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MTA Releases 1st Medical Tourism Documentary

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Angels Overseas premieres in Los Angeles

The first documentary on medical tourism, Angels Overseas was premiered to a global audience of well known personalities from the medical tourism sector at the recently concluded 2nd Annual World Medical Tourism and Global Health Congress in Los Angeles October 26th-28th 2009.

The Medical Tourism Association ( who was the organizer of the congress show-cased the pioneering effort as part of its endeavor to initiate several educative measures to acquaint the average medical traveler with important aspects of the seeking medical assistance from foreign lands. The documentary provides insight into the high quality of healthcare that Americans and traveling patients worldwide can receive when they travel to a foreign country.

This portrayal will bring to the notice of global audiences the high quality of healthcare available across several countries and change the image of medical tourism. MTA has diligently worked on this project for over a year with the sole goal of making available a patient's actual experience, said Prem Jagyasi, chief strategy officer, Medical Tourism Association.

Free for public viewing on the official MTA website, it is expected to be watched by patients, employers, insurance companies and medical tourism facilitators. MTA is committed to its mission of elevating the levels of public awareness about medical tourism and works such as these are a demonstration of this. We will continue to work on many more documentaries and other educative tools.

This is just one of the many initiatives the MTA has rolled out to educate the public across the world about the potential of medical tourism, said Vivian Ho, strategic development officer, Medical Tourism Association.

The one hour film traces the experience of an American patient Bob who traveled to Costa Rica to undergo a double knee placement in an alien environment. He not only saves $80,000 but gets an excellent medical attention. His journey becomes even more pertinent as he represents a sizeable breed of first timers who until now had never left the shores of their homeland as they do not have a comprehensive health insurance. Deloitte estimates that in 2012, 1.6 million Americans will leave the US for medical care overseas.

Angels Overseas ~ Costa Rica edition is available for viewing on To get more information on the film please contact Jessica Johnson

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The Medical Tourism Association (Medical Travel Association), also known as the Global Healthcare Association, is the first international non-profit association made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment. Our Association promotes the interests of its healthcare provider and medical tourism facilitators members. The Medical Tourism Association has three tenets: Transparency, Communication and Education.

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