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From the Editor

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

News in Review

Jitendra Singh Hints at New Healthcare Initiatives for North-East

Blood Clot Prevention Is Higher Priority at Hospitals

Dubai Medical Tourism Revenue Tops $211m in Q1

First Hotel Certifications Granted Under Puerto Rico Medical Tourism Program

Using the Internet to Attract Medical Tourists

Spotlight Interview

Lee Vliet, M.D., CEO, Med Expert Global LLC. and Chief Medical Officer, Med Expert Chile SpA

Industry News

Asia Medical Tourism Analysis and Forecast, 2014

Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Europe

Increase in Hair Transplant Tourism in Greece

SIIA Panel Discussion: Employer Direct Contracting: Game-Changing Medical Travel Trend

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Employers Turn to Medical Travel for Healthcare Solutions

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THIS WEEK IN MEDICAL TRAVEL TODAY

Volume 8, Issue 17

Dear Colleagues:

Standards of care vary greatly around the world, and after completing extensive research, Lee Vliet, M.D., found that a great majority of global patients are not receiving appropriate physician-led pre-screening and medical consultation - which ultimately results in a number of unnecessary procedures.

In an effort to provide optimal continuity of care, including evaluation and guidance before, during and after treatment, Dr. Vliet founded a medical travel platform, Med Expert Chile, an organization committed to excellence in medical and surgical treatment using only internationally accredited private hospitals and top-tier physicians and surgeons.

In this issue, Dr. Vliet discusses her successful business model, the cost variation of procedures in different locations, as well as the countless benefits of traveling for high-quality, cost-effective care.

I am also pleased to announce that Dr. Vliet will be sharing some of her patient success stories over the next few months with the readers of Medical Travel Today - stay tuned!

Editor's Note: The Self Insurance Institute of America has invited me to chair a panel on employer direct contracting during its annual meeting: www.siia.org/national.

Panel: Employer Direct Contracting: Game-Changing Medical Travel Trend
Date: October 19th, 2015
Time: 10:15am - 11:30am
Location: Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C.

The SIIA National Conference & Expo is the world's largest event focused exclusively on the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer marketplace, typically attracting more than 1,700 attendees from throughout the United States and from a growing number of countries around the world. The program features more than 40 educational sessions designed to help employers and their business partners identify and maximize the value of self-insurance solutions.

For additional details about SIIA and the upcoming panel, read the announcement entitled, "SIIA Panel Discussion: Employer Direct Contracting: Game-Changing Medical Travel Trend," below.

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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Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: Lee Vliet, M.D., CEO, Med Expert Global LLC. and Chief Medical Officer, Med Expert Chile SpA

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Twitter: @MedExpertChile
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About Lee Vliet, MD
Dr. Vliet is CEO of Med Expert Global LLC and chief medical officer of Med Expert Chile SpA, connecting patients to top-tier, lower cost medical care in Latin America, focused on medical freedom, patient-centered, individualized care preserving the Oath of Hippocrates commitment to individual patients. In addition to her overseas medical work, Dr. Vliet continues an active U.S. medical practice in Tucson, Arizona and Dallas, Texas, specializing in preventive and climacteric medicine with an integrated approach to evaluation and treatment of women and men with complex medical and hormonal problems.

Dr. Vliet is a 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient for her national and international educational efforts in health, wellness, and endocrine aging in men and women, and is recognized in the U.S. as a powerful patient advocate, proponent of free market approaches to lower healthcare costs, and a motivational speaker on health/wellness. Dr. Vliet is the recipient of Voice of Women Award from Arizona Foundation for Women in recognition of her pioneering advocacy for the overlooked hormone connections in women's health.

Dr. Vliet is a past director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
(AAPS), a member of the International Menopause Society and the International Society for The Study of the Aging Male (ISSAM). She received her M.D. degree and internship in Internal Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and completed specialty training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She earned her B.S. and Master's degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Dr. Vliet's consumer health books include: It's My Ovaries, Stupid; Screaming To Be
Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect-- And Doctors STILL Ignore; Women,
Weight and Hormones; The Savvy Woman's Guide to PCOS, The Savvy Woman's
Guide to Great Sex, Strength, and Stamina.

Dr. Vliet has appeared on FOX NEWS, Cavuto, Stuart Varney Show, Fox and Friends,
Sean Hannity and many nationally syndicated radio shows across the country, and hundreds of Healthcare Town Halls addressing the economic and medical impact of the 2010 healthcare law, as well as seminars on Men's Health and Women's Health. She has been the host of several radio shows on health topics.

Dr. Vliet speaks as an independent physician, not as an official spokesperson for any organization or political party. Dr. Vliet has no financial ties to any healthcare system or health insurance plan. Her allegiance and advocacy is to and for patients.

Dr. Vliet's medical and educational websites are www.HerPlace.com, and
www.MedExpertChile.com.

To book Dr. Vliet for interviews, contact media@herplace.com or call 520-797-9131
(MST).

About Med Expert Chile
Med Expert Chile is committed to excellence in medical and surgical treatment using only internationally accredited private hospitals and top-tier physicians and surgeons. Med Expert Chile selects top private hospitals that are Joint Commission-accredited, have lower costs and lower rates of hospital-acquired infections than the United States, and some of the best track records for overall patient safety.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): Tell our readers how you got involved in the medical travel space.

Dr. Lee Vliet (LV): Years ago, I was a domestic medical traveler in need of special case spine surgery. And, while I had my own experience traveling for serious medical care, I wasn't actively involved in the industry until around 2009 when the key issues of healthcare reform began circulating.

As the concept of medical travel began to boom, I started to explore a number of countries where I might be able offer high-quality, cost-effective services.

From my research, I found several countries in Latin America to have some of the safest, highest quality and patient-centered facilities. Doctors spend much more time with patients in South America than the average U.S. patient is accustomed to.

A lot of medical travel companies are doing a "good job" finding locations that offer certain procedures, but basically, they are just travel agencies focused on medical services. From my research, it appears patients are not generally receiving appropriate physician-led pre-screening and medical consultation, which can result in a number of unnecessary procedures.

I have been a patient advocate my entire career, and in 1986 I had resigned from all insurance contracts because they would deny procedures that patients needed and only schedule procedures that the insurance companies would cover. I could not in good conscience violate my Oath of Hippocrates by catering to insurance or government demands over patients' needs. I went into Medicine to serve the patients.

Today, my medical travel platform is designed to provide that continuity of care, including evaluation and guidance before, during and after treatment.

MTT: Does your platform strictly serve patients traveling to Chile for care?

LV: We are developing relationships with Joint Commission International-accredited hospitals in both Central and South America in an effort to provide more diversity to the patient.

Currently, I am the chief medical officer for Med Expert Chile, SpA, which is a subsidiary of Med-Expert Global, LLC, and only works with hospitals and facilities that are accredited by the Joint Commission International. In the fall of 2015, Med Expert Global is negotiating to add JCI-hospitals and will operate as Med Expert Columbia, and Med Expert Panama. Under this brand, we are able to offer insurance carriers, businesses and the individual patient a selection of hospitals depending upon patient needs, specialist services available, as well as provide research on infection and complication rates of surgeons and facilities. I am also the medical consultant for International Health Strategies, SpA, which has a contract with a top private hospital in Santiago accredited by the Chilean government.

MTT: Is there a tremendous price differentiation between procedures in the U.S. and Chile?

LV: At this point, the price differential is running around 50 - 80 percent lower in Latin America in comparison to the U.S.

And, just because the prices are lower does not mean that patients aren't receiving high-quality care. I would never promote a facility or physician I had not researched to first insure optimal quality. In particular, the facilities in Santiago that Med Expert Chile refers patients to are among the top four private hospitals in Chile - with lower infection rates and better safety ratings than the top facilities near me in Arizona! For example, in January 2015, 21 percent of Arizona hospitals were hit with federal penalties due to high injury and infection rates.

MTT: At this point is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

LV: As I previously mentioned, I am very passionate about providing high-quality, cost-effective care to my patients. Over the years, I have received impressive patient success stories, and I look forward to sharing these stories with the readers of Medical Travel Today over the course of the next few months!

 

Industry News

Asia Medical Tourism Analysis and Forecast, 2014

Medical tourism is now a popular term globally, and it has a whole new different meaning to different countries.

For Americans it means saving on medical expenses. Here the lower income group or middle-income group not covered with medical insurance goes for medical tourism.

For Canadians and Europeans it means a savings, as well as avoiding long waiting lines in government hospitals. In these countries, middle-income groups also go for medical tourism because they do not want to wait endlessly for their turn in a government hospital.

For Africans it means a better healthcare facility, which is not available in their country. In Africa rich/affluent and upper middle-class families opt for medical tourism. Compared to western countries and Asian tourist countries, medical expenses cost less.

For Middle East citizens it is specialist medical treatment, which is not available in their country. The Middle Eastern middle-class and wealthy citizens opt for medical tourism. Earlier Middle East citizens opted for western countries for medical treatment, but after 9/11 due to tightening of visas, they began to travel to Asian countries for medical treatment.

In Asian countries, Thailand and Singapore are the two countries that receive maximum medical tourists owing to the quality healthcare infrastructure, minimal or no waiting time and availability of highly skilled doctors. These two countries together accounted for over 60 percent of the total Asian medical tourist arrivals in 2013. In terms of medical tourism spending, Thailand is the leader in the Asian medical tourism market, followed by India in second position.

The 3rd edition report on Asia Medical Tourism by Renub Research, "Asia Medical Tourism Analysis & Forecast" provides a comprehensive analysis of the Asia medical tourism market covering in detail various aspects such as Medical Tourists' Arrival and Medical Tourists Market (spending) in the Top Five Asian Countries.

For more information please click on:
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/publication/mauf3ja/asia_medical_tourism_analysis

The Top 5 Countries covered in the report are as follows

1. Singapore (16 Countries Covered)
2. Thailand (15 Countries Covered)
3 South Korea (15 Countries Covered)
4. Malaysia (20 Countries Covered)
5. India (63 Countries Covered)

This new report with 533 Figures and seven Tables provides a complete analysis of the top five countries in terms of medical treatment. All the five countries in the report have been studied from two viewpoints.

I. Medical Tourists Arrivals from the year 2004 - 2018
II. Medical Tourism Market (Spending) from the year 2009 - 2018

All the five countries in the report cover medical tourist's arrivals and medical tourism market (spending) from different countries:

1. Singapore (16 Countries Covered)
2. Thailand (15 Countries Covered)
3. South Korea (15 Countries Covered)
4. Malaysia (20 Countries Covered)
5. India (63 Countries Covered)

For more information please click on:
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/publication/mauf3ja/asia_medical_tourism_analysis

Title Index:

1. Executive Summary

2. Asia Medical Tourist Arrivals and Market
2.1 Asia Medical Tourist Arrivals & Forecast
2.2 Asia Medical Tourism Market & Forecast

3. Asia Medical Tourists Arrivals and Market Share
3.1 Asia Medical Tourist Arrivals Share & Forecast
3.2 Asia Medical Tourism Market Share & Forecast

4. Singapore Medical Tourist Arrivals and Market Analysis
4.1 Singapore Medical Tourist Arrivals and Forecast
4.2 Singapore Medical Tourism Market & Forecast

5. Singapore Medical Tourism - Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.1 United States - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.2 Canada - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.3 Indonesia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.4 Malaysia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.5 Philippines - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.6 Thailand - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.7 China - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.8 Taiwan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.9 Hong Kong - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.10 South Korea - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending
5.11 India - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.12 Netherlands - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending
5.13 United Kingdom - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.14 Australia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.15 Africa - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
5.16 Other Countries - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

6. Malaysia Medical Tourist Arrivals and Market Analysis
6.1 Malaysia Medical Tourist Arrivals and Forecast
6.2 Malaysia Medical Tourism Market & Forecast

7. Malaysia Medical Tourism - Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.1 United States - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.2 United Kingdom - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.3 Indonesia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.4 China & Hong Kong - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.5 Libya - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.6 Nepal - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.7 Japan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.8 Iran - Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending
7.9 Australia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.10 India - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.11 Singapore - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.12 Saudi Arabia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.13 Myanmar - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.14 Philippines - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.15 Virgin Islands, British - Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending
7.16 Bangladesh - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.17 Germany - Medical Tourists Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.18 Korea - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
719 France - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
7.20 Other Countries - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

8. South Korea Medical Tourist Arrivals and Market Analysis
8.1 South Korea Medical Tourist Arrivals and Forecast
8.2 South Korea Medical Tourism Market and Forecast
8.3 South Korea Medical Tourism Market Share & Forecast

9. South Korea Medical Tourism - Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.1 United States - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
92 Canada - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.3 China - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.4 Japan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.5 Russia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.6 Mongolia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.7 Vietnam - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.8 Philippines - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.9 Kazakhstan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.10 Saudi Arabia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.11 Uzbekistan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.12 Indonesia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.13 United Arab Emirates - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
9.14 Other Countries - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

10. Thailand Medical Tourist Arrivals and Market Analysis
10.1 Thailand Medical Tourist Arrivals & Forecast
10.2 Thailand - Medical Tourism Market & Forecast
10.3 Thailand - Medical Tourism Market Share & Forecast

11. Thailand - Top 15 Countries Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending
11.1 Japan Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.2 United States Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.3 South Asia Region Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.4 Britain Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.5 Middle East Region Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.6 Asian Region Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.7 Taiwan & China Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.8 Germany Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.9 Australia Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.10 France Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.11 South Korea Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.12 Canada Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.13 East Europe Region Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast
11.14 Scandinavia Region Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending
11.15 Other Countries Medical Tourist Arrivals & Spending Forecast

12. India Medical Tourist Arrivals and Market Analysis
12.1 India Medical Tourist Arrivals & Forecast
12.2 India Medical Tourism Market & Forecast
12.3 India Medical Tourism Market Share & Forecast

13. India - North America Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
13.1 United States - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
13.2 Canada - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

14. India - Central & South America Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
14.1 Argentina - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
14.2 Brazil- Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
14.3 Mexico - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

15. India - Western Europe Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.1 Austria - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.2 Belgium - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.3 Denmark - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.4 Finland - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.5 France - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.6 Germany - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.7 Greece - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.8 Ireland - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.9 Italy - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.10 Netherlands - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.11 Norway - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.12 Portugal - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.13 Spain - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.14 Sweden - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.15 Switzerland - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
15.16 United Kingdom - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

16. India - Eastern Europe Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
16.1 Czech Republic - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
16.2 Hungary - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
16.3 Kazakhstan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
16.4 Poland - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
16.5 Russia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
16.6 Ukraine - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

17. India - Africa Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
17.1 Egypt - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
17.2 Kenya - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
17.3 Mauritius - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
17.4 Nigeria - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
17.5 South Africa - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
17.6 Sudan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
17.7 Tanzania - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

18. India - West Asia Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
18.1 Bahrain - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
18.2 Iraq - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
18.3 Israel - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
18.4 Oman - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
18.5 Saudi Arabia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
18.6 Turkey - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
18.7 United Arab Emirates - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
18.8 Yemen - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

19. India - South Asia Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
19.1 Afghanistan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
19.2 Iran - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
19.3 Maldives - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
19.4 Nepal - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
19.5 Pakistan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
19.6 Bangladesh - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
19.7 Sri Lanka - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
19.8 Bhutan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

20. India - South East Asia Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
20.1 Indonesia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
20.2 Malaysia - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
20.3 Myanmar - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
20.4 Philippines - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
20.5 Singapore - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
20.6 Thailand - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
20.7 Vietnam - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

21. India - East Asia Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
21.1 China (Main) - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
21.2 China (Taiwan) - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
21.3 Japan - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
21.4 Republic of Korea - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

22. India - Australasia Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
22.1 Australia - Country Wise Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
22.2 New Zealand - Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast

23. India - Other Countries Medical Tourist Arrivals, Spending & Forecast
23.1 Other Countries - Medical Tourist Arrivals & Forecast (2009 - 2018)
23.2 Other Countries - Medical Tourism Spending & Forecast (2009 - 2018)

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Industry News

Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Europe
Original Source: PlacidWay

PlacidWay.com-Do you dream about a perfect, slim body? Do you want to get rid of those extra pounds? The answer to your problem is safe, simple and very effective - Gastric Sleeve surgery.

The Gastric Sleeve surgery (also known as sleeve gastrectomy) is a laparoscopic bariatric procedure that makes the extra pounds disappear. Its objectives are: healthy weight loss, reaching a normal weight and maintaining it long term. At patients with type 2 diabetes or other obesity related conditions, an extra objective is curing or meliorating those issues.

After the interventions, every patient should consider some important tips, such as: respecting the diet recommended by the doctor, exercising regularly, taking multivitamins and always tracking calories.

As you recover from the surgery, you have to implement some lifestyle changes in order to get the most out of the Gastric Sleeve. Healthy eating and small meals are crucial - make sure that each meal contains enough vitamins, proteins and minerals.

Check out the top European medical centers, which offer affordable Gastric Surgery packages!

  • Istituto Auxologico Italiano - Milan (Italy)
    • Gastric Sleeve price: $43,703
  • Acibadem Healthcare Group - Istanbul (Turkey)
  • KCM Clinic - Jelenia Gora (Poland)
  • Metabolic Diabetes Surgery Clinic - Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Policlinico Abano Terme - Abano Terme (Italy)
  • Anadolu Medical Center - Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Clinique Generale-Beaulieu - Geneva (Switzerland)
  • European Health Centre Otwock - Otwock (Poland)
  • Hirslanden Hospital Group - Zurich (Switzerland)
  • Kliniken Allianz Munchen | Munich Clinics Alliance - Munich (Germany)
  • Kliniken Allianz Surgery Clinic Munich-Bogenhausen - Munich (Germany)
  • Kent International Hospital - Izmir (Turkey)
    • Gastric Sleeve price: $32,500

 

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Industry News

Increase in Hair Transplant Tourism in Greece
The number of hair transplant sessions increased by 73 percent during 2013-2015 in Athens-based Advanced Hair Clinics, a privately held center specializing in hair restoration. This increase occurred despite capital controls, a drop in hair transplant procedures by 14 percent in Europe during 2012-2014 and a dramatic 50 percent unemployment rate amongst young people.

What seems to work with the hair business in Greece is the combination of high expertise and low cost services. Greek plastic surgeon Dr. Anastasios Vekris, medical director of the clinic, says, "Medical tourism in Greece combines services of very high quality with low prices, compared to northern Europe and the U.S. At the same time, a foreigner may enjoy his stay in Athens sightseeing or take some time to travel to a Greek island." As the doctor admits, "about 3 out of 10 of the patients are foreigners.

Most of them come from the Middle East, central and northern Europe, and mainly the U.K., but this year we also performed on people coming from as far as the U.S., Canada and Panama."

One of the VIP foreigners who got their hair restoration in Athens is Diego Martin Perez, deputy head of Mission & Consul in the embassy of Uruguay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He received a hair transplant with the FUE technique, the minimally invasive and the most modern one, leaving no scars behind. Hair grafts are extracted and implanted one by one, under local anesthesia, aiming at a natural result. However, few doctors worldwide know how to perform this, which is why this treatment is promoted by Dr Vekris.

"I had some discomfort during the first night and the first two days after the procedure but, after one week the head looked normal again," Diego remembers.

During one of his visits, he went on a holiday for four weeks before the transplant and spent his time between Mykonos and Santorini islands and then three days in Athens.

Now he has all of his head covered. But the most important thing of all is that he got back his self-confidence.

Contact Info:
Advanced hair Clinics
+30 210 6980451
info@advancedhairclinics.gr
http://www.advancedhairclinics.gr/en

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Industry News

SIIA Panel Discussion: Employer Direct Contracting: Game-Changing Medical Travel Trend

Panel: Employer Direct Contracting: Game-Changing Medical Travel Trend
Date: October 19th, 2015
Time: 10:15am - 11:30am
Location: Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C.

Description: With the sticker-shock of health reforms resonating in the employer community, business leaders are seeking solutions that not only lower costs, but also ensure quality. While there are a few pioneers in the large business category that have tested the waters to execute direct contracting arrangements with targeted Centers of Excellence (COEs) (e.g. Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Boeing) the vast majority of large employers are now contemplating these arrangements in the year ahead.

Furthermore, virtually all of the mid-size and small employers are also receptive to this concept and may aggregate their purchasing power through coalitions and other multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs). A panel of experts will discuss the latest trends in this area.

Moderator: Laura Carabello

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Panelists:

Cheryl DeMars, CEO, The Alliance
www.the-alliance.org

Trisha M. Frick-Hall, MS RN, Assistant Director, Managed Care Contracting, Office of Managed Care, John Hopkins Healthcare LLC
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/johns_hopkins_healthcare/

David LaMarche, MBA, Administrative Director, Finance, Virginia Mason Medical Center
https://www.virginiamason.org/

To learn more about the upcoming panel and/or event, please visit: www.siia.org/national.

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Employers Turn to Medical Travel for Healthcare Solutions
by Megan Kennedy

As healthcare costs in the U.S. continue to surge, employers are looking for ways to maximize value. Today, approximately 15 percent of the nation's 50 largest employers are turning to a medical travel benefit - also known as "travel for treatment programs" -- as a way to provide high-quality, cost-effective care for their employees. Today, an increasing number of plan members are communicating a positive receptivity around the concept of traveling for care as a way to offset the astronomical co-pays, deductibles and other forms of cost-sharing that they are now responsible for as a result of healthcare reform.

In the past, large employers have taken to the idea of a medical travel offering, but recently more mid-size and smaller employers have begun to note the many benefits of traveling for care.

As the medical travel industry continues to develop, employers and their employees are accessing care at the country's top hospitals, also known as Centers of Excellence (COEs), and doctors-at a predetermined cost.

In fact, some of the top hospitals in the U.S. are now offering bundled payments - "a single payment for all services related to an episode of care," according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Benefits of bundled pricing include:

  • Transparent and "up front" cost of care and treatment 
  • Coordination among providers
  • Optimal continuum of care
  • Decrease in unnecessary procedures
  • Reduced re-admissions      

According to Laura Carabello, executive editor and publisher, Medical Travel Today, "Employers of all sizes build in incentive programs to prompt workforce uptake of the benefit, including waiving co-pays and deductibles, and covering both patient and companion/caregiver travel expenses. One of the drivers is the documented track record of a COE to achieve better results for specific procedures, mitigating complications, repeat procedures, and readmissions-which can be very expensive in terms of hard costs, time lost from work and the health of employees.  Care that is delivered with bundled pricing at predictable costs is generating wide receptivity."

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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

Jitendra Singh Hints at New Healthcare Initiatives for North-East

Newkerala.com- Minister of State for DoNER Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that his ministry would explore new initiatives in the field of health and medical care for the northeastern region, and added that he will also look into the feasibility of these initiatives either purely as public enterprise or through public-private participation.

Blood Clot Prevention Is Higher Priority at Hospitals

Wsj.com-Blood clots, which form when blood doesn't flow properly, can happen to anyone, including travelers on long plane rides in cramped seats, women on birth control drugs, or seemingly healthy people with no known risk factors.

Dubai Medical Tourism Revenue Tops $211m in Q1

Tradearabia.com- Dubai has treated 118,727 domestic and inbound medical tourists in the first quarter of 2015, resulting in revenues of Dh778 million ($211.5 million) according to the latest figures released by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

First Hotel Certifications Granted Under Puerto Rico Medical Tourism Program

Caribbeannewsnow.com- The Caribe Hilton and the Condado Plaza Hilton are the first hotel providers in Puerto Rico to be certified after the training and inspection process under the island's medical tourism program.

Using the Internet to Attract Medical Tourists

News.co.cr-For many people in the United States and Canada, the decision of traveling to medical tourism destinations such as Costa Rica is usually made after doing online research.

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