medical tourism for hepatitis c


"I have no idea what's waiting for me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: There are sick people and they need curing"

Albert Camus


Blue Key Combines Medical & Travel Services

For over 20 years Dr. Kevin Bethel has been a fixture of the medical community in Grand Bahama. He operates a very successful practice that focuses on functional medicine for patients of all backgrounds. Being a strong proponent for patient rights and access to treatment characterise Dr. Bethel’s approach to providing the best care possible to every one of his patients. His practice operates out of his brand new medical clinic in Freeport, Grand Bahama. He was recognised with the Doctor of the Year Award for Grand Bahama in 2017, is a frequent media guest on medical issues and is a Ministry of Health committee member for advancing medical treatment in The Bahamas.

Blue Key is a specialist operator focused on providing leading edge medical treatments for patients that are unaffordable in their home country. For over 5 years we have provided access to the best Hepatitis C treatment protocols at a fraction of the price in the United States and Europe. We have recently begun offering treatment for other conditions including multiple myeloma, breast cancer, lung cancer and melanoma at our modern treatment facility.

Medical tourism is a phrase that describes an industry for patients that travel to different countries for treatments and procedures that are either unavailable or unaffordable to them where they live. Commonly, patients from less developed countries travel to more developed countries to access highly skilled physicians, cutting-edge procedures and novel therapies. Conversely, it is becoming more common for patients from more developed countries to seek out medical services in foreign countries as it has become cost-prohibitive to receive treatment in their home country or they have run out of insurance but wish to continue receiving the same standard of care.

Blue Key will work with you to ensure that your entire treatment visit to The Bahamas is seamless. Let us coordinate your travel plans, treatment plans and activities. We will make it easy for you and you will love our service. Unlike most medical tourism companies Blue Key oversees both the travel and medical services provided to our patients ensuring continuity of care for all aspects of your experience.

As proud members of IATA and TICO we strive to provide the highest levels of service, compliance and disclosure to all of our clients. By virtue of our memberships in these organizations we have access to the full spectrum of travel solutions and are a fully licensed retail travel agency.

Highly recommended. Knowledgeable practitioners.
Jacy Whittaker
The best doctor!
I miss him.
Lanelle Phillips
Fantastic Doctor. Very engaged & knowledgeable.
Kathleen Young

Our New Medical Clinic Is Open

Dr. Bethel and his team have recently moved into a new clinic in Freeport.  The clinic is easily accessible to the ferry docks, airport and major hotels.  We’re very proud of our partner’s beautiful new Hepatitis C clinic and our patients will love the convenience of visiting Dr. Bethel for Hepatitis C treatment. The clinic also offers a full slate of medical services including infusion treatments for cancer and cosmetic injections.

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Dr. Bethel, is knowledgeable about specific topics that other doctors have told me they have never heard of. He also took time to call me after hours.
Robyn Rolle
Dr. Bethel and Dr. Blower combine years of experience in standard and alternative medicine to make sure you are getting the best care possible.
David Raymer
I am very pleased with the service and care I received at the Family Wellness Center!! Everyone there is friendly and professional. Thank you all so much.
Andrea K-T

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Advantages of Medical Tourism?
  1. The primary advantage of medical tourism is price.  Many treatments, procedures and hospital stays are substantially cheaper abroad
  2. Ability to afford superior treatment and surgical options 
  3. Immediate access to care
  4. Access to healthcare options not available in the US like experimental medications and stem cell therapies
  5. Upgraded treatment and recovery accommodations
Is Medical Tourism Safe?

Medical tourism is safe and provides many benefits to patients traveling for treatment. Using a credible medical tourism facilitator like Blue Key is recommended to ensure quality of care standards are received.

Although US Government numbers indicate less than 500,000 patients travel abroad each year for medical reasons there are estimates that up to 1.4 million US patients chose medical tourism in 2016. Outbound medical tourism (US patients going abroad) has been trending higher for years while inbound medical tourism (Foreign patients visiting the US) is not increasing.

Why is Medical Tourism Important?

Medical tourism is important for patients and practitioners alike. Patients get access to immediate treatment or procedures at a lower price than the US including travel costs. The medical providers and local jurisdiction receives the economic benefits increased patient counts and tourism revenue.

Which Country is Best for Medical Tourism?

Different countries rate higher on different metrics that patients value including cost, quality of care, safety, language and proximity. The Bahamas offers incredible value to US patients visiting for treatments through a network of accredited physicians trained in the US and Canada.

What are the Disadvantages of Medical Tourism?

For many patients travelling abroad for treatment medical tourism provides significant benefits. That said, patients should consider proximity, language barriers, medical training, accreditation, follow-up requirements and personal security when choosing to travel for medical reasons.

What are the Types of Medical Tourism?
  1. Medical tourism refers to patients travelling for medical procedures and treatments.
  2. Wellness tourism refers to alternative therapies, yoga trips, diet facilities and spas.
  3. Health tourism encompasses both of the above in addition to dental tourism.
Why do People Choose Medical Tourism?

Medical tourism primarily caters to middle class consumers looking for a better medical experience and those who wish to have a vacation experience during treatment. The Bahamas is hugely popular with US visitors for our beaches, nightlife, local culture, English speaking population and amazing climate. We welcomed over 6 million tourists in 2019.

How Much Does Healthcare Cost Around the World?

According to the OECD the average amount spent by countries on health care per person is $3,018. By way of comparison the US spends $8047 per person on average for healthcare and has a lower expected lifespan than many developed countries.

Why is US Healthcare So Expensive?

Fees for doctors, hospitals and the costs of medications are significantly higher in the US compared with other countries and continually rise. Governments of other developed countries place controls on drug and healthcare costs.

Blue Key's Benefits for HCV Patients

Treatment Language is English

Being a former English colony until we gained independence in 1967 our national language is English. This provides a high level of comfort to our patients, an ability to provide very understandable treatment instructions and obviates the need for a translator to be employed for patient assistance.

Modern Hepatitis C Clinic

Our brand new clinic embraces a holistic approach to medical treatment. We offer private consultation rooms, nutrition boutique, pharmacy, infusion facilities and a surgery theater.

US Dollars are our Currency

The Bahamian currency is pegged to the US dollar meaning that no exchange is required when visiting The Bahamas or paying for services. Credit card payment or wire payment for Hepatitis C Treatment is in US dollars saving our patients foreign transaction fees.

Lower Cost Hepatitis C Treatment

Our HCV treatment options cost up to 90% less than the same medication in the United States. Blue Key offers Harvoni, Epclusa and Sovaldi as treatment options for our Hepatitis C patients.

Newest Hepatitis C Medications

We have access to all Hepatitis C treatment options available in the United States and provide the best HCV medications available. Rest assured you will be treated with the most effective treatment for your genotype.

Award WInning Medical Care

Following study at one of the best Medical Schools in North America Dr. Bethel has received many accolades for his practice and has earned the trust of his patients by providing them with the best possible care.

Immediate Access To HCV Treatment

High co-pays, patient assistance programs, waiting to be approved by insurance? Why Wait? We will treat you the day you arrive in The Bahamas and follow-up to ensure treatment is successful.

Receive Treatment While On Vacation

You can come for a day, a weekend or longer. Following treatment you can hit the beach, go fishing, swim with the pigs, dive with the sharks, try out the casinos or just watch the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

Treatment Success Guarantee

Our 100% treatment guarantee means that Blue Key will provide a second course of Hep C medication should your first treatment not cure you of Hepatitis C. This is extremely unlikely as the new generation of HCV drugs have a very high rate of efficacy.

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