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Laura Carabello

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From the Editor

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

News in Review

Medical Tourism Booming in Southeast Asia

Iran Urges Closer Cooperation with Iraq in Medical Tourism

Birth Tourism on the Rise in Vancouver and Richmond?

Croatian Health Tourism to Attract Patients from Arab Countries

Spotlight Interview

Marwan Abedin, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City
Member of the Board of Directors, Dubai Healthcare City Authority
Executive Director, Dubai Healthcare City Authority

Wajdi Al Daghma, M.D., Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)



What You Should Know Before You Travel Abroad

Industry News

Top Story of 2014: Health City Cayman Islands Opened

Wellness Tourism Worldwide Identifies 50 Key Findings to Advance Wellness in Leisure and Business Travel

Prague is Now a Leader in Medical Tourism

Global Wellness Institute Announces Expansion of Global Wellness Tourism Congress Calendar for 2015

The First Annual Malaysia Healthcare Travel Business Forum Is A Success

Asia Tours Specialist TourChoice Launches Medical Tourism Packages In Phuket, Thailand

More Foreigners Come for Medical Tourism

Pamela Paulk Appointed President of Johns Hopkins Medicine International

U.S. Stifles Health Innovation While it Flourishes Abroad

Destination:Health Canadian Medical Tourism Trade Show - Exhibitor Discount

International Health Tourism Convention in Athens, Greece

IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness - Healthcare Travel Expo

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Volume 8, Issue 10

Dear Colleagues:

An increasing number of locations worldwide are strategically positioning themselves as top medical travel destinations - including Dubai. The most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai offers the infrastructure, innovation, safety and regulatory environment, and geographic proximity to allow the industry to thrive.

Approximately 12 years ago, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), an integrated Center of Excellence for clinical and wellness services, medical education, and research, was established to meet the demand for high-quality, patient-centered healthcare.

DHCC leaders Marwan Abedin, CEO, and Wajdi Al Daghma, M.D., chief operating officer, address the organization's current focus on medical education, healthcare excellence and research, and outline expansion plans for the future.

We're starting to hear from many hospitals, independent surgi-centers and provider groups that want to be better positioned to serve self-funded employers offering medical/surgical travel options.  If you have a good story to tell us, please be in touch!  We want to boost opportunities for Centers of Excellence nationwide. 

Tell us:
What distinguishes your service offering in terms of cost, patient experience and satisfaction, outcomes, or other quality indicators?

Send us your descriptor, including photos or charts, and we will evaluate for publication in this newsletter.

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

Laura Carabello
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Marwan Abedin, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City
Member of the Board of Directors, Dubai Healthcare City Authority
Executive Director, Dubai Healthcare City Authority



About Marwan Abedin
Marwan Abedin is the CEO of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and serves as executive director and member of the Board of Directors of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, the legislative body of the free zone.

With expansion plans underway to cover 19 million sq. ft. of wellness concepts in Phase 2, DHCC is recognized as the world's largest healthcare free zone. The current operational Phase 1, dedicated to healthcare and medical education, covers 4.1 million sq. ft.

The Emirati CEO drives DHCC's vision to position itself as an internationally recognized location of choice for quality healthcare, wellness, and medical education and research.

He is responsible for spearheading expansion, contributing to the development of the health sector and implementing the Dubai government's medical tourism initiative.

Prior to his appointment in September 2012 by the Chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Marwan held key positions in the UAE finance industry for more than 15 years.

Over the course of his career, he was the CEO of the Dubai Financial Support Fund, an entity formed under Royal Decree, leading operations in collaboration with its Board of Directors and the Supreme Fiscal Committee. He was the director of Debt Management at the Department of Finance - Government of Dubai, responsible for treasury and debt issues of public sector entities and liaising with the government's Legal Affairs Department.

In March 2012, he was nominated as member of the Board of Directors of global property developer Emaar Properties PJSC by the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Al Jalila Foundation, a not-for-profit organization under Royal Decree, and Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (Amaf), a Dubai government department responsible for the legal supervision over the Awqaf, its care and investment, as well as the well-being of minors.

Marwan serves as committee member of the Bretton Woods Committee, the U.S.-based nonpartisan network of prominent global citizens in Washington, District of Columbia, and of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) - Middle East, the leading body for treasury and finance professionals. He is also a member of the Economic Club of New York, the premier public forum in the U.S.

He was the first UAE national to qualify as the General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7) by the largest independent securities regulator in the U.S. - the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), previously the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD).

Marwan earned a Bachelor of Economics in Political Science from Wake Forest University, North Carolina. He enjoys photography and is an aspiring art collector.

About Dubai Healthcare City
Launched in 2002 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is a free zone mandated to meet the demand for high-quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Through strategic partnerships, DHCC brings together a wealth of services in healthcare, medical education and research, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, wellness and allied support.

Located in the heart of Dubai, DHCC comprises two phases. Phase 1, dedicated to healthcare and medical education, covers 4.1 million sq. ft., and Phase 2, which is dedicated to wellness, will cover 19 million sq. ft. Development in Phase 2 is underway.

DHCC, overseen by the Dubai Healthcare City Authority, operates through four divisions: Healthcare; Education and Research; Investment; and Regulatory.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): Give our readers some information on your professional background.

Marwan Abedin (MA): Currently, I serve as both a Board member and CEO of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC).

My educational background is not in medicine or health sciences, but rather business and finance.

I was previously employed as CEO of a government entity called Dubai Financial Support Fund. I had been appointed to that role by His Highness, Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, who is the crown Prince of Dubai. Then, I was tasked to my current position to reposition DHCC in the marketplace.

Established approximately 12 years ago, DHCC was conceived by the Ruler of Dubai - Sheikh Mohammad - to be a Center of Excellence (COE) for medical care, education and medical research.

I would like to see DHCC play a larger role in Dubai's economy, and at the same time, position the COEs to act as self-sustainable models.

At this point in time, we are restructuring all of our current arrangements. We are in the process of setting up the Mohammad Bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences and re-launching a university project, Mohammad Bin Rashid University Hospital.

The university is set to offer students a wide-range of academic medical programs and postgraduate programs.
The Dental College, which already exists, is scheduled to receive 50 students during its first year in the College of Medicine, in addition to higher education students who specialize in dentistry.

Moving forward, the next university we would like to establish is a nursing institution where we can train and educate students based upon the best quality standards.

MTT: In terms of quality and outcomes, how does Dubai compare to other locations globally?

MA: The majority of Dubai has government-led health regulations.

DHCC is a healthcare free zone, which encompasses around 25 million sq. ft. All of the facilities that operate here do so in a regulated medical center.

I try to focus more on specialized medicine rather than general hospitals. For example, one of the deals we are working on now consists of establishing a 250-bed hospital to primarily treat cardiology and neurology cases.

Currently, Mediclinic -- a South African group -- is building a $200 million dollar unit here, which will be the first private oncology hospital in Dubai.

The government of Dubai spends anywhere from $300-400 million dollars a year to send its local patients overseas for treatment that is not yet readily available here. Surprisingly, only 40 percent of the high expenditure is for medical costs, and the other 60 percent is linked to travel, family escorts, etc.

Financially, it makes sense for Dubai to further develop its healthcare - not only to benefit local patients, but also to attract global patients here for treatment.

MTT: Is Dubai a safe place for Americans?

MA: I would consider Dubai to be safer than most places.

I was born and raised in Dubai, and although it is very different today than it was while I was growing up, it is still just as safe and as comfortable.

This country has always been considered a safe haven, in part due to the regulations and security forces we have in place. Dubai is very multicultural and primarily consists of resident expatriates who, for the most part, live in peace. For years, Pakistani and Indian residents have been feuding, yet those Pakistani and Indian individuals living together in Dubai are friendly neighbors.

Most importantly, I would like to emphasize that Dubai Healthcare City is home to the Mohammad Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center. This particular education and training institution is approximately two story's tall and encompasses a [simulated] emergency department, high and low fidelity simulation mannequins, a triage section, an ICU section, operating rooms, etc.
We have worked with several institutions in the U.S and U.K., including Harvard and Cambridge Universities, both of which have provided courses and continuing education programs to help our medical professionals keep their licenses up to date.

Medical travel is a new industry in Dubai, and while we are working hard on its development, we are also very focused on the regional markets.

We do have some exciting collaborations with the U.S. taking place. For example, we are a sponsor of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's show on CNN - Vital Signs.

MTT: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?

MA: In Dubai, we have mandatory health insurance, which has been helping the market to evolve.

Also, I am aware that many international locations have become increasingly interested in bundled payment pricing. I think it is necessary for Dubai to strategize and figure out how we too can take advantage of that option.


Wajdi Al Daghma, M.D., Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)


About Wajdi Al Daghma, M.D.
Dr. Wajdi Al Daghma joined Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) in January 2013 as the managing director of Investment and Business Development, and was promoted to his current role of chief operation officer (COO) less than a year later in 2014.

In his capacity as COO of the world's largest healthcare free zone, Dr. Wajdi is responsible for company strategy and operations at DHCC.

He leads business development, marketing and communications, business technology, and human resources. He is responsible for strengthening the brand value of DHCC in the government, and public and private sectors.

Dr. Wajdi combines healthcare acumen and business credentials with 15 years of specialized-industry experience, spanning a wide base of geographies.

Prior to joining DHCC, Dr. Wajdi was the regional director of Welchallyn MENA, Turkey and Greece, where he was responsible for strategic planning and expansion in several territories across the Middle East and Europe in 2012.

During his tenure at Siemens Healthcare, Dr. Wajdi started as Regional Sales manager for the Lower Gulf Region in 2004, and was appointed vice president of Imaging and Therapy, covering the Middle East and Africa region in 2010.

His responsibilities included leading strategy development and implementation, sales and profitability, as well as marketing management, pricing strategy and customer retention.

Early in his career, Dr. Wajdi held a number of advisory roles, including tenures at the Modern Pharmaceutical Company, Hospitex UAE and Mafraq Hospital, where he started as an orthopedic doctor.

Dr. Wajdi earned a medical degree from Martin University, Slovakia. He holds a Marketing and Advertisement certificate from the London College of Management. He has also completed management and leadership courses, including the Siemens AG Management Course from Harvard University.

A passionate diver and seaman, he is committed to marine ecology. He champions inclusive education for children with special needs.

About Dubai Healthcare City
Launched in 2002 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is a free zone mandated to meet the demand for high-quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Through strategic partnerships, DHCC brings together a wealth of services in healthcare, medical education and research, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, wellness and allied support.

Located in the heart of Dubai, DHCC comprises two phases. Phase 1, dedicated to healthcare and medical education, covers 4.1 million sq. ft., and Phase 2, which is dedicated to wellness, will cover 19 million sq. ft. Development in Phase 2 is underway.

DHCC, overseen by the Dubai Healthcare City Authority, operates through four divisions: Healthcare; Education and Research; Investment; and Regulatory.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): Describe your position with Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC).

Wajdi Al Daghma (WAD): I joined DHCC as the managing director of Strategy Business Development in 2013. As of 2014, I am the chief operating officer.

MTT: Can you update us on the development of healthcare in Dubai?

WAD: I am happy to say that the future of healthcare is finally moving in the right direction.

In collaboration with other institutions in Dubai, DHCC serves as a key component in the progression of this nation's healthcare sector. At this point, all of the organizations involved in Dubai's future growth are performing well ahead of the initial strategic plan that was laid out.

DHCC is a free zone, providing the ideal atmosphere for individuals to initiate and build healthcare facilities that meet local and international patient demands.

Our strategy is built on three major drivers: medical education, healthcare excellence and research.

In an area of roughly four million sq. ft., we have over 4,500 professional doctors and nurses practicing here. As of December 2014, we are home to more than 130 clinical facilities, which are spread across different Centers of Excellence, represented through 90+ specialties.

MTT: Are patients traveling internationally to Dubai specifically for healthcare?

WAD: Absolutely. Patients are seeking treatment in Dubai because this location offers the infrastructure, innovation, safety and regulatory environment, and geographic proximity to allow the industry to thrive.

In 2013, DHCC had approximately one million patient visits - 15 percent of which were medical travelers.

Within the first six months of 2014, we have documented more than 600,000 patient visits, equivalent to a 20 percent increase, and aim to achieve the same growth annually going forward.

Recently, we have been slowly and steadily approaching the North American and Asian markets, but would like to first finalize our original vision by supporting our growth here.

MTT: What makes Dubai an attractive place for patients to seek care?

WAD: Dubai has been a leader in the tourism industry for the past 15 years, and as I previously mentioned, Dubai already has the infrastructure and entertainment required to attract individuals.
Keep in mind, all Emirates rely on international airlines, which allows for unlimited access to Dubai.

We are also a recognized hospitality center, hosting a variety of high-quality hotels and services. Dubai is aiming to attract more than 20 million tourists by 2020.

MTT: Can you detail any information about the research you are involved in?

WAD: The research I am involved in is conducted by different universities, and is generally a very long process.

One of our leading business partners is Al Jalila Foundation, a non-profit organization that: collaborates with UAE and international strategic partners to promote early detection; facilitate medical treatment; provide academic scholarships; fund groundbreaking research; champion healthcare awareness programs; and foster a culture of excellence in medical education and research. The Foundation has created a very interesting research program that studies five major diseases that prevail in the UAE and the region. For research focus, the foundation has identified five medical health issues - cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and issues related to mental health.

MTT: Are there any American healthcare professionals who work with DHCC?

WAD: We have many partners who have an American background.

For example, the American Academy of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery is key to the cosmetic and plastic surgery industry in Dubai.

We also have a reputable musculoskeletal clinic here, Dubai Bone and Joint Center, where many American doctors come to practice.

MTT: Do the healthcare facilities in Dubai record outcomes?

WAD: Yes, some hospitals individually record their outcomes, but not to the extent that the facilities in the U.S. or other countries do.

But we do monitor performance. DHCC is overseen by the legislative and governing body the Dubai Healthcare City Authority.

MTT: Are you currently working with any U.S. employers?

WAD: Yes, we have had several discussions with a U.S. technology partner and a U.S. education partner to help grow DHCC.

To put things into perspective, DHCC is home to some of the world's most reputable pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies.

MTT: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

WAD: DHCC greatly values its reputation, and we guarantee the best services for our business partners.

Investors can capitalize on three different models. They can rent an existing facility, lease land, or buy land and build a facility themselves.

There is no tax for income on land, and we already have a full registration and licensing precedent in place.

DHCC is a one-stop shop for an investor who is willing to expand well beyond their home country.


What You Should Know Before You Travel Abroad
by Sarah Coughlan and Dr. Saule Balciuniene

For the growing numbers of patients opting to travel abroad for medical treatment, the process can look scary. However, with solid guidance and the right information, medical travel can be an excellent alternative to expensive treatment at home, or provide treatment unavailable in the patient's home country.

For medical travelers, their considerations can be broken up into three groups of concerns: medical, logistical and financial.

Medical concerns are naturally the most important for patients traveling for medical treatment. All patients would be well advised to do thorough research on the clinics, hospitals and doctors they are considering. This means going beyond online reviews (although these are the ideal place to start). Don't be afraid to contact clinics and ask questions. Find out how many times a procedure has been performed, its success rate and its recovery time. Getting an overview of a doctor's qualifications, their specialty and experience, and the clinic or hospital's international accreditations helps, too. For a guide, see here. What should follow next is a thorough consultation with at least one or two potential doctors. Ask about cost, recovery time and aftercare. For foreign patients, many doctors offer consultations online via Skype or similar platforms.

Before booking flights, patients need to consider recovery time, as well as anything which means patients should not fly, such as a gas bubble in the eye, or gas in the body. As the treating physician needs to ensure the patient's fitness to fly, it is advised to book flights allowing plenty of recovery time - or to get a flexible return.

Dr. Saule Balciuniene is a medical advisor toMEDIGO. She offered her advice about the key considerations a doctor must make before allowing a patient to fly:

"In general, after any surgical procedure, the managing physician has to ensure that there are no complications, the recovery is smooth and reasonably complete, and special needs, such as post-operative pain control, are attended. If all the vital functions are normal (respiration, blood flow, etc.), the patient tolerates fluids and food, pain is controlled, deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis is discussed, then usually the patient can fly home."

So, having spoken to several specialists in your procedure or treatment, and established appropriate recovery periods, patients should see to it that there is communication between their general practitioner and their doctor abroad. This stage of the process is vital in ensuring that the doctor abroad has access to the patient's medical history and can tailor their treatment plans around it. Keeping the patient's local doctor in the loop is important for pre- and post-procedure treatment. For the patient's peace of mind, cooperation between the medical practitioners can be a helpful indicator that their treatment path is the right one. Depending on the procedure, you may also need extensive follow-up care. Patients after bariatric surgery, for example, require regular check-ups with a doctor to monitor their progress.

Once satisfied with the clinic and staff, a patient's next consideration is the trip logistics:

Patients need to know if they need additional support on location, such as language interpretation, ground transportation, or hotel visits from a recovery nurse. The patient needs to know if their passport grants visa-free access to the country intended (find that information here). If not, patients will need to apply for a visa. For some patients, like patients in the U.S., this will be easier than for others. For places that are more difficult to obtain a visa, some assistance from the clinic or facilitator may be necessary. Medical facilitators can usually help to point patients towards clinics which offer visa support if necessary

For most patients it also makes a lot of sense to bring a friend or relative along while travelling for medical treatment. The first few days after surgery often leave patients weak and in need of a helpful, friendly face. It also makes sense to make a note of the nearest home-country embassy or consulate, just in case. Also, patients should give their clinic contact details for their next of kin and local doctor.

The final group of considerations concern financial matters. For many patients, the reason they have opted to cross borders for their procedure is that the treatment is substantially cheaper in the destination country. It is unlikely that their local insurance will cover treatment abroad (for patients in the E.U., the E.U. Parliament has a help video here). Before going abroad for treatments, patients need to ensure that their local insurance will cover any post-procedure complications. A potential solution is medical complications insurance, which can be obtained through an experienced medical travel facilitator.

Be wary of hidden charges. Ask for a procedure cost estimate upfront. Ask the doctor what other additional costs you should expect to pay for? For example, before teeth whitening, dentists often perform a teeth cleaning.

Lastly, and this one is easy to miss, inform your bank that you will be abroad if you intend to make any transactions at all via your debit or credit card. In notifying your bank about your trip, you avoid automatic blocking of your card. (Read more about unfortunate travelers unable to access their own cash precisely for this reason here). This is the kind of travel nuisance you want to avoid!

Medical travel can be stressful, but with careful planning and the right advice it can offer an alternative to expensive local treatment or long waiting times in one's home country - without compromising quality.

Industry News

Top Story of 2014: Health City Cayman Islands Opened
by Michael Klein

Compasscayman.com-More than three years after a memorandum of understanding was signed by the government and heart surgeon Dr. Devi Shetty's Narayana Health of India, Health City Cayman Islands celebrated its grand opening on Feb. 25.
The vision is to create a Center of Excellence (COE) in tertiary care at affordable cost for patients from the Caribbean and the Americas, and in the process, establish Cayman as a world-class destination for medical tourism.

The first phase of the project, which saw the construction of a 140-bed tertiary care hospital in the district of East End, aims to serve as a COE in cardiac surgery, cardiology and orthopedics.

With 20 physicians on staff, more will be added when demand grows and new specialties are added. In total, Cayman Health City employs 139 staff.

Ultimately, the plan is to expand the facilities over the next 15 years in several phases into a 2,000-bed hospital system that will include a hotel, nursing school and medical university, biotech research park and assisted living community. Over time, medical specialty services, such as oncology and neurology, will be added.

The hospital welcomed the first patients in April. In June, a 55-year-old cruise ship tourist, who suffered a suspected heart attack, was treated at Health City Cayman Islands. And in July, the hospital's chief surgeon Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil and his team performed the first open heart surgery.

Health City also provided free heart surgery to the first four Haitian children that were brought to Cayman by U.S. charity Haiti Cardiac Alliance and "Have a Heart," a philanthropic organization formed by Harry Chandi and Manu Chatlani.

During its first six months of operation, the joint venture between Narayana Health and U.S. healthcare provider Ascension Health treated 1,500 patients. About 400 were locally referred CINICO and Health Services Authority patients.

The Cayman Islands government is still considering a formal contractual agreement between its insurance company, public hospital system and Health City Cayman Islands for the referral of government hospital patients. The debate sparked some concern whether such an agreement with Health City would increase or eliminate competition with other local medical service providers.

When the project was proposed, it was understood that it would be used exclusively for tertiary services and secondary specialty services that were not previously provided on island, such as pulmonary treatments, pediatric endocrinology and orthopedics.

Plans for 2015
Health City Cayman Islands is poised to enter the next phase of its development as early as next year. The objective is to break ground for a hotel and campus housing in the first half of 2015.

Marketing efforts, which in the first year focused on the Caribbean islands, will be expanded to Canadian and U.S. markets, which also draw most of the tourists and would thus be the obvious target for medical tourism services.

During the past year, demand for the hospital's services increased steadily. There are no immediate plans to ramp up patient numbers and hospital capacity dramatically in the coming year.

There are currently 108 beds in the hospital. No plans to increase bed numbers, hospital size or additional facilities are scheduled for 2015.

To view the original article click here.

Industry News

Wellness Tourism Worldwide Identifies 50 Key Findings to Advance Wellness in Leisure and Business Travel

Wellness Tourism Worldwide (www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com) has identified 50 key findings addressing wellness in leisure and business travel in the U.S. As a result of a year-long study, Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) is pleased to introduce a new model of engagement for wellness tourism.  The report, Wellness Travel: Shaping America's Health & Economy is a game-changing reference to unify and influence industries not only to better meet consumer demand, but also to serve public good. 

Wellness tourism is at a tipping point. Its definition and many components, along with its potential for enormous social and economic benefits, are both taking shape and going mainstream. While other cultures encourage travel for renewal, wellness tourism is new to U.S. consumers, who are poised to leverage the many aspects of wellness during vacations and work-related trips. 

Defining wellness poses a challenge to academics and businesses, but even more formidable has been facilitating higher levels of individual, social and national well-being.  Epidemic levels of stress, obesity, sleep problems and lack of balance between home and work are drivers to the surging interest in wellness, affecting the way businesses operate. While wellness has garnered attention over the last several years, there has been very little discussion regarding what wellness travel means to U.S. consumers, businesses and the travel industry. 

Camille Hoheb, founder and CEO, WTW, states, "Many of the insights and observations we expect to be applicable worldwide. Wellness tourism cuts across multiple sectors to stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation and a more comprehensive approach to population health and economy." 

Wellness Travel in America: Shaping Health, Businesses & Economy provides unprecedented data on wellness travel in the U.S., examining a broad spectrum of stakeholders and confluences between sectors affecting both population and economic health. A culmination of U.S. consumer survey data and extensive research across multiple industries, the report can be used to understand how wellness travel can play a significant role in disease prevention, workplace wellness, vacation policy development, tourism development and destination marketing.  Over 40 tables and figures are in this comprehensive 100-page report resulting in a data-driven profile marketers can use to promote their brand.

Those wishing to get involved in wellness travel are invited to contact WTW through the contact page http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com/contact.html.  The report is available for purchase online at www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com.  

About Wellness Tourism Worldwide: Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) is a leader in education, development and promotion of wellness travel. WTW works with companies, destinations and travel entrepreneurs to deliver meaningful experiences and boost revenue by improving the well-being of guests and clients. http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com

Media Contact:
Camille Hoheb

Industry News

Prague is Now a Leader in Medical Tourism
Praga Medica offers help to medical tourists in a wide range of fields

Praguepost.com-You can accomplish two goals at once when you come to Prague for medical tourism. The city is not only becoming a key center in Europe for many kinds of elective surgery, but it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering lots do to and see before and after any medical procedure. The city often makes must-see and top 10 lists for travel.

The same things that make the city a  top tourist destination - direct flights to and from many major cities, reasonably priced four- and five-star hotels, and increasingly world-class cuisine - also can be used by those seeking elective medical care.
But just like with standard tourism, medical tourism is often easier with help from somebody who can make the proper arrangements and offer reliable advice.

Prague is home to a number of medical clinics with highly trained doctors who are among the best in their fields, and who have studied ad qualified internationally. People can get the same standard of care in a modern well-equipped Prague clinic that they would get in Western Europe, but for less money.

While other cities are now known for one specialty, such as Budapest for dentistry and Barcelona for IVF, people can get a wide range of procedures in Prague from several different clinics.

Finding the right match in a clinic for your needs and working out all of the details to make sure you have a successful stay, however, can be a bit a daunting even for seasoned travelers.

One way to reduce the uncertainly and find a clinic that is capable of dealing with medical tourists is to use services of medical tourism facilitators who guarantee the quality of clinics they cooperate with.

They will help you choose the right doctor and can help with the language barrier, because not all of the clinic staff is always fluent.

They can also help with tourist services such as accommodation, transportation and trip planning.

One such facilitator is PRAGA MEDICA, which has a five-year history and is one of the biggest providers of medical tourism in the Czech Republic. They have dozens of patients every month, and they offer the widest range of clinics and medical procedures - covering IVF, vision correction, dentistry, cosmetic surgery, orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation and weight loss surgery. In their testimonials section you can read and watch some really interesting stories of their patients.

Surprisingly, some of the patients have combined not only tourist activities with some kind of treatment, but also different treatments during a single visit. From the testimonials you can see most patients not only enjoy Prague, but they often mention how the quality of the medical care in Prague took them by surprise. Good news for the Czech economy is that many come back for another treatment after some time and their numbers grow.

Information on contacting PRAGA MEDICA can be found here.

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Industry News

Global Wellness Institute Announces Expansion of Global Wellness Tourism Congress Calendar for 2015
Wellness expert Anni Hood to lead initiative to drive awareness of $494 billion wellness tourism industry globally

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), an international think-tank that develops research and resources to positively impact the global wellness industry, announced today plans to deliver its Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) in multiple cities during the 2015 calendar year.

The global initiative, headed by international wellness expert Anni Hood, will highlight the opportunity the $494 billion wellness tourism industry offers individual countries and regions. GWI plans to introduce the one-day congresses to four new countries in 2015, in addition to the annual GWTC event held in conjunction with the Global Wellness Summit in Mexico City this November.

Sponsoring countries will gain invaluable insight into cutting-edge research and quantified data on wellness tourism in their region, and will be able to showcase the authenticity and indigenous wellness experiences of their country to a broader market. The congresses will focus on education and infrastructure to support the ongoing establishment of wellness tourism, and will initiate collaboration between public and private sectors to develop cohesive wellness tourism goals.

"Anni brings over 15 years of global wellness expertise to GWTC, and has been leading the GWI's wellness tourism initiatives since the first GWTC event took place during the Global Wellness Summit in New Delhi, India," said Susie Ellis, chairman and CEO of the GWI. "We are thrilled to announce Anni's expanding role in bringing the wellness tourism message to a broader audience."

With Hood's help, the GWI is focused on actively raising the awareness of wellness tourism within governments and their relevant ministries. According to recent GWI research[1], wellness tourism grew almost twice as fast as global tourism overall in the last year. One of the Institute's initiatives in 2015 is to prompt the conversation about the need for governments to put Ministers of Wellness in place to advance the well-being of our global population. It's a topic that will be on the agenda at the Global Wellness Summit in Mexico City, November 13-15, 2015. Ellis recently co-authored an article with Renee Moorefield, CEO of Wisdom Works, "2015: The Year of the Ministry of Wellness" that appeared on the Huffington Post.

In addition to her work with the GWI, Hood is founder and CEO of Anni Hood Wellness Business Consultancy, which provides wellness integration services to both public and private sector businesses, and K.I.S Lifestyle wellness solutions, a community offering affordable and accessible health resolution.

About the Global Wellness Institute
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) is an international think-tank that brings together leaders and visionaries from private and public sectors to positively impact and shape the future of the wellness industry. The GWI is the umbrella organization of the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and the Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC). The GWI is considered the leading global research and educational resource for the $3.4 trillion wellness industry.WellnessEvidence.com, the world's first online portal to the medical evidence for common wellness approaches, is also a GWI initiative.

[1] Global Spa & Wellness Economy Monitor, 2014

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The First Annual Malaysia Healthcare Travel Business Forum Is A Success

The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Business Forum, a collective of entrepreneurs in healthcare travel, was held in November last year, at the JW Marriott in Kuala Lumpur. MHTC organized the forum to better serve the greater healthcare travel industry, with the main focus on "Partnership with Confidence."

During the all-day forum, industry buyers and sellers, medical experts, and healthcare travelers came together to exchange ideas and insights, and experience Malaysia healthcare, with the ultimate aim of networking and collaborating.

Over 40 international buyers from 13 countries discussed collaboration initiatives with 28 Malaysian sellers. Many of the participants expressed their satisfaction with the programs, and have gained through the pre-scheduled meetings. Some of them responded that MHBF facilitated in gathering more information about Malaysian hospitals, provided a platform to identify potential partnerships, and expanded the option for medical travel destination for their clients.

In his opening speech Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Dato' Sri Abdul Wahid bin Omar confidently stated that, "the Malaysian Government has long recognized the role of medical tourism in developing the nation's well-being. Malaysia will continue to strengthen its medical standards and quality of healthcare."

The medical tourism industry in Malaysia has seen an exponential growth within the past few years. In 2013, the revenue increased by 16 percent to RM690 million ($198 million USD) from RM594 million ($171 million USD) in 2012. For 2014, Malaysia recorded RM520 million ($149 million USD) in the nine-month period between January-September.

Several factors contributing to an increase in revenue include high quality care at an affordable cost, transparency in medical costs, and stringent quality control administered by the Malaysian Government. The country's medical industry is known for its expertise in full body scans, dental treatments, Lasik and cosmetic surgery, and IVFs.

Participants connecting at the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Business Forum

For more information, please contact Juan Villalpando at jvillalpando@saeshe.com.

The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council or MHTC was established by the Government of Malaysia as the primary agency to develop and promote the healthcare travel industry and to position Malaysia as the preferred healthcare destination in the region.

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Asia Tours Specialist TourChoice Launches Medical Tourism Packages In Phuket, Thailand

Tour Choice offers the best tour packages in South East Asia, and is now offering an all-inclusive Medical Tourism package to Thailand's leading hospital facility.

Healthcare in the U.S. has reached a watershed, which has finally made it more affordable to everyday citizens. Operations and procedures, nevertheless, still run into the tens of thousands of dollars and the insurance needed to cover such costs can still be extortionate. This drives people to look for affordable medical care elsewhere, although organizing every element of international medical procedures can be overwhelming. Thankfully, TourChoice, a company specializing in Thailand tour packages, has put together a specialized medical tourism package to take the headache out of getting high quality medical help abroad.

The medical package comes with four full healthcare check-up options that will help people understand and take control of their health, provided in certified medical establishments promising to be both professional and convenient. Their website even includes a side-by-side breakdown of what's included in each of the packages so individuals can choose a package to suit their needs and budget. For full details please click on the following link http://www.tourchoice.com/s/health-wellness/

The good news doesn't end there. TourChoice offers a free transfer and five percent discount on any of the four package options, giving them the most competitive rates possible. Their dedicated customer service team has local, on-the-ground expertise and can help people understand and enjoy every part of their purchase.

A spokesperson for TourChoice explained, "Medical tourism is a growing industry because even getting a basic battery of tests and assessments completed in places, like the U.S., is unbelievably expensive. Those who are conscientious about their health want to make sure they know what is going on inside their own bodies. As well as the obvious medical and financial benefits, our customers have the amazing sights and experiences of Thailand to enjoy."

We package Southeast Asia tours to ensure people have plenty of time to explore their tropical surroundings, as well as benefit from high-class but affordable medical care.

TourChoice provides over 70 tours in Southeast Asia with all itineraries professionally designed by local guides. They provide the most unique travel experiences the region has to offer. TourChoice operatives love what they do, and they spend considerable time travelling throughout South East Asia to discover the best places to send their customers.

For more information about TourChoice and their amazing tours, please visit http://www.tourchoice.com/

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Contact Info:
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Organization: TourChoice
Address: 2890 Point Grey Road, Vancouver B.C., Canada V6K 1A9
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More Foreigners Come for Medical Tourism

VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Health said the number of foreign patients treated by medical facilities in the country surged last year, bringing foreign currency earnings of some US$1 billion.

Most medical treatments chosen by foreign people and overseas Vietnamese at local hospitals were in-vitro fertilization, laparoscopic techniques, kidney transplant, heart surgery and hi-tech medical services.

Data of the HCMC Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Association (HOSREM) showed the city's three major centers specializing in in-vitro fertilization took care of more than 500 patients a year, including Tu Du Maternity Hospital and privately owned Van Hanh and An Sinh hospitals.

The HCMC National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology and the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital in HCMC served over 2,000 foreign and overseas Vietnamese patients.

This year also saw nearly 1,200 foreigners admitted to Cho Ray Hospital and around 19,000 others to the HCMC Medical University Hospital. There were many patients coming from countries with developed medicine, such as the U.S., Australia, South Korea, Russia and Japan.

The Department of Medical Service Administration under the ministry said foreigners use medical services in Vietnam thanks to good treatment and affordable cost.

For example, the ratio of successful in-vitro fertilization at Vietnamese hospitals now is 50-65 percent, and the cost of kidney transplant in Vietnam totals some VND200 million (over US$9,300), only one-fourth of the cost which patients have to pay at foreign hospitals.

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Pamela Paulk Appointed President of Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Seasoned academic health system executive will lead the continued global expansion of Johns Hopkins Medicine

Hopkinsmedicine.org-Pamela Paulk, M.S.W., M.B.A., has been named president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, the division of Johns Hopkins Medicine that develops high-impact international healthcare collaborations and provides medical concierge services for patients who travel from other regions to receive care at Johns Hopkins. Paulk assumes the role on March 1.

Throughout her 40-year career, including her most recent role as senior vice president of Human Resources for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System, Paulk has distinguished herself through her exceptional ability to lead in complex environments, integrate large-scale operations and develop constructive business relationships across diverse groups.

"Johns Hopkins Medicine touches the lives of patients and families from nearly every country in the world, whether directly - those who travel to the United States for care - or indirectly - those who receive care in a region where we are working to improve healthcare delivery," says Paul B. Rothman, M.D., dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Our approach involves developing sustainable, high-impact platforms to improve health internationally. Pamela's diverse network and deep knowledge of academic medicine will serve us well as we forge further into healthcare's global future."

Johns Hopkins Medicine began expanding internationally in 1998, with the formation of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. During this early period, Paulk, then the vice president of Human Resources for the Johns Hopkins, also served as vice president of global services for Johns Hopkins Medicine International, leading the team to identify new collaborations through a careful due diligence process. Many of those relationships continue today as part of the core international portfolio.

Over the past 17 years, the organization has entered into more than 50 collaborations in nearly every region in the world, including a recent joint venture in Saudi Arabia designed to strengthen the healthcare delivery system for Saudi Aramco's 350,000 employees, beneficiaries and retirees. These collaborations are designed to leverage Johns Hopkins' extensive expertise in medicine, nursing, public health, medical education, research and healthcare administration, while tailoring this knowledge to local needs and culture in a way that advances healthcare in the region.

Through Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Johns Hopkins Medicine also has expanded its medical concierge services to serve the complex needs of international patients and their families, patients traveling from out of state, and local patients who aren't proficient in English or who require sign language interpretation services.

"Though our ultimate aim is to provide access to safe, high-quality care close to home, there will always be a need for patients with complex conditions and illnesses to travel for medical expertise," says Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "We have learned a tremendous amount from our overseas endeavors, and from providing culturally appropriate, patient-centered care in the U.S. for more than 125 years. We are excited for this new chapter in our global ventures and are confident in Pamela's ability to capably deliver on our promise of medicine."

"For the last 17 years, Johns Hopkins Medicine International has been a pioneer in improving healthcare around the world by tapping into Johns Hopkins' leading-edge patient care and vast knowledge base," says Christopher W. Kersey, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. "Pamela possesses a truly unique combination of skills - a stellar operational track record and outstanding leadership skills - that will be necessary to take Johns Hopkins Medicine International to the next level."

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 1998, Paulk held various leadership and consulting positions in the areas of healthcare administration and business development. She holds a master's degree in Business Administration from The Johns Hopkins University, and a master's degree in Social Work and a bachelor's degree in Science from Florida State University. Paulk has made significant contributions to the community, having served on nonprofit boards throughout Maryland. She has been honored with numerous awards, including White House Champions of Change (2014) and Top 100 Women in Maryland (2004, 2010).

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U.S. Stifles Health Innovation While it Flourishes Abroad
by Katie Dvorak

Fiercehealthit.com-Getting new healthcare technologies off the ground can be a challenging task in the U.S., but many of the ingredients for flourishing health IT innovation can be found abroad, Leonard D'Avolio writes in a commentary at InformationWeek.

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International Health Tourism Convention in Athens, Greece

The four-day Health Tourism International Convention - the Flagship Event of the Sector is being staged in Athens, Greece.

The Convention has been designed as an "Optimized Health Tourism Event" and consists of:

  • Eight Forums
  • Seminar and Workshop
  • Industry to Industry Exhibition
  • Health Tourism Innovation Awards Ceremony
  • Health Tourism Protégés Induction Ceremony

The Event addresses the practical interests of Health Tourism Sector Stakeholders in the following "groupings":

  • Health Tourism Destinations
  • Providers of Health-related Services - in the eight Health Tourism Segments
  • Providers of Services and Products in the Sector-supporting Industries
  • Industry Representative Bodies
  • Government and the State

The impressive roster of prominent speakers at the Convention represent the health tourism sector leadership (deep insiders, from around the world). They are "thought and deed leaders" and "hands on practitioners" - who, in addition to enterprise / business (micro level) also think and do in terms of "destinations" (i.e., macro level).

They come from emerging (nascent) and established (and successful) health tourism destinations. And of course, they will hold radical views and present bold and breakthrough ideas.

The Convention is being staged to table and endorse policies and strategies which will expand the industry to address a broader market - meaning more business for all.

It was designed so that decision-makers and purse-string holders (and even regulators) could get together for the purpose of addressing, considering and candidly expressing their views and opinions on issues impacting the health tourism sector.

The staging of the Convention, together with its forums, was in response to the need for an event at which radical views could be discussed, and bold and breakthrough ideas presented - leading to innovation and further development - so that we can move beyond words and wishful thinking - and, instead, move towards "adoption and implementation."

The Convention Mandate is to "expand the industry to address a broader market" - meaning more business for all.

Read "All About" the Convention:

Constantine Constantinides, M.D., Ph.D.
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IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness - Healthcare Travel Expo
On April 15-17, 2015 in the EC "KyivExpoPlaza" will be held the IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness- Healthcare Travel Expo - Ukraine's first exhibition, which covers the world tendencies of the new dynamically developing direction - medical tourism.

The purpose of the Healthcare Travel Expo is consolidation of medical tourism and healthcare industry specialists, heads of field-oriented departments, representatives of embassies, local, regional and international associations and organizations, representatives of international clinics, rehabilitation centers, SPA&Wellness resorts in Europe, Asia and America to develop medical tourism market. Professional platform Healthcare Travel Expo is a meeting place for doctors, experts, companies working in the field of medical tourism, representatives of professional industry organizations, travel agencies, representatives of insurance companies, medical tourism agencies, VIP-guests, suppliers, buyers and consumers in order to attract new customers, establish business contacts, exchange experience with foreign colleagues, establish bilateral cooperation with the world's leading clinics, rehabilitation centers, health and SPA&Wellness resorts without going abroad.

During its existence the International Exhibition of Medical Tourism gained trust and recognition.

The Organizer of the Exhibition is LMT Company - Organizer of the leading events of the healthcare industry.

Official Support: Verkhovna Rada Committee on Family Matters, Youth Policy, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Health of Ukraine, State Agency of Ukraine for Tourism and Resorts, NAMS of Ukraine.

With the assistance of the Hungarian National Tourist Office, Trade and Investment Promotion Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Kyiv, Polish Tourist Organization, Czech Tourism Representative Office in Ukraine, Embassy of Malaysia in Ukraine, the Commercial Section of Austrian Embassy - ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, Cuba Chamber of Commerce, Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Kyiv.

International Partners: DOĞA FUARCILIK, Atlas Business Service Ltd, Intersana.

The uniqueness of the Exhibition is caused by intense exposition, measured business and training programs.

The Exhibition will present national expositions, leading clinics, medical and rehabilitation centers, health and SPA&Wellness resorts of Austria, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Georgia, Israel, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, United States, Cuba and many other countries.

A feature of the Exhibition are the business programs - Business Point and Buyers program, which allow participants to maximize time using - hold productive meetings, schedule of which is pre-planned.

In the framework of the Exhibition also will be held numerous practical events - seminars, trainings, workshops for beginners and professionals in medical tourism that will have opportunity to learn about effective models of building business, secrets of searching target audience, rules of working with international clinics and companies that work in medical tourism, current problems of insurance and visa, as well as many other issues.

The undeniable advantage of the International Exhibition of Medical Tourism, SPA&Wellness- Healthcare Travel Expo is its proximity to the main event of healthcare industry in Ukraine - International Medical Forum "Medicine Innovations - the Nation's Health". The Forum is large-scale complex innovation-oriented event of the healthcare industry of Ukraine, which combines a powerful interdisciplinary scientific-practical program, the largest specialized exhibitions in Ukraine and creates international platform for the exchange of experience and training of healthcare professionals. According to the organization, number of exhibitors and geography, large-scale of exposition, intensity of scientific-practical and business program, activity of attendance, the Forum is considered to be the main event in the healthcare industry and annually unites more than 12,000 professionals. Traditionally, on the platform of the Forum will be the International Medical Congress "Introduction of medical science advances into healthcare practice in Ukraine". In the framework of the Congress will take place over 40 scientific-practical events in various fields of medicine.

Exhibitors of Healthcare Travel Expo have a unique opportunity to take an active part in the Congress, both as speakers, presenting their projects, methods and techniques of prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and as the listeners, getting new professional contacts of Ukrainian scientists and physicians.

Free Entrance in case of pre-registration.

The Exhibition is your chance to be at the origin of the rapidly developing direction - medical tourism, which in the future will not have borders and will guarantee new perspectives in business development.

Facts and figures of the Exhibition and Forum 2014:

5078 m2 of exposition area
350 exhibitors of IMF
96 exhibitors of HTEXPO
Countries: Austria, Spain, Italy, China, Lithuania, Malaysia, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the USA, Thailand, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Japan.
10252 registered professional visitors
Geography of visitors: the Netherlands, the USA, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Italy, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Moldova, Russia.
55 scientific-practical events
30 master-classes
76 organizers and co-organizers

Welcome to participate and to attend
April 15-17, 2015 in the EC "KyivExpoPlaza" on IV International Exhibition of medical tourism, SPA& Wellness- Healthcare Travel Expo

Contact Information:
Tel.: +380 (44) 526-90-10, 526-94-87, 526-90-30
E-mail: marketing@htexpo.com.ua

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Upcoming Events

International Health Tourism Convention

March 11-14, 2015 - Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens, Greece
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Kuwait Medical Tourism Conference & Exhibition

March 16-18, 2015 - Crowne Plaza Kuwait, Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Moscow Medical and Health Tourism Congress


March 18-21, 2015 - Moscow Expocenter, Moscow, Russia
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Medical Fair India


March 21-23, 2015 - Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India
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12th Annual World Health Care Congress 2015


March 23-25, 2015 - Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
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VI International Medical Forum & IV International Exhibition of Medical Tourism - Healthcare Travel Expo

April 15-17, 2015 - EC KyivExpoPlaza, Kyiv, Ukraine
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2nd Istanbul Medical, Health, Geriatrics, Termal, Spa & Wellness Tourism Fair & Congress

May 7-9, 2015 - Istanbul Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey
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22nd Kazakhstan International Healthcare Exhibition

May 13-15, 2015 - Atakent Exhibition Centre, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Destination: Health Canadian Medical Tourism Trade Show

August 13-15, 2015 - Montréal Convention Centre, Montréal, Québec, Canada
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Arab Health: International Medical Travel Exhibition and Conference

October 7-8, 2015 - Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center, United Arab Emirates
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9th Annual 2015 Global Spa & Wellness Summit

November 13-15, 2015 - Mexico City, Mexico
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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

Medical Tourism Booming in Southeast Asia

Ctvnews.ca- The lines snaking into Bangladesh's overwhelmed hospitals are often so long, says Nusrat Hussein Kiwan, that they extend into the street outside -- too many patients seeking too few quality doctors.

Iran Urges Closer Cooperation with Iraq in Medical Tourism

Tasnimnews.com-The managing director of Iran's Social Security Organization (SSO) voiced the country's readiness to boost mutual cooperation with neighboring Iraq in the area of health tourism.

Birth Tourism on the Rise in Vancouver and Richmond?

Vancouversun.com- The number of foreign mothers giving birth in Vancouver and Richmond hospitals has quadrupled in the last five years.

Croatian Health Tourism to Attract Patients from Arab Countries

Dalje.com-The Health Ministry is preparing a bill that should facilitate the development of Croatia's health tourism, and British doctors of Arab descent from the Middle East and Africa, who visited the KBC hospital in Zagreb on Friday, have shown interest in referring patients to Croatia.


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