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Table of Contents

From the Editor

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

News in Review

IHH Healthcare: A Global Name In Medical Tourism

Key Medical Tourism Factors Every Hospital Manager Should Know

Medical Tourism Starts in China

The Rise of Medical Tourism in the UAE

Medical Tourism Industry Growing in Sabah

Kenyan Firm Wins Global Medical Tourism Award

First Medical Tourism Awards Tout Top Treatment Trips

Florida Plans $5 Million Investment in Medical Tourism

Spotlight

Donald W. Kemper, Founder and CEO, Healthwise

Perspectives

The Role of Urgent and Primary Care within Medical Tourism

Industry News

Healthwise and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation to Merge

World's Largest Self-Insurance/ART Event Coming to Phoenix!

SIIA Panel Discussion: Domestic Medical Travel - Opportunities and Challenges for Self-Insured Employers

Germans to Travel to Poland for Treatment?

NC Medical Travel Joins Greensboro, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Medical Tourism from Russia - Survey March 2014

Why Won't Medicare Pay for Medical Tourism?

MERS: Danger From The Invisible Medical Traveler

MERS Virus Spreads, But Not Yet a Global Health Emergency

Dubai Medical Tourism Packages with Visa, Hotel

MoonGate Insurance Group and PlacidWay Help Patients in Bermuda Make Smart Medical Tourism Choices

Low-Cost Quality Healthcare Program - Brooksville Cardiology

Medical Tourism: Why Healthcare Has Failed to Globalize

The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa

Help Save a Life and Support MatchingDonors

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THIS WEEK IN MEDICAL TRAVEL TODAY

Volume 8, Issue 2

Dear Colleagues:

A growing number of consumers worldwide have begun to play an active role in personal healthcare decision making. To ensure high quality, cost-effective healthcare, it is essential for patients to be presented with the proper knowledge and data necessary to make informed choices.

Deemed a healthcare visionary by the Foundation for Accountability, Donald Kemper, founder and CEO, Healthwise, discusses his company's mission to help empower consumers to make better healthcare decisions through patient decision aids and the ability to identify quality measures around certain procedures.

The U.S. Domestic Medical Travel space is on the grow, and I am pleased to report that the Self Insurance Institute of America has invited me to chair a panel on the subject at the annual meeting: www.siia.org/national.

Date: October 5-7, 2014 
Location: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, Phoenix, AZ

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 medical travel panel, read the article entitled, "SIIA Panel Discussion: Domestic Medical Travel - Opportunities and Challenges for Self-Insured Employers," below.

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

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Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: Donald W. Kemper, Founder and CEO, Healthwise


donaldkemper@healthwise.org


 

About Don Kemper
Donald W. Kemper, M.P.H., is founder and CEO of Healthwise, a not-for-profit organization offering consumer health information and decision tools that help people make better health decisions. Kemper is a passionate advocate for raising the quality of patient engagement in healthcare. By prescribing prevention, self-management and decision-support tools relevant to each person's needs, clinicians can engage and motivate their patients to become active partners in their health and wellness.

In 2002 Kemper co-authored "Information Therapy: Prescribed Information as a Reimbursable Medical Service." The book presented the concept and the practicalities of how information prescriptions to each patient would become a core and expected part of healthcare, as is now required through the Meaningful Use rules for electronic medical records. More recently Kemper has championed the concept of "patient response" in which the patient's use of and reply to information prescriptions are recorded in the clinical record. He has co-authored five medical self-care and health promotion handbooks that together have sold over 37 million copies.

Kemper serves as a Board member for the National Quality Forum. The Foundation for Accountability named him a healthcare "visionary" for his dedication to responding to the needs of America's patients. He has also been recognized by Advance for Health Information Executives as one of the top 25 most influential forces in healthcare IT. The Wall Street Journal named Healthwise one of 15 top small workplaces in America. Kemper holds master's degrees in Health Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

About Healthwise
Healthwise is a global provider of health information, decision support tools, behavior change assistance, and personal care planning for the top health plans, care management companies, hospitals, and consumer health portals. Each year, millions of people use our content and tools to manage their health, make better health decisions, and live healthier lives. www.healthwise.org

 

Medical Travel Today (MTT): How did you initially get involved with Healthwise?

Don Kemper (DK): During the Vietnam era, I was given the opportunity to travel to Vietnam to work with the Army, or to go into the public health service. I decided to take a commission in the public health service.

At that point, I had an engineering background, and I quickly learned that public health service was struggling.

To help enhance healthcare among individuals, I tried to sell the idea of "...individuals learning to take better care of themselves" to the public health service, but had no success.

As soon as I had completed my two-year service, I made it my mission to fully dive into the healthcare industry to help people make better health-related decisions.

In 1975, we created Healthwise in Boise, Idaho, and have been operating here ever since.

MTT: What are your thoughts on international and domestic medical travel?

DK: I do know that the medical travel industry, both international and domestic, has been a fast growing phenomenon, and specifically for certain procedures, it is a very attractive option.

I recently read a story that was published in the AARP Bulletin describing domestic medical travel and the role of major employers in this space.

MTT: Major employers, such as Wal-Mart and Lowes, are beginning to adopt a medical travel benefit. In terms of your platform, how can you relate?

DK: For 38 years, it has been our mission to help empower consumers to make better health decisions.

Healthwise is a not-for-profit organization, and we pride ourselves on our drive to work towards the real mission, and not for proceeds.

We accomplish our objective differently than others. We have 173 patient decision aids, which is approximately five times more than anybody else in the market - this is a core thing that we do.

MTT: How do people find out about Healthwise? Is it a sponsor through their health plan or their employer?

DK: We are not a direct consumer group, but 10 out of 10 of the largest health plans in the country license our products.

We work with 11 different EMR companies that channel our information through their systems, and roughly 60 epic clients.

We also have a counter in our lobby that estimates the number of times consumers turn to our information, and currently that number is around 1.35 billion.

The last I saw, 15 percent of U.S. doctors are able to prescribe our information to patients.

MTT: Can you see medical travel fitting into your platform?

DK: Yes we can.

I'm not sure that we would ever be in a position to evaluate one option over another, but we do think that the overall decision process, in terms of where and what kind of procedures to have done, is very core to what we do.

The employees at Healthwise are very good at identifying the quality measures around certain procedures.

We have been tagging our content to the national quality forums and quality measures to ensure that adequate patient information is delivered to further guarantee quality care.

MTT: If an individual could receive more affordable, better quality care at a hospital outside of their health neighborhood, would that be something that your visitors might be interested in?

DK: If I was advising someone in this situation, I would first have them consider the tradeoffs.

Certainly cost is a big issue in these cases, and the cost difference between locations can be phenomenal. Also, family support is very important to think about.

I would certainly consider a medical travel option personally, especially if I was able to visit a nice destination.

MTT: Are you familiar with any incentives that different companies offer employees in a medical travel benefit, including the elimination of co-pays and deductibles, or paying for a companion to travel with the patient?

DK: I am familiar with these incentives, but I am unaware of any specific details.

From a business and personal standpoint, I believe the incentives are extremely smart simply because the cost differential between procedures is so vast.

If a high quality provider overseas offers an attractive bundled payment cost, then employers are able to afford to have employees stay in a nice hotel, and send family along with the patient for support.

MTT: Would your platform be the type of place where individuals could get information about medical travel?

DK: Probably not.

We mainly focus on what is the right thing to do to ensure good health -- we are not so focused on where to do it.

Wherever a patient decides to seek treatment, we want to make sure the care received is optimal.
Depending upon who our clients are, we are more than happy to align with other information sources to better develop enhanced care.

If another company were to develop a guide for the best medical travel option for a particular procedure, Healthwise could certainly electronically link that information with our information for our client.

MTT: There are a lot of expatriates living around the world, which is an important touch point for hospitals. How do consumers make informed healthcare decisions when living in a third world country?

DK: It is an obvious challenge to try and find the best care when living in, or traveling to, a foreign country.

Personally, I would avoid any unnecessary treatments, and we know that there is a huge amount of that.

Large companies such as Kaiser and Johns Hopkins, both clients of Healthwise, are great at marrying anything that is going to provide high quality, low cost delivery of care.

Perspectives

The Role of Urgent and Primary Care within Medical Tourism
by Christopher Timm, President Metro Immediate & Primary Care

Worldwide, medical tourism is a quickly growing industry as people are pursuing higher quality and more specialized healthcare outside of their own country. Many of these patients arrive to the U.S. after having researched and communicated with reputable specialists to pursue a path of wellness they can trust. While medical tourists frequently choose the U.S. for access to specific procedures like complex surgeries, specialized treatments for chronic diseases and other methods of focused care, immediate and urgent care practice managers across the nation might wonder: What role can our practice play to support this influx of medical tourists?

It is very common for medical tourists to travel to the U.S. in the company of family or friends and stay for an extended period of time. That said, while a family member is being treated for specialty care, the family and friends of the patient might encounter a health issue of their own during their stay. Should a friend or family member of a medical tourist fall ill to the flu or sustain a minor injury, what is the best and most cost-effective way for them to receive care while in the U.S.? Away from their primary care physician, access to their own country's healthcare services and out of their cultural comfort zone, a tourist's first instinct might be to visit the closest emergency room, but will this be the most cost-effective and fastest route to getting them back to health? Maybe not. Emergency services are expensive and the process can be cumbersome and frustrating.

Urgent care practices, such as Washington D.C.'s Metro Immediate and Primary Care, offer affordable self-pay options, shorter waiting room times than the ER, and quick access to equipment like X-rays. Visiting an urgent care practice in these cases is the logical and most convenient solution for this niche population of transients in need of non-emergency healthcare.
Urgent care practices, like Metro Immediate & Primary Care, utilize electronic health (or medical) records, improving the intercommunication and efficiency between physicians resulting in a more streamlined experience for the patient. With record-sharing now simplified with the use of this technology, experiencing medical care further away from home becomes less complicated for patients and their physicians.

Technology, interconnectivity and accessibility are the keys to success in the medical travel industry. This steady growth fosters a healthy competition between providers, making non-emergency healthcare services more affordable for the transient population. As medical travel to the U.S. continues to increase, urgent care practices should be taking the necessary steps to market the benefits of visiting their offices to those tourists visiting the U.S. and searching for non-emergency care.

Industry News

Healthwise and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation to Merge

Healthwise is the nonprofit with the world's greatest reach in patient engagement. The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation is the nonprofit with the world's greatest depth of knowledge about shared decision making. These two nonprofits announce our pending merger.

It is a merger made in heaven for patients, providers, and payers alike. More patients will get the information they need to make the decisions that are right for them. More providers will have easy access to decision tools and to the preferences expressed by their patients. And all Healthwise clients will get to share in the triple-aim benefits that result: better care, better health, and lower costs.

The Foundation brings to Healthwise new strengths in assessing medical evidence and value demonstration, and practice change management through its rich experience in research and demonstration projects. Clients will see an almost immediate impact in our service offering and implementation support. All of this is nicely tied together through the advocacy and policy work for which both organizations are well known.

The two organizations retain their names but with a common mission: help people make better health decisions. I will remain the Healthwise CEO. Michael Barry retains his title of president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and adds the title of Healthwise chief science officer.

"I am excited that the new board of directors will bring us added credibility across healthcare and beyond," says Donald W. Kemper, M.P.H., founder and CEO.  "The new 13-member board will be chaired by Peggy O'Kane, long-time CEO for the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA)."

About Healthwise
Healthwise is a nonprofit organization that helps people make better health decisions. Contact Donald W. Kemper at donaldkemper@healthwise.org and visit www.healthwise.org.

Industry News

World's Largest Self-Insurance/ART Event Coming to Phoenix!

The Self-Insurance Institute of America, (SIIA) today announced the program for its National Educational Conference & Expo, scheduled for October 5-7, 2014, at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The event typically attracts more than 1,700 attendees from throughout the United States and from a growing number of countries around the world.

Detailed event information, including registration forms, can be accessed on-line at www.siia.org, or by calling 800/851-7789. Sign up today and take advantage of discounted early bird registration fees and secure your room at the host hotel. NOTE: This hotel is a SIIA member favorite and always sells out early, so please keep this in mind as you make your arrangements.

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.

We'll cover self-insured group health plans from every angle, including plan design and cost containment, financial risk transfer, broker involvement and healthcare reform compliance. Extra content has been incorporated this year that should be of specific interest to TPA executives and their key management teams. And you won't want to miss our panel discussion sessions featuring top thought leaders talking about the future of the self-insurance marketplace.

Another focus will be stop-loss captive programs (also known as employee benefit group captives). An increasing number of smaller and mid-sized employers have been considering self-insured group health plans and stop-loss captive programs can help facilitate this transition. SIIA has become the recognized industry leader in this fast-growing captive insurance market niche and the session speakers for this topic area will be many of the industry's top experts.

Also within the Alternative Risk Transfer track, additional sessions will focus on Enterprise Risk Captives, also known as 831(b) captives, which have become an increasingly popular self-insurance solution for many companies.

Given the rapidly involving business and regulatory environment for group workers' compensation self-insured funds (SIGs), we have incorporated a series of roundtable sessions where SIG leaders from around the country will provide a unique opportunity to share perspectives on how their organization should be positioning themselves for future success. These SIG-focused roundtables will be supplemented by additional timely sessions of interest to both groups and individual workers' compensation self-insurers.

Rounding out the program will be some sessions addressing key self-insured issues, including healthcare reform compliance requirements, for companies with global operations and/or workforces, giving the conference an added international flavor.

This top notch educational program will be supplemented with quality networking events, including an exhibit hall with more than 150 companies showcasing a wide variety of innovative products and services designed specifically for self-insured entities. If you are searching for a self-insurance business partner, they will be waiting for you at this event. For more information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Justin Miller at 800/851-7789, or jmiller@siia.org.

You can get a head start on your networking by participating in the conference golf tournament the morning of Sunday, October 5. And then cap things off with an incredible social event on the closing night of Tuesday, October 7, so be sure that you make your travel arrangements accordingly.

New to Self-Insurance/Alternative Risk Transfer? SIIA Welcomes You!....While the conference will be packed with industry experts and many advanced-level educational sessions, SIIA warmly welcomes those who are new to self-insurance/alternative risk transfer and want to learn the basics. To help you get started, we have scheduled "beginner" sessions immediately before Sunday night's welcome reception to help you more fully participate in the overall event. Additionally, for employers (non-industry service providers) considering self-insurance, you can take advantage of a highly discounted registration fee.

If self-insurance is important to you in any way, this is simply a must-attend event. We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix.

Register Now: www.siia.org/national

Industry News

SIIA Panel Discussion: Domestic Medical Travel - Opportunities and Challenges for Self-Insured Employers

Description: While international medical travel has been highly publicized over the past several years, domestic medical travel has been more quietly gaining traction among a growing number self-insured employers.   This panel discussion will explore the latest trends in domestic medical travel and what employers need to consider when evaluating whether to incorporate this strategy as part of their health plans.

Moderator: Laura Carabello
Editor and Publisher:  National and International Newsletters
U.S. Domestic Medical Travel:  www.USDomesticMedicalTravel.com
Medical Travel Today:  www.MedicalTravelToday.com
Panelists: Ruth Coleman, CEO, Health Design Plus
G. Keith Smith, M.D., CEO, Surgery Center of Oklahoma
Olivia Ross, Senior Manager, Employers Centers of Excellence Network,
Pacific Business Group on Health

About Ruth Coleman

Prior to founding Health Design Plus in 1988, Ms. Ruth Coleman had almost 20 years of experience in HMO and hospital management, patient care, and nursing education. Her experience includes several executive HMO and hospital management positions with responsibility for network development, utilization management, customer service, quality management, marketing, strategic planning, and operations. Coleman used this breadth of managed care and care delivery experience to create an organization that provides high quality management for employer sponsored health benefit plans.

Her experience, expertise and leadership have guided Health Design Plus through incredible growth, recognized by numerous awards, including the prestigious Inc. 500 and eleven consecutive years as part of the Weatherhead 100, along with being named one of the Top Ten Women Business Owners in Northeast Ohio, and a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

About G. Keith Smith, M.D.

G. Keith Smith, M.D., is a board-certified anesthesiologist in private practice since 1990. In 1997, he co-founded The Surgery Center of Oklahoma, an outpatient surgery center in Oklahoma City, Okla., owned by 40 of the top physicians and surgeons in central Oklahoma. Dr. Smith serves as the medical director, CEO and managing partner while maintaining an active anesthesia practice.

In 2009, Dr. Smith launched a website displaying all-inclusive pricing for various surgical procedures, a move that has gained him and the facility national and even international attention. Many Canadians and uninsured Americans have been treated at his facility, taking advantage of the low and transparent pricing available.
Operation of this free-market medical practice, arguably the only one of its kind in the U.S., has gained the endorsement of policymakers and legislators nationally. More and more self-funded insurance plans are taking advantage of Dr. Smith's pricing model, resulting in significant savings to their employee health plans. His hope is for as many facilities as possible to adopt a transparent pricing model, a move he believes will lower costs for all and improve quality of care.

The Surgery Center of Oklahoma is a 32,535 square-foot, state-of-the-art multispecialty facility in Oklahoma City, owned and operated by approximately 40 of the top surgeons and anesthesiologists in central Oklahoma.
If you have a high deductible or are part of a self-insured plan at a large company, you owe it to yourself or your business to take a look at our facility and pricing which is listed on the site. If you are considering a trip to a foreign country to have your surgery, you should look here first. Finally, if you have no insurance at all, this facility will provide quality and pricing that we believe are unmatched.

It is no secret to anyone that the pricing of surgical services is at the top of the list of problems in our dysfunctional healthcare system. Bureaucracy at the insurance and hospital levels, cost shifting and the absence of free market principles are among the culprits for what has caused surgical care in the U.S. to be cost-prohibitive. As more and more patients find themselves paying more out-of-pocket, it is clear that something must change. We believe that a very different approach is necessary, one involving transparent and direct pricing.

Transparent, direct package pricing means the patient knows exactly what the cost of the service will be upfront.

About Olivia Ross

Olivia Ross is Senior Manager with the PBGH New Initiatives team. Her projects include management of the Employers Centers of Excellence Network, which is a multi-purchaser (employer) collaborative established by PBGH as part of its commitment to improving the quality and affordability of health care. Additionally, Olivia participates in several on-going projects focused on changing physician and hospital financial incentives to ensure high-quality health care delivery, while also containing costs.

Olivia joined PBGH in 2012 after four years at the Feinberg School of Medicine Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University. She initially served as Project Coordinator for several programs working with the Chicago Pediatric Patient Safety Consortium to advance patient safety through improved clinician communication and teamwork. Olivia's activities included conducting failure modes effects analysis (FMEA) risk assessments, training and evaluation of clinician handoffs and directing nearly 50 in situ simulations across six local hospitals

Olivia was then recruited to serve as the Research Project Manager of the newly formed Northwestern University Transplantation Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC). In addition to managing patient safety projects, she supported strategic planning and oversaw the day-to-day operation of a group tasked with creating innovative health services and outcomes research in organ transplantation.

Olivia holds a Master in Public Health (MPH) from UCLA, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Industry News

Germans to Travel to Poland for Treatment?

Medical tourism experts see Poland as a potentially significant player in this industry. The country's popularization as a hotspot for foreign patients is the result of implementation of the Ministry of Economy's program "Promotion of the Polish economy on international markets." Promotion is underway in Germany, the U.K., Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Russia, and the U.S.  

A commercial mission of Polish medical centers was organized in Germany on Sept. 11, 2004. There were 60 participants from Poland and Germany and invited guests. Polish companies returned home with the prospect of new contracts on the German market.

Representatives of Polish companies met with German experts, representatives of medical tourism environments, and other potential business partners. Two conferences were held during this mission: in Cologne and Berlin.  The first, in Cologne, was addressed to travel agencies and medical tourism intermediaries. The meeting in Berlin concerned healthcare funds. The leitmotif was the cross-border healthcare directive, discussed by leading expert and co-author of the directive Dr. Günter Danser.

Talks between potential partners from both countries also took place during matchmaking sessions in Cologne and Berlin. Hospitals enjoyed the greatest interest among German healthcare funds, and among medical tourism intermediaries, sanatoriums and dental clinics attracted the most interest.

Still planned for 2014: studio visit of foreign journalists to Poland (May), a mission to the United Kingdom and participation in The Health & Medical Tourism Show (July); mission to Denmark and Health & Rehab Scandinavia (September); international conference in Washington "Poland - fast growing health destination" and World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (September); mission to Sweden and Norway (November), studio visit of foreign industry partners to Poland (December).

CONTACT:
Iwona Lipska
Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency Plc.
tel. +48-22-334-98-49
e-mail: Iwona.lipska@paiz.gov.pl  
http://www.polandmedicaltourism.com  

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Industry News

NC Medical Travel Joins Greensboro, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce
NC Medical Travel and Tours to Costa Rica joins the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce in April 2014. Services include coordinating travel arrangements and booking appointments for patients who travel to Unibe Hospital for medical, dental and surgical procedures. NC Medical Travel works with existing TPA's, benefit administrators, HR managers, and CEO's of self-funded companies to lower their employee healthcare costs by up to 65 percent.

DentaRica, LLC, is very pleased to announce that they have joined the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce in Greensboro, North Carolina, a metropolitan area near Clemmons, North Carolina, where their office is located in the Historic Broyhill Suites. They have joined as "NC Medical Travel to Costa Rica" to better explain who they are and what they do. Their websites are: ncmedicaltravel.com and www.dentarica.com. Although both websites function well, they are designed to meet different needs.

Membership in the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce adds credibility to the rather new DentaRica business, and the resources provided as part of membership are going to add many new networking opportunities for their business to grow. Along with their beautiful new office space, this is a measure designed to make their valued customers feel more comfortable about medical travel. 

Additionally, this is part of an effort they are making to reach out to small businesses, TPA's, benefits administrators, HR managers, and insurance agents to better inform them of NC Medical Travel's out-of-the-box solutions for employee healthcare benefits. With the new healthcare reform landscape, they know that their medical travel services won't work for all businesses or individuals. However, especially for certain medical needs not covered by insurance (or for plans that have high deductibles and co-pays), their services are meeting a substantial need. Weight loss surgery or procedures that insurance companies decide are not covered are almost always going to leave employers and their employees in a lurch.

Dental care is very often a source of unfilled needs (no pun intended). NC Medical Travel has partnered with Clinica Unibe in Costa Rica, and they are reaching out to help with practical, economical solutions. ProMed Certified, professional staff at NC Medical Travel can work directly with employers with few or many employees, and coordinate care for their employees, saving an average of 65 percent on surgical and preventative healthcare costs.  

One of the difficulties of any new business, or even an old one that is expanding, is convincing new customers that they are trustworthy and legitimate. DentaRica encourages smart shoppers. And unlike many businesses who try to 'trick' even a smart shopper with gimmicks and false advertising, their goal is to be the obvious best choice in value, quality and service for medical travel to Costa Rica. 

Please visit the Chamber website at www.greensboro.org, and also www.clinicaunibe.net.  

Media Contact

Company Name: NC Medical Travel
Contact Person: Kathryn Jordan
Phone: 336-608-5636
Address: 3540 Clemmons Rd 
City: Clemmons
State: NC
Country: United States
Website: www.ncmedicaltravel.com

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Industry News

Medical Tourism from Russia - Survey March 2014

Medical Tourism from Russia is in the news a lot these days as more Russians are making their presence known in major clinics and hospitals and rehabilitation centers around the world.

Many countries and several clinics have enjoyed good business from Russia for many years and now, as the market expands fast, we wanted to find out who are these Russian medical tourists, what do they want and how much do they spend?

With more than 3,500 visitors attending the March Moscow Medshow, it provided a superb opportunity to conduct the first major survey into the requirements and tendencies of the Russian client/patient today. The results make most interesting reading and will be conducive for many organizations either actively marketing or looking to promote their services in Russia:

So who are these Russian medical tourists?

Q. How much would you be prepared to spend on Medical treatment abroad?

Eleven percent of the interviewed indicated that they are prepared to spend more than Euro.25,000 on their treatment abroad; 36 percent indicated that the cost of their treatment could be between Euro.10,000 to 25,000; and 53 percent indicated that their budgets for treatments are maximum Euro.10,000. This indicates that the total value of the Russian medical tourism market can be genuinely valued to be in excess of Euro.1 billion!

Q. When are you looking to have medical treatment?

With 42 percent indicating that they will be travelling abroad within 2-6 months it shows that there is a substantial number of potential patients looking to travel for treatment very soon. As the market is reputedly estimated at 70,000 per year this means that there are almost 30,000 Russians planning to travel overseas for treatment within the next 6 months! Twenty-two percent of those polled indicated that they have chronic conditions and were looking to travel at the earliest opportunity.

Q. What specific treatments are you looking for overseas?

Sixty-three percent of the potential patients indicated that they are looking for diagnosis and subsequent treatment as required; 9 percent or approximately 6,300 people indicated that they are looking for Surgery abroad; a further 6 percent are interested in cosmetic surgery; while 7 percent are looking for dental treatment outside Russia. A further 15 percent expressed their interest in spa and preventative medicine.

Q. What countries are of most interest for your treatment abroad?

Two countries, both with long involvement in the market, lead the list. Germany comes out on top with a staggering 32 percent of the market, followed by Israel with 22 percent. Other high contenders are Hungary 6 percent, Spain 5 percent, Switzerland 5 percent, Czech Rep. 4 percent. Bulgaria, Austria, Turkey & China each scored 3 percent (representing in excess of 2,000 visitors per year). In total 36 countries were indicated as medical tourism destinations of interest.

Q. What is your primary reason for visiting the Moscow MedShow today?

The 3,524 visitors to the March Moscow MedShow were highly representative of the general market from Russia. Forty-one percent indicated that they were visiting the exhibition to gather first-hand information on what medical treatments are available abroad, their costs and conditions. Seventeen percent came with a specific condition that required treatment and were looking for direct meetings/contacts with hospitals/clinics. Nine percent indicated that they were looking for information and details on preventative medicine while 33 percent indicated that they were there out of professional interest, indicating a growing number of specialized agents and facilitators emerging in Russia.

Age of the respondents.


The age of Russians looking for treatment abroad revealed some interesting statistics, such as 46 percent were aged 30-50, indicating the growing trend of middle-aged professionals representing the fast growing affluent middle class. Forty percent were over 50 while only 14 percent were under 30.

Gender of the respondents.

58 percent female and 42 percent male

The survey interviewed 422 individuals at the Moscow MedShow, March 1-2, providing a comprehensive insight and detailed cross section of the 3,500+ visitors over the two days.

The Moscow MedShow is the premier B2C medical tourism exhibition in Russia and the next event will take place in central Moscow, Sept. 20-21, 2014. For more information see www.MedShow.ru

This survey was produced independently for the aiGroup, organizers of the Moscow MedShow. Details and statistics can only be quoted with the consent of the aiGroup and all references should mention the Moscow MedShow.

For further details, please contact the aiGroup:
Moscow MedShow
aiGroup, Russia
www.MedShow.ru
Tel +7 495 777 2577
marina@medshow.ru

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Why Won't Medicare Pay for Medical Tourism?
by John R. Graham

Healthblog.ncpa.org - In a working paper published by the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University, Marc D. Joffe notes that Aetna, Blue Shield and HealthNet offer health insurance in California that gives beneficiaries access to Mexican providers. The U.S. insurers rent a provider network from a Mexican insurer.

The cost of healthcare in Mexico is 60-80 percent lower than in the United States. Therefore, cash-paying Americans travel to Mexico for many medical procedures. Joffe cites estimates of around half a million Americans visiting Mexico annually for medical care (although the number traveling only to fill prescriptions is not reported).

Joffe notes that 25,000 Americans living in Mexico in 2011 were receiving Social Security deposits. Unlike half a million other Americans who travel to Mexico for treatment, these retirees and their spouses return to the United States for treatment. The reason is that Medicare does not pay for their treatment out-of-country.

Joffe doesn't estimate how much money Medicare would save if it paid for their treatment in Mexico, but a back-of-the-envelope estimate is not hard to figure out. Let's just focus on inpatient hospital spending, which totaled $120 billion in 2012 (according the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission). This amounted to $3,263 per beneficiary. However, only 28.9 percent of beneficiaries required inpatient hospitalization in 2012. So, the cost per admitted patient was $11,291.

If Medicare could cut that cost by 60 percent, it would save $4,516 per patient. Scaling that to the American retirees in Mexico, it could amount to as much as $33 million.

Those savings amount to peanuts within the Medicare budget, and would only happen if every retiree took advantage of the option. But it's a start. And increasing numbers of Americans are planning to retire abroad, not only to Mexico, but Costa Rica and other low-cost countries.

It's a growing opportunity for Medicare savings. And the federal government wouldn't even have to establish provider networks: It could just ask Aetna, Blue Shield or HealthNet to share theirs.

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MERS: Danger From The Invisible Medical Traveler
by Julie Munro

MTQUA.org - A different kind of medical tourist has the attention of the global healthcare community. When crossing borders in small numbers, few take notice of it. But when the numbers increase to a critical mass, the world takes notice.

It is infection.

Today, the infection the world is paying serious attention to is the MERS virus, and watching its spread from Saudi Arabia into other countries in the Middle East and North Africa and beyond.

Countries whose hospitals have identified MERS in patients from the Middle East now include Turkey, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the U.K., Malaysia and the Philippines. Canada is reported to be on "red alert" against the threat of MERS.

MERS outbreak should have all of medical tourism alarmed.

MERS Outbreak

MERS has now been officially classified as an outbreak in parts of Saudi Arabia. A large number of cases have also been reported in Abu Dhabi. The current outbreak of the MERS viral disease in Saudi Arabia should have all of medical tourism alarmed.

MERS infection rates

2012: 9 reported cases

6 in Saudi Arabia, 2 in Jordan, 1 in Qatar -- 6 deaths.
2013: 170 reported cases

130 in Saudi Arabia, 13 in UAE, 8 in Qatar, 8 in other MENA, 11 other -- 62 deaths.
2014 to date (April 24): 238 reported cases

193 in Saudi Arabia, 39 in UAE (34 of which in Abu Dhabi), 6 in other MENA -- 43 deaths to date. These rates are growing daily.

Countries affected by MERS

The Saudi Ministry of Health now daily issues reports of new cases and deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) is closely monitoring the situation. According to the WHO, most of the recent MERS cases have been frontline caregivers. These are often foreign doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers from countries like Philippines, Egypt, India and Jordan. Many have died, including at least one doctor.

Governments in the affected region as well as embassies whose citizens are foreign healthcare workers in the region are also paying close attention. Countries that experience regular traffic to and from the Middle East are taking precautions. Many already worry about the movement of travelers during the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which this year happens at the beginning of October.

Hospitals take MERS-related precautions

"Malaysia's Ministry of Health sent out an advisory on MERS earlier in the year. Our ER team was put on alert to look out for potential cases since we see so many expatriate and foreign tourists, and we have a lot of people who travel in the course of their work," says Dr. Su-Lin Chong, CEO of Prince Court Medical Center in Kuala Lumpur, the leading World's Best Hospital for Medical Tourists™.

Hospitals such as Prince Court and Saudi German Hospital Dubai, a medical tourism certified hospital, have Negative Pressure Rooms where infected patients can be isolated from the population. These special rooms have special ventilation systems designed to prevent contaminated air from escaping to other parts of the facility.

Need more information for medical tourists

The current crisis draws attention to how little information patients and medical travel facilitators truly have about the quality of treatment and care at a hospital or clinic - beginning with a few simple numbers, ones that tell us about rates of infection.

Today it is MERS. Tomorrow it may be another rapidly moving virus or infection.

Medical tourists, facilitators and doctors need to know infection rates data.

On a daily basis, patients and their care managers need to rely on data about this or any infection prevalent in a hospital or clinic. If ever there was a good time to start insisting on infection data, it is now, when governments, global public health officials and news organizations are also asking for it.

Infection data not only is collected by hospitals and clinics, but in most jurisdictions it is required to be reported to a public health authority. In many places, this data is available to the public. All one needs to do is ask for it.

Hospitals and clinics can make this data available if they choose - and will do so if enough patients, doctors and medical travel facilitators keep asking.

How is your medical facility preparing for MERS?

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MERS Virus Spreads, But Not Yet a Global Health Emergency
WHO says seriousness of situation grows
by Katie Sullivan

Fiercehealthcare.com-The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus does not yet constitute a global public health emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) said this week, but the disease may be spreading.

There are more than 500 reported cases of the virus--which causes coughing, fever and sometimes fatal pneumonia--in Saudi Arabia alone, and it has spread to neighboring European and Asian countries, killing about 30 percent of those infected, Reuters reported.

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Dubai Medical Tourism Packages with Visa, Hotel
Providers of medical tourism packages will be required to acquire membership of Medical Tourism Club
by Majorie van Leijen

Emirates247.com-Come September, people visiting Dubai seeking medical care will be met with more than a treatment on a hospital bed: visa, hotel accommodation, as well as recreational activities for families who accompany patients, will be included in the medical tourism package.

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MoonGate Insurance Group and PlacidWay Help Patients in Bermuda Make Smart Medical Tourism Choices

MoonGate Insurance Group and PlacidWay medical tourism company have recently joined in a strategic partnership to provide global healthcare options to the citizens of Bermuda. This way, the local population will have access to affordable and specialized healthcare, in a timely manner.

PlacidWay, a U.S.-based medical tourism company, and MoonGate Insurance Group, located in Hamilton, Bermuda, have recently joined hands in a common goal -- to help local patients get affordable, specialized, high quality global medical treatments and procedures in a timely manner.

MoonGate Insurance Group is an insurance agency that markets services to groups and individuals on behalf of the Medical Air Services Association (MASA) and the Government Health Insurance Department, Freisenbruch-Meyer.

The insurance agency currently provides two health insurance plans: the Health Insurance Plan (HIP) and FutureCare. Both are marketed by MoonGate on behalf of the Bermuda Government's Health Insurance Department (HID). In order to combat the high costs of local healthcare, MoonGate combines its HealthGap Supplemental Health Insurance packages with the Department's products.

MoonGate also offers its clients the HealthGap Insurance Supplement, which is an affordable attachment to the individuals' existing policy. The HealthGap-AC (AGE Concern) Insurance Supplement and the HealthGap Insurance Supplement offer both local and international benefits to patients seeking medical care abroad.

MoonGate Medical Insurance Options

The official launch of the joint venture between PlacidWay Medical Tourism Company and MoonGate Insurance Group was on March, 19, 2014, during the HealthGap AC Event where Bermudians can analyze their health insurance and medical tourism options straight from the suppliers.

Pramod Goel, CEO, PlacidWay, says, "We are happy to have MoonGate Insurance Group as our partner in helping people from Bermuda access affordable, high quality and timely medical care abroad. As Bermudians have been going overseas for affordable medical care, this partnership will ease their search for the best doctor and treatment in a foreign country, and help them save a lot by choosing the services provided by PlacidWay."

Patients choosing MoonGate will have access to innovative global solutions and various options offered through the company's overseas vendors, such as PlacidWay, or Bill Negotiation Service for co-pays for U.S. medical bills. Patients will get the help they need to make medical decisions with confidence and to have access to the best diagnosis and treatment plan. Bill Negotiation Service has the possibility to negotiate with hospitals and doctors for lower treatment prices abroad.

MoonGate president and CEO Leon L. Bascome, says, "PlacidWay and MoonGate Insurance Group will join their forces to help people in Bermuda make the best choices when it comes to medical treatment and procedures abroad. PlacidWay has years of experience in the medical tourism industry, and is an important link in the chain between the patient and the medical provider. We continue to work on viable options for the Bermuda public. The HealthGap event is only one of many health products presentations set to be launched within the coming months."

About PlacidWay Medical Tourism
PlacidWay is a leader in the global medical tourism industry. Its goal is to offer up-to-date information and resources regarding medical travel, international providers, treatments, procedures and destinations for international travelers. PlacidWay has partnerships with more than 250 internationally accredited medical centers located in 30 countries worldwide.

About MoonGate Insurance Group
MoonGate Insurance Group is a dynamic insurance agency, which focuses on allowing clients to achieve real cost savings by grouping risks and establishing experience-based programs. MoonGate has years of experience in the field and solid strategic alliances, all offering the company the possibility to provide its clients the best cover for the best available price that can be attained.

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Low-Cost Quality Healthcare Program - Brooksville Cardiology
by Adel Eldin, M.D.

Our low cost quality healthcare program has been serving patients from ages 20 to 100 years for more than three years, and it continues to make a positive impact not only on people's physical health, but also their financial health by saving them thousands of dollars compared to traditional insurance. The program educates, advocates and empowers patients, and helps the entire community restore the dignity of the patient and honor of the profession. It truly brings the heart back in medicine!
This program combines old fashion values of honest, compassionate care with cutting edge technology. It also provides exceptional patient/doctor relationships with no interference, bureaucracy or barriers from the third party, which has traditionally failed to ensure benefits to the patients for the premium they collect or pay the provider for their professional services and can then result in enormous devastation to small and medium sized medical practices, and even hospitals which are continuing to shut down and file bankruptcy.

All individuals are in need of three main elements: disease prevention, comprehensive wellness (body, mind and immune health) and stress management. Our model of ultimate healthcare delivery is ideal as it combines great services at very low prices, clear transparency, high technology and major savings to the patients on blood work, medications, services and sub specialists referrals (as we operate one stop healthcare). To ensure comfort and convenience, patients have combined internal medicine and cardiology services in one place.

The ability to provide 24/7 access and direct communication with the patient has successfully aborted the overwhelming majority of cases that may have otherwise made their way to the emergency room (ER). The average cost of an ER visit is roughly $5,000.00, even if the visit is for something as miniscule as a sore throat. I always inform my patients that my program enrollment costs for five years (at $50/month) are equivalent to one ER visit.

Forget about hospitalization costs if a patient must stay overnight, which can cost between $15-20,000!

These costs make it very easy for the consumer to make his or her informed healthcare decisions based on better health and cost-effectiveness. If you prevent disease, you save money and have less stress from medical bills - it is that simple!
We have included all radio shows, testimonials, articles and Youtube videos related to this program and certainly encourage everyone to visit www.brooksvillecardiology.com and see the real deal for themselves!

To make this program more attractive, as I have so many snowbirds from up north coming to Florida for the colder months, patients can communicate and stay in touch through email or call our toll-free number, 1-877-DR ELDIN, for their comfort and assurance. As far as my patients who travel across the state and the nation for the nature of their work (truck driver) or for vacation, they have easy access in this program, as well. For example, we had an individual with acute gout who had a difficult time making a long distance drive. We were able to take care of that type of situation successfully, and save a lot of money for this patient who had easily enrolled in our program after losing his regular insurance. He was happy to join our program, which by the way has no copayments, no pressurization, no denial for any preexisting conditions, no denial for coverage on any of the services included in the plan, no referral necessary and open enrollment at any time of year!

You can see the 5 parts videos on Youtube Channel when you visit www.brooksvillecardiology.com.

We also have a Wellness plan for the seniors for non-Medicare covered services.

There is another beautiful aspect of this program which is giving back to the community. Since we are very much aware of hunger in America (about 50 million Americans affected - mostly women, children, elderly and veterans), we donate 5% back to feed the hungry and needy, and with that, we bring peace to the community and neighborhoods - a much needed element for a healthy America and world.

Feel free to follow us on twitter, facebook and on the web. I look forward to cooperating with anyone who would like to help ease our healthcare crisis! adeleldin@lcqhealth.com


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Medical Tourism: Why Healthcare Has Failed to Globalize

Economist.com-Clare Morris hardly noticed when she tore the meniscus in her knee while dancing. The pain started only when she heard that repairing the damage at a hospital in South Carolina, where she lives, would cost $15,000. With limited insurance, she would have had to pay much of that herself. But after shopping around she found that she could have her knee repaired at a good hospital in Costa Rica for $7,400-and take a holiday, too.

Just a decade ago, stories like hers seemed to point to the future of healthcare. If a person could save thousands by shopping in the global health market, the reasoning went, insurers and governments could save billions. A knee replacement costs $34,000 in America, but just $19,200 in Singapore, $11,500 in Thailand and $9,500 in Costa Rica, according to Patients Beyond Borders, a consultancy. Even within Europe savings are to be found: a hip replacement is $4,000 cheaper in Spain than in Britain.

In the mid-2000s American insurers set out to find these savings by touring foreign private hospitals. They found that many were as good as their rich-world counterparts, and far cheaper. A big shake-up seemed likely. In 2008 Deloitte predicted an "explosive" boom in medical tourism, saying that the number of Americans going abroad for healthcare would grow more than tenfold by 2012.

It did not happen. Poor data was part of the problem: whereas Deloitte counted 750,000 American medical tourists in 2007, McKinsey, another consultancy, found at most 10,000 a year later. It is generally agreed that the number of medical tourists has grown since then- Thailand's Bumrungrad hospital, which is popular with foreign patients, reports "steady
growth." But the data is still fuzzy. Patients Beyond Borders estimates that as many as 12 million people globally now travel for care, perhaps 1 million of them Americans. Industry insiders admit that growth has not matched the initial heady expectations.

Patient interest also turned out to be lower than predicted. Though some patients in the rich world seek out deals, most receive adequate healthcare at a manageable price and would prefer to stay at home. Potential savings are often insufficient to trump concerns about quality and the lack of recourse if something goes wrong. In 2008 Hannaford, an American supermarket chain, offered to pay the full cost of hip and knee replacements for its employees, including travel and patients' usual share-provided they would go to Singapore. None took up the offer.

The predicted growth depended on medical tourism evolving from an individual pursuit to a cost-saving measure embraced by insurers and governments. But without reliable projections, insurers were reluctant to invest in the idea, says Ruben Toral, a healthcare consultant. And cooler measures of the size of the opportunity dimmed their ardor. In 2009 Arnold Milstein of Stanford University estimated that less than two percent of spending by American insurers went on the kind of non-urgent procedures that might be moved abroad.

The legwork required also turned out to be formidable. Insurers had to choose foreign hospitals, negotiate contracts and malpractice insurance, and arrange follow-up care with American providers. They also risked upsetting the locals who would continue to take most of their custom. By the time the battle over Obamacare distracted them from contemplating trans-national forays, most seemed to have concluded that they would not be worthwhile anyway. Companion Global Health Care, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield, is the only big medical tourism offshoot of an American insurer.

Governments have shown a similar lack of enthusiasm, perhaps because state promotion of medical tourism is usually seen as an admission of policy failure. In 2002 Britain allowed patients facing long waits to seek treatment elsewhere in Europe. Liam Fox, the shadow health secretary at the time, called the decision "humiliating" and criticized the government for not spending more at home. In Germany patient advocates blame government stinginess for the fact that some retired people choose, for reasons of cost, to live in eastern European care homes. Overall, only one percent of public healthcare spending in Europe now crosses borders.

But the mere possibility of medical tourism is starting to change healthcare in unexpected ways. The biggest gains have gone not to patients, insurers or governments, but to hospitals, which have calculated that they could win more business by reversing the trend and going abroad to find patients. America's Cleveland Clinic will open a branch in Abu Dhabi next year. (It already manages Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, a 750-bed hospital in Abu Dhabi.) Singapore's Parkway Health has set up hospitals across Asia. India's Apollo Hospitals, a chain of private hospitals, has a branch in Mauritius.

And although American firms and insurers have mostly stopped scouring the globe for bargains, some have negotiated bulk rates with top-notch hospitals at home. Lowes, a home improvement firm, offers workers all around the country in need of cardiac care the option of going to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. PepsiCo, a food giant, made a deal with Johns Hopkins in Maryland. Other firms are said to be working on similar schemes. The future of medical tourism may be domestic rather than long-haul.


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The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa

The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa published an infographic detailing the prospects of a joint Health Tourism Development Strategy for the three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

View the infographic below and download the full report here.


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MatchingDonors is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and the nation's largest online living organ donor organization finding living organ donors for people needing organ transplants.  In conjunction with various health organizations throughout the United States we have created a very successful Public Service Announcement campaign to help people recognize that they can save lives by being a living organ donor, to encourage them to register as an altruistic living organ donor, and to make them realize they can help save the lives of people needing organ transplants by donating other things. This MatchingDonors Living Organ Donor Initiative program has already saved thousands of lives.


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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

IHH Healthcare: A Global Name In Medical Tourism

Sharesinv.com - IHH Healthcare is now one of the world's largest healthcare providers, with an impressive network of healthcare facilities spanning Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Key Medical Tourism Factors Every Hospital Manager Should Know

Hospitalmanagementasia.com - Medical tourism is an emerging global trend that hospitals are now taking advantage of to expand their healthcare businesses.

Medical Tourism Starts in China

English.peopledaily.com - Medical tourism is a new way of integrating leisure travel and medical services. Statistics show that the worldwide number of medical tourists increased from 20 million in 2006 to 40 million in 2012. They may spend 10 times what the ordinary tourist will while traveling, or even more.

The Rise of Medical Tourism in the UAE

Gulfnews.com - With the Ministry of Health projecting over a million medical tourists visiting Dubai every year by 2020, Anthea Ayache finds out why so many people are coming out to the sun to go under the knife

Medical Tourism Industry Growing in Sabah

Borneopost.com - The medical tourism industry in Sabah is starting to grow with the opening of the Swiss Wellness Center located on the ground floor of Le Meridien Hotel here yesterday.

Kenyan Firm Wins Global Medical Tourism Award

Capitalfm.co.ke - A Kenyan organization is among 13 companies that have been recognized as the best in medical tourism at the inaugural International Medical Travel Awards held in Dubai.

First Medical Tourism Awards Tout Top Treatment Trips

CNN.com - When they can see the world, save cash and get that surgery they wanted, it's no wonder that increasing numbers of travelers are hopping on a jet in search of cut-price healthcare.

Florida Plans $5 Million Investment in Medical Tourism

Digitaljournal.com - The Goodness Company, an international leader in medical tourism marketing, gave an enthusiastic thumbs up for Bill HB 1223 sponsored by Rep. Pat Rooney (R-West Palm Beach), which will give the state of Florida $5 million dollars to execute a four-year-long marketing effort to promote the state as a major American destination for international medical tourism.

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