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Aruba's Minister of Health and Sport confirms attendance at 3rd Global Ministerial Summit on Medical Tourism!

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It is with great joy and excitement that we welcome the participation of the Minister of Health and Sport of Aruba, Dr. Richard Visser, to the list of attendees at the 3rd Global Ministerial Summit on Medical Tourism on October 24, 2012 at the Westin Diplomat hotel in Ft. Lauderdale / Miami!! Minister Visser is an expert on childhood obesity, alternative medicine, health and wellness.

Minister Richard Visser will be participating in this global, ministerial summit with other Ministers of Health, Tourism and Economy from over 50 countries in a roundtable format to share information about existing programs and best practices in Medical Tourism.

The Ministers will also be exposed to many ideas to develop programs as well as to create strategic alliances that generate revenues for their countries while improving the medical care and medical access of their own population. The agenda topics are listed at

Minister Visser
will also be involved with the Caribbean Ministerial Summit on that day, which will be focusing on the development of infrastructure for inbound medical tourism to islands, and also addressing a group island collaborative effort to reduce healthcare expenditures, engage the local population in healthy behavior and reduce rising health conditions, and reduce or limit the rising expense of local population traveling out of the country for healthcare.

This Summit will focus on collaboration and providing a new roadmap forward for Island Nations in their healthcare infrastructure.

In order for a country to develop and grow its medical tourism industry, it is vital that its Ministers of Health, Tourism and Economy, as well as Trade Commissioners, Consul Generals and VIP international officials attend this Global Ministerial Summit (by invitation only) where best practices in the medical tourism industry are shared and promotional programs and channels are presented.

Related Article: Ministerial Summit: Strategies to Move Forward

As the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act on Healthcare Reform (PPACA) on June 28, 2012, this law will thrust medical tourism domestically within the U.S. as well as internationally. Healthcare Reform will be a monumental topic of interest, especially to the Caribbean island nations, because it has the potential to significantly increase their revenues through the growth of their medical tourism industry.

As of yet, most people do not understand what Healthcare Reform is, or its implications to boost medical tourism. As Healthcare Reform takes effect in 2014, U.S. Employers are currently looking for ways to reduce their costs in providing quality care for their millions of employees, and one obvious way is Medical Tourism, both domestically between U.S. States as well as internationally.

Please forward this information to your country's Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Health or Ministry of Economy in order to participate in this very important summit which will be of tremendous benefit to your country's health and economy. For Ministers to receive an invitation to attend, and have the USD$1,500 Congress registration fee waived, please contact

I will keep updating our community on confirmed attendees over the next few weeks and months until the start of the Congress.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act on Healthcare Reform (PPACA),

To learn more about the 3rd Global Ministerial Summit on Medical Tourism,

To learn the outcome of the previous year's Global Ministerial Summit in 2011,

To learn more about our 5th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress,

Please see the video: 5th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress VIDEO


Aruba is a beautiful island in the Caribbean is located just north of Venezuela's coast, outside the hurricane belt, with a steady temperature around 82 degrees Fahrenheit year round and is sunny year-round, which attracts plenty of tourism. Aruba is part of the Dutch Antilles and it enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean Region, including a low unemployment rate.

Aside from Tourism, which commands about 75% of its GNP, Aruba boasts other four industries: gold mining, phosphate mining (The Aruba Phosphaat Maatschappij), aloe export, and petroleum refineries (The Lago Oil & Transport Company and the Arend Petroleum Maatschappij Shell Co.).

To learn about the work that Dr. Visser does to improve Children’s health, visit

The Capital Oranjestad

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