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New Trend of Healthcare Companies Sending Patients Abroad for Surgery is Dangerous Says James Goldberg Whose Son Died Following Surgery in Thailand

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 General News J E 4
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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29 Since the death of his only son onFeb. 23, 2006 at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, JamesGoldberg has attempted to see the killers brought to justice.

"As I followed the story to its roots, I was astounded to see that foreignhospitals have gained legitimacy in the eyes of the American public due inpart to rubber stamp approvals from the Joint Commission International," saidJim Goldberg in San Francisco about the death of his 23-year-old son, Joshua.

Following his son's death, Mr. Goldberg lobbied the Senate FinanceCommittee as a patient advocate. His work with the Health and Human ServicesCommittee and Medicare led to the revocation of all accrediting power of theJoint Commission and its subsidiaries within two years.

Goldberg stated, "I had to endure the proliferation of deceptiveinformation constantly being circulated in the press about the miraculousbenefits and cost savings associated with offshore medical care. It was timeto put an end to the false information."

In December of 2007, a European television shot a documentary aboutGoldberg's experiences. The unedited film, with its revelations of corruptionand fraud can be seen on U-Tube:

"Anyone buying into the advantages of overseas surgery needs to understandthe financial interests behind what is being sold as the cure to the Americanhealthcare system," said Goldberg. "We need to fix the problem here and notbelieve magic solutions."

Goldberg feels there is an enormous push inside American insurancecompanies to send patients overseas for procedures.

"Patients' rights are last on the list. Many of these foreign facilitiessell themselves as being the 'best,' but a careful examination of the factsshows that foreign facilities are staffed by inept individuals who overdosepatients, and botch procedures causing maiming and death."

"Patients and their loved ones need to know that there is no legalrecourse for the injured patient having surgery abroad," stated Goldberg.

Related website: http://www.bumrungraddeath.com/

This release was issued through The Xpress Press News Service, merging e-mail and satellite distribution technologies to reach business analysts and

media outlets worldwide. For more information, visithttp://www.XpressPress.comPart One: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2541172325991739673 Part Two: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4774600238421011332 Part Three: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8546130908978679014

SOURCE James Goldberg, Author, Lobbyist and Biomedical Engineer
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