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CONTENTS

From the Editor

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

News in Review

Dubai's Medical Tourism Drive Adds New String to its Bow

Stem Cell Hype and Risk 

The Evolving World Of "Money Is No Object" Medical Tourism

Government Plans New Category Visa To Boost Trade: Report

Spotlight Interview

Linda Hepler Beaty Laura Carabello

Industry News

Why do U.S. and Canadian Patients Choose to Travel to Cancun for Dental Care?

European Nurse and Midwifery Leaders Identify Regional Health Issues During Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery Meeting 

VIP Pass for Medical Travel Today Subscribers to Attend IHC Private Exchange FORUM

36th Annual National Educational Conference & Expo

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THIS WEEK IN MEDICAL TRAVEL TODAY

Volume 9, Issue 2

Dear Colleagues:

I had the pleasure of connecting with Linda Hepler Beaty, freelance writer, Max Sports and Fitness, who reached out for an interview about my thoughts on the medical travel space.

During our conversation we were able to discuss many different aspects of the industry, including:

  • International and domestic medical travel
  • Employer incentives for employees to travel for care
  • Popular medical travel procedures
  • Concierge medicine
  • Medical travel facilitators

After you read the interview below, I would love to hear your personal perspectives about the industry - For example, what is it that drives this industry forward? Send us a comment at editor@medicaltraveltoday.com.

Self-insured employers of all size are re-evaluating the size and scope of their networks to ensure that individuals are accessing quality care at the most cost-effective sites.  SIIA has once again invited me to chair a panel presentation at the upcoming Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, 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 starting to hear from many hospitals, independent surgi-centers and provider groups that want to be better positioned to serve self-funded employers offering medical/surgical travel options.  If you have a good story to tell us, please be in touch!  We want to boost opportunities for Centers of Excellence nationwide. 

Tell us:

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

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

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

Laura Carabello
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Medical Travel Today
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Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: This issue, Linda Hepler Beaty, freelance writer, Max Sports and Fitness interviews Medical Travel Today Executive Editor & Publisher Laura Carabello on her experience in the medical travel industry.

Linda Hepler Beaty

About Linda Hepler Beaty
Linda Hepler Beaty, who lives near Traverse City in Michigan, is a freelance writer for Max Sports and Fitness, Junior Baseball, Growing for Market, and numerous local publications in her area.

Laura Carabello (LC): Medical travel has taken off both internationally and domestically. Many individuals choose to leave their home country and travel abroad for treatment to places such as Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and more.

However, the U.S. domestic medical travel industry has recently gained popularity, which is why I started to publish U.S. Domestic Medical Travel - a newsletter focusing on intrastate travel as well as incoming medical travelers seeking care in the U.S.

Not only are consumers beginning to recognize the many benefits of domestic medical travel, but also a growing number of employers - large, mid-size and small - are introducing benefits options.

Linda Hepler Beaty (LH): Are you saying individuals are able to use their health savings plans, and when applicable, their insurance to travel to a hospital in a different state for more affordable, high-quality care?

LC: Exactly!

LH: This is very interesting. I live in Northern Michigan where access to great medical care is readily available, but if I developed an illness, cancer for example, I would want to travel to a center of excellence where providers specialize in that sort of treatment. I think this is why the option of medical travel appeals to so many others.

LC: I think it is important to note that individuals do not need to have a Health Savings or Flex Account to travel for care. The idea of medical travel is really a carve-out program.

Orthopedic surgeries, spine surgeries, and bariatrics - these are just a few of the popular procedures for which patients are traveling.

The concept has really been pioneered by large employers - especially the nation's retailers - that are offering travel surgery programs to employees. These programs feature bundled pricing, which includes the hospital and provider fees, etc.

As an incentive, the employer may agree to relieve the employee of any co-pay or deductible because it will still be much less expensive and with better outcomes for employees to travel to a center of excellence.

The international medical travel space is also heating up, specifically in locations that are closer to home for Americans, including Mexico, Costa Rica and even Columbia.

LH: Do you think the growing number of medical travelers in the U.S. has anything to do with the fact that there are fewer individuals who are completely uninsured?

LC: Not at all. I think self-insured employers are making medical travel attractive for their employees by offering incentives such as waived deductibles and co-pays, as well as paying for a companion to travel along with them.

LH: Are employers offering medical travel benefits for international as well as domestic medical travel?

LC: Absolutely. This is probably the fastest growing employer benefit trend and I have been focusing a lot of my attention on working with employers to help them implement a medical travel component to their benefits plan.

Believe it or not, medical travel is more of a phenomenon outside the U.S. than in the U.S. Individuals all over the world travel for treatment because they don't have access to quality care, and their own country doesn't have the infrastructure. A lot of medical travelers come to the U.S. for the high-quality treatment that is available.

LH: How does follow-up care work in the world of medical travel?

LC: Generally, patients seek follow-up care with their primary care doctor when they return from a trip-- whether in the U.S. or abroad.

If a patient visits the primary care doctor and explains that they have an opportunity for their employer to waive their copay, deductible and any out-of-pocket expenses associated with care, how can a doctor argue with that line of reasoning? They can't.

Primary care doctors are no longer reluctant about medical travel because when the patient returns home, that doctor doesn't lose his patient. The follow-up care is just as important as the surgery itself.

LH: I think a lot of the resentment that was forming among doctors was due to the tremendous amount of referrals that were being given.

LC: I think a lot of that resentment has disappeared.

LH: Healthcare should really be about good, affordable patient care. One of the problems with our healthcare system is that people don't seek care until it is often too late - in part due to finances or accessibility - which ultimately impacts the effectiveness of treatment.

Another factor that influences the delivery of healthcare today is our hospital systems. I'm not sure that this comes into play everywhere, but where I live, if a patient goes to the hospital, the primary care physician is not obligated to visit or follow-up with them.

The primary care doctors can go and see the patient if they want - but they do not get paid for it.

LC: A lot of primary care doctors now work for hospitals and they are no longer independent providers. This has changed things up quite a bit.

The concierge medical phenomenon has also started to take hold.

LH: Could you tell me a little bit about concierge medicine?

LC: Concierge medicine refers to doctors that take on a set fee for the year, which encompasses total care of the patient with the exception of hospitalization or other specialized treatment.

LH: And, what about international accreditation?

LC: There is the Joint Commission International - it's the international arm of the Joint Commission that accredits hospitals outside of the U.S.

LH: If patients travel for care at an international hospital, let's say in Cancun, will everyone be speaking a foreign language? Or will patients be able to communicate?

LC: Most places that cater to the international clientele speak English. They know that language creates a major barrier to entry.

LH: What are your thoughts on the utilization of medical travel facilitators?

LC: A lot of facilitators are now joining with third party administrators (TPAs) that work with the employers to manage all of their benefits. In some cases, the TPA arranges the coordination of travel and lodging for the patient, but it depends on how the patient is being handled, where the origin of the referral came from, etc.

LH: I know there are platforms today where a patient can plug in a procedure and the platform will generate places, cost and the whole nine yards associated with medical travel.

LC: There is a brand-new online site called DoctorGlobe that does just this - take a look into it!

This is a technology platform that a number of employers are utilizing so that the patient and the individual worker can go online and check out different hospitals, price of procedures, network availability, etc.

LH: How long have you been publishing Medical Travel Today and U.S. Domestic Medical Travel?

LC: About 10 years ago, I began publishing Medical Travel Today, and when the domestic medical travel market began to take off about five years ago, I introduced U.S. Domestic Medical Travel - both published at my own expense.

Industry News

Why do U.S. and Canadian Patients Choose to Travel to Cancun for Dental Care?

PlacidWay.com-Nowadays, it purely makes sense to purchase all types of products and services online and even buying from foreign countries, from sellers that offer the exact same quality services for a lower cost. So, the fact that people choose to travel for dental care is no different from the example stated above.

A sharply increasing number of patients from the U.S. and Canada opt to go abroad for dental treatments. They are looking for dentistry services in foreign places, such as Latin American countries - especially Mexico. Overwhelmed and frustrated by high prices, lack of medical insurances, and lengthy wait times for medical procedures, more and more patients choose to go to their neighbors from Mexico. Cancun is one of the cities that U.S. citizens and Canadians visit the most in their search for affordable and flawless dental care.

Cancun is one of Mexico's leading tourist and dental destinations. Once a small fishing village, the Caribbean paradise with white sand beaches and turquoise waters attracts a large number of international patients traveling from the U.S. and Canada. Cancun is a bustling city with hundreds of renowned dental clinics and dental professionals. Plus, the city features plenty of touristic attractions, exotic beaches, nice restaurants and shops.

This city provides U.S. and Canadian patients with world-class dental care systems, flawless dental services, top notch medical facilities, highly trained dentists, the latest medical equipment and great results. All of these are offered at affordable prices, so they end up paying significantly less compared to what they would spend in their home country. And the reduced cost includes the round trip plane tickets, the hotel accommodation and the treatment.

It's true, saving money explains the main reasons people have for traveling to Cancun, especially since private dental care is, in most of the cases, extremely expensive in the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, private dental clinics in Cancun, Mexico (such as Cancun Dental Specialists) provide the same quality of dental treatments and procedures with lower costs, allowing medical tourists to save a lot of money.

And, for many, being an international patient is also a chance to combine an exotic vacation with state-of-the-art dental procedures. With the information globalization and the consumer empowerment, patients are nowadays able to make their own decisions and choose the medical provider that best suits their needs.

In addition, dental care in Cancun, Mexico also gives patients from the U.S. and Canada the chance of getting medical care on time and within their own schedule. Dental clinics in Cancun are private, use the latest facilities and equipment and feature highly trained and experienced medical staff that speaks English.

Affordable Dental Tourism
For example, Cancun Dental Specialists is a dental clinic visited by a lot of patients from the U.S. and Canada. It is an up-to-date, state of the art facility designed and made to offer top notch dental treatments and procedures performed by renowned dental specialists with years of experience and impeccable reputation. The clinic features the latest technology in order to make any patient's dental experience a wonderful one. Plus, the clinic also offers additional services, such as pick-ups and drops offs from hotel to the clinic and clinic to the hotel.

"Patients from the U.S. and Canada are often revealing their frustrations regarding the high costs of dental services in their home country. They arrive here, at our clinic, for affordable dental care, flawless dental work, up-to-date equipment and supplies and, of course, the renowned team of dentists. I love seeing them leaving the clinic happy, with a wide smile on their face," says Dr. Irma Gavaldon, head of Cancun Dental Specialists and a U.S Board Certified Dentist, as well as an active member of the ADA. She has been studying, teaching, and performing dentistry for more than 30 years and has never had any history of board sanctions or malpractice. She keeps up to date on new dental techniques and technologies by attending numerous advanced learning courses.

To reach this dental paradise, it is best to purchase a complete dental treatment package from a medical tourism company. Thus, the dental holiday will cost less than if the patient goes on his/her own. For a dental implant package, patients will pay $900 (per implant). For those who opt for dental implants with additional treatments that together exceed $6,000, the clinic will pay for a 5-day stay at a hotel in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Of course, different options are available and can be discussed with the medical tourism company that guides U.S. and Canadian patients.

The clinic's All-On-4 Dental Implants package has the price of $4,180 and dental veneers package costs $420 (per veneer), including free cleaning and whitening treatments of 6 or more veneers/crowns.

PlacidWay is a medical tourism company that helps patients from the US and Canada choose from a wide range of dental treatment packages offered by renowned dental centers in Cancun, Mexico. By requesting a free quote, patients will receive all the information they need within only 48 hours, followed by continuous assistance and support, in order to take the proper decision and make the best out of their dental medical trip. As a renowned facilitation and information platform for medical tourism, PlacidWay ensures the complete information and assistance offered to international travelers are accurate, up-to-date, and useful.

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Industry News

European Nurse and Midwifery Leaders Identify Regional Health Issues During Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery Meeting 
Meeting convened by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) convened the European regional meeting of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON), 1-2 June in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  More than 25 key nursing and midwifery leaders from the European Union, Switzerland, and Albania met to identify the top regional health issues in Europe and determine strategies to allow nursing and midwifery professionals to impact those issues.

GAPFON priority issues and health challenges in Europe

During the meeting, participants confirmed that priority issues and action strategies must focus on healthcare leadership, policy, education/curriculum, and workforce/practice. Participants were passionate about the fact that these priorities are inter-related and each is integral to the achievement of regional goals. They identified quality of care as an essential overarching theme to be integrated within all strategies and recommendations. 

The stakeholders discussed the importance of universal health care and the value of leveraging the return on investment that nursing contributes to the attainment of health. They agreed that nurses and midwives can play a pivotal leadership role in ensuring access to health care - especially community based care. Given the role that healthy behaviors play in optimal health, they agreed that health promotion focused on disease prevention is vital. 

During their discussions, stakeholders identified specific strategies to cultivate and position nursing and midwifery leaders, whereby the evidence and value of the profession(s) can positively impact regional and global health policy. In addition, they identified supporting and promoting clinical academic careers as essential to quality nursing and midwifery practice, as well as the importance of patient/population and public involvement. These strategies are congruent with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

The health issues identified as primary concerns to the European region are non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mental health, ageing, and maternal child health. In addition to the key health issues identified, the stakeholders also discussed a variety of other concerns, specifically noting challenges related to migrant/refugee health. 

Reflecting on the meeting, International Council of Nurses (ICN) Chief Executive Officer Dr Frances Hughes said, "ICN as the global voice of nursing applauds the collaboration amongst nursing and midwifery organisations in Europe to tackle key health issues. The key discussions that occurred among these stakeholders related to leadership, policy, and social justice - all of which are critical issues both in the European region and across the globe." 

Christine Hancock, Founder and Director of C3 Collaborating for Health, said, "The two-day GAPFON meeting in Amsterdam provided space and good professional company to reflect on the important health issues affecting Europe and nursing's contribution to those issues.  I was delighted to hear how many times this group of leading European nurses and midwives spoke of the important role nurses have in the prevention of NCDs."
 
Dr Teresa Moreno-Casbas, Director of the Spanish Nursing and HealthCare Research Unit (Investén-isciii) of the Institute of Health "Carlos III", said, "I appreciate GAPFON and STTI for the opportunity to analyse the current situation and future challenges of nursing and midwifery in Europe, and to incorporate the Spanish vision on these issues in the context of Global Health.

GAPFON positions nurses and midwives to lead the needed strategies to meet the global health goals and challenges of the 21st Century. I believe this panel will show that when nurses' knowledge and experience joins with leadership (combined with innovation, commitment, and solidarity), nurses have a strong voice to lead the best care for our populations, patients, and their families."

The outcomes of the GAPFON European Regional meeting also reflected strong regional support for the priority areas of the World Health Organization (WHO), including education, research, policies and strategies, communication, and interprofessional collaboration.  

Following the discussions, STTI President Cathy Catrambone, RN, PhD, FAAN, said, "The nursing and midwifery leaders who participated in the GAPFON European Regional meeting are passionate about the delivery of quality care, policy development, support for the enhancement of the profession, and bringing a collaborative voice to address these issues. I look forward to the long-term impact our collaborative efforts will have on global health" 

The GAPFON European Regional Meeting represents one of seven global regions where STTI has conducted meetings during the past two years. In July, STTI will convene its final GAPFON regional meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.  Data from these meetings will provide the basis for an overall action plan with regional policy implications.  GAPFON will analyze and prioritize key recommendations addressing each of the region's challenges in both global and regional summary reports and will post these at www.gapfon.org.

About GAPFON
The Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON) was convened by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) as a catalyst for nurse leaders to work together and develop a unified voice and vision for the future of nursing and health care globally. GAPFON is sponsored by Pfizer, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. In addition, Elsevier Education sponsored the European regional meeting. For more information about GAPFON, visit www.gapfon.org

About STTI
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI's more than 500 chapters are located at approximately 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at www.nursingsociety.org.

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Meanwhile, a dizzying amount of information - articles, product announcements, acquisitions and predictions - on private exchanges has flooded employee benefits circles in recent years. As press releases and articles detailing strong enrollment growth have consistently hit industry publications, blogs and social media pages, so too has quite a bit of misinformation on what a private exchange is and what it can (or can't) do.

Private Exchange FORUM is a collaborative environment that brings together all industry stakeholders to explore and truly investigate what's working and what's not in the emerging private exchange market. The goal is to help all stakeholders cut through the clutter by crafting a balanced conference program that eschews misinformation and gets to the heart of the issues around private exchanges and defined contribution. Click here for an offer to gain free registration!

 

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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.
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PRESENTATION SESSION:
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


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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.

Panelists:
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
www.hubinternational.com/midwest

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.

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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

Dubai's Medical Tourism Drive Adds New String to its Bow

Thenational.ae- Dubai is developing as a destination for preventative healthcare, with growing numbers of tourists travelling to the city from around the region for the likes of DNA screening and food intolerance testing.

Stem Cell Hype and Risk

Cbc.ca-Medical tourism is on the rise in Canada. The Fraser Institute says more than fifty thousand Canadians per year are traveling abroad in search of experimental treatments. 

The Evolving World Of "Money Is No Object" Medical Tourism

Forbes.com-Medical tourism is when people travel to other countries for healthcare services.

Government Plans New Category Visa To Boost Trade: Report

Profit.ndtv.com- The government may soon roll out a long-term multiple-entry comprehensive visa by merging tourist, business, medical and conference visas into one to attract more visitors and boost trade.

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