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CONTENTS

From the Editor

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

News in Review

Govt to Launch Single Window Portal for Medical Tourism

Zika Virus Set to Spread across Americas, Spurring Vaccine Hunt

Why People Are Traveling Around The World To See A Doctor

Study Says Domestic Travel in Maldives Mostly for Medical

Malaysia Airlines to Drive Inbound Medical Tourism

Spotlight Interview

Suzanne Garber, CEO, Gauze

Perspectives

Medical Travel to the United States of America for Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Industry News

Global Wellness Summit Announces 10th Anniversary Conference to Convene in the Cradle of Wellness Tourism: Tyrol, Austria

Health Tourism Sector "Patrons and Proxies"

The Latest on the Zika Virus

IHC Forum & Expo: SPECIAL INVITATION

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THIS WEEK IN MEDICAL TRAVEL TODAY

Volume 8, Issue 23

Dear Colleagues:

As the medical travel industry becomes a growing interest among employers, providers and patients alike, a number of new companies are emerging in this marketplace.

Suzanne Garber, CEO, Gauze, provides details about her company - a global database that connects and informs organizations with immediate, accurate, and proprietary data about international healthcare facilities outside the U.S.

That being said, Garber has taken her interest in the industry a step farther and plans to release a documentary on the industry entitled: "GAUZE: Unraveling Global Healthcare." The documentary, which will premier at a number of film festivals worldwide later this year, will detail issues about quality, affordability and accessibility in healthcare.

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.

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Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: Suzanne Garber, CEO, Gauze

 

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About Gauze
Gauze connects individuals with hospitals around the world via advanced technology that offers immediate, accurate, and current data in a user friendly format--for both the individual and the sending organization. Detailed information displays right from a company's or university's intranet site.

Gauze accomplishes this through the power of information, choice, and transparency all designed to equip internationalists with the tools needed to make educated-and sometimes urgent-decisions about healthcare abroad.

No need to call an international hotline. No waiting on hold or for a call back for a simple referral. No worrying about confidentiality of your private medical information. Gauze seamlessly integrates into your corporate, academic, or charitable intranet for seamless and immediate connectivity into 20,000 hospitals.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): Tell us about Gauze and its overall mission.

Suzanne Garber (SG): Gauze is a global database that connects and informs organizations with immediate, accurate, and proprietary data about international healthcare facilities outside the U.S.

Many of the roughly 20,000 hospitals in Gauze's database contain price lists for procedures performed at certain hospitals around the world. The Gauze research teams work tirelessly, connecting with hospitals outside the U.S. to provide as much legally available, current and reliable information as possible.

Based on what the hospitals permit, Gauze communicates detailed information to patients, including any quality accreditations the facilities may hold from international, national and regional governing agencies.

It's important to note that while some countries have a high percentage of accreditations from international organizations for their hospitals, they may not necessarily be ranked higher in quality than countries with a lower percentage of international certifications. For example, France has zero percent of its hospitals accredited internationally simply because the French National System of Quality (Haute Autorite de Sante) is far more advanced and selective than any international accrediting body. Therefore, being credentialed internationally in France would equate to a lower quality standing than the national accreditation. It's important to be an educated consumer when comparing 'quality.'

In terms of pricing transparency, many healthcare administrators in the U.S. do not know how much simple procedures will cost, yet, prior to service most U.S. facilities will ask the patient to sign a waiver indicating their responsibility for payment should their insurance not cover the full amount.

I once asked a receptionist at a diagnostic center in the U.S. how much an x-ray of my foot would cost - I wanted to know the cost prior to signing the form. The receptionist said, "I don't know." I said, "How can you expect me to sign this form if you can't tell me how much I'll be liable for?" She then responded, "Unfortunately, if you don't sign the form, we can't provide you service."

I then proceeded to write in pen at the bottom of her form that required me to pay all costs if my insurance didn't pay: "I will pay the full amount owed up to $100, billed 30 days after treatment." Needless to say, the receptionist wouldn't accept my handwritten term and I didn't receive service at that facility because they couldn't verify how much the x-ray would actually cost, and they certainly couldn't turn around a 30 day billing cycle.

Individuals can learn the costs and associated fees of commodities, including cars, candy, computers, or even services like travel, baby-sitting, or banking, yet U.S. patients, and administrators, are clueless as to how much healthcare actually costs.

MTT: How many patients have you connected to hospitals via Gauze to date?

SG: Gauze is an automatic and confidential provider of information that seamlessly connects employees of organizations with hospitals outside the US. To date, we have not tallied the total number of connections made.

Our technology provides patients with the utmost confidentiality. The patients' employers are not notified if/when they research or make a connection, which is not always the case when working through traditional forms of insurance or assistance companies.

Another aspect of Gauze is its use in connecting organizations with information about international healthcare facilities from a provider standpoint. Makers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and hospital equipment utilize the information contained in Gauze to connect with healthcare facilities that may need their products and services.

MTT: What can readers expect to learn from your documentary, "GAUZE: Unraveling Global Healthcare," set for release in 2016?

SG: "GAUZE: Unraveling Global Healthcare" will be featured at various film festivals around the world in 2016 and 2017, thus bringing more awareness to the issues of quality, affordability and accessibility in healthcare.

In 2014-2015, a small film crew and I traveled to 24 countries, visited 174 hospitals and interviewed 65 CEOs/experts in international healthcare. We filmed live surgeries in France and spoke with 'average' Americans who were concerned about the skyrocketing cost of care in the U.S. We also spoke with a number of individuals in charge of benefits departments at U.S. companies, as well as major union officials who are concerned that the coverage of care in the U.S. continues to decline while out of pocket costs increase.

Many will be shocked to learn that the U.S. ranks 37th on the World Health Organization's list of healthcare systems. THIRTY SEVENTH!

The U.S. is sandwiched between Costa Rica and Cuba. I've seen healthcare in Cuba on a mission trip I undertook in 2000-they used fishing wire as suture in their public clinics. And the U.S. is ranked only one place better than that?

As one expert in our film states, "How can a country be deemed to have the best quality in the world if its citizens cannot access it (due to cost or distance or other limiting factors)?"

I think a lot of individuals-both U.S. and abroad-will be surprised to learn of issues pervading the U.S. from a layman's perspective, as well as the potential solutions that exist internationally.

But, more importantly will be the apathy factor. Once Americans receive this information about healthcare abroad, what will they do about it? Continue to complain about the current system? Take an activist role in changing the U.S. system for the better? Or go abroad to get the care they deserve at a price that is affordable to them?

The beauty of healthcare is that there is always a choice and we are responsible for our own decisions.

MTT: Have you personally been a medical traveler?

SG: I've lived in eight countries, traveled to 99 nations/territories and been to every continent, so I've been bound to get sick abroad somewhere!

I've had oncology treatments in Brazil, orthopedic appointments in Hong Kong and Singapore, was given hemoglobin shots for leptospirosis in the Dominican Republic, had my appendix removed in Spain and suffered cardiac issues in the Middle East.
I've also come down with bronchitis in Great Britain and Greece, norovirus on a Caribbean cruise, and malaria in Mexico. It's safe to say I've experienced healthcare outside the U.S. more frequently and intimately than most.

As a cancer and congenital heart defect survivor, I'm more susceptible to infections, but I don't let it stop me from traveling or living my life fully - I'm just more aware and prepared.

MTT: Are there major differences in care abroad versus in the U.S.?

SG: I can't broad stroke care in the U.S. versus abroad because it wouldn't be an accurate representation. Wherever I have received care-in the U.S. or abroad-I have found professionals who truly cared about their patients.

However, the systems under which I received care differed vastly in terms of delivery, cost and philosophy. While the resources in certain parts of Latin America are a bit more primitive than the U.S., the transparency of cost and speed of delivery are more evident.

Overall, I would have to say that the patient is usually at the epicenter of care in other systems (not individual physicians) of healthcare, whereas the U.S. is based more on the financial outcome and legal risk toward patient care.

This is obviously from a patient perspective, but also from an administrative perspective. Ask any U.S. doctor what their #1 impediment to care is and it's always administration and associated bureaucracy.

I would also challenge your readers to look back on the invoices they have received from U.S. healthcare institutions. Were they delivered in a timely manner (usually 30 days after date of service)? Were there discounts associated with the care? Did your insurance company receive discounts and did they commensurate with the out of pocket costs you paid? Were you informed pre-treatment about what the range of costs would be? Were your requests for confidentiality honored? How was your after-care scheduled and performed?

There's a myriad of questions that all patients should ask prior to treatment whether treated at home or abroad. Again, I stress the importance of being an educated consumer and patient.

MTT: Based on the locations that you have visited, which would you consider to have top-notch healthcare?

SG: Research and filming for our documentary took us to 24 countries and 174 different hospitals around the world, but prior to working on the film and the global database of hospitals, I had the good fortune of leading the global network for the world's largest provider of medical evacuations.

I had already traveled to a dozen countries and developed relationships with hospital CEO's from the top 50 healthcare facilities around the world. So, while one country might have a lesser standard of care overall, there might be one or two fabulous facilities in that country. Again, a broad stroke by country isn't necessarily a fair assessment, but having said that, I can personally attest to the impressive quality of care in Singapore, Hong Kong, France, UK and Brazil.

And, those countries where one might not feel so comfortable or safe from a security, political or economic standpoint are usually the same places that might not be the most efficacious in terms of healthcare. There can be anomalies, such as Iran, which might not be the safest for Westerners but still offers a higher level of care than some of its neighboring countries.

MTT: What can our readers expect from Gauze in the future?

SG: Gauze will continue to add healthcare facilities into our database thus becoming truly representative of EVERY hospital on the planet, while creating an algorithm that will effectively be used as the first true global ranking system of hospitals around the world. This has never been done before and we know why - it's a lot of data to assemble and validate, but it's a service and process whose time has come.

For additional information about Gauze, please visit www.gauze.net.

Perspectives

Medical Travel to the United States of America for Assisted Reproductive Technologies - Why Many are Making the Journey
by Dr. Benjamin Sandler, Medical Director of RMA of New York International

Countless individuals and couples encounter challenges in building their families on a daily basis, domestically and abroad. There are a multitude of reasons that motivate growing families to seek fertility treatments in the United States, most commonly to reap the benefits of state-of-the-art technologies and advanced laboratory techniques available in the US, or because there are legal and social barriers against the practice in their home country. The remarkable advances that have been made in assisted reproductive technologies provided by Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York have led to our global recognition, as well as the development of a program that has been specifically designed to facilitate personalized care for those traveling for our reproductive services.

At RMA of New York, we take great pride in the many international patients we have helped to achieve their family-building dreams. To date we have assisted patients from many different countries who have traveled to our center and have successfully become pregnant, whether on their own or with donor assistance. Our center offers not only the benefit of our medical expertise but also can assist with patients' needs such as translator services, accommodations and travel arrangements, and even local guidance to make their visit more rewarding. We are dedicated to ensuring that care is provided on a continuum, so we work directly with physicians from around the world via both Internet and telephone in order to secure all of the pertinent medical records and to design a treatment plan that will work with each patient's unique needs and circumstances.

Wherever possible, RMA of New York will partner with local centers and clinicians to minimize the amount of travel that is required from home. Clinical testing and initial treatments are often arranged through professionals in the patient's home country, however if not possible, our staff will coordinate the preliminary testing and full treatment plan to accommodate the patient's specific travel needs.

Depending on the patient's treatment requirements to conceive, the length of their stay in the U.S. may vary. In general, we find that identifying a chromosomally normal embryo is an integral part of treatment. Patients may need to spend several days in New York to identify the crucial time for embryo retrieval, and then return for embryo transfer when the best embryo and optimal time for uterine implantation is identified.

The reproductive endocrinologists at RMA of New York are able to provide international patients with a wide array of expert quality care and services, including:

  • In Vitro Fertilization with blastocyst transfer - average 5-7 days
  • Elective cryopreservation of oocytes - this process generally requires a four day stay.
  • Ovum donation - our state-of-the-art facility is able to provide both fresh and frozen donor eggs, as well as to receive and use sperm shipped for use in fertilization. Embryo transfer can be accomplished in a four-day visit, and the fertilization can be accomplished prior to arrival.
  • IVF with embryo screening - using preimplantation genetic diagnosis where embryos are tested and screened for chromosomal abnormalities. This procedure requires one visit to retrieve the eggs, and then once the optimal embryo is identified, a second brief visit for embryo transfer -2-3 days.

In addition to these services, the physicians at RMA of New York are constantly working to advance our understanding of genetic mutations and chromosomal abnormalities so that we can provide our local and international patients with their goal of a healthy pregnancy. Those seeking state-of-the-art treatment will find that our clinical expertise is matched only by our dedication to providing patients with successful, compassionate personalized attention to the unique needs and challenges presented by seeking medical care away from home.

About Dr. Benjamin Sandler

Dr. Benjamin Sandler is an assistant clinical professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and attending physician at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He is co-director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York. Dr. Sandler completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. He completed his subspecialty fellowship training in infertility and reproductive medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Sandler is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is well recognized for his role in creating and popularizing many current in vitro fertilization protocols.

Dr. Sandler has authored several book chapters and articles on infertility and has lectured at both national and international meetings. He was the co-author of prize-winning papers in the area of Assisted Reproductive Technologies at the prestigious American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual meetings in 1990, 1991, 1998, and 2005. Dr. Sandler was selected for inclusion in the NY Metro Guide: How to Find the Best Doctors, and was recognized by New York Woman Magazine in 1991 and the Better Living Magazine in 2004 as one of the best infertility specialists in New York. New York Magazine repeatedly has championed Dr. Sandler as one of the "Best Doctors" of New York in their annual editions since 2004. SuperDocs annually features him as a leading physician in their New York listing, and Latino Leaders Magazine featured him in its "New York's Finest" issue in 2006 and in a healthcare leaders article in 2011. He received the American Fertility Association Family Building Award in 2001 for his years of dedication and commitment to the treatment of couples experiencing infertility. Dr. Sandler serves on the medical advisory board of the American Fertility Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

Industry News

Global Wellness Summit Announces 10th Anniversary Conference to Convene in the Cradle of Wellness Tourism: Tyrol, Austria
Event co-chairs Susan Harmsworth MBE, founder of ESPA; and Dr. Franz Linser, founder, Linser Hospitality, and former Austrian Olympic team ski coach; Summit to take place October 17-19 in Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria

 

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) today announced that this year's conference will be held in the European cradle of wellness tourism on October 17-19 at KitzKongress, Kitzbühel in Tyrol, Austria. Delegates, including leaders and visionaries from the $3.4 trillion global wellness industry, will be given the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in what many consider the most important wellness experience of all: the splendor of nature.  

Nestled in the Austrian Alps, Kitzbühel is an authentic, medieval city and one of Austria's best-known year-round sports resorts - home of World Cup ski races in the winter, ATP Tennis in the summer and, increasingly, a year-round destination as emphasized by its popular Kitzbühel 365 campaign.
   
Tyrol puts wellness at the center of its economy, and holds a unique place in wellness history as a pioneer, bringing people and businesses together to promote a region's distinct health-focused offerings. It's the location of the first wellness hotel collaboration begun 30 years ago; 15 years ago Tyrol introduced the idea of forming a wellness cluster bringing together public and private partners to use their synergies to increase competitiveness and inspire innovation. This model has since been emulated in other parts of the world and "Cluster Wellness Tirol" now boasts a member network of more than 120 wellness businesses.

"Tyrol, Austria is an amazing example of a destination that has centered its tourism initiatives around wellness, transforming the region from a single season, ski-only destination to a year-round wellness destination," said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman and CEO. "The region has what wellness seekers want: natural surroundings full of remarkable beauty; fresh air, clean water; great, authentic, local cuisine; and plenty of outdoor space to stay active and in touch with nature."

"This inspirational environment will no doubt help fuel transformative thought leadership about the future of wellness during the Summit," continued Ellis. "I can't think of a better venue for our tenth anniversary Summit - a kind of Wellness Davos."

Sponsors responsible for attracting the 2016 GWS to Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria include Tirol Werbung, Tourism Board Kitzbühel and Wirtschaftskammer Tirol.

"Bringing the premiere wellness conference to Tyrol is extremely gratifying for our region and will help us put a global spotlight on something we started decades ago: wellness tourism," said Günther Platter, Governor of Tyrol. "We look forward to welcoming the international community and exploring the exciting opportunities for the future of our remarkable region that offers so much of what people are looking for these days: the ability to slow down, get away and immerse in nature and joys of life."

According to research from the Global Wellness Institute, Austria ranks first in Europe in wellness tourism expenditures per capita ($15.7 billion USD annually) and is the 5th largest wellness tourism market in the world with a modest population of 18 million. And Tyrol alone had a record-breaking more than 11 million guest arrivals in 2015, a remarkable achievement for a region with fewer than a million full-time residents.

This year's event is co-chaired by two members of the GWS board of directors: Susan Harmsworth MBE, founder of ESPA, the internationally-recognized luxury spa brand; and Dr. Franz Linser, founder and managing director of international consulting firm Linser Hospitality. Linser, an Austrian native, was fundamental in establishing Cluster Wellness Tirol.

The Summit is an invitation-only gathering for senior executives, for information about attending click here. For sponsorship, contact Michelle Gamble (michelle.gamble@globalwellnesssummit.com).

To learn more about the 2016 GWS, visit: http://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/2016-summit.

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.4 trillion global wellness industry. Held in a different location each year, the Summit attracts delegates from all over the world. Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco and Mexico City. The 2016 Summit will be held in Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria from October 17-19. 

Industry News

Health Tourism Sector "Patrons and Proxies"
by Constantine Constantinides, M.D., Ph.D.

The Story which goes with it

...response to a question
I am known for supporting the ht8 approach to the definition and scope of Health Tourism.
The very simple and clear definition of Health Tourism is: "Health-related services involving some travel".
As for the scope, I support the view that the Sector offers a spectrum of health-related services which can be logically grouped under 8 Segments:

  • Medical Tourism
  • Dental Tourism
  • Spa Tourism (can include Thermalism and Thalassotherapy)
  • Wellness Tourism
  • Sports Tourism (not for spectators)
  • Culinary Tourism (in the context of healthy cuisine)
  • Accessible Tourism
  • Assisted Residential Tourism (Retirement Housing and Care - Abroad)

All of the 8 segments are clearly Health-related and involve some Travel - and together are "complementary" (addressing all age groups, interests and needs).

This approach expands the "industry" so that it can address a broader "market" - meaning more business for all.

In fact, this approach shapes the Market Boundaries and Industry Structure of the Health Tourism Sector so that it best serves the interests of the stakeholders (industry and market).

Early in 2016, a debate "erupted" amongst some members, associates and friends of the Global Healthcare Travel Council (GHTC), following my reply (as Secretary General of the GHTC) to a question - which was in essence about the Definition and Scope of Health Tourism.

As expected, not all those who posted comments regarding my reply to the question agreed with the reasoning and rationale behind my answer.

Basically, they disagreed with my supported views regarding the definition and scope of Health Tourism.
In fact, those who disagreed with me insisted, in effect, that we need to wait for the UNWTO to decree the definition of Health Tourism - and its scope.

But what surprised me was the thinly-veiled vehemence of two of my detractors.

But I said nothing at the time.

It later emerged (by self-admission) that the move to get the UNWTO to decree on the Definition and Scope of Health Tourism was driven by two of the "critics."

Self-regulation and Self-determination of the Health Tourism Sector

...as a self-evident principle
As long as I can remember, I have been championing the principle of self-regulation and self-determination of sectors of the economy, such as that of Health Tourism.
In fact I regard "self-regulation and self-determination" as a self-evident principle.
So, it struck me as bizarre that there were industry-players insisting that the Health Tourism Sector needs to cede aspects of its "self-regulation and self-determination" to a patron or proxy (such as the UNWTO).

Questioning the relevancy of the UNWTO to our interests and needs

...the Subservience Complex
My response to those who insist that the UNWTO should decree the definition of Health Tourism and its scope, is: why should Health Tourism, which emerged and evolved without the help, support and guidance of the UNWTO, now want this generic tourism organization to determine its definition and scope?
And if the UNWTO why not also the WHO?
Does the Health Tourism Sector need to be characterized by the Subservience Complex - perpetually seeking the blessing and affirmation of patrons and proxies?

Conspicuous by its absence

...yet determined to impose its edicts
To how many of the scores of "credible and respected" Health Tourism / Medical Tourism Conferences - between 2006 and 2016 - did the UNWTO send a formal delegation?
The answer is none.
Correct me if I am wrong.

About Constantine Constantinides, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Constantine Constantinides, M.D. and Ph.D., is the Director of healthCare cybernetics, the Health Tourism Sector Think and Do Tank (which provides knowledge, analysis and strategic thought on Health Tourism Development and Promotion, mainly at the macro-economic / destination level). As of October 2015, he is also Secretary General of the Global Healthcare Travel Council.

Industry News

The Latest on the Zika Virus
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention add another two destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts

Excerpted from H&HN Daily, by permission, January 27, 2016, Copyright 2016, by Health Forum, Inc.  The permission fee is waived.

Hhnmag.com-As the Zika virus continues to spread throughout the Americas, patients with the virus are showing up throughout the continental U.S.

To view the original article in its entirety click here.

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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

Govt to Launch Single Window Portal for Medical TourismHindubusinessline.com- The Government plans to launch a single window portal in order to promote medical and wellness tourism in the country, Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Wednesday.

Zika Virus Set to Spread across Americas, Spurring Vaccine HuntReuters.com-The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Why People Are Traveling Around The World To See A DoctorHuffingtonpost.com-You've likely heard of medical tourism -- when individuals travel abroad to obtain health care they find too costly or delayed at home.

Study Says Domestic Travel in Maldives Mostly for MedicalHaveeru.com-The majority of domestic travels between the islands of Maldives are for medical purposes, research has shown.

Malaysia Airlines to Drive Inbound Medical Tourism Traveldailymedia.com-A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) will see the two parties conduct joint marketing activities to position Malaysia as an international medical tourism destination.

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