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From the Editor

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

News in Review

Indian Government Offers Free Medical Visas to Maldivians

Cyprus Government Urged to Promote Health Tourism

Inbound and Domestic Medical Tourism Growth in the U.S.

New Dh1bn Hospital to Boost Dubai's Position as Medical Tourism Hub

Top Spots for Medical Tourism

41,838 Canadians Became Medical Tourists in 2013

Spotlight

William T. Ross, Executive Director, South Bay Independent Physicians (SBIP) Medical Group Inc.

Perspectives

The Pleasures and Perils of Global Dental Care

Industry News

Laura Carabello Moderates IHC Medical Travel Panel Discussion

Health and Wellness Tourism in Austria - New Study Released

Increasing Government Support to Boost Growth in Indian Medical Tourism Sector

Google's and Cleveland Clinic's .Med Top Level Domains Rejected

Health, Tourism and Hospitality Spas, Wellness and Medical Travel

IMTPSE: Opportunity and Development Exploring of Medical Tourism

 

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THIS WEEK IN MEDICAL TRAVEL TODAY

Volume 7, Issue 23

Dear Colleagues:

The medical travel industry isn't reserved for hospitals only.  Physician groups nationwide are feeling the impact - read about South Bay Independent Physicians Medical Group, Inc. (SBIP), a provider-owned and operated professional medical corporation with over 500 providers encompassing the South Bay and Marina Del Rey communities in California. 

This week, William T. Ross, executive director, SBIP, discusses the company's primary objective, as well as its active role in the physician fee-for-service market and the growing medical travel industry.

I have had an inquiry from an employer in the U.S. who has employees living in Australia and the U.K., and is seeking high quality, lower cost executive physicals in each of those destinations.  Please be in touch if you or a colleague would like to participate in delivering this level of care.

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

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Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: William T. Ross, Executive Director, South Bay Independent Physicians (SBIP) Medical Group Inc.

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About South Bay Independent Physicians Medical Group, Inc.
South Bay Independent Physicians Medical Group, Inc. (SBIP) is a provider-owned and operated professional medical corporation with a primary mission of offering its members advocacy and access to preferred provider (PPO), exclusive provider (EPO) and point of service (POS) contracts.

Founded in 1983, SBIP has grown to a membership in excess of 500 providers encompassing the South Bay and Marina Del Rey communities. In addition, under a wholly owned subsidiary - First Choice Administrators (FCA) and through separate management and consulting agreements, FCA provides contracting services to physicians located throughout the Los Angeles basin, San Fernando Valley, Long Beach, Orange and Riverside Counties and the San Francisco Bay Area. Through these agreements FCA represents over 1,000 additional physicians statewide. FCA also performs credentialing and re-credentialing functions for a Southern California County Medical Society Foundation PPO.

The providers of SBIP represent all medical and surgical specialties. Most are affiliated with either the two major hospitals in the South Bay (Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital, Torrance Memorial Medical Center) or the major facilities in the Marina del Rey and Santa Monica areas. SBIP providers are dedicated to rendering excellent healthcare within a system that incorporates both strong utilization and cost-containment measures and quality assurance programs.

The administrative staff of SBIP currently manages over 70 healthcare agreements representing in excess of 2,000 payer groups (insurance carriers, multiple-employer union trusts, third party administrators, etc.). Administratively SBIP reviews all agreements for its members and evaluates/critiques the various terms and conditions found in those agreements. SBIP also negotiates the non-fee aspects of those agreements. The majority of the non-HMO patient visits to SBIP members result from the operation of these agreements.

Recently, SBIP began offering consultative services for members wishing to convert their practices to the Concierge model. This is being done through a cooperative venture with SpecialDocs, one of the leading national concierge consulting companies. The members of SBIP are dedicated and will continue to develop new and creative products that are designed to offer the best in quality, cost-effective healthcare delivered through the private practice setting.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): Is your medical group active in the HMO market?

William T. Ross (WR): We are active in the physician fee-for-service market, whether it's medical or workers' compensation PPO. We tend not to work in the HMO market unless it is a fee-for-service model.

I personally manage three multi-specialty medical groups - one located in the south bay of Los Angeles, another in Long Beach/Riverside, and the last one in the San Francisco Bay Area. This encompasses a little over 1,000 physicians, both in private practice and some hospital based.

MTT: How long have you served on the board of the AAPPO?

WR: I first got involved with the organization in mid to late 1995 when they were looking to turn around a downward trend in revenue. We have undergone a number of transitions since that time, and have weathered a few challenges.

MTT: What is your involvement in the medical travel industry? Share some of your perspectives on the domestic and international medical travel market -- incoming and outgoing.

WR: A number of our physicians are involved directly and take care of patients from other countries, whether it's Europe, Middle East, Asia or Canada.

We also have some South Americans that come to California for care. In some cases, we help them with their travel arrangements and coordinate care with the insurance companies that are bringing them to the U.S.

As a rule, I'm not aware that any of our physicians are involved in recommending that their patients travel to other countries for medical care.

MTT: How do these patients get referred to your physician group?

WR: The referrals come through one or more PPOs.

There are different PPOs that have relationships with certain medical travel companies, and they make the information available to patients regarding the specialists and care available.

They arrange for patients to travel here and see one of the physicians in our group or provide a consultation. Sometimes the doctors are contracted with the various PPOs, but not necessarily contracted for international service.

The PPOs are U.S. based, and usually have relationships with companies that have a U.S. division. In other instances, the PPO is an international organization, and arranges care for ex-pats or foreign nationals that are coming here.

MTT: What are the challenges when patients arrive here? Are there language barriers or issues with electronic health records?

WR: Language is always an issue.

There are certainly physicians who are comfortable with this type of service and others who are not.

A number of physicians are fluent in some of the Asian languages that are commonly spoken in this area, and they tend to work with the companies who send over the Asian patients.

We don't have as much of a language problem with the people coming from Europe or the Middle East since they often tend to speak English.

Otherwise, we use translation services that are usually arranged through the companies or the PPO.

The transfer of information via an electronic health record is almost non-existent at this point, especially if the patient is here on a vacation -- they don't usually have anything with them.

People return to their homelands for follow up, and we send the information either with the patient, or forward it to the travel company or medical manager.

MTT: Do the physicians here confer with the doctors in the patient's home country?

WR: In some cases, yes.

It depends upon what happens at the other end, because patients are not always certain about the doctor they will be seeing when they return home.

MTT: Can you guesstimate the volume of foreign patients?

WR: It's not a huge volume at this time.

I would estimate in any given year we have 50 to 100 patients that fall into this category, either coming in for care or being here on vacation or business.

Some of the auto companies have their headquarters in this area, and so we get those business individuals.

MTT: What percentage undergoes surgery?

WR: There is a percentage that undergoes surgery, particularly Canadians.

They come down here because they can't get what they need up there, at least not in a timely fashion.

MTT: Are the doctors in your practices contracted with specific hospitals?

WR: We don't contract with the hospitals. The PPO's are contracted with the various hospitals.

MTT: Are the patients usually cash paying customers? Do they use credit cards?

WR: Some of them pay in cash, but we do have a bit of an issue with collections depending upon the company.

We have had to terminate relationships with some of the companies because of non-payment. They simply don't follow through. When that occurs, we give them a chance, and then after that we cancel our relationship with them.

MTT: Do you process all of the claims that come through for these patients?

WR: We don't process the claims for that type of service.

The physicians bill the patients directly or if there is an insurance carrier behind them, they will bill the insurance carrier.

Where we do get involved is when the insurance carrier doesn't pay -- to make sure that the payment is paid -- or that the insurance carrier loses its contract with us.

MTT: We have heard that there is an influx of pregnant women coming to California from Asia to have their babies in the U.S. Do you have any experience with these types of patients?

WR: That's not something I would expect our physicians to publicize.

They obviously want to help their patients and they respect patient confidentiality. I'm going to talk to the OBGYN community in general terms and see if there have been inquiries. I haven't heard anything, but that doesn't mean it's not happening.

MTT: If patients undergo surgery, is it something routine, an esthetic procedure, or a cataract?

WR: I wouldn't characterize the surgery as routine.

Generally, patients can get routine surgery where they live. Although we've had Canadian patients come down for routine procedures because they couldn't access care in a timely fashion.

Some of the surgery is more specialized, particularly for those patients who are coming from the Middle East, Europe or South America. I can't say that it falls into one particular specialty, and there is little to no plastic surgery.

MTT: Would you be willing to give us the names of the PPO's that you deal with?

WR: We deal with almost everybody: Multiplan and a plethora of their contracted PPOs and First Health. These large players are buying up everything that's out there. Second tier companies like Health Smart also attract this type of business.

MTT: So all referrals come from the PPOs - you don't market internationally?

WR: We don't have any organized marketing program where we go out and seek these patients; we've got enough to do without them. Obviously, we take them when they come in and we help them as much as we can.

MTT: Do you foresee this market growing?

WR: That's a good question.

The market is in such an uproar right now because of what's coming down the pipe that there may be numerous physicians who would like to increase this type of business, particularly the surgeries.

I suspect that for us, personally, we will not see much of this in the future -- only because the physicians that have tended to do this are either already retired or are looking at retiring within the next three to five years and just getting out from under.

MTT: What about wealthy individuals in emerging nations that don't have any access to healthcare but can afford to travel here?

WR: If we really wanted to spend the money and organize ourselves into a marketing program to go after these patients, we could.

But at this point, it's not really a priority. There are so many other things we are doing, particularly just trying to work with our current physician base and helping them maintain their practices amid everything that's going on at the government and payer levels trying to force physicians out of private practice.

MTT: Do you have any perspectives on the intra-state U.S. medical travel market? Do you find people coming to your doctors from other states?

WR: We do.

Usually these folks are either on vacation or on business travel. Sometimes it's a referral from friends or family. It's not really something we have sought out, so it's more private referral or just serendipity.

MTT: Do you have any other thoughts on this medical travel industry that you would like to share with us?

WR: I guess right now the thing I'm seeing from the physician community is incredible discouragement.

Private practice physicians - who tend to be middle aged or older - see their whole way of life changing. They are extraordinarily concerned about where quality care is going because we have not seen evidence of quality improvement.

It's as if the Canadian patients are purposefully coming down to California for care. We are also getting patients from a variety of HMOs who are leaving their local plans to get the care that they need from our practice.

These are simply anecdotal and subjective observations, but it's something we are seeing and it is increasing. And, it's scary. The doctors are worried for their own practices and where the care is going for patients in the long run, even after the doctor decides to retire.

We're seeing more concierge physician practices - physicians are escaping the wrath of regulation and hassles -- and things get worse every year.

MTT: That's why we are seeing a lot of people leaving the country to access care overseas.

WR: I can understand that.

There a lot of good organizations and physicians overseas that are very well trained that can do these types of surgeries for a lot less money.

There are other good healthcare systems around the world that work out quite well. I still think we have a wonderful healthcare system, with the exception that the larger that we get on the group side, things are going to get worse and worse.

Perspectives

The Pleasures and Perils of Global Dental Care
by Paul McTaggart

Utilizing a global dentist is as good, if not better than, visiting a dentist down the street in the U.S. When you step into a dentist office in Mexico, Costa Rica or Thailand you will be pleasantly surprised at what you will find: English speaking dental staff, modern equipment and high quality materials and service.

What happens in a world when the cost of labor, rent, insurance and materials is up to 70 percent less than the average dental practice in the U.S.? Simple. Dental prices go down and quality goes up over the long haul, benefiting anyone who wants to visit a dentist!

Are there bad dentists globally? Absolutely. Just as there are bad dentists in Chicago, Seattle or Miami, there are bad dentists in Cancun, Tijuana and Bangkok. It is up to the legal system and dental regulatory bodies to ensure that dental training, oversight and disciplinary boards are in place to ensure poor dental practices are identified quickly and removed.

The sad reality is that dental care in the U.S. is becoming out of reach for many middle class individuals that are lucky enough to be insured by their job. For lower income Americans, two options are offered: 1. Go without dental care 2. Delay their visit to the dentist. The globalization of dental care provides Americans with the option, once again, to get quality dental care at affordable prices.

The globalization of dental care represents the second wave of globalization that has helped middle class America. The first globalization wave -foreign manufactured goods: cars, electronics, clothes, etc. - allowed Americans to feel wealthier, even though their income has not improved since the 1980's. With this second wave of globalization -the globalization of services-Americans will now be able to gain back control of the spiraling cost of healthcare, dental care specifically.

The difference with the second wave of globalization is that Americans will need travel to take advantage of the benefits vs. visiting their local Wal-Mart or Toyota dealership. At Dental Departures we see Americans already traveling in large numbers to Mexico and Costa Rica to save up to 70 percent on dental care costs.

Americans are not traveling in large numbers to places such as India, Hungary, Poland or even Thailand for that matter. Americans are following the exact same travel patterns as they use for their leisure/business travel to take advantage of affordable, high quality dental care. Why spend $1,500 USD on a plane ticket and fly for 24+ hours to Bangkok, Thailand when you can take a $500 USD, five-hour Southwest flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, or fill-up a tank of gas to visit a border town such as Los Algodones, Mexico?

I see a hub-and-spoke type pattern with global dental care that mirrors leisure travel. Americans will typically visit Mexico or Costa Rica, Australians will visit the Philippines or Thailand, and Germans tend to visit Poland, Hungary or the Czech Republic.

The globalization of dental care represents a beneficial alternative for middle-class Americans to get the smile they deserve. Like all industries that have gone through the pleasure and perils of globalization, American consumers will be the ultimate winners with improved dental quality and more affordable prices.


Industry News

Laura Carabello Moderates IHC Medical Travel Panel Discussion
Institute of HealthCare Consumerism's (IHC) 5th Annual IHC FORUM & Expo Conference, Thursday, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., May 8, 2014, Atlanta, GA

Laura Carabello, founder and principal, CPR, and publisher of Medical Travel Today and U.S. Domestic Medical Travel™, will moderate a panel discussion on medical travel - "ALL ABOARD! U.S. Centers of Excellence Banking on Employer and Payer Uptake of Domestic Medical Travel Benefits" - during the Institute of HealthCare Consumerism's (IHC) 5th Annual IHC FORUM & Expo Conference, Thursday, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., May 8, 2014, Atlanta, Ga.

"The fast-growth phenomenon of U.S. domestic medical travel -- inter-state to Centers of Excellence (COEs) throughout the country, inbound to the U.S., and outbound to destinations worldwide - is capturing the attention of employers, payers, third party administrators, insurance companies and other intermediaries throughout the world," Carabello says. "With the growth of HSAs as well as self-funding, a domestic medical travel benefit is now gaining traction among small, medium and large employer groups."

The United States is now one of the top three destinations worldwide for medical travel, and receives as many as 800,000 international patients seeking help with the most difficult health conditions. As a result, and in the new era of health reforms, Americans are witnessing:

  • Rapid adoption of domestic medical tourism: travel to another state or region within U.S. borders
  • Employer receptivity to introducing a medical travel benefit
  • Consumer willingness to travel to other parts of the United States to access quality care with improved outcomes
  • Increased demand for more cost-effective care that meets budget requirements

"There is growing interest among U.S. hospitals, providers and Centers of Excellence to attract foreign patients," Carabello adds. "Physician-owned ambulatory surgi-centers are participating in this growth trend, as well. International patients are often cash-paying customers and originate from countries where there are significant financial resources but limited healthcare infrastructure or access to quality diagnostics or care."

This session will examine the top volume procedures for medical travel, track the growth of the industry, evaluate the positioning of provider organizations and COEs, and review initiatives by some of the nation's largest employers to introduce domestic medical travel programs. With the implementation of healthcare exchanges, and amid mounting challenges for balancing quality and cost-savings, this discussion will help conference attendees to evaluate their participation in a medical travel program.

Industry News

Health and Wellness Tourism in Austria - New Study Released

Wellness hotels are usually marketed as offering pure relaxation and rejuvenation for the body, mind and soul, as well as a mixture of health and well-being treatments, a gourmet culinary experience and top quality service. Many outlets offer daily activity programs with fitness experts. These programs include many organized activities for families, singles and couples alike, ranging from early morning pilates and aerobics, to cross-country skiing, Nordic walking tours and hiking tours.

Euromonitor International's Health and Wellness Tourism in Austria report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the market at a national level. It provides the latest market size data 2008-2012, allowing you to identify the sectors driving growth. It identifies the leading companies and offers strategic analysis of key factors influencing the market - be they new legislative, technology or pricing issues. Background information on disposable income, annual leave and holiday-taking habits are also included. Forecasts to 2017 illustrate how the market is set to change.

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Industry News

Increasing Government Support to Boost Growth in Indian Medical Tourism Sector

Sound government support is a major requirement for any industry to flourish. In order to boost medical tourism in India, the government has taken several initiatives in the public health sector, which focus on improving medical infrastructure and rural health facilities, as well as encouraging foreign direct investment for medical services. Moreover, the government ensures that the hospitals obtain international standard accreditations to provide standardized quality and affordable healthcare services.

Moreover, state governments/union territory administrations and other stakeholders also take steps to promote medical tourism as a niche product in the international markets. The promotion of medical and wellness tourism is also done by the Ministry of Tourism at various international travel events, and by organizing road shows in potential markets. The Government of India is also encouraging medical tourism by offering tax breaks and export incentives to practicing hospitals. The Ministry of Tourism has further enhanced the Mvisa and MXvisa (Medical Visa) by extending the time period. All of the above initiatives have the capacity to boost the Indian medical tourism industry. According to "Booming Medical Tourism in India," a recent report by RNCOS, the Indian medical tourism industry is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 20 percent during 2013-2015.

In addition, the report provides an in-depth analysis of the medical tourism market in India. It provides forecasts for the medical tourism market along with the medical tourist arrivals in the country till 2015. Additionally, it provides a brief comparison of top Asian medical tourism markets to show India's position in the region. It also covers various government initiatives and major trends of the market to generate an overall understanding of the industry. Further, the report included the prominent industry players covering their business overview, key financials and industry activities.

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Google's and Cleveland Clinic's .Med Top Level Domains Rejected
by Andrew Allemann

Panel determines .med would create likelihood of detriment to medical community.

Internet powerhouse Google and one of the world's most respected health institutions, The Cleveland Clinic, have both seen their hopes for operating a .med top level domain name dashed by an arbitration panel.

Both parties were on the losing end of community objections filed by Independent Objector Alain Pellet as part of the new top level domain name objection process.

International Chamber of Commerce arbitration panelist Fabian von Schlabrendorff ruled that "med," short for "medical," represents a clearly delineated community that would face a likelihood of material detriment should either Google or Cleveland Clinic be delegated the .med top level domain name.

This decision is consistent with another arbitration panel's ruling against Donuts' bid for .medical.

The Independent Objector also filed Limited Public Interest objections against Google, Cleveland Clinic, HEXAP. He lost all of those objections.

Because HEXAP filed its application as a community application, Pellet did not file a community objection against it. Therefore, assuming ICANN does not create a way to reverse panel decisions, only HEXAP's .med application continues.

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Health, Tourism and Hospitality Spas, Wellness and Medical Travel Second Edition Published by Routledge / Melanie Smith and László Puczkó

Health, Tourism and Hospitality: Spas, wellness and medical travel, Second Edition takes an in-depth and comprehensive look at the growing health, wellness and medical tourism sectors in a global context. The book analyses the history and development of the industries, the way in which they are managed and organized, the expanding range of new and innovative products and trends, and the marketing of destinations, products and services.

The only book to offer a complete overview and introduction to health, tourism and hospitality, this Second Edition has been updated to include:

  • Expanded coverage to the hospitality sector with a particular focus on spa management.
  • New content on medical tourism throughout the book, to reflect the worldwide growth in medical travel with more and more countries entering this competitive market.
  • Updated content to reflect recent issues and trends including aging population, governments encouraging preventative health, consumer use of contemporary and alternative therapies, self- help market, impacts of economic recession, spa management and customer loyalty.
  • New case studies taken from a range of different countries and contexts, and focusing on established or new destinations, products and services such as conventional medicine, complementary and alternative therapies, lifestyle-based wellness, beauty and cosmetics, healthy nutrition, longevity and anti- (or active)-aging, amongst others (Excerpt from the Introduction).

Written in a user-friendly style, this is essential reading for the wellness, spa and medical travel industries, as well as students studying health, tourism and hospitality.

About the Authors
Dr. Melanie Smith has worked for more than ten years on issues relating to health, wellness and spa tourism, including research and consultancy projects and the publication of several journal articles and book chapters. She has also lectured on health tourism in Hungary, Germany and Estonia. She has been an international advisor in Health Tourism for the Global Spa Summit as well as the ETC and UNWTO, amongst others. She has been an invited keynote speaker at international Health and Wellness Conferences in numerous countries.

Dr. László Puczkó founded The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa (2012). He is currently head of Tourism at Xellum Advisory Ltd and also the Head of the School of Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality (BKF University of Applied Sciences Budapest). He has participated in more than a hundred projects many of which were for international clients such as the Global Spa Summit, ETC and UNWTO. He is an internationally known expert and trainer in health, wellness, medical and spa tourism, and he lectures at various international professional and academic conferences.

The Structure of the Book

  • Part I: History and development of health, wellness and medical tourism 1. Definitions and concepts 2. A historical overview 3. A geographical and regional analysis 4. Leisure, lifestyle and society
  • Part II: Managing and marketing health, wellness and medical tourism 5. Demand and motivation of tourists 6. Targeting and branding 7. Planning and management 8. Future trends and predictions
  • Part III: The international context for health, wellness and medical tourism: case studies Spa developments, Health tourism destinations, Well-being, holistic and spiritual tourism, Medical tourism and medical wellness
    Case studies include countries such as Brazil, Taiwan, Hungary, U.K., Australia, Egypt, India, Costa Rica, U.S., Finland, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Canada, Estonia and many more.


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IMTPSE: Opportunity and Development Exploring of Medical Tourism

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International Medical Tourism Promotion Summit & Exhibition 2014 is to share with the participation of some of the leading names in the medical tourism and healthcare industry, including a number of health insurance companies, international hospitals, medical tourism facilitators, medical tourism companies, international travel agencies, and health insurance agents, among others, that are looking at medical tourism as the reliable solution to the healthcare crisis.

The conference will provide:

  • Workshops conducted by renowned international, regional and local speakers will specifically analyze topics from medical tourism, current medical research initiatives, the latest innovations in the health sector, future business opportunities in healthcare, insurance, and healthcare quality to the globalization of healthcare.
  • Multiple networking opportunities, facilitating new business relationships and work contracts. More than 150 delegates, over 30 exhibitors, thousands of potential consumers, and industry leaders from over 20 countries will take part in this year's event.
  • Rare opportunities to interact, share, and meet Chinese government officials and policy makers, presidents, CEOs, and directors of the private sector organizations sponsoring medical treatments abroad.

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Exhibition and Panel sessions
IMTPSE2014 is composed of exhibitions and 10 sets of panels. Our key notes will bring international experts and representatives of international organizations, research and educational institutions, medical tourism camps, financial sectors and media on board. There will be an open area for attendees, especially the exhibitors, giving them a great chance to network with former and potential clients.

There are several important initiatives in the industry that aim to encourage interest in medical tourism. We strongly believe it is important to place advanced marketing experience, the latest technology, information and innovation higher on the public agenda in order to better meet the challenges on the way towards reaching our goal: development of a knowledge-based economy in our region.

As our exhibitors, you'll be able to:

  • Present your products and services in an international and qualified stage with other top industry players
  • Reach keenly interested Chinese patients
  • Further network existing projects and initiatives and establish new alliances for marketing promotion
  • Get a better chance to know competitors
  • Obtain new market services and strategies
  • Build public networking
  • Understand the Chinese consumer market's specific needs and expectations
  • Improve the communication and language of professional products and services providers and enable them to manage their work in a highly professional way
  • Grasp China's medical tourism industry and plan future marketing prospects in China

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Greek Health Tourism Integration Conference

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February 22-24, 2014 - Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens, Greece
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Kuwait Medical Tourism Conference 2014

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March 18-20, 2014 - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Al Baraka Ballroom, Kuwait
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Moscow International Medical and Healthcare Tourism Congress

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March 19-22, 2014 - Expocenter, Moscow, Russia
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International Medical Tourism Promotion Summit & Exhibition 2014

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March 26 - 27, 2014 - Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan, Shanghai, China
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Spa & Wellness: Healthcare Travel Expo

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April 15-17, 2014 - EC KyivExpoPlaza, Kyiv, Ukraine
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IHC Forum & Expo 2014

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May 7-9, 2014 - Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, Georgia
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Medical Tourism Asia 2014

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May 13-15, 2014 - China
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Istanbul Medical Tourism Fair

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June 11-13, 2014 - Istanbul Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey
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28th International Travel Expo

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June 12-15, 2014 - Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center
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The Health Tourism Show

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July 10-12, 2014 - The Health Tourism Show
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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

Indian Government Offers Free Medical Visas to Maldivians

Bernama.com - The Indian government is offering free 90-day medical visa to Maldivian nationals in a bid to boost medical tourism and the health sector, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Cyprus Government Urged to Promote Health Tourism

Financialmirror.com - The Chairman of the Medical Services Promotion Agency of Cyprus Polys Georgiades has urged the government to help and finance the field of medical tourism, saying it will bring economic benefits, and warning that otherwise the country will "miss the train."

Inbound and Domestic Medical Tourism Growth in the U.S.

Imtj.com - There are signs that inbound medical tourism to the U.S. is on the rise and that employers are looking at whether domestic medical tourism can save them more money for less hassle than overseas medical tourism.

New Dh1bn Hospital to Boost Dubai's Position as Medical Tourism Hub

Thenational.ae - A new teaching hospital and associated medical college are to be built in Dubai at a cost of Dh1 billion. The ambitious project is targeted at the growing medical tourism business, and will also address the serious shortage of medical graduates, an issue identified in a consultancy study only this week.

Top Spots for Medical Tourism

Forbes.com - Australia is a destination for affordable cardio, neuro and orthopedic surgeries, according to Planet Hospital.

41,838 Canadians Became Medical Tourists in 2013

Thespec.com - One of the unfortunate realities of Canada's monopolistic healthcare system is that some people feel they have no choice but to seek the care they need outside the country.

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Editor's Note: The information in Medical Travel Today is believed to be accurate, but in some instances, may represent opinion or judgment. The newsletter's providers do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any of the information and shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused - directly or indirectly - by or from the information. All information should be considered a supplement to - and not a substitute for - the care provided by a licensed healthcare provider or other appropriate expert. The appearance of advertising in this newsletter should in no way be interpreted as a product or service endorsement by the newsletter's providers.