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From the Editor

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

News in Review

Scripps Health to Help Run Hospital Along U.S.-Mexico Border

11 Best Surgical Hospitals in the World

Dubai Health Authority Highlights Dubai Medical Tourism Initiatives at Arab Travel Market 2016

Spotlight Interview

Carlos Zavala Ruiz, Chief Operating Officer, Angeles Health International

Industry News

36th Annual National Educational Conference & Expo

Healthcare Goes Global and Gives Online Medical Tourism a Boost

Medical and Dental Tourism Could Double in Costa Rica by 2020

Junomedical Launches Digital Medical Treatment Hub


Help Save a Life and Support MatchingDonors


Upcoming Events

IMTJ Medical Travel Summit

IMTJ Academic Conference on Medical Travel and Cross Border Healthcare

EHMA Annual Conference 2016

2016 Annual FMMA Conference

Destination Health - Canadian Medical Tourism Trade Show

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Volume 8, Issue 25

Dear Colleagues:

Treating a total of five million patients annually, Angeles Health is the largest private hospital network in Mexico, and a leader in medical travel.

The U.S.-based subsidiary of Angeles Hospital - Angeles Health International - specifically coordinates the treatment of North American medical travelers to Mexico and offers patients full concierge services in both English and Spanish.

Carlos Zavala Ruiz, chief operating officer, Angeles Health International, states, "On average the facility saves patients at least 40 percent of the cost of equivalent treatment offered in the U.S." Read on to learn more about Angeles Health.

Additionally, I am pleased to announce that the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism has invited me to lead a panel discussion: "Growing Employer Uptake of Domestic Medical Travel Benefits," during the 2016 IHC Forum & Expo, May 25, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Atlanta, Georgia. 

The presentation will include a seasoned group of panelists, including technology guru Tibi Zohar, CEO, DoctorGlobe, benefit design specialist T. J. Morrison, vice president, Benefit Design Specialists and claims administration and health management expert Tim Hyde, vice president, HealthSCOPE Benefits. The panel will offer attendees an inside perspective on the domestic medical travel phenomenon and how a growing number of small to mid-size employers are taking advantage of direct-to-provider contracts with bundled pricing. Attendees will also receive an exclusive view of the new technology platform, DoctorGlobe. 

We've been in contact with self-insured employers of all sizes that are re-evaluating the size and scope of their networks to ensure that individuals are accessing quality care at the most cost-effective sites. This growing trend will be evident during a panel presentation that I am chairing at SIIA's upcoming Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, September 25-27, 2016. 

Judging from the turnout and enthusiasm at last year's event, I am certain that this year will be even better.  Take a look at the speakers -- high profile leaders who are positioned to make these decisions for the marketplace.  http://www.siia.org/ 

Whether you are an employer, provider or intermediary, you will want to attend. Look forward to seeing you in September! 
We're also hearing from many hospitals, independent surgi-centers and provider groups that want to be better positioned to serve self-funded employers offering medical/surgical travel options.  If you have a good story to tell us, please be in touch!  We want to boost opportunities for Centers of Excellence nationwide.  

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

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

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

Laura Carabello
Editor and Publisher
Medical Travel Today




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SPOTLIGHT: Carlos Zavala Ruiz, Chief Operating Officer, Angeles Health International





About Carlos Zavala Ruiz
Mr. Zavala has more than 16 years of experience in the healthcare field in Mexico. Coming from a family of doctors, Mr. Zavala started in the cross-border healthcare business 14 years ago as a consultant to a TPA, which after 1.5 years made him vice president of Operations, running offices in Tijuana, Monterrey, Mexico and Guadalajara. In 2004 he joined Hospital Angeles Tijuana, part of Grupo Angeles Servicios de Salud, the largest private hospital organization in Mexico, with 28 hospitals across the country.

About Angeles Health International
Angeles Hospital is Mexico's largest private hospital network. Our patient care network is comprised of 28 hospitals, 234 surgical suites, 2,554 beds and 15,000 specialists. Five million patients are treated each year by 11,000 Angeles Health physicians.

In just over two decades, Angeles Hospital has radically transformed the practice of private medicine in Mexico and become a leader in medical tourism. Angeles Hospital conducts an estimated 100 clinical trials annually, primarily with major global pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Angeles Health International is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Angeles Hospital that helps coordinate the treatment of more North American medical travelers than any other hospital network globally. Our U.S.-based case managers have years of experience and offer our patients full English-fluent and Spanish-fluent concierge services.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): Tell the readers about Angeles Health International.

Carlos Zavala (CZ): Angeles Hospital is Mexico's largest private hospital network. Our patient care network is comprised of 28 hospitals, 234 surgical suites, 2,554 beds and 15,000 specialists, and is always growing.

Treating a total of five million patients each year, Angeles Hospital conducts an estimated 100 clinical trials annually, primarily with major global pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

In just over two decades, Angeles Hospital has radically transformed the practice of private medicine in Mexico and has become a leader in medical travel.

Angeles Health International is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Angeles Hospital that helps coordinate the treatment of more North American medical travelers. Our U.S.-based case managers have years of experience and offer our patients full concierge services - both in English and Spanish. This personal touch allows people to receive answers to the many questions they may have while deciding to pursue surgery. 

MTT: How did Angeles Health get started in medical travel?

CZ: Angeles Health International recognized that there was an increasing need for high quality and affordable medical treatment for U.S. and Canadian patients. In the past two decades, as the Angeles Health medical network revolutionized the standard of care in Mexico, our reputation grew and people began requesting visits to our hospitals.

MTT: How many medical travelers do you see in your network per year?

CZ: We average between 650-850 medical travelers per year.

MTT: What procedures do medical travelers commonly seek?

CZ: We are well known for the quality of our innovative functional oncology program, and we're proud to have one of the world's best weight loss surgeons.

Additionally, we also commonly see patients for stem cell applications, orthopedic surgery, dentistry, cardiology, cosmetic surgery, and just about any other procedure you would expect from a hospital.

Generally speaking, patients come to us based on our reputation, innovative approach and exceptional value, so we see people for a variety of care options.

MTT: Is there a major difference in cost at Angeles Health in comparison to other facilities in, let's say the U.S.?

CZ: While prices vary across the U.S., Angeles Health prides itself on offering comparable care, and in many cases, better treatment options at lower prices than what patients would receive in the U.S.

On average we save patients at least 40 percent of the cost of an equivalent treatment offered in the U.S. That number can significantly increase for treatment options that have higher margins in the U.S. For example, gastric sleeve surgery has an average cost of about $19,000 in the U.S., which insurance may not cover. At Angeles Health the same procedure with one of the world's most experienced surgeons costs $6,500. For a complicated procedure like an angioplasty that can cost up to $41,000 in the U.S., our price of $14,000 represents significant savings.

MTT: If a prospective medical traveler was interested in seeking care at Angeles Health, what would their process be from start to finish?

CZ: If a patient is interested in receiving care at Angeles Health, they can go to our contact page and enter in their introductory information and the treatment options they're interested in.

One of our case managers will directly follow up with the patient within 24 hours to discuss their medical treatment options, as well as answer any questions they may have about treatment.

During the course of conversations with the prospective patient, we collect relevant personal and family medical information, as well as gather any diagnostic information that may be needed. For more complex procedures, patients typically consult and speak directly with their surgeon. Should the patient commit to treatment, a case manager will answer any final questions they have and give them general information, including recovery times, dietary restrictions, etc.

Next, the patient will be met at the nearest airport (or at the Tijuana border) by our comfortable Angeles Hospital shuttle service and taken to their chosen hospital. At the hospital they'll go through all the usual check-in procedures.

After their treatment and any requisite monitoring time, they'll be free to check out of the hospital. If their procedure requires a follow-up consultation they will stay at a nearby hotel until they are approved for travel. When the patient and their surgeon are satisfied, our shuttle will take the patient back to their original arrival point.

Once the patient is home, Angeles Health International will follow up with them to ensure their recovery is going as expected, answer any questions and help address any after-care requirements they may have. All of the above is covered in more detail on our site.

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

CZ: Angeles Health International will continue its mission of helping patients from the U.S., Canada, Europe and more, and find the best care options at an affordable price and in an accessible timeline.

If you have any questions about treatment options, or our mission, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We strongly believe in patients' rights and their ability to access medical treatment in a safe and professional medical environment free from price gouging or long wait times.

Industry News

36th Annual National Educational Conference & Expo
September 25-27, 2016 • JW Marriott Austin • Austin, TX

SIIA's National Educational Conference & Expo is the world's largest event dedicated exclusively to the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer industry. Registrants will enjoy a cutting-edge educational program combined with unique networking opportunities, and a world-class tradeshow of industry product and service providers guaranteed to provide exceptional value in four fast-paced, activity-packed days.

Monday, September 26, 2016
TIME: 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Taking a page from the travel surgery playbooks that the large, high-profile companies have followed over the past few years, mid-size or smaller employers and plan sponsors now recognize that the site of service significantly impacts the quality and cost of care. These are the keys factors in selecting where to have procedures performed - everything from MRIs and diagnostics to complex surgeries. 

Learn how TPAs, brokers and employers are educating and incenting employees to make better choices - from reducing coinsurance to eliminating copayments, paying travel expenses or cash rewards.  The goal is to help employees seek the right care, at the right time, and in the right place - in or out of current networks."

Panel Chair: Laura Carabello

Editor and Publisher


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Laura Carabello, principal and chief creative officer, CPR Strategic Marketing Communications, is a strategy consultant in healthcare and technology who has more than 25 years of experience in positioning public, private and non-profit entities in medical travel, health information technology, managed care and employee benefits, and life sciences. Carabello presents and chairs numerous industry conferences, and has testified before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on healthcare advertising and marketing ethics. The recipient of multiple leadership and humanitarian awards, Carabello serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Bergen County. She received a B.S. in Journalism from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.

Simeon Schindelman, CEO, Brighton Health Plan Solutions

One Penn Plaza, 46th Floor, New York, NY 10119
Office Phone:  212.485.9017

Combine a commitment to multiple market stakeholders and a passion to empower individuals and families with the healthcare tools that they have long desired, and you'll have an introduction to Simeon Schindelman, CEO, Brighton Health Plan Solutions (BHPS), parent of MagnaCare LLC, MagnaCare Administrative Services, as well as a brand new commercial health plan currently in development.

Simeon is responsible for all aspects of these businesses including current performance, as well as establishing and implementing strategic priorities that will enhance future success.

Effective and transformative innovation is Simeon's personal trademark, and he will draw upon his broad management experience, leadership expertise and deep understanding of the varied participants in the healthcare marketplace to drive the growth of BHPS.

Given his demonstrated success building businesses that transform the traditional approach to healthcare, and proficiency in working with plan sponsors of all size and scope, Simeon is powering a business model that leverages data analytics, consumer service, and advanced technology to deliver personalized healthcare solutions. He is recognized for incorporating high-touch, thoughtful services that people value in virtually every aspect of their lives, but have been missing in their insurance and healthcare experiences. His formula is also designed to serve the targeted, unique needs of providers, employers and brokers, all of whom are key to bringing tomorrow's healthcare solution to the marketplace today.

This brand of forward-thinking management contributed to the success of his most recent leadership role as chairman and CEO of Bloom Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2012 - 2015), a leader in designing, building, and operating private exchanges. Simeon drove rapid growth that was catalyzed by a commitment to bringing consumers "knowledge, trust, and confidence."

Previously, he was senior vice president, Commercial Markets (2009 - 2012) at Medica Health Plans, Minnetonka, Minnesota, where he and his team created My Plan by Medica, an exceptional provider-oriented product developed in partnership with health systems. Over the years, he has held senior level management positions at several high-profile healthcare companies including a succession of leadership roles at UnitedHealthcare.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Schindelman is determined to make a measurable difference in people's lives and bring about positive change. These are the hallmarks of his unique approach and vision for the success of BHPS.

Mark Kendall, Senior Partner, HUB International Midwest Limited

55 East Jackson Boulevard Chicago, Illinois 60604
Direct Dial: 312-429-2287
Mobile: 312-848-8298
Email: mark.kendall@hubinternational.com

With 30 years' experience in the corporate employee benefit industry, Mark has a proven record in consulting corporations. His core competencies include alignment of strategic and tactical objectives of Fortune 500 corporations to enhance their own future financial position with their total rewards plans and with the insurance carrier. Starting his 16th year in consulting, Mark has created over $150 million in documented savings for large corporations and their employees relative to their plans.

Mark is a senior partner at Hub International located in their Chicago office. Hub International is the largest privately held brokerage in the U.S. with over 8,500 employees serving customers in North America. Mark has worked with many of the Fortune 500 companies over his consulting career, including Accenture, W.W. Grainger, Gannett, HCR ManorCare, HSBC, JohnsonDiversey, ArcelorMittal, Presence Health, United Airlines, Union Pacific Railroad and Reyes Holdings.

Prior to his consulting career, Mark's carrier background includes leading the Chicago operation of Unum and leading Prudential Financial's Midwest operation. Throughout his career, Mark's experience also includes extensive training to the industry, product innovation and development specifically directed towards national account sized multinational companies.

Carrie Hatch, Chief Operating Officer, AmeriBen

3449 Copper Point Drive Meridian, Idaho 83642
Office Phone: (208) 947-9229
Email: CHATCH@ameriben.com
Website: https://www.ameriben.com/

Carrie has been with AmeriBen since 2004. As chief operating officer, she is responsible for Operations and is a member of AmeriBen's Executive Leadership Team. She oversees the Claims and Customer Care Centers, Provider Relations, Client Accounting, Plan Build, and Support Services. Carrie's exceptional attention to detail and ability to understand the complexities of the TPA business have been instrumental in the quality of AmeriBen's operations.

Prior to joining AmeriBen, Carrie served seven years as a project coordinator for a large executive consulting firm. Previous capacities she has served in here at AmeriBen include Accounting, Technology Services Center Analyst, and EDI Services Coordinator. Her internal advancement and contributions to the organization truly embody our Core Purpose as it pertains to developing great leaders.

Carrie received her Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix in Arizona.

Industry News

Healthcare Goes Global and Gives Online Medical Tourism a Boost

www.eyefortravel.com - Sally White finds that more people than ever are travelling abroad for their medical needs
A highly fragmented market, online medical tourism is nonetheless developing strongly in the most unexpected parts of the world. While global figures are hard to find, venture fund group Accel Partners estimate that it could be worth $55 billion with six to 10 million people annually travelling to find medical services.

The latest news includes Dubai's launch of what it says is the first comprehensive electronic medical tourism portal. Bangkok-based Medical Departures is raising $2.5 million to develop its global online booking service, and Canadian online travel group Travelucion is signing a deal to promote Cuban medical tourism online.

Dubai has developed a strong international customer base for its hospitals, helped by the fact that the national Emirates airline flies to over 140 countries. Its 26 hospitals and 1,000 clinics last year saw 638,000 medical tourists, of which 47,000 were from outside the region.

"Every year the number goes up by 12-15 percent," said Dr. Laila Al Marzouqi, head of the Dubai Health Authority's (DHA) medical tourism initiative.  The initiative has a target of 500,000 international medical tourists for its medical hub by 2020.

Acknowledging patient nervousness about trusting their vital parts to hospitals around the other side of the world, the DHA has incorporated a Patient Bill of Rights and Patient Protection Plan in its medical packages.

"The medical packages provide for medical insurance to cover any complication or medical liability," she said.

Global interest

Medical Departures' funding is interesting in terms of who joined it. Included were giant German publishers, Hubert Burda Media, which is now well established in the wellness and health media markets, in digital publishing, magazines and conferences. Health is a major market in Germany - the most recent figures show the country spending 11.3 percent of its GDP on healthcare - two percent above the OECD average - partially self-funded and partially state.  Medical Departures offers a range of clinics as far afield as South-east Asia and Latin America.

Travelucion has signed a new deal to promote a wide range of treatments in Cuba and North America. A combination of low cost treatment and post-operative rehabilitation centers make Cuba an attractive location to American and Canadian medical tourists, a company spokesperson said.

Another funding, earlier this year, was a $3.5 million investment from China-based CL Global Healthcare into Medigo, a global booking service.  CL Global was set up to link China with the U.S. health system, and late last year also invested in start-up VoyagerMed, an online marketplace for medical tourism exclusively to U.S. based-doctors.

Plenty of other countries are keen to access patients on line. Malaysia is one, and it is not doing badly with the latest annual figures put at 882,000. However, growth has slowed to an annual one percent and, according to international consultants Frost & Sullivan, the country "needs to further develop healthcare resources, particularly specialists and ancillary healthcare workers and technical healthcare skills."

The government is now aiming to promote its development with three healthcare hubs - in Penang, Malacca and Johor Bahur as part of its five-year economic development plan.

Thailand remains the dominant medical tourism player in Asia, with around 50 percent of the regional market, says Frost & Sullivan. Medical tourism could have generated as much as $3 billion in 2015 from income earned by private hospitals listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand alone, according to Kasikorn Research Centre, a subsidiary of Kasikorn Bank. This represents revenue growth of 15 percent year-on-year.

Estimate: 1.2 million to 1.4 million Americans are now heading overseas for surgery annually

According to Josef Woodman, CEO of online group Patients Beyond Borders, increasing numbers of people are going abroad for healthcare. Judging by data from ministries of health and hospitals around the world, he says, 1.2 million to 1.4 million Americans are now heading overseas for surgery annually. And that number has been increasing by an average of 23 percent per year for the last 10 years. He attributes recent rises, in part, to Obamacare making Americans increasingly comfortable with shopping for physicians and insurance plans.

Listed for Americans by the New York Post as the top medical tourism destinations are Mexico, Colombia, Barbados, Hungary, India, Thailand and South Korea, each with their own specializations. Most costs are at least 50 percent cheaper than in the U.S. Not that Americans are the only outbound medical tourists. There are plenty of others avoiding their countries' expensive or unsafe medical systems. Nigeria is actually banning medical tourism for its nationals, having found their annual spend was $1 billion.

As international consultants PwC commented: Globalization has radically altered the business model for service and manufacturing industries. Health, traditionally regarded as a local industry, is becoming global as well.

To view the original article on www.eyefortravel.com, click here.


Industry News

Medical and Dental Tourism Could Double in Costa Rica by 2020
by Jaime Lopez

News.co.cr- The number of health travelers from the United States who visit Costa Rica for medical and dental procedures could double by the end of this decade. Such was the forecast recently broadcast by national television network Teletica in a report by Adrian Fallas.

In 2015, Costa Rica welcomed about 50,000 medical and dental tourists; this figure was reported by ProMed, an organization that seeks to promote health travel to our country. According to ProMed, the majority of visitors came from the U.S., and they spent $338 million during their stay.

The growth rate of medical tourism in Costa Rica is currently at 20 percent. The average stay lasts one week, and health tourists can spend $7,000 on average; this includes their procedures, as well as their lodging and recreational activities.

Although other destinations in the Americas seek to compete against Costa Rica in terms of medical tourism, our country is well positioned to retain its market leader status thanks to quality of care. Dental tourism providers such as the Flikier Institute of Oral Rehabilitation, for example, focus their efforts on providing a therapeutic experience that patients can thoroughly enjoy.

A good way to measure the satisfaction of medical and dental tourists in Costa Rica is by their testimonials. As recently reported by The Costa Rica Star, the Flikier Institute received a very touching mention by Hall of Fame swimmer Karlyn Pipes in her book The Do Over: My Journey from the Depths of Addiction to World Champion Swimmer.

Empathy is another key to success for medical and dental tourism providers in Costa Rica. In Ms. Pipes' case, the health professionals at the Flikier Institute understood that restoring her smile was intrinsic to her recovery, and thus they adjusted their treatment accordingly.

As long as medical and dental tourism clinics and hospitals in Costa Rica continue to provide quality of care that elicits testimonials, such as the one above, our country will continue to hold the lion's share of this market.

To read the original article click here.


Industry News

Junomedical Launches Digital Medical Treatment Hub
Digital Health startup launches platform providing global access to high quality medical treatments

Berlin-based startup, Junomedical, a top provider of medical travel that connects patients with hospitals around the world, announced today the launch of their digital medical travel hub. Junomedical provides patients access to affordable medical treatments combined with a concierge approach to patient care centered around a patient's well-being and individual healthcare needs. The launch of the platform provides patients around the world access to numerous healthcare options via a global network of hospitals and healthcare facilities.

"We believe launching this digital hub will strongly position Junomedical for success as we make our global debut. These days, access to medical treatment is still limited to local healthcare providers for a lot of people. Globalization, unfortunately, hasn't penetrated healthcare yet," says Dr. Sophie Chung, founder and CEO of Junomedical. "We have worked hard to create this digital platform to accelerate access to high-quality medical treatments regardless of patient's location or level of income. Our services are free for patients. We're putting the patient first."

Currently, Junomedical offers services to patients globally and cooperates with over 30 clinics in six countries.  The company has a forward-looking trajectory of doubling its reach every six months. Junomedical offers patients 24/7 support service via an online platform. Patients can seamlessly explore and book a variety of medical and cosmetic treatments, including dental treatments, eye surgeries and orthopedic treatments. 

To ensure the highest standards in quality, Junomedical only cooperates with renowned and accredited clinics, which are experienced in dealing with international patients and have received accreditations from the Joint Commission International (JCI) or have the highest national accreditation.

Junomedical has received its seed funding from Berlin-based Project A, an early-stage investor and operational VC in the digital technology space.

About Junomedical
Junomedical, founded in 2015 by Dr. Sophie Chung, is a medical travel provider that connects patients worldwide to high-quality care at an affordable price. The company headquarters is located in Berlin, Germany. Junomedical is a global platform enabling patients to discover a range of affordable medical treatment options.

Press Contact
Konstanze Pflüger
Project A Ventures
+49 30 340 606 321

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Help Save a Life and Support MatchingDonors
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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.



Upcoming Events

IMTJ Medical Travel Summit

May 24-25, 2016 - Madrid, Spain
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IMTJ Academic Conference on Medical Travel and Cross Border Healthcare

May 25-26, 2016 - Madrid, Spain
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EHMA Annual Conference 2016

June 14-16, 2016 - Istanbul, Turkey
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2016 Annual FMMA Conference

August 18-20, 2016 - The Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK
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3rd International India Medical Tourism Congress 2016

September 3-4, 2016 - Hyderabad, India
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Destination Health - Canadian Medical Tourism Trade Show

September 9-11, 2016 - Shaw Center, Ottawa, Canada
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10th Annual Global Wellness Summit

October 17-19, 2016 - Tyrol, Austria
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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

Scripps Health to Help Run Hospital Along U.S.-Mexico Border

Fiercehealthcare.com-Scripps Health will work with a Mexican health insurer to create the region's first hospital aimed to meet the needs of the growing number of Southern Californians who seek medical care south of the border.

11 Best Surgical Hospitals in the World

Insidermonkey.com- If you're planning on getting surgical treatment overseas or in a neighboring country, you better check out one of these 11 best surgical hospitals in the world.

Dubai Health Authority Highlights Dubai Medical Tourism Initiatives at Arab Travel Market 2016

Zawya.com-Medical tourism insurance that covers up to $50,000 in case of emergencies will be offered, as part of Dubai's medical tourism initiative, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) revealed at the Arab Travel Market (ATM) 2016.


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