When I was quoted a fraction of the cost in Croatia, I knew it would be my only chance to smile again. So I traveled halfway across the globe with a mixture of excitement, fear and anxiety. But you know what? The results are incredible. My life has changed for the better and people no longer judge me because of my teeth. I would jump on that plane again anytime.
Healthcare is a human right and no human right should be defined by its country’s borders.
See how Qunomedical team members join the discussion for a world where healthcare can be made accessible to anyone in the world - anytime, anywhere.
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