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This Week in Medical Travel Today…

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Greetings, Retail giant Walmart made big news last week with the introduction of a first-of-its-kind Centers of Excellence program (See INDUSTRY NEWS). Working with six prominent health systems across the country, the program provides Walmart covered associates and family members with no out-of-pocket cost for select surgeries. Beyond the opportunity to provide employees with quality […]

Walmart Expands Health Benefits to Cover Heart and Spine Surgeries at No Cost to Associates

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As health care costs continue to rise, Walmart is introducing a first-of-its-kind Centers of Excellence program that will offer its associates quality health care with no out-of-pocket cost for heart, spine, and transplant surgeries at six of the leading hospital and health systems in the U.S. The six designated […]

Tom Emerick, Emerick Consulting

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  Editor’s Note: When news of the Walmart initiative broke we turned to someone we knew who had a unique perspective and insight into the company’s motivation and approach. Tom Emerick of Emerick Consultingmanaged Walmart’s program for 15 years until he went out on his own five years ago. As it turns out Tom is very familiar […]

NCPA’s John Goodman on Wal-Mart and Other Employers Opting for Medical Tourism

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In Priceless, I hazarded a guess that employers could cut the cost of hospital care in half by engaging in medical tourism. It’s a variation on what is sometimes called “value-based purchasing” or “reference pricing.” In its pure form, the employer picks a low-cost, high quality facility and covers all costs there. If the employee chooses […]

AON Hewitt Survey: Consumer-Driven Health Plans Overtake HMO

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MyHealthGuide – Consumer-driven health plans (CDHP) took a leap forward last year when, for the first time, more companies offered such plans than offer HMOs, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 companies by Aon Hewitt. Survey findings: CDHP Plans 58% of the companies surveyed offered some type of consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) last year, […]

Mercury Advisory Group Awarded Contract in Nigeria

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DENVER —Mercury Advisory Group (mercuryadvisorygroup.com) says it has been awarded a contract to build a 200-hospital in Awka, Nigeria.  The first phase will include a fact-finding mission to visit the proposed building site and begin research and interviews to conduct a feasibility study and develop the concept document and a business plan for the project.  Mercury […]

Mediclinic Lobbies UAE to Change Medical Liability Law

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bdlive.co.za – Private hospital group Mediclinic International is lobbying the United Arab Emirates (UAE) federal government to change its medical liability laws to reduce the risk of doctors facing criminal charges from dissatisfied patients, saying the current system is putting a damper on Dubai’s plans to become a medical tourism destination. Mediclinic has increasingly turned […]

Eight Percent of Residents Seek Medical Advice Outside the UAE

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gulfnews.com – Dubai: The lack of medical skills and a long waiting period are a couple of the top reasons why residents travel abroad instead of seeking treatment within the UAE, according to the latest survey conducted by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Statics Centre. The findings, released on Tuesday, are a concern […]

What Obama’s Affordable Care Act Means for the World’s Hospitals

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globalpost.com – Sitting in blue scrubs in a hospital room, plastic surgeon Christian Rivera ponders a potential sea change for this Central American country’s private hospitals, triggered by healthcare reform in the US. That’s because his profession thrives on uninsured US citizens looking for cheaper care abroad. So what happens to medical tourism when US […]

Health tourism: GP surgeries selling ‘black market’ access to NHS

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telegraph.co.uk – Surgery practice managers and ‘fixers’ have been secretly filmed selling access to doctors, enabling foreign nationals who have no legal right to free hospital treatment to be seen without paying. Although hospitals should check if foreign patients are entitled to free National Health Service (NHS) hospital care, Panorama found many did not. The film, Britain’s Secret […]

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