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

Laura Carabello

Laura Carabello

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Megan Kennedy

Table of Contents

From the Editor

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

News in Review

More Americans Getting Knees Replaced, And at Younger Ages

Medical Schools Teach Students To Talk With Patients About Care Costs

Chiang Mai: Be Healthy Stay Longer

IV Drug Use Emerging as Top Risk Factor for MRSA Infections

Malaysia Woos More Medical Tourists From Oman

Spotlight Interview

Edward Arriaga, Co-founder, C'est La Vie Consultants

Industry News

Healthcare: The Bankrupting of America: Is Medical Tourism the Solution?

Stomatology Under General Anesthesia in Belarus

Global Consultants to Offer Medical Travelers Free Counsel at Dubai Event

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


Medical Travel Survey

Upcoming Events

Arab Health: International Medical Travel Exhibition and Conference

International Health and Wellness Conference

9th Annual 2015 Global Spa & Wellness Summit

6th International TEMOS Conference

ELAJ - International Health & Medical Treatment Expo

23rd Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition

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Volume 8, Issue 18

Dear Colleagues:

A growing number of consumers are making the decision to travel for access to high-quality and affordable multidisciplinary care.

Elective procedures are rarely covered under consumers' health insurance plans, making cosmetic plastic surgeries an integral component in the medical travel industry. Edward Arriaga, co-founder, C'est La Vie Consultants, discusses his new business endeavor, which provides medical travel patients seeking cosmetic surgery with a complete start-to-finish service, including the connection to a board certified plastic surgeon.

Through this model, patients are assigned a personal surgery consultant who handles all of the patient's medical and travel needs - pre- and post-operatively.

I am pleased to announce that About.com has published an article I authored entitled: "Medical Travel: Access to Savings and Quality Healthcare." This piece addresses the growing trend of employers adopting an innovative new approach to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare: medical travel. To read the article, click here.

Additionally, my U.K. colleague Keith Pollard at IMTJ has posted a blog that addresses an issue often raised about the value of one trade association:

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.

I am also excited to announce that the Fifth Annual IHC FORUM West will take place November 16-18, 2015 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the ONLY conference series 100-percent dedicated to healthcare consumerism - where employers, brokers, health plans, TPAs, consultants and providers gather under one roof to LEARN, CONNECT and SHARE best practices, innovation and expert insights. For more information and/or to register, click here.

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
Editor and Publisher
Medical Travel Today


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SPOTLIGHT: Edward Arriaga, Co-founder, C'est La Vie Consultants


About Edward Arriaga
Edward holds a special interest in international business and marketing strategies. Edward is a medical tourism facilitator specializing in plastic surgery. He has held various leadership positions such as senior vice president, director of Marketing and Operations, and CEO for various reputable companies. His goal is to make the Fortune 500 list and make a major impact on the corporate world.

About C'est La Vie Consultants
C'est La Vie Consultants is an elite medical tourism company that puts customer service above all else. The consultancy provides medical travel services by bringing together potential clients, the world's leading professionals, accredited healthcare facilities and tourism services. C'est La Vie Consultants endeavors to make the process easy and comfortable for every client.


Medical Travel Today (MTT): Give our readers some background on C'est La Vie Consultants.

Edward Arriaga (EA): C'est La Vie Consultants allows patients worldwide to be confident, comfortable and frugal in their decisions to travel abroad for medical services.

We are the first recognized international consulting firm that provides a full-service medical tourism process by helping patients plan all aspects of their surgical procedures and connect them with board certified plastic surgeons.

Each patient is assigned a personal surgical consultant who assists the individual from initial contact, throughout their surgical procedure and into recovery, and also handles the logistics of the entire process. This unique service is an integral part of what our company offers patients, providing them with peace of mind on their surgical journey.

MTT: Explain C'est La Vie's involvement with the patient from start to finish.

EA: The personal surgery consultant is the first to contact the patient, always within one work day of the patient's submission form. The consultant will gather pertinent background information from the patient, and then compile their medical case.

Alongside the participating providers, the surgical consultant will help develop a uniquely designated diagnostic and treatment plan, including a financial estimation, which is then reported to the patient.

We arrange all of the necessary medical appointments and contact the patient prior to their departure, providing all details in regard to the upcoming process. The personal surgical consultant is also responsible for ensuring that the client fully understands their surgical procedures and options.

Additionally, the personal surgical consultant handles the patient's unique desires, such as tourist attractions, transportation, language translators, personal chef, personal nurse, etc., as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

We ensure the patient is satisfied with their care, returns home safely, and of course, we always follow up with a personal phone call at home.

Our surgical consultants hold degrees pertaining to the medical or human relation fields and have experience in client relation or management roles at various medical or otherwise relevant institutions.

MTT: Tell us about your service packages.

EA: We have three service packages: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Each package is uniquely designed and personalized to accommodate a patient's needs and budget.

The Bronze package is a basic service consisting of obtaining quotes, scheduling surgical appointments, arranging transportation and much more.

The Silver package targets patients who have time-sensitive issues and need rush service to obtain quotes and to quickly travel abroad to have a surgical procedure.

Lastly, the Gold package is for patients who are interested in the basics, as well as a surgical care package and massage or visa card depending on their country of choice.

MTT: Are there any associated cost benefits for patients utilizing C'est La Vie's services?

EA: Our firm was designed for the "busy" individual who does not have time to conduct research or book their procedure - or they just want to consult regarding their options.

We take the stress off of the individual by acting as the liaison between plastic surgeons and patients. We also have great business relationships with international plastic surgeons, and many clients take that into consideration when choosing our services.

MTT: How do you market to clients?

EA: We employ a strategic marketing approach through the utilization of social media networks and word-of-mouth referrals.

We also reach out directly to businesses that are relevant to the plastic surgery field and develop partnerships that way, such as plastic surgeons, recovery homes, nurses, transportation companies, culinary art professionals, hair salons and more.

MTT: Will C'est La Vie explore other areas of healthcare besides plastic surgery in the future?

EA: Absolutely!

We plan to explore other areas in healthcare including cosmetic dentistry, in-vitro fertilization, gender re-assignment, mental health and different branches of research.

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

EA: C'est La Vie Consultants is an elite company that cares about our clients. We go above and beyond to make sure that our patients are safe and satisfied on their surgical journey.

Our medical consultants have consulting competence in healthcare, and boast extensive knowledge and experience with regard to an array of medical processes.


Industry News

Healthcare: The Bankrupting of America: Is Medical Tourism the Solution?
by Patrick Goodness

According to research produced at Harvard University, "62 percent of U.S. bankruptcies are due to medical expenses." Sadly, for many Americans, that percentage is growing steadily. As U.S medical and dental-related expenses continue to skyrocket, millions of Americans have begun to search for high-quality, affordable and popular medical and dental care providers around the globe.

In 2014, over 1.2 million Americans travelled abroad for medical procedures including, but not limited to, facelifts, nose surgery, hip and valve replacements, etc. Millions of Americans and Canadians travel outside the country for dental care, as well. Depending upon the country and the treatment, most patients that seek elective medical and dental care overseas often save thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. Medical tourism is now a global trend. Around the globe, reports estimate that some eight million patients travel abroad for medical and dental care each year.

While popular destinations like Mexico, Costa Rica, Malaysia and India are recognized for providing affordable dental and medical procedures to hundreds of thousands of Americans and Canadians, there are several other destinations coming up on the international healthcare radar that are attracting patients from around the world for their quality care and low prices.
Two such destinations that have the potential to become leaders in the medical tourism industry are Guatemala and Italy. Both countries offer high quality medical and dental care at significant savings when compared to prices for similar care in the U.S. and Canada. In some cases, patients can save 50 - 80 percent and more on procedures ranging from dental implants to facelifts, tummy tucks, knee and hip implants, and even cardiac surgery.

Recent visits to Guatemala and Italy clarified the advantages for North American patients to consider medical and dental care at these destinations.


Guatemala is known as the heart of the ancient Mayan world. Cultural and eco-travelers marvel at Guatemala's incredible Mayan pyramids, dramatic active and dormant volcanos and the nation's abundance of spectacular tropical rain forest. While many visitors use the capital city as a stopover in route to the cultural and natural wilds of Guatemala, this city of four million people offers an impressive diversity of healthcare and dental care options that few other Central American nations can match.

Affordable dental care attracts thousands of Americans and Canadians each year to Guatemala City. One dental tourism leader is Guatemala Dental Team, located in the fashionable Zone 15, home to stunning office high rises, expansive shopping malls and vibrant planned communities. Guatemala Dental Team is popular among Americans and Canadians seeking low-priced dental care with an assurance of high quality. My recent visit to this clinic on the 12th floor of the modern Domani office tower impressed me with cutting-edge, modern dental equipment, open, airy patient rooms, expansive views of the city and a staff that speaks fluent English and Spanish.

A price comparison between rates at Guatemala Dental Team and comparable clinics in the U.S., revealed savings of 60 - 80 percent on procedures from dental implants, crowns, dentures and even full mouth reconstructions. When compared to prices in Costa Rica, the most popular dental tourism destination in Central America, Guatemala Dental Team's prices often come in 20 - 30 percent less than the same care in Costa Rica.

Crime against tourists and foreigners is very rare in Guatemala. An article from the Huffington post reports that "when checking out places to retire south of the border, retirees are increasingly turning to Guatemala - dubbed Land Of The Eternal Spring- rather than Mexico, Costa Rica and other perennial favorites." In this same article, real estate agent Glenn Wilson states that "affordability, quality of life, and short travel times to and from the United States" are among the top reasons that more Americans and Canadians are choosing Guatemala.


As a frequent speaker on ancient Roman and Etruscan culture, I have a love affair with Rome. My many trips to the Eternal City have afforded me opportunities to dig a little deeper to discover what daily life is really like in Rome. Over time, I have learned that Rome offers some of the highest quality medical care in Europe at prices that might surprise many Americans.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a tummy tuck is $5,493. This price does not include the fees for the operating room, anesthesia, medications or other materials, which can often double or even triple this price. Tummy tucks in the U.S., with all the extras included, can cost up to $12,000 or more. Additionally, most tummy tuck patients return home immediately following the surgery (after the anesthesia wears off) and are often left on their own to change bandages, drain fluids and manage their pain.

At Bio Medico University Hospital, an impressive, spacious hospital campus on the outskirts of Rome, North American and European patients have been coming for years to take advantage of high quality medical care at prices that are often 30 percent less than prices in the U.S. and other European nations. Here, a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, costs around $7,900, including all medical fees, medications, operating room costs and a private room for nursing care during your first 24 hours. No need to leave after surgery. You can stay and receive attentive care for one to two days following your surgery to ensure that you are healing properly.

According to SurgeryPrice.co.uk , an arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery can cost more than $25,000 in the U.S. This same surgery at Bio Medico University Hospital in Rome costs around $9,000 -- a full 275 percent less than the same surgery in the U.S. There are many examples of such savings that support Rome's position as an affordable international medical travel destination.

As a healthcare marketing consultant, I have visited hundreds of hospitals over the years. During my recent visit to Rome, I was most impressed with the facilities at Bio Medico University Hospital and the high level of personalized attention that patients receive from their surgeons.

Pair the savings with the high level of personalized care and the prospects of relaxing and enjoying the sights of Rome (Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, etc.), pre or post-surgery, and you have a winning combination for a global leader in medical tourism.

What's clear is that the high price of medical and dental care in the U.S. and Canada is driving thousands and even millions of North Americans to look outside of our national borders for high quality, affordable healthcare. As more Americans face the sobering reality that their healthcare expenses could bankrupt them and destroy their chance at a better life, many are turning to medical and dental providers in Mexico, Costa Rica, Malaysia, India, Guatemala and Italy to get the care they need at prices they can actually afford.

Patrick Goodness, CEO
The Goodness Company, Global Healthcare & Medical Tourism Marketing
September 2, 2015

Patrick Goodness is the leading global expert on medical tourism and global healthcare marketing. Goodness lectures around the globe on topics relating to international medical and dental marketing. His namesake marketing agency, The Goodness Company, is the most recognized medical tourism marketing agency in the world. Goodness will be a keynote speaker at the 2015 International India Medical Tourism Congress (IIMTC) November 20-21 in New Delhi, India.

To view the original article click here.

Industry News

Stomatology Under General Anesthesia in Belarus

Belarusian Tour Operator "MasterVisit"
Post address: Ragachouskaja str. 19-128, 220056, Minsk, BELARUS
Skype: mvbelarus
GSM: +375 (29) 577-39-79
Viber: +375 (33) 333-53-51
E-mail: clientmastervisit@gmail.com

Dentistry under general anesthesia is a modern method of rendering dental service and the best way to treat teeth quickly, painlessly and most qualitatively.


  • Absence of stress and pain during the treatment of teeth (it is especially actual for small children).
  • Allows a dentist to perform his duties in a good manner for a shorter period of time.
  • Reasonable prices for treatment.
  • There is no need for hospitalization as the patient in 20-40 minutes after an anesthesia comes back to full-fledged consciousness.
  • There is no need of collecting a set of sickness certificates and analyses - the decision to carry out an anesthesia (at the consent of patients/parents) is made by the anesthesiologist so he or she can independently estimate contraindications for anesthesia.


  • Aesthetic restoration of teeth with application of veneers and laminates
  • First-class dental prosthetics with the use of modern materials and technologies
  • Bite correction and modeling of a smile by bracket systems of the last generation, including self-ligating braces Damon, metal, sapphire, titanic, lingual braces
  • Implantation and removal of teeth with restoration of a bone tissue
  • General anesthesia
  • High level of service and perfect monitoring system of an infection
  • Extract from the price-list

Service description

Service cost, USD* 

Services in anesthesiology

Preparation for carrying out anesthesia and post- anesthetic care, service


Total intravenous anesthesia with the kept spontaneous breath (patients of the I-II ASA) per 1 hour


article 3. in calculation per 1 minute


Sedation: CHILDREN


Sedation: CHILDREN in calculation per 1 minute


Sedation: ADULTS


Sedation: ADULTS in calculation per 1 minute




Cost for one filling (baby tooth)


Cost for one filling (permanent tooth)


Pulpitis opening


Dental fissure sealing off one tooth


Tooth extraction



Consultation of the stomatologist


Dental hygiene. Ultrasonic plaque removal from one tooth


Cost for one filling:

Median caries


Advanced caries


With the application of the post


Pulpitis opening


Endodontic treatment at the well patent alveolar canals

One canal


Two canals


Three canals


Endodontic treatment at the badly patent alveolar canals

One canal


Two canals


Three canals


Tooth extraction



Average complexity




Dental implantation

First stage (implant insertion)


Second stage


Implantological treatment


Dental prosthetics

Porcelain fused metal crown


Metal-free crown


Zirconia metal-free crown


Bugel prosthesis (metal) with clasps


Bugel prosthesis (metal) with attachment


Bugel prosthesis (acetal)


Full lamellar denture


Treatment is carried out on the basis of the medical center MedExpert (www.medexpert.by) * *
The MasterVisit company renders all complex of services connected with the organization of your arrival on treatment in Belarus:


- Agreement on your request for treatment with the medical center, approximate calculation of time of treatment and cost for services;
- booking of date and time of reception in the medical center;
- Hotel and apartments booking;
- Visa support.


In addition to the "Basic" package the following services are provided:
- Accompanying service in a meeting / departure at the airport (English-speaking guide);
- Providing with a SIM card of a Belarusian operator GSM;
- Accompanying and transfer to the place of residence, treatments and coming back, solution of everyday issues (1-2 days);
- A transfer to the airport (the last day).
Cost: 150 USD

Additional services:
Arabic-speaking translator - 15 USD per 1 hour
Car-rent with English-speaking guide as a driver 24/7 - 150 USD per day and night

* Payable in Belarusian rubles at the exchange rate of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus on the day of payment

* * The Client pays for medical services at "MedExpert" upon their rendering and according to the tariffs of the medical center for foreign citizens. Therefore, the cost of treatment doesn't increase.

The travel company "MasterVisit" guarantees confidentiality of medical and personal information about clients.

For the approximate calculation of the cost of treatment and duration of treatment, please send a panoramic picture of the teeth on belmastervisit@gmail.com.

Industry News

Global Consultants to Offer Medical Travelers Free Counsel at Dubai Event
"The Consultation Clinic" designed specifically for medical travelers will be held for the first time during Dubai medical travel exhibition

Patients considering seeking medical and wellness treatments abroad will be able to get free medical consultations at the Consultation Clinic, which will be held on the first day of the International Medical travel Conference and Exhibition (IMTEC) from 5-7 p.m. at the Dubai International Convention Centre.

This one-of-a-kind endeavor will provide a personalized consultation from healthcare professionals from medical institutions from all over the world. Prospective patients will be able to book a meeting with any one of the consultants they are interested in meeting over the course of the two-day exhibition.

"The consultation clinic is designed to cater to medical travelers' needs, from finding the suitable course of treatment to the recommendation of the best medical facility and destination. The medical travel healthcare consultants will be available to address any queries and provide tailor-made recommendations to suit patients' requirements," says Simon Page, managing director, Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, organizers of IMTEC.

One of the participants at IMTEC's Consultation Clinic is the Medical City Hospital, Philippines. They are a Joint Commission International-accredited institution and will offer personalized consultations to patients on various healthcare concerns such as, oncology, diabetes, and cardiology.

"Our participation in the Consultation Clinic at IMTEC will give our potential patients a taste of world-class quality healthcare which is based on our value proposition of patient partnership. Our patients, together with their doctors, will be able to customize recommended medical interventions to meet their health needs," says Dr. Michelle De Vera, director, Institute of Personalized Molecular Medicine, The Medical City Hospital, Philippines.

Leading experts from the Middle East and the world will be available for consultation to all exhibition visitors interested in medical travel. They will have the opportunity to speak to industry professionals, such as: Patrick Noel, Laparoscopic and Bariatric surgeon, The American Surge Centre, UAE; Toufic M Eid, head of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clemenceau Medical Centre, Lebanon; A M Ajumal, Chronic Diseases, Centre for Advanced Ayurveda & Research, India; Michelle de Vera, director, Institute of Personalized Molecular Medicine, the Medical City Hospital, Philippines; Francesco Magro, Neurosurgeon, Ospedale San Raffaele, Italy, and many more.

The Consultation Clinic will provide consultation for various treatments, such as chronic conditions, fertility, bariatric surgery, minimally invasive tumor therapy, multiple sclerosis, organ transplant, dental procedures, detox treatments, executive health checks, cosmetic surgery, pediatric surgery, anti-aging, and other health and wellness procedures.

The clinic will offer medical travelers information on different therapies and wellness packages from various destinations around the world such as, Australia, India, Italy, Turkey, the UAE, Cyprus, Germany, Spain, Lebanon, Monaco, Philippines, Thailand, Poland and more.

Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions
Weaam El Ataya
+9714 408 2813

To read the original release click here.

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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Cheryl DeMars, CEO, The Alliance

Trisha M. Frick-Hall, MS RN, Assistant Director, Managed Care Contracting, Office of Managed Care, John Hopkins Healthcare LLC

David LaMarche, MBA, Administrative Director, Finance, Virginia Mason Medical Center

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



If you follow the medical travel industry closely, you know that the available data on the industry is ever-changing.

That being said, the editors at Medical Travel Today would like to gauge your feedback on certain aspects of the industry. We invite you to click the link below and answer a few survey questions. We will be sure to keep our readers informed of the responses we receive, stay tuned!


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Upcoming Events

Arab Health: International Medical Travel Exhibition and Conference

October 7-8, 2015 - Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center, United Arab Emirates
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International Health and Wellness Conference

October 15-17, 2015 - Algarve, Portugal
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9th Annual 2015 Global Spa & Wellness Summit

November 13-15, 2015 - Mexico City, Mexico
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6th International TEMOS Conference

November 15-17, 2015 - Mövenpick Hotel Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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ELAJ - International Health & Medical Treatment Expo

March 13-15, 2016 - Oman International Exhibition Center, Muscat, Oman
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23rd Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition

March 23-26, 2016 - Expocenter Fairgrounds, Moscow, Russia
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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

More Americans Getting Knees Replaced, And at Younger Ages
Consumer.healthday.com-Aging baby boomers are getting bum knees replaced at a greater rate, and at a younger age, than ever before, a new U.S. study confirms.

Medical Schools Teach Students To Talk With Patients About Care Costs
NPR.org-Time for a pop quiz: When it comes to healthcare, what's the difference between cost, charge and payment?

Chiang Mai: Be Healthy Stay Longer
Ttrweekly.com-This northern destination, famous for its cultural and adventure style tourism, is gearing up to pitch for the lucrative medical tourism market.

IV Drug Use Emerging as Top Risk Factor for MRSA Infections
Fiercehealthcare.com-With the rate of the most common form of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection falling in hospitals but remaining steady in the community, the biggest emerging risk factor for infection is intravenous drug use, a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology found.

Malaysia Woos More Medical Tourists From Oman
Timesofoman.com-Malaysia is seeking to attract more medical tourists from Oman, with its competitive prices for world-class treatment and the convenience it offers to Muslim patients.


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