Rand Loftness, Shelton, WA

I was born with a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which basically is an electrical malfunction between the two chambers of my heart.  As I got older, the episodes became more frequent, and the symptoms got in the way of everything I wanted to do.  I went to a cardiologist last year, who put me on beta blockers.  The side effects—mostly depression—were worse than the symptoms, so I stopped taking them.  Then the symptoms got way worse.  I couldn't even ride my bike the quarter mile to my mailbox without getting short of breath, dizzy and light headed.  I was out of options trying to live with the syndrome.  My capacity was so reduced, I couldn't live life.  I had to do something. 

I learned that I needed Heart Radio Frequency Ablation, a procedure that interrupts the abnormal electrical pathway.  I went to the University of Washington and learned the ablation would cost $70,000.  As a self-employed contractor, I'd made the choice a long time ago not to pay for health insurance, and just self-fund my medical expenses.  I could afford the $70,000, but it seemed ridiculous. 

I got on the internet, checked out several sites, and filled out some on-line inquiries.  I found I could get the procedure done in Thailand for $12,000 to $18,000.  While I was thinking seriously about going there, Medical Tourism Company WorldMed Assist responded to my e-mail, and suggested I hold tight for a few days while they researched other options.  Their website had all kinds of information about RF ablation treatment as well as other heart surgeries in India. They got back to me, as promised,  with quotes from two hospitals in India.  I chose Apollo Hospital in Delhi, for $4500.  Now we're talking!  In the end, it actually only cost $3300.
My only hesitation was sitting that long on an airplane, but for that kind of savings, I was ready to pack my bags.  I wasn't at all concerned about being treated in India.  I had a friend, Bill, who wanted to go there on vacation, so I said, “Let's go!”

WorldMed Assist made everything so easy; all I had to do was get to the airport.  The staff was very clear, encouraging and enthusiastic.  I was completely at ease with my decision.

I was met at the Delhi airport and driven to the hospital.  Everything was smooth and simple.  I was released three days later and then Bill and I started touring around.  I worked around two follow-up appointments—one at 2 days, another at two weeks.  In the meantime, we went all around Northern India, and participated in a protest against the atrocities in Nepal at the Dalai Lama's home.  We went to the Taj Majal, which was overwhelming.  The weather was great.  I couldn't have done any of these things prior to my heart treatment.

This was an entirely positive experience.  I've had no problems since the procedure, and now I can get back to climbing, skiing, regular exercise, and living my life.

About WorldMed Assist

Experts in medical tourism, WorldMed Assist's mission is to improve lives by helping patients receive high quality medical treatment abroad at affordable prices.  WorldMed Assist coordinates and simplifies every aspect of care and travel.  WorldMed Assist also provides medical tourism as an option for self-insured businesses seeking expanded and affordable healthcare options for employees.  Surgeries in India, Turkey and Mexico are significantly less expensive than in the U.S., yet delivered with the same or higher quality care and results as set by U.S. standards.  Waiting times are virtually eliminated, track records are proven, and facilities are state-of-the-art.  For more information, go to www.worldmedassist.com