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Medical Travel Today is a publication of CPR Strategic Marketing Communications, a public relations firm based near New York City that specializes in healthcare and life sciences, with an international clientele. CPR, its Partners, and clients are at the nexus of where medical travel is today, and where it will be tomorrow.

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Laura Carabello

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Laura Carabello

Managing Editor
Megan Kennedy

Table of Contents

From the Editor

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

News in Review

PM: Tap into Growing Health Tourism Sector

Clark Howard: 'Medical Tourism' is a Growing Trend

Medical Tourism in an Animal Farm

China to Build Three Medical Tourism Resorts

Indian Healthcare Companies Tap African Market

Spotlight

Sonny Vu, CEO, Misfit Wearables

Industry News

Two Team Up in Medical Tourism First

Blair Stover Brings Attention to Growth of Medical Tourism as Debates over Healthcare Reform Intensify

IHC FORUM WEST Conference Invitation

Upcoming Events

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

Kerala Health Tourism

AnfasHetex Health Tourism Fair

4th International Temos Conference - Healthcare Abroad & Medical Tourism

IHC FORUM WEST 2013

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 19

Dear Colleagues:

I took special note of this report regarding the dwindling numbers of primary care physicians in Massachusetts because it also points to the paucity of neurologists and urologists - two specialty areas that were traditionally in ample supply. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-physician-relationships/massachusetts-lacks-primary-care-physicians-certain-specialists.html.

This new data is alarming for several reasons:

  • Massachusetts was the first state to adopt Obama-style healthcare, and provides market signals of what is in store for the rest of the nation with this type of program.
  • Americans may well need to travel outside the U.S. to access specialty medical care - sooner than later -- if the Massachusetts trend prevails throughout the country.

International medical travel is likely to get a boost as a result of access issues, which were once reserved for countries such as Canada and the U.K., where national health programs create these situations.

In this issue, Sonny Vu, CEO, Misfit Wearables, discusses his latest wearable computing product, Shine. This global and innovative healthcare solution will enable useful streams of data to provide major insight into individual overall health and well-being.

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

Laura Carabello
Editor and Publisher
Medical Travel Today
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Spotlight

Sonny Vu, CEO, Misfit Wearables
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SPOTLIGHT: Sonny Vu, CEO, Misfit Wearables

Medical Travel Today (MTT):    Tell us a little bit about what your company does.

Sonny Vu (SV): Misfit Wearables develops goods and services that enable communities to thrive. Our main focus is manufacturing wearable sensor products.

We create opportunities for people to express their ability for creativity and productivity in meaningful ways.

MTT: How did you get involved with manufacturing computing products? 

SV:
We got into the business of inventing and manufacturing wearable computing products because we believe that, beyond the mobile and the post-PC era, there will be a vast field of wearable products.

We're just in the beginning of that space, and in the next 10 years we're going to see a proliferation of hundreds, if not thousands, of products in this space. 

MTT: How do your company's products promote overall health and wellness?

SV: Our products enable people to track important health information in a beautiful way. With this information it will enable people to develop healthier habits. 

For example, our newest Shine product is an elegant personal activity tracker. Individuals are able to account for their daily activity, motivating them to walk more, run more, etc.

MTT: How do you see it impacting healthcare spending in the U.S. and internationally? 

SV: Obesity is a massive issue affecting not just industrialized nations, but also the developing world, crushing healthcare budgets.

One of the best and simplest ways to combat this pandemic is to inspire people to lead more physically active lives. Activity monitors aim to do that.

MTT: Why do you think so many companies are coming out with products similar to your latest product Shine?

SV: There are only about 20 to 30 companies doing this, so it's still a very nascent field, and if you talk about our products, there's only one that is an elegant all-metal device you can wear anywhere. I believe there will be many more companies doing this soon. 

MTT: On an international level, what area do you expect to see the highest percentage of buyers from, and why? 

SV: At the beginning it will be Western developed countries, based upon data we've seen from our consumer tests on Indiegogo.  

Over time, we believe there will be more pickup in Asia. 

MTT: Where do you see the future of wellness and healthcare headed? 

SV: We believe consumers will be more empowered and more accountable for their own health in the future.

MTT: Do you have any thoughts on the medical tourism industry-traveling domestically and/or internationally to seek medical treatment? 

SV: I think it's indicative of how broken our healthcare system is that people have to travel overseas to get affordable healthcare. 

MTT: Does your product work internationally, and how can you see it being used in the medical travel space -- domestic or international?

SV: Of course, Shine works globally.

I think it will enable very useful streams of data that can be used to provide major insight into people's health that patients may or may not want to share with their care providers. 

Industry News

Two Team Up in Medical Tourism First

Travelmole.com - A partnership between Courtyard by Marriott in Bali and its neighbor in Nusa Dua, the new Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC), is expected to see a sharp rise in medical tourists from the region and beyond.

The 250-room Courtyard by Marriott - the brand's 900th hotel worldwide - links a popular hotel brand in the four-star segment with the most up-to-date medical facility in Bali to produce what Marriott says is "the first medical tourism hotel in Indonesia."

Dr. Donna Moniaga, the wife of chief executive Craig Beveridge, is medical director of both BIMC hospitals in Bali (the other is in Kuta) and the after-care services provided by BIMC nurses at nearby hotels.

In addition to enticing medical tourists, Courtyard by Marriott is also targeting the meetings and incentive sector, focusing on medium-sized groups that can be accommodated together in one wing of the hotel.

Tina Tandun, director of sales and marketing, said Courtyard by Marriott in Nusa Dua could allocate up to 150 rooms for groups during the low season.

At the BIMC Hospital, services offered include emergency and in-patient care, dialysis treatment, cosmetic procedures and dental treatment.

Wi-Fi and TV connections, along with services such as reflexology, manicures, pedicures and facials, are also available to in-patients to help recovery from treatment.

Beveridge said BIMC is planning other health and medical facilities that include retirement villages with integrated medical care, along with more clinics and hospitals in Bali "and throughout the Indonesian archipelago."

To view the original article, please click here.

Industry News

Blair Stover Brings Attention to Growth of Medical Tourism as Debates over Healthcare Reform Intensify

$40-billion industry of seeking affordable medical care at overseas hospitals is spotlighted by Blair Stover.

Blair Stover is shedding light on a hotly debated trend in medical care that is adding to calls for healthcare reform. A recent ranking on the writer's travel website showcases a list of countries with the most foreign visitors seeking medical procedures. Blair Stover cites many countries that are actively touting safety standards, medical technology and low prices to entice patients facing long waits or bureaucratic hurdles in their home nations.

The study ranks the following countries as the top spots for medical tourists: Thailand, Mexico, the U.S., Singapore and India. Each country is a destination for separate reasons and procedures, according to Blair Stover.

Mexico is noted as a destination for weight loss surgery and dental work for Hispanic Americans in border states. While debates continue to rage over U.S. healthcare policy, the favorable exchange rate of a weak dollar and leading specialists attract 800,000 annual visitors seeking medical care for complex conditions.

As a growing phenomenon, medical tourism has raised questions about private and national healthcare schemes. Such growth is expected to continue unabated, according to a survey of 400 clinics and travel sellers in 77 countries. The study is reported on the medical tourism website, TravelMarket, in an April 4, 2013, article.

Nations with private health insurers, such as the U.S., are seeing uninsured or underinsured residents go overseas for affordable heart transplants and cancer care, as noted in the report from Blair Stover.

For national healthcare systems, the issue of the state paying for an overseas medical procedure has arisen, according to an article in Healthy Debate. An absence of international medical standards is often cited as a barrier to governments paying for care received in foreign hospitals.

The rising competition from off-shore hospitals may also affect how developed nations, such as Canada, provide healthcare, as commented by Healthy Debate.

For more information about travel trips from Blair Stover, please visit: http://www.blairstovertravels.com/.

Media Contact: Brittany Deatherage, Cyberactive Marketing, 1 (480) 941-9222, deatherage@cyberactivemarketing.com


Industry News

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Our conference will give you tools and solutions you can use right now to create a comprehensive, cost-effective healthcare consumerism program that serves your employees' needs and your bottom line. No matter where you are on your journey, the IHC FORUM will equip you with the money-saving strategies you need to successfully navigate the healthcare consumerism landscape and avoid the bumps along the road.

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Upcoming Events

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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Kerala Health Tourism

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October 31-November 2, 2013 - Le Meridian Hotel, Kochi, Kerala
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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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4th International Temos Conference-Healthcare Abroad & Medical Tourism

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December 1-3, 2013 - Bonn, Germany
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IHC FORUM WEST 2013

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December 5-6, 2013 - Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada
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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

 

PM: Tap into Growing Health Tourism Sector

Thestar.com - Healthcare service providers should tap into the growing health tourism sector in an effort to turn the nation into a regional healthcare hub, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Clark Howard: 'Medical Tourism' is a Growing Trend

Ajc.com - Fed up with the high cost of healthcare, some companies are giving incentives to employees to travel across the country to get the surgeries they need.

Medical Tourism in an Animal Farm

Newindianexpress.com - The recent decision of the government to allow its senior officials to avail of medical treatment outside the country and reimburse the same shows how far the powers that be have moved from the powerless citizenry.

China to Build Three Medical Tourism Resorts

Imtj.com - The city of Ruzhou in Henan province is seeking to build a medical tourism resort. The Boyi Group from Taiwan plans a cross-straits Ruzhou hot spring medical tourism resort that will be the first of its kind in the world. By combining the advanced medical services system in Taiwan with the natural and cultural resources in Ruzhou, the resort aims to attract visitors who want to restore their health.

Indian Healthcare Companies Tap African Market

Business-standard.com - As 30 of India's largest healthcare providers tap the growing African market, the Indian High Commission dismissed media charges that it is pushing medical tourism to India by encouraging Nigerians needing critical care to go to that country.

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