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Table of Contents

From the Editor

From the Editor: This week in Medical Travel Today, Laura Carabello

News in Review

Lower Costs and Quality Health Services Driving Asian Medical Tourism Market

Trained Manpower Needed for Wellness Tourism

Strong Foundation for a Thriving ‘Medical Tourism’ Industry in UAE

Strong Government Support to Boost Medical Tourism Industry

Sharp Increase in Medical Tourism from Neighboring Countries

India, a Medical Tourism Hotspot for Westerners

Medical Tourism - A New Industry Combining Tourism and Treatment

Spotlight

Adel Eldin, M.D.
Founder, Florida Medical Tourism

Industry News

Global Spa & Wellness Summit Unveils 2013 Conference Agenda

SpineMark Corporation and California Healthcom Group Forge Strategic Partnership

Spanish Edition of Patients Beyond Borders Focus On: Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)

CAMBODIA AND VIETNAM: Cambodia and Vietnam enhance medical tourism offering

Nicaragua Looking to Position Itself in Medical Tourism


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Africa Medical Executives & Medical Tourism Conference

Global Connected Care Conference and 4th Meditour Expo

International Medical Tourism Conference & Exhibition - China 2013

Moscow MedShow

Indian Medical Tourism Conference 2013

The Wellness Tourism Congress at the Global Spa & Wellness Summit

4th Medical Tourism Saint Petersburg Exhibition

Mexico: Global Summit on Medical Tourism Business

2nd Malaysia International Healthcare Travel Expo 2013

AnfasHetex Health Tourism Fair

India Med Expo 2013-Andra Pradesh Medical Tourism & Health Care Conference

Health Tourism Expo 2013

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Global Health Voyager

THIS WEEK IN MEDICAL TRAVEL TODAY

Volume 7, Issue 16

Dear Colleagues:

As the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reverberates throughout the healthcare industry, the necessity for international and domestic medical travel heightens. See our interview with Adel Eldin, M.D., who discusses his role in providing culturally sensitive treatment to patients traveling for care. Placing heavy emphasis on universal values and compassionate care, Dr. Eldin notes that the future success of the medical travel industry lies in the hands of increased public education, global partner participation, technology, social media and advertising.

Please be in touch and let me know how you are surviving and thriving in this emerging marketplace. 

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Spotlight

Adel Eldin, M.D., founder, Florida Medical Tourism
International Board of Medicine and Surgery


Certified Medical Tourism Specialist

Spotlight Interview: Adel Eldin, M.D.

About Florida Medical Tourism

Florida Medical Tourism is a unique global service in medical care. It was originally designed to offer special medical services to global customers, specifically from the Middle East (Arabic speaking areas). The program was founded in the spring of 2012 to offer culturally sensitive medical services, with emphasis on universal values and compassionate care.

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Medical Travel Today (MTT): Please share your interests in medical travel.

Dr. Adel Eldin (AE): More than 30+ years ago I worked as a tour guide while I was going to medical school, and I have always been interested in education -- educating my own patients and through my community outreach program.

Seeing the devastation in the healthcare industry and witnessing the need for an alternative model for both incoming and outgoing medical travel is what has prompted me to focus on the issues.

Over the past few years, I have been watching the growth of self-insurance, and the role of medical tourism in this model to reduce the costs. The fact is, nobody in the U.S. can afford the costs of care anymore.

I am referring mostly to the 65 million middle-class, crushed Americans that really need help and relief.

As medical tourism begins to fill that gap in care and to answer the needs of patients, people are now shopping globally for the best price. It is comparable to shopping locally for the best prices at a mall in Manhattan or New Jersey - and now globally via the Internet.

Furthermore, people who are shopping for healthcare are often surprised: They may get a nice vacation as part of their travel. Many people decide, "I am going to take care of my stress by doing the procedure, by vacationing and by saving money. Additionally, I am going to get a tax break when I get back home."

Dr. Ghada Zaher
Women's Health

MTT: Where do you see people traveling to?

AE: I think there are going to be preferred niche destinations around the globe where people feel comfortable. Then the culture-sensitive medicine factor is going to play a major role.
So if you are a Hispanic patient with Spanish roots, you may naturally gravitate towards South America, Puerto Rico or Costa Rica.

If you are a patient from the Middle East you would want to go to Egypt, Turkey or Jordan, or some other place in that region which has established facilities and staff. They also have century-old natural resources and geography that helps in moving patients. Additionally, there are other attractions -- monuments, sightseeing and nice touring packages. All are available at a reduced price - so you have it made!

MTT: Do you find that patients come to you looking for that guidance?

AE: I am getting the word out. With more education, increased global partner participation, technology, social media and advertising, I believe we can get the word out to masses of folks.

MTT: And how about for patients coming into the U.S.? How do they get to you? How do they hear about you?

AE: Once you mention Florida, people are convinced. Florida is a world attraction because there is only one Florida.

Secondly, Florida weather and the nice attractions of Walt Disney World or Busch Gardens get people’s attention.

Additionally, I find that patients are attracted to my facility, which is extremely nice. We serve patients and cater to their needs. This is especially important for those who are from the Middle East and who can see by our logo that it is Arabic ---one-of-a-kind in Florida. Our sign "Habla Espanol" also attracts Spanish patients.

I provide patients with a cultural sense of medicine, especially those from the Middle East, Arab and Muslim world coming to the U.S. And they are coming here in big numbers.

There are good paying customers, but they haven’t been getting what they really deserve -- as far as culture-sensitive medicine. A lot of people don’t know for instance -- and this needs a lot of education - that they don’t eat pork. The ladies should be covered front and back in the hospital. There is also bathroom etiquette... you have to have several flushes in the bathroom for complete cleansing after you use the bathroom.

This presents an awesome opportunity for education for bridge-building that leads to better understanding and for harmony. It will give a lot of people in the chain a lot of business opportunities -- starting with the cab driver that picks the patient up from the airport or the escort to the hotel, the hospital or lab.

Everyone in the entertainment and hospitality industries needs this type of education, so there are a lot of people who are going to benefit from this. Through the interaction and education, I believe this will be a win-win deal.

MTT: Do you think that the domestic medical travel opportunity is going to be well received in the market place where people travel from one part of the U.S. to the other to go to a Center of Excellence?

AE: It may play a limited role right now because there are a lot of politics involved. The bottom line for the average consumer is, "If you give me a good price and good service, I will go to you."

Now I prefer to stay here and not go anywhere outside the U.S. If you can provide good service and a good price in the U.S., people will get their care here. But if you can’t then people will seek it somewhere else. Today, many people are just shopping on their own via the Internet.

We just want to be a source for patients who are looking for help and service. We are known nationally for being strong patient advocates and for acting as a watchdog on behalf of patients.

Therefore, a lot of people know us throughout the country, and there is a natural gravitation toward a provider that they can trust. I believe that is a major factor - also that we offer comfort and confidence to our clients and our patients.

MTT: As far as the types of procedures, where do you see the highest prevalence?

AE: Statistically, orthopedics will be number one. But then you have other procedures -- cosmetic, dental, hair replacement, eye surgery and sometimes cardiac catheterization, coronary angioplasty and stents...then less commonly heart surgery.

MTT: What other aspect of this industry merit your focus?

AE: We have been doing the traditional cardiology internal medical practice for 15 years, and at Florida Medical Tourism there is also the value of telemedicine which leverages technology to reach our global patients worldwide.

We also have a very unique niche: my wife Dr. Zaher offers women’s health, which is a very new field and a very delicate and specialized one.

She has basically all of the experience to serve women -- from childbirth through menopause. She worked as a pediatric resident and did internal medicine, and is able to address a multitude of women’s issues - from cancer screening and diabetes to heart disease and so on.

For women to be served by a woman is very important, especially for those who are conservative and folks from Middle East, in particular, with the Muslim and Arabic culture.

I think to have someone who is bilingual and understands both cultures is an important trend here in the U.S. It is key to have global experience, and I think this will be a very comforting factor to female patients.

Industry News

Global Spa & Wellness Summit Unveils 2013 Conference Agenda
Program reflects Summit’s vastly expanded wellness focus, as industries from finance to tourism to consumer retail seize this $2-trillion market opportunity.

From His Holiness the Dalai Lama to tourism heavyweights Jean-Claude Baumgarten and Peter Greenberg to a "super panel" of industry investors, the agenda aims to marry hard-hitting business intelligence with "heart-hitting" inspiration.


The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) today announced the keynote speaker lineup and daily program for its annual conference to be held at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, in New Delhi, from October 5-7, 2013. With 30+ high-profile keynote addresses and presentations, hot-button industry panels and research reports packed across the three-day event, the 2013 conference will represent the richest slate of content in the Summit’s seven-year history.

"We listened to our delegates from this highly diverse industry about what matters most to them. Every aspect of this year’s program is designed to give attendees an intense education in where spa and wellness has been, where it is today, and where it’s heading," said Andrew Gibson, GSWS board member and 2013 agenda co-chair. "And the provocative, practical and personal are interwoven throughout."

The 2013 theme, "A Defining Moment," captures the Summit’s recent, significant expansion of focus from "spa" to "spa and wellness." Delegates will hear from dozens of thought-leaders across the investment, tourism, technology, medical, government, consumer retail and real estate sectors now making moves into the fast-rising wellness sector and the key opportunities and innovations emerging from their corners. The program agenda is designed to create "defining moments" both professionally and personally for attendees by balancing honest, hard-hitting business information with inspirational presentations.

Summit Firsts: The 2013 conference will feature several critical firsts, including: an inaugural Global Wellness Tourism Congress; the release of groundbreaking research on the global wellness tourism market from SRI International; and six Global Forums on key industry sub-sectors.

"When the first Summit was held in New York City seven years ago the dominant discussion was defining the word ‘spa.’ How far this industry and conference have come. Now we’re welcoming leading business minds from across nearly every market sector rushing to the ‘wellness well,’" said Susie Ellis, GSWS chairman and CEO. "The agenda reflects our leadership role in bringing together these varied industries and businesses that want to collaborate on capitalizing on the wellness boom and bring more wellness to the world."

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

Global Industry Forums: Dedicated sessions for destination spas, hotel spas, hot springs spas, hydrothermal, spa retail and spa education will take place across the Summit, and represent the first time that global leaders from these key sub-sectors will gather to strategize on how best to solve their biggest challenges and collaborate to expand opportunities. Access the hot topics and hard questions on each Forum’s "table."

Day 1: "Outward" - The Global Business of Wellness
Day One revolves around the Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC), with its star-studded line-up of presentations from 15 tourism experts, joined by Ministers of Tourism presenting case studies from around the world. The goal: to define, benchmark and shape the best strategies to grow this packed-with-potential tourism sector. U.S. Olympic medalist and best-selling author, Bonnie St. John, facilitates the three-day Summit and Congress.

Congress Highlights
- Thierry Malleret, global economist and strategist: "Spa, Wellness and Tourism: An Industry at the Confluence of Global Mega-Trends"
- Jean-Claude Baumgarten, former president, World Travel & Tourism Council: "How Tourism Became the World’s Biggest Industry-Lessons for Wellness Tourism"
- Amitabh Kant, former joint secretary, Minister of Tourism, India, and creator of the successful "Incredible India" campaign: "The Birth of Wellness Tourism: An Incredible Story"
- Ophelia Yeung, co-director, Center for Science, Technology & Economic Development, SRI International, presents the landmark research report, "The Global Wellness Tourism Economy," the first to size the global and (50) leading international wellness tourism markets.
- Costas Christ, editor/columnist, National Geographic Traveler; sustainability ambassador, Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas: "Should Wellness Tourism Embrace Wellness of the Planet? The Business Case for Doing Well by Doing Good."
- Josef Woodman, CEO, Patients Beyond Borders: "Why Medicine Is Now Courting Wellness"
- David McCaughan, EVP, McCann Japan, and director, Truth Central Asia Pacific, presents new key research, "The Truth About Wellness," with global survey findings on how consumer beliefs about wellness create the biggest market opportunities.
- Curtis Schroeder, founder, Intermedika, and former CEO, Bumrungrad Hospital, Thailand: "Medical & Spa Tourism: Marriage Made in Heaven....or Shotgun Wedding?"

The Congress culminates with Peter Greenberg, renowned travel editor for CBS News (and formerly for NBC’s Today/MSNBC), leading an intensive "What’s Next?" think-tank session with GWTC participants to clarify and synthesize "best ideas."

Day 2: "Inward" - The Inspirational Business of Wellness

Spa/wellness is an industry that uniquely delivers inspiration and personal connections daily. Day Two explores the ancient, modern, emotional business of wellness. India’s hospitality titans relate their personal and entrepreneurial journeys-while keynotes and panels feature Asia’s world-renowned spiritual and wellness leaders.

Highlights
- Analjit Singh, chairman, Max India Group: "The Max Story: Business, Life and Wellness"
- Raymond Bickson, managing director and CEO, Taj Hotels & Resorts: "Against All Odds: Success in India"
- Kapil Chopra, president, The Oberoi Group: "A Leading Luxury Hotel Brand-Guts to Glory"
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize winner and one of the world’s most distinguished spiritual leaders: "What Is Health?," followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr. Kenneth Pelletier, author and clinical professor of medicine.
- Panel on "Ancient Healing Traditions across the Indian Sub-Continent,"
featuring experts like Dr. Isaac Mathai, founder, SOUKYA International Holistic Health Centre
- Expert panel: "Spas, Wellness & Sustainability, Taking It to the Next Level"
- Expert panel: "Corporate Social Responsibility-That Feels Good"
- Yoshiharu Hoshino, CEO, Hoshino Resort Co., Ltd: "Heating Up the Hot Springs Market"
- A kirtan and meditation experience with Swami Chidanand Saraswati, president and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India

Day 3: "Outward" - The Big Business of Wellness
Day Three is squarely focused on giving delegates the practical, up-to-the-minute knowledge they need to execute business success, while presenting bold new innovations from across the wellness landscape.

Highlights
- Subhash Chandra, chairman and founder, Veria Living: "How Media and Wellness Initiatives Together Can Help People and Entire Communities Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes"
- Trent Walsh, managing director, Leading Quality Assurance: "Mystery Shopping for Experience, Consistency and Emotional Intelligence!"
- Dr. Kenneth Pelletier: "Corporate Wellness: An Untapped Goldmine for the Future of the Spa"
- Rapid-fire wellness innovation presentations from executives of numerous companies, from pioneer of wellness real estate, Delos Living, and its new "Build Well Certification" and "End-of-Life Spa" to the new women’s protein water, Wello
- Susan Harmsworth, founder and CEO, ESPA International, moderates a no-holds-barred panel, "Straight Talk from Serious Investors in Hospitality and Spa," with powerhouses: Omer Isvan, president, Servotel Corporation; Paul Scialla, founder, Delos Living LLC; Nitesh Shetty, M.D., chairman, Nitesh Estates; and Manav Thadini, chairman, HVS South Asia.
- Kenny Tomlin, founder and CEO, Rockfish: "Top Five Technology Trends You’ve Never Heard Of"
- Top representative from the government of Bhutan explains his nation’s visionary "Gross National Happiness Index," and what it means for the future.

The final session, "Wrapping It All Together," led by Bonnie St. John, synthesizes the "defining moments" for the Summit and the six industry forums.

Student & Infographic Competitions
The Summit underwrites two unique competitions this year. The annual Student Challenge features teams from major Indian universities (Indian School of Business; Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad; and University of Delhi) competing for cash prizes to design a future-focused, globally viable wellness concept/spa resort that encompasses authentic Indian culture. This new Infographic Competition (open to anyone) places $5,000 on the table for the most creative, informative infographic speaking to any aspect of spa/wellness.

Gala Events & Unique, Local Experiences
The Summit takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, one of the world’s leading luxury hotels. Planned events include gala dinners, cocktail receptions and creative social networking sessions at The Oberoi, The Taj Palace Hotel and the Trident Gurgaon. Delegates can also opt for a post-Summit trip to Kerala, the "capitol" of authentic Ayurveda.

To register, or to learn more about, the Summit, visit: www.gsws.org.

About the Summit: The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) is an international organization representing senior executives and leaders from over 40 countries, joined by a common interest to drive economic development and understanding of the spa and wellness industries. Delegates from diverse sectors, including hospitality, tourism, health and wellness, beauty, finance, medical, real estate, manufacturing and technology, attend the organization’s annual Summit, which is held in a different host country each year. After just seven years, the GSWS is now considered the leading global research and educational resource for the $1.9-trillion spa and wellness industry. It is known for introducing major industry initiatives such as SpaEvidence.com, the world’s first online portal to the medical evidence behind common spa and wellness therapies. For more information, visit www.gsws.org.

Industry News

SpineMark Corporation and California Healthcom Group Forge Strategic Partnership to Connect Asian Medical Tourists with SpineMark Centers and U.S. Physicians
Collaboration will bring patients from China and other Asian countries to the US for advanced spine care.

In its continued efforts to develop a global network of spine centers for patients in the U.S. and abroad, SpineMark Corporation, a United States-based developer of spine centers of excellence and spine research organizations, and California Healthcom Group, a U.S.-based developer of cloud-based digital healthcare solutions, have entered into a strategic partnership that links patients in Asia suffering from back pain with leading SpineMark centers of excellence and physician experts.

As part of the partnership agreement, SpineMark will serve as California Healthcom's exclusive spine physician and facility provider. California Healthcom's cloud-based "digital hospital" platform gives patients virtual access to healthcare providers. Patients can correspond with and share their medical records with providers and receive answers and solutions to their medical conditions through the platform's video chat component.

As California Healthcom's exclusive spine physician and facility provider, SpineMark's network of providers and centers will consult, treat and triage patients. SpineMark will manage the needs of these patients under the company's travel program, helping to grow medical tourism referrals for their sites. In addition to SpineMark's efforts to create a global standard for spine care, patients continue to view the U.S. as the bastion of cutting-edge, quality-measured, high-tech focused specialty healthcare.

"Medical Tourism is rapidly becoming a new 'payer' in today's healthcare paradigm," says Marcy T. Rogers, president and CEO of SpineMark. "Globally, 1.7 billion people suffer from musculoskeletal pain, with back pain as the leading cause of disability. Our partnership with California Healthcom will significantly benefit patients from Asia who want American physicians managing their care. Through innovative medical tourism programs and strategic partners like California Healthcom, SpineMark is further validating the U.S.'s global reputation as a leader in healthcare and meeting the growing demands of patients abroad seeking high quality spine care."

"An increasing number of patients are looking outside of their country for high-quality medical care. In order to meet this growing demand, we have developed a platform that fosters the growth of the medical tourism industry and creates a standardized experience for both the patient and the provider," says Henry Huang, chief operating officer of California Healthcom Group. "By partnering with SpineMark, we will be able to further expand our platform and, as a result, increase access and expertise to patients around the globe."

About SpineMark Corporation
SpineMark is the premier global spine service company for the development of Spine Centers of Excellence (COE) and Spine Research Organizations (SRO) in partnership with medical professionals, hospitals and industry medical manufacturers. Linked by IT, guided by evidence-based protocols, and held accountable through outcome data collection, as well as a proprietary Spine Protocol Management System, SpineMark offers a turnkey solution to align and support the interests of patients, physicians and facilities.
www.SpineMark.com.

About California Healthcom
California Healthcom Group is a healthcare technology and services company based in Los Angeles, Calif. The company developed one of the world's first cloud-based digital hospital platforms which connects patients in emerging markets to elite care providers around the world, providing patients in emerging markets access, answers and solutions to their medical conditions. In May 2013, the company launched the digital hospital platform in Asia, also referred to as Haoeyou, and have already signed on over 1,000 care providers from U.S., China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In the first 60 days, the platform generated over 2,000 inquiries for medical services in the U.S., 100+ paid consultations to U.S. care providers and 10 patients retaining medical services in the U.S. Leveraging technology and high-touch concierge services, the company has developed a robust medical tourism program that bridges eastern and western gaps. www.haoeyou.com.

Industry News

Spanish Edition of Patients Beyond Borders Focus On: Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)

Translated and localized from the English version published last year, this digital and mobile edition will serve some 45+ million Spanish speaking Americans, as well as patients in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Spain, broadening CTCA's market reach into these important communities.

Other translations are in the works as international healthcare destinations utilize Patients Beyond Borders' offerings, branding and online expertise to cost-effectively court the regional short-haul healthcare consumer.

To view the Spanish PDF version click here.

Industry News

CAMBODIA AND VIETNAM: Cambodia and Vietnam enhance medical tourism offering

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medicaltourismnews.com - In medical tourism, Southeast Asia is a key and fast advancing market. Cambodia and Vietnam now want a share of the action that Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia have.

Cambodia believes it can succeed as an inbound medical travel destination. Like neighboring Thailand, it believes that all the pieces are in place to attract high-end wellness tourists focused on holistic health experiences. As a subset of medical travel, high-end wellness tourists like luxury spa treatments, and Cambodia has this. A six-star health and wellness retreat is set to open in 2014.

Dentistry in Cambodia is set to offer cut-price dental tourism as modern clinics in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville are providing good care, with English-speaking staff and Western-trained dentists, for prices cheaper than countries in the region, such as Thailand.

To continue reading click here.


Industry News

Nicaragua Looking to Position Itself in Medical Tourism

Nicaragua seeks to improve its position in the growing sub-sector of medical tourism, which generated $4.8 million in revenues in 2012 and is continuously growing each year, according to specialists.

In Central America, the country that has most developed its medical tourism is Costa Rica, where 100,000 tourists arrive each year seeking medical treatment and prevention, leaving more than $300 million in revenues, according to the study about health tourism market conducted by the investment consultants Calvet & Associates.

According to Raul F. Calvet, president of Calvet & Associates, Nicaragua could receive $27.2 million in 2020 in this type of tourism and the figure could reach $105.2 million by 2025. These projected revenues include charges for patients in lodging, food and tours for the patients' visitors, said Calvet. According to the study, about 80 percent of medical-tourism patients travel accompanied by a family member or a friend.

Medical-tourism patients travel mainly to receive plastic surgery, orthodontics, ophthalmology, cancer treatment and general medicine.

Nicaragua already has a hospital certified by the Joint Commission International, which grants a prestigious accreditation that is recognized by medical tourism operators with a presence in the U.S., Canada and other developed countries.

The advantages of Nicaragua include low costs of medical services and direct flights to several cities in the U.S., where millions of central Americans reside, representing a high potential of tourists.

For Central America, the largest market for medical tourism is the U.S. due to its proximity and for being the largest spender on healthcare as a percentage of gross domestic product -- with 16 percent.

About PRONicaragua
PRONicaragua is the Nicaraguan Investment and Export Promotion Agency, established in 2002. It is a non-profit, public-private institution with a mission to generate economic growth and job creation in Nicaragua by attracting high-quality foreign direct investment. The agency provides complimentary support services to qualified investors seeking investment opportunities in our country. For further information, please contact us at (505) 2270-6400 or http://pronicaragua.org.


Upcoming Event

Africa Medical Executives & Medical Tourism Conference

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August 28-30, 2013 - Ivory Coast, Africa

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Global Connected Care Conference and 4th Meditour Expo

September 9-11, 2013 -Anaheim, CA

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International Medical Tourism Conference & Exhibition - China 2013

 

 

September 12-13, 2013 - Shanghai, China

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Moscow MedShow

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September 21-22, 2013 - Tishinka Exhibition Center, Moscow, Russia
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Indian Medical Tourism Conference 2013

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October TBD, 2013 - Bangalore/Ahmedabad, India

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The Wellness Tourism Congress at the Global Spa & Wellness Summit

October 5-7, 2013 - The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India

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4th Medical Tourism Saint Petersburg Exhibition

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October 10-12, 2013 - Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Mexico: Global Summit on Medical Tourism Business

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October 16-18, 2013 - Mexicali, Mexico

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2nd Malaysia International Healthcare Travel Expo 2013

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October 20-22, 2013 - Sunway Pyramid Convention Center, Malaysia

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AnfasHetex Health Tourism Fair
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November 14-16, 2013 -Antalya Expo Center, Antalya, Turkey
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India Med Expo 2013-Andra Pradesh Medical Tourism & Health Care Conference
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December 6-8, 2013 - HITEX Exhibition Center, Hyderabad, India
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Health Tourism Expo 2013

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December 19-22, 2013 - Istanbul Expo Center, Istanbul, Turkey

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Medical Travel Today: Opinions and Perspectives on an Industry in the Making

Medical Travel Today - the authoritative newsletter for the worldwide medical travel industry - is pleased to announce publication of a new book, "Medical Travel Today: Opinions and Perspectives on an Industry in the Making.

Featuring 40 of the newsletter's most compelling interviews from the first five years of publication, the volume chronicles the explosive growth of international medical tourism as witnessed and experienced by some of the key stakeholders and players. A must-read for anyone interested or involved in the industry.


News in Review

Lower Costs and Quality Health Services Driving Asian Medical Tourism Market

Sbwire.com - The Asian medical tourism industry has been growing at a rapid pace for the past few years and has become a key attraction for international medical tourists. The industry has gained ground on rising healthcare costs, long waiting times and, in some cases, unavailability of quality healthcare (as in the Middle East). With Asian countries upgrading in terms of quality health services and offering cheap treatment, the region has become a preferred destination for international patients.

Trained Manpower Needed for Wellness Tourism

Business-standard.com - The Indian government is looking to raise trained manpower to meet the growing needs of the wellness tourism sector, which is fast-growing and recession-free, an official said Monday.

Strong Foundation for a Thriving ‘Medical Tourism’ Industry in UAE

Blog.arabhealthonline.com - The UAE is currently witnessing progress in the global medical tourism industry. Being a melting pot of cultures and located only a few hours away from one- third of the world’s population, the country is increasingly becoming a preferred choice for regional and international medical tourism business.

Strong Government Support to Boost Medical Tourism Industry

Sbwire.com - The Malaysian medical tourism industry is going through a phenomenal growth phase, offering immense opportunities for players involved in the business. The industry is strongly supported by the Malaysian Government with numerous promotional activities, attractive offers in the form of incentives and favorable guidelines, which is providing the requisite boost to the growth of country’s medical tourism industry. Considering the above factors, the Malaysia medical tourism industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 12.78 percent during the forecast period 2013-2017.

Sharp Increase in Medical Tourism from Neighboring Countries

Expatica.com - The number of Dutch, Germans, French, Luxembourgians and British seeking treatment in Belgian hospitals has risen by 18 percent in four years, notes De Morgen.

India, a Medical Tourism Hotspot for Westerners

Siliconindia.com -A developing nation like India is now among the most preferred destinations for undergoing medical treatment by most people from the western countries. This is mainly because of its affordable medical costs, accessibility of the latest medical technologies, and a growing fulfillment on international quality standards, as well as the fact that internationals are less likely to face a language barrier in India.

Medical Tourism - A New Industry Combining Tourism and Treatment

Hancinema.net - The relatively new phenomenon of medical tourism combines overseas travel for medical treatment with leisure and cultural activities. Popular destinations for medical tourism are Asian countries that have lower medical costs, yet equally high quality medical standards and tourist facilities as other developed countries.

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