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

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

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

Mercury Advisory Group Awarded Contract in Nigeria

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DENVER —Mercury Advisory Group ( 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

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

Fallback Image - 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