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

Laura Carabello

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Table of Contents

From the Editor

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

News in Review

No Kidding: Overseas Medical Tourism Is Well Worth the Trip

Turkey: A Key Player for Medical Tourism

Florida TaxWatch Showcases Medical Tourism in New Report

Saudi Medical Tourists Flock to Germany

Korea Plans to Focus on Medical Tourism

Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Still a Concern for American Travelers: CDC

Implants on the Adriatic: Balkans Lure Medical Tourism

RingMD Launches Global-Focused Telemedicine App

Spotlight Interview

John A. Bennett, M.D., President and CEO, Devon International Group


The Downfall of Weight Loss Surgery

Beyond the Culture, Sun and Luxury Hotels, Portugal Offers Medical Tourism

Industry News

Thailand Medical Tourism Market 2018 Forecasts: 15 Top Countries' Analysis on Visits and Spending in Thailand

PHA Forum 2014 to Promote Continued Innovation in Population Health Management

Fortis Bannerghatta, Bangalore is India's First Hospital to be Internationally Certified for Medical Tourism

Central and South America- Health Insurance, Healthcare and Medical Tourism 2014

The Power of 1

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Volume 8, Issue 8

Dear Colleagues:

Coming soon! Local and national leader in the healthcare and technology industries John A. Bennett, M.D., president and CEO, Devon International Group, will introduce revolutionary software that allows patients to be monitored at home, as well as in the hospital where traditional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) devices are focused.

Dr. Bennett details Devon Medical Products and Devon IT, both positioned in the international space, and touches on the evaluation, distribution and expansion of the companies' growing product lines.

Given the increasing interest in medical/surgical travel options, we'd like to hear from your provider organization - ACO, health/hospital system, free standing surgi-center, community hospital - why you believe that your facility or organization is a Center of Excellence that can serve the needs of employers and payers throughout the United States. 

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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Editor and Publisher
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John A. Bennett, M.D., President and CEO, Devon International Group



About John A. Bennett, M.D.
For the last 35 years, John A. Bennett, M.D., has been one of the most recognized entrepreneurs and businessmen in the Philadelphia area. A local and national leader in the healthcare and technology industries, Dr. Bennett is currently the president and CEO of the Devon International Group.

Dr. Bennett joined Delaware County Memorial Hospital as an emergency room physician in 1978. Three years later, he was elected to the hospital's Medical Executive Committee and made director of Emergency Services. In June of 1984, he was elected president of the Medical Executive Committee.

In 1984, he founded ATI Centers, Inc., which consisted of 13 outpatient diagnostic imaging and physical therapy centers located throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Fueled by immediate interest in the company, Dr. Bennett and a handful of employees set out to build a preferred provider organization (PPO) with services to encompass all provider specialties - and succeeded. The company was renamed Devon Health Services, Inc. in 1995 and is now the largest privately owned PPO in the Northeast United Sates.

The success of Devon Health has given Dr. Bennett the opportunity to expand into the different sectors that now comprise the DIG group of companies. Consilium is an out-of-network healthcare claims company that uses expert negotiation and a proprietary, patent-pending business intelligence software tool to generate substantial savings for customers. Devon IT is a technology company and the world's third largest provider of software that manages thin client desktop devices. Devon Medical Products is a global designer and manufacturer of medical devices used to treat wounds, complications from diabetes, and other health complications. And DIG also has various other entities operating in various verticals worldwide.

Dr. Bennett preaches the "Blue Ocean Strategy" - developing new markets rather than competing in bloody, competitive ones - and "The World is Flat" - conducting business on an international scale. Today DIG has over 500 employees operating in 22 countries.

Dr. Bennett is a true entrepreneur who identifies unique products and services that enhance global business. His work takes him throughout the world, where his international relationships and business partnerships help drive revenue in domestic markets.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): Give our readers some background on your organization and what its primary focus is.

John Bennett (JB): Devon Medical Products and Devon IT have many international focuses.

Devon Medical Products manufactures medical devices, either in the U.S. or in China, and these devices are distributed throughout the world.

Devon IT develops Thin Client Software in the U.S. and partners with our four major partners: Lenovo, Acer, Centerm, Quanta, which are located in Taiwan and China. This software is also distributed throughout the world.

MTT: How do you choose these products? Are they proprietary? Are they ones you develop on your own and how do you distribute them?

JB: For Devon IT, we've been into Thin Client Software for roughly 10+ years, so now that's a legacy product. We used to sell the software along with the hardware and later decided that it was best to partner with hardware manufacturers for the making of the hardware. Now we just focus on what we do the best - which is creating the software.

MTT: Who are your clients for Devon IT? Any hospitals or healthcare organizations?

JB: We sell to Lenovo and Acer and they bundle our software with their devices.

MTT: Is the software healthcare focused?

JB: No, the software has nothing to do with healthcare, it's a thin client operating system.

We are incorporating the software we developed for the IT devices into our new NPWT system.

The software will allow the patient to be monitored at home, as well as in the hospital where traditional NPWT devices are focused. We will introduce this revolutionary software next year, which will be a compliment to the light weight of 11 ounces and the extended battery life of 30 hours.

We do have other kinds of products that are aimed at the hospital market, but our premier product is this portable device.

MTT: How are these devices distributed?

JB: The devices are distributed in the same manner as the software. We find large distribution partners to distribute the product for us. For our negative pressure devices, we have a 16 billion market cap distribution company based in Denmark by the name of Coloplast.

We have different partners for different products.

MTT: How did you move the company in this direction?

JB: Everything is based on change. To achieve success, you can't stay in the same format. We try to reinvent ourselves every 90 days, and as we reinvent, we diversify and service different market niches.

MTT: What are your thoughts on medical travel? Is this something that impacts your industry and business?

JB: I travel all the time and we have employees in different geographies. Healthcare needs to be considered by all of our employees, especially those who develop illnesses while traveling.

If a serious illness is developed in one of our employees while traveling, we prefer them to seek care state side.

MTT: How many employees do you have in the U.S.? Are you self-funded for those employees?

JB: We have roughly 175 to 200 U.S. employees, and yes, we are self-funded.

MTT: And there's no direction of care on that side or do they have to use a network?

JB: The majority of our employees are located right here in the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, area. We created a limited network called the Premier Network (www.mypremiernetwork.com), which has its center around the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). They are our tertiary care hospitals. We also have 35 primary hospitals that surround the center, 10 of which are CHOP affiliates. All the hospitals of the premiere network are affiliates of University of Penn and CHOP.

MTT: On your international side - how do you evaluate new products?

JB: When we design our products, we try to make them so they can be sold ubiquitously.

Price points and electrical requirements vary between Europe and the U.S., so when you are designing a product you have to know whether it is going to be an international product or U.S.-centric product right from the get-go.

China and the Middle East prefer products made in the U.S., so you want to have your manufacturing lined up for U.S. manufacturing if you are going to go into those markets.

In terms of market size, U.S., China and Europe are the big three.

MTT: Do you do business in Korea?

JB: We just started doing business in Korea through Coloplast.

MTT: Do you do business with Brazil? It is such a robust marketplace right now.

JB: Yes, Brazil definitely has a growing market.

We introduced our negative pressure device in October and it is growing very rapidly throughout Brazil.

In Brazil, negative pressure is only offered to a private health system, and because of our price structure and affordability, we recently won a tender for the public system. The interesting thing is that negative pressure was never offered in the public arena before, so by making the products affordable and accessible to a community base, we opened up roughly 70 percent of the market in Brazil.


The Downfall of Weight Loss Surgery
by Thomas W. Clark, M.S., M.D., FACS

The Downfall of Bariatric Surgery is It Works!!!


What I mean is that weight loss surgery often works so well that patients commonly do NOT make the lifestyle/behavioral changes that they need to make in order to optimize weight loss or keep it off long-term. The problem is they receive positive reinforcement (weight loss) for often doing the wrong things. The patients "wrongful" thinking is "I'm losing weight, so I must be doing it right."

Unfortunately, this often leads to less than optimal weight loss and weight regain.

Over the past two decades I have performed nearly 4,500 weight loss surgery procedures. What I quickly realized early in my career was that the real solution to long-term weight loss success was NOT any one particular surgery, but rather the importance of behavioral modification to optimize weight loss and provide long-term weight maintenance. For most patients who are regaining weight, it is not that they didn't have a good operation, but rather they never learned or implemented the lifestyle changes necessary for long-term success. These lifestyle changes are absolutely essential to optimize weight loss and prevent regain.

When I was seeing "Mrs. Smith" at one of her long-term follow-up visits and noted she had regained about 20 pounds over the past year, it was relatively easy to rattle off the "list" of what she needed to do to get back on track. But often, the "Mrs. Smith's" already knew the list. We had educated her well. The problem wasn't her understanding of what to do. The real problem was "how to do it."

How does one go about incorporating necessary changes into their life?

Ten years ago, this was the question I set out to answer. I realized that one of the first steps I needed to make was to learn as much as I could about medical weight loss. I began this journey by joining the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) and attending their conferences. I soon realized that as a surgeon I had a lot of catching up to do to truly understand my patients and how to go about inspiring them to make those tough lifestyle changes. One of the best ways to do this is to live what we do and set the best example possible.

This eventually led me to taking the American Board of Obesity Medicine exam (previously ABBM) and becoming board certified in Bariatric Medicine. During this time and over the past six years, my staff and I have worked on developing ways to constantly engage, educate and inspire our weight loss surgery patient population. In addition to the normal post-operative and one on one counseling sessions, we have developed a multifaceted program which engages the patient each month over the first year after weight loss surgery. Each month a new comprehensive module is delivered to the patient through the mail. This module includes a printed chapter (addressing what to expect that month, what to expect the following month, a staged meal plan, a success story for motivation, homework assignments and more), a DVD and an audio CD on the particular weight loss theme for that month. In this way, the patient slowly builds their textbook and program without being overwhelmed. Each module is relevant for where they are during the first year post-op. We have found that the physical, tangible version of this program works much better at keeping the patient engaged/inspired than a digital version delivered electronically. An electronic version was too easy to file away to "look at later" (and "later" never arrived). When a hard copy arrives in the mail, it forces the patient to make a decision to do something with the materials. We refer to this entire program as Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™ (visit www.wmu4wls.com for more information). This program serves as a counseling guide throughout the first year, as well as a safety net to support patients as they struggle with change. It also improves patient satisfaction, enhances weight loss and provides a better "connection" for long-term follow-up.

Whether you are a bariatric surgeon, a bariatrician or both, I feel we have an obligation to provide weight loss surgery patients with not just a surgical tool to lose weight, but also the tools for optimal long-term success. It's not easy to coordinate surgery, pre-operative and post-operative education, individualized counseling, online and on-site support, optimal nutritional and fitness -- especially to people who may not even want it or understand that they need it. However, it is the right thing to do. As surgeons, this is our opportunity to work together with bariatric physicians to make this happen as we strive to improve the health of our communities.

To educate is important. To inspire is life changing...

About Thomas W. Clark, M.S., M.D., FACS

Dr. Clark is the founder of the Center for Weight Loss Success. He is also author of Weight Management University™ and Weight Management University for Weight Loss Surgery™. To learn more, visit www.wmu4wls.com and www.cfwls.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/docweightloss , Facebook at www.facebook.com/weightlossdrclark, You Tube at www.youtube.com/docweightloss and his online weight loss TV station at www.DocWeightLoss.TV. Dr. Clark is board certified in both surgery and obesity medicine. He provides comprehensive surgical weight loss, medical weight loss, weight loss fitness and weight loss nutritional services in Newport News, Virginia.


Beyond the Culture, Sun and Luxury Hotels, Portugal Offers Medical Tourism

Portugal is a fast emerging destination when it comes to tourism. But, beyond golf, sun, history and food there is now a growing medical tourism product offer in Portugal. In fact, Medical Port is emerging as the country's global medical tourism facilitator. The idea of seeking treatments, surgery and general medical care in Portugal comes with several advantages - for example, combining it with tourist-like activities and getting some R+R.

The reasons for the medical tourism boom are related to the lower healthcare costs, the absence of waiting-lists, privacy and confidentiality, and the availability of treatments abroad that aren't offered in some nations.

Services commonly sought after include elective procedures, as well as specialized surgeries such as joint replacement (knee/hip), cardiac surgery, dental surgery, and cosmetic and plastic surgeries. However, virtually every type of medical care, including psychiatry, check-ups or obesity, which are the most popular, are out of pocket on some health plans, and often more affordable in Portugal.

From Medical Port's point-of-view, there is a strong focus on providing health prevention programs for individuals and corporations, diagnosis and treatment of obesity, plastic and cosmetic surgeries.

Portugal is a great option for medical tourism, combining state-of-the-art Joint Commission International-accredited modern facilities with private rooms, access to hospital services 24/7, and highly qualified physicians and nurses. In fact, the training of medical doctors in Portugal is one of the most demanding in the world. It also gives you access to come without waiting-lists, with affordable prices and the chance to be treated in one of the safest countries in the world, with an authentic and varied culture, and the ability to recover while enjoying the beaches and countryside -- all only a few minutes away from each other.

Medical Port gives clients a unique point of contact during the entire experience, listening to your needs, preparing a customized offer and a remote consultation with your doctor before and after a surgery or procedure. The company then gives the patient a detailed travel plan, enrolls them at their hospital of choice, books a favorite hotel and a private driver, and prepares a plan for any companion. Patients will have a dedicated customer care specialist that takes care of all the details.

The company acts in several medical areas, namely aesthetic plastic surgery, assisted reproductive technology, diagnosis and check-up, obesity, orthopedics and rehabilitation and psychology. 


Industry News

Thailand Medical Tourism Market 2018 Forecasts: 15 Top Countries' Analysis on Visits and Spending in Thailand

MarketReportsOnline.com adds Thailand Medical Tourism & Forecast market research report of 74 pages with 65 Figures and three Tables to the healthcare segment of its online industry intelligence library. This research provides a complete analysis of the top 15 countries that visited Thailand for medical treatment. All the 15 countries in the report have been studied from tow viewpoints: medical tourist visits in Thailand from 2001-2018, and medical tourists spending in Thailand from 2001-2018. The complete report is available at http://www.marketreportsonline.com/321349.html.

The Thailand medical tourism industry has been growing as a result of the quality hospitals in Thailand that are staffed by qualified doctors and state-of-the-art infrastructure.  The country has earned a reputation for dependable and affordable treatments and services, including massage centers, spas and wellness clinics and retreats, as well as surgical procedures such as laser, cosmetic and cardiovascular. Thailand's high standards and healthcare expertise make it a world leader in medical tourism, while the options for a post-medical treatment vacation are the best in the world.

In the Thailand medical tourism market, Japanese, Asian and Middle Eastern medical tourists are the top source market for Thailand hospitals. The U.S. stands at the fourth spot in terms of medical tourist visits to Thailand. South Asia, Britain, China and Taiwan are the other top source market for Thailand medical tourism, while countries like Germany, France, Australia and South Korea are in a race to grab a handsome share of the pie.

This report, "Thailand Medical Tourism & Forecast," provides a comprehensive analysis of the Thailand medical tourism market covering in detail various aspects such as medical tourist visits and spending, share of the medical tourist visits and spending.

The report also covers:

  • Classification of Medical Tourists in Thailand
  • Most Popular Medical Services Among Foreigners
  • Competitive Advantage In Medical Services Between Thailand and Other Countries

The 15 countries that are analyzed in this research for their visits and spending on Thailand medical tourism market include Japan, the U.S., South Asia region, Britain, the Middle East, Asian region, Taiwan and China, Germany, Australia, France, South Korea, Canada, East Europe, Scandinavia and other countries. The comprehensive Table of Contents and more on this Thailand Medical Tourism & Forecast market report is available at http://www.marketreportsonline.com/321349-toc.html.

Thailand Medical Tourists Statistics provided in this 2014 - 2018 industry research include: Classification of Medical Tourists in Thailand (Foreigners Residing, Visitors, Especially Visitors for Treatments); Most Popular Medical Services among Foreigners (Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Plastic, Dental, Gastrointestinal and Other) and Competitive Advantage in Medical Services between Thailand, Singapore, India, Malaysia and South Korea.

List of Tables provided in this report include:
Table 1: Thailand - Medical Tourists Spending Share (Percent), 2003 - 2013
Table 2: Thailand - Forecast for Medical Tourists Spending Share (Percent), 2014 - 2018
Table 3: Competitive Advantages in Medical Services between Thailand & Other Countries, 2013

Another research report, India Medical Tourism & Forecast, is 248 pages with 260 figures and three tables, and provides a complete analysis of the top 63 countries that visited India for medical treatment. Indian Medical tourism has emerged as the fastest mounting segment of tourism industry. Bangladesh is the leading source country. Maldives is the second leading market for India's medical tourism, but its share is continuously declining, and it is anticipated that Afghanistan will replace Maldives to capture the second spot in Indian medical tourism market. Russia is one of the emerging source markets for Indian medical tourism market. Nigeria in Africa and Iraq in the Middle East hold massive potential for India. Germany, France and Canada medical tourists' numbers are also rising year on year. The complete report is available at http://www.marketreportsonline.com/358477.html.

The Medical Tourism Market Report: 2014 Edition research report cites that rise in healthcare costs, long wait times, an aging population, and increasing demand for cosmetic and dental surgery not covered by insurance in developed countries, coupled with the availability of high quality, low cost medical services in developing countries, are the key drivers for the rise in medical tourism industry. Patients travelling abroad can save up to 85 percent of the cost of a procedure by travelling abroad. The world's top four medical tourism destinations: Thailand, Singapore, India and Malaysia are seeing a steady increase in medical tourists every year. India is one of the lowest cost and highest quality medical tourism destinations. It offers low-cost cardiovascular and orthopedic procedures at about one-tenth the cost of similar surgeries in the U.S. This report analyzes the development of the medical tourism market globally. The global market, as well as emerging markets including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Korea and Turkey, is being discussed in the report. The major trends, growth drivers and issues being faced by the industry are being presented in this report. The five major players in the industry, Bumrungrad Hospital Public Company Limited, IHH Healthcare Berhad, Raffles Medical Group, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services and KPJ Healthcare Berhad, are being profiled, along with their key financials and strategies for growth. The complete report is available at http://www.marketreportsonline.com/344924.html.

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Industry News

PHA Forum 2014 to Promote Continued Innovation in Population Health Management
Forum to offer world-class keynote speakers and valuable access to industry thought leaders, Dec. 10-12, 2014, in Scottsdale, Arizona

The Population Health Alliance (PHA), a global trade association of the population health industry, announced detailed information today about the organization's PHA Forum 2014, the nation's largest and most diverse gathering of population health professionals. The event, which will take place at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dec. 10-12, 2014, is set to provide a wide array of in-depth information and valuable networking opportunities for hundreds of attendees from across the globe.

Online registration for the three-day event is open until Dec. 6 at www.populationhealthalliance.org/forum.

Continuing the event's tradition of providing thought-provoking presentations from the industry's most respected thought leaders, the PHA Forum 2014 will offer four keynote speakers, including:

  • Esther Dyson, founder of HICCup and chairman of EDventure Holdings
  • Brian Klepper, CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health
  • David B. Nash, M.D., MBA, founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health
  • Kaveh Safavi, M.D., J.D., global managing director, Health Industry for Accenture

In addition to the keynote speakers and a wide range of networking opportunities throughout the three-day event, the PHA Forum will offer four unique tracks of educational sessions, offering valuable insights into proven processes and procedures developed by leading professionals in the population health field. The four tracks include "Analytics to Action for Providers and ACOs," "Excelling in Engagement," "Powerful PHM Strategies," and "Tech Touch: Strategies for Apps in Health."

"The PHA Forum serves as an opportunity for a variety of stakeholders in the population health management ecosystem to come together in a collaborative environment to advance their shared pursuit of achieving better care, improved medical outcomes and reduced costs," said PHA executive director Fred Goldstein. "The PHA Forum provides attendees with access to detailed, practical information related to virtually every facet of successful population health programs and innovations."

In an effort to provide the most informative and dynamic educational programs, the PHA issued a call for educational proposals earlier this year and utilized a peer-reviewed selection process to determine the strongest sessions for each track. The organization received approximately 70 proposals before selecting the event's 16 educational sessions this year.

The PHA Forum 2014 will serve as a venue for a number of high-profile industry gatherings. Designed as its own conference track specifically for healthcare executives, the PHA Forum 2014 Executive Leadership Institute will promote discussions, networking and agenda setting among industry leaders.

The forum will also include the Fourth International Symposium on Wellness and Chronic Care. This symposium will explore the competitive global marketplace for wellness and care management while delivering practical strategies that apply across diverse care settings.

In addition, the forum will offer a separate institute for employers, human resources managers and benefit administrators. The Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute will provide attendees with a solid basis to assess their wellness programs. The institute will offer a review of core metrics, engagement strategies, and comparisons of emerging and existing trends in wellness, incentives and more.

For more information about the PHA Forum 2014, please visit www.populationhealthalliance.org.

Contact: Scott Kerbs, MassMedia
(888) 777-5146

About the Population Health Alliance
The Population Health Alliance (PHA) is a global trade association of the population health industry. Its more than 80 members represent stakeholders from across the healthcare delivery system that seek to improve health outcomes, optimize medical and administrative spending, and drive affordability. Through its robust advocacy, research and education initiatives, the PHA offers members a forum to advance shared learning and applied research to further innovation and establish best practices in the population health field.

Visit www.populationhealthalliance.org to learn more about the PHA Forum 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dec. 10-12, 2014. 

Industry News

Fortis Bannerghatta, Bangalore is India's First Hospital to be Internationally Certified for Medical Tourism

Mtqua.org-Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta has become India's first hospital to achieve medical tourism accreditation from the U.S.-based Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA).

"I am very pleased this outstanding hospital has taken the next step in quality and has benchmarked its care for medical tourists against the international standard. Having watched it grow from a little-known hospital in Bangalore to a leading hospital for medical travelers, I fully expect it to continue its dominance in medical tourism in India," said Julie Munro, president of MTQUA, in awarding medical tourism certification to Fortis Bannerghatta.

A hospital, clinic or medical tourism agency receives medical tourism certification through a formal evaluation against standards of quality in 10 non-clinical areas that directly influence a medical tourist's well-being and positive results.

"We are proud to receive this important certification. The doctors and staff at Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta Road have always endeavored to provide high quality medical care with excellent clinical outcomes so patients can recover faster in an environment of care and comfort," said Karthik Rajagopal, regional director of Fortis Hospitals.

"This achievement further encourages and motivates us to maintain our momentum and uphold this hospital's global standing," he added.

The MTQUA evaluation team reviewed how the hospital manages a medical tourist, including the inquiry process, intake procedure and care management after discharge. They studied the hospital's website and internet marketing, communication procedures, privacy and security measures, multicultural sensitivity, International Patient Services department, care support services and certain operations and business procedures that influence the quality of treatment and care a medical tourist receives.

Mr. Rajagopal believes Indian medical tourism has an enormous potential for future growth, saying, "The growth of India's tourism sector in the coming year will be the catalyst to grow medical tourism faster than in previous years."

Fortis Healthcare Limited is a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India. The healthcare verticals of the company primarily comprise hospitals, diagnostics and day care specialty facilities. The company operates in India, Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 66 healthcare facilities, over 10,000 potential beds and approximately 280 diagnostic centers.

Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA), an independent international organization founded in 2009 to promote the special safety and quality needs in treatment and care of medical tourists, publishes the Top 10 World's Best Hospitals For Medical Tourists™ and Best Practices in Medical Tourism. Medical tourism certification from MTQUA is the only global certification program for hospitals, clinics, agencies, recovery resorts and related services and providers.

Caroline Bodanis
Email: caroline@mtqua.org
Telephone (USA) +1 602-635-4664
(Thailand) +66 85 902 4500

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Industry News

Central and South America- Health Insurance, Healthcare and Medical Tourism 2014
A new independent report

Central and South America is an area with a high profile in healthcare, health insurance and medical tourism.

Many insurers, and the countries themselves, see potential for health insurance and medical tourism.

But independent information, rather than hype or outdated information, is a struggle to find. Much of what is written about these countries is biased, wrongheaded and overblown.

This regional report aims to change that with up-to-date detail from recent research. The findings often turn on their head the ideas of those countries with potential and those without.

For health insurers and brokers, there is potential for domestic and international health insurance, but it is not simple or uniform.

On medical tourism some countries are laying the foundation for future growth, while others promoted as market leaders are going backwards.

To understand both health insurance and medical tourism, it is vital to understand how state and private healthcare, state health insurance and private health insurances work -- and what health risks exist.

This report is by Ian Youngman, who has been producing detailed research reports on medical tourism for a decade, and has reported on global health insurance for over 20 years.

Ian Youngman says, "This research was a hard slog, but what kept me going was finding gems about countries that surprised me, and anger at some of the media and Web untruths. Overall there is a picture of growth, hope and expansion, all driven from within the region and not by what some powerful outside country seeks to dictate."

Central and South America-Health insurance, healthcare and medical tourism 2014
22 countries profiled in detail
130 pages £ 799

Countries covered:

  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Falklands
  • French Guiana
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Surinam
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Country information:

  • Background political and economic detail
  • Latest tourism numbers
  • State and private healthcare
  • Health problems
  • Plans for change
  • International hospital accreditation
  • State health insurance
  • Private health insurance
  • Cross border health insurance
  • Number of locals living overseas
  • Insurance for locals overseas
  • Number of expatriates
  • Where expatriates come from
  • Attitude to expatriates
  • Requirements for expatriates
  • Advice to expatriates
  • International health insurance regulation
  • International health insurers/ brokers activity
  • Medical and health tourism numbers in
  • Where medical and health tourists come from
  • Medical tourism numbers out
  • Where medical tourists go
  • Medical and health tourism overview
  • Promotional bodies for health and medical tourism
  • Targets and plans
  • Research
  • Potential for health insurance and medical tourism

Industry News

The Power of 1
by Cathy M. Nenninger, MBA

A recent article challenges corporate America to be accountable World Leaders in reversing the type 2 diabetes pandemic beginning with their very own employees Worldwide as part of their Wellness program.

To view the article in its entirety click here.

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Upcoming Events

International India Medical Tourism Conference - Confluence 2014

December 13-14, 2014 - Kempinski Hotel, New Delhi, India
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Arab Health Exhibition & Congress


January 26-29, 2015 - Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai, UAE
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International Health Tourism Conference


February 26-28, 2015 - Athens, Greece
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Kuwait Medical Tourism Conference & Exhibition

March 16-18, 2015 - Crowne Plaza Kuwait, Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Moscow Medical and Health Tourism Congress


March 18-21, 2015 - Moscow Expocenter, Moscow, Russia
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Medical Fair India


March 21-23, 2015 - Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India
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12th Annual World Health Care Congress 2015


March 23-25, 2015 - Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
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2nd Istanbul Medical, Health, Geriatrics, Termal, Spa & Wellness Tourism Fair & Congress

May 7-9, 2015 - Istanbul Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey
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Destination: Health Canadian Medical Tourism Trade Show

August 13-15, 2015 - Montréal Convention Centre, Montréal, Québec, Canada
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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

No Kidding: Overseas Medical Tourism Is Well Worth the Trip

Jdsupra.com- Surgery was on his bucket list, but Bruce Ryan didn't want to wait until he retired to repair his debilitating and painful rotator cuff injury.

Turkey: A Key Player for Medical Tourism

Arabnews.com-Turkey has emerged as one of the destinations for medical tourism as the country tries to boost tourism revenue.

Florida TaxWatch Showcases Medical Tourism in New Report

Sunshinestatenews.com-Florida TaxWatch released a report on Thursday showing how out-of-state patients seeking medical treatment in the Sunshine State helps the economy.

Saudi Medical Tourists Flock to Germany

Eturbonews.com-Germany's sound medical treatment is bringing thousands of Saudis to the country to benefit from medical services in hospitals, in addition to patients who come on the expense of the state, according to Osama Shobokshi, Saudi ambassador to Germany.

Korea Plans to Focus on Medical Tourism

Kkoreatimes.co.kr-Korea aims to quadruple the number of foreigners visiting here for medical purposes to one million by 2020 with the main focus of advertising being the Middle East, the nation's top health officer said in a recent interview.

Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Still a Concern for American Travelers: CDC

Consumer.healthday.com-Americans traveling to the Caribbean and Central and South America this winter need to be aware that an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya continues to spread in those areas, U.S. federal health officials said Thursday.

Implants on the Adriatic: Balkans Lure Medical Tourism

Bloomberg.com-Surgical assistant Otilia Florescu thought she'd never come home seven years ago, when she left Romania for a better-paying job in Italy.

RingMD Launches Global-Focused Telemedicine App

Mobihealthnews.com-Singapore-based RingMD launched its first app this week, an Android app designed to connect patients anywhere in the world to doctors anywhere in the world - although for now the doctors are mostly based in Singapore.


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