In a recent webinar coordinated by Jonathan Edelheit, Chairman and co-Founder of Medical Tourism Association and Global Healthcare Resources, Tim Isenhower, Director of Benefits at HSM Solutions to talk about HSM’s medical tourism program and how it has thrived for the last decade, and how other self-funded employers can make the most of medical travel to reduce cost and improve employee healthcare outcomes.
Over the last few decades, the need for affordable and top-line healthcare continues to drive medical travel as more health buyers look beyond borders to find solutions for their healthcare needs. While medical travel offers a unique opportunity for health payers to access high-quality healthcare with enormous cost savings, it also comes with some risks – both to the patient and the healthcare provider.
As the world becomes smaller and people from different cultural backgrounds connect and transact, there Is a need for medical providers and medical travel businesses to recognize the cultural lines that distinguish people and ensure they remodel their operations to accommodate these differences and boost their patient experience, thereby.
The Future of Medical Tourism, arguably the most successful and well-attended webinar organized by the Medical Tourism Association, with over 600 registered industry stakeholders from across the globe, featured insightful takes and discussions about the future of medical travel, the paradigm shifts disrupting the industry, and the challenges that lie ahead.
Healthcare costs are raging in America, and the average household can not keep up any longer. Currently, healthcare cost in the U.S. is growing 1.1% faster than the GDP, it's only a matter of time before this crisis begins to efface people’s access to healthcare.
For many cancer survivors, the hurdle does not stop at the last course of cancer treatment; hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt will leave survivors and even those receiving ongoing treatment living on the edge when all is said and done.
While vaccine passes may spur medical travel recovery, without addressing the myriad of problems associated with them, the move may prove to be counterintuitive, disrupting the medical tourism ecosystem
A West Lothian dad, who is raising thousands of pounds to take his daughter abroad for specialist treatment after she was told she would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life, has been offered a discount by a top doctor.
A COVID-19 vaccine is an important first step in making travel safe again, but it will not solve everything overnight. Nonetheless, it may open borders to vaccinated travelers and ease the fears of those seeking to travel for medical purposes.
While scientists continue to investigate and seek a better understanding of ivermectin and its use in COVID-19, emerging results have been promising.
The medical tourism industry has been the hardest-hit by the global economic slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Stakeholders are now uncertain of what lies ahead.
Medical Tourism Association (MTA) partners with Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) as South Korea extends high complexity medical services to international patients at a pivotal COVID-19 transition point.
As the healthcare market broadens, the key players have a growing need to improve on the metrics that drive medical travel.
The pain from arthritis could be extremely unbearable, with most days seeing patients finding it increasingly difficult to carry out everyday tasks.
A few years after the Zika epidemic was stopped in its tracks, the ghost of it still lingers, influencing where we travel to for holidays or health tourism, especially for people who bore the brunt of its effects when it broke out - Women.
In what has been aptly described as “the shadow world of medicine,” transplant tourism poses great health and ethical burden, with attendant risks of severe infectious diseases and the dehumanizing nature of the act
Packing is a huge task and when you are traveling away from home for a medical procedure, it is recommended to pack with care. To avoid stress during immigration and security, remember to put every important thing in the baggage itself.
GDPR is due to take effect and there have been many concerns and uncertainties as how much the EU regulation will get affected. The GDPR is a regulation that was approved by the EU after four years of strong deliberation.
Healthcare is going Uber's way of providing user-centered medical treatment options which lower costs and save consumer's time. Technology companies are disrupting the scene in healthcare, telemedicine is about the new UBER in healthcare delivery.
In this global medical tourism industry, to increase a country's stake in the market is the quality of healthcare infrastructure. The competition for international patients has heated on as governments, and private groups identifying essential markets.
The Medical Tourism Association is the global trade association for medical tourism and travel.The association works with governments, hospitals, insurers and medical tourism players in over 100 countries.
I have been fortunate to have had a long career. My previous roles as COO of The Joint Commission and President and CEO of Joint Commission International provided a strong foundation in understanding the need for input and feedback of multiple stakeholders in the development of standards.
Jonathan Edelheit sat with Cigna International's Jai Verma to discuss Cigna's B2G initiative, role in expanding medical tourism. He explained how governments and insurance companies can collaborate to improve the healthcare received by medical travelers.
Genomic medicine contributed enormously to medical science in the field of oncology, pharmacology, infectious disease, and diagnosis. Genomics has paved a way for precision medicine, also called individualized medicine which saves huge money for patients.
The challenges to the healthcare industry from the perspective of the Global healthcare accreditation program offering some insights. Our surveyors, leadership team, and consultants traveled to many corners of the globe to engage with stakeholders.
Renée-Marie Stephano, CEO of Global Healthcare Resources sat down with Laurent Pochat Cottilloux, Global Head of Health for AXA. They talked about the global reinsurance market and how the market is changing, technology's role in developing future programs.
Jonathan Edelheit, Principal and Founder of Global healthcare Resources interviewed Cigna International's Jai Verma. They discussed Cigna's B2G initiatives, role in expanding medical tourism and how governments and insurance companies are collaborating.
Travelers and tourists are using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin as a form of payment for flights, hotel reservations, transportation. Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that operate independently of a central financial institution and encryption method.
Miami is consistently a popular destination for tourists, and with its exciting nightlife, beautiful beaches and fantastic weather. The definition of birth tourism involves travel to another country for the express purpose of giving birth there.
Whether it be eating healthier, getting in shape or dropping an unhealthy habit, one thing is for sure sticking to a resolution. lack of a clear goal, failing to plan, and not tracking progress are some common reasons for failed resolutions.
Medical tourism is a huge industry with a lot of potentials to grow by 25 percent every year for the next ten years or more. Foreign investment has grown significantly and it paved the way for private health cities to emerge as a perfect treatment spot.
MTA helps you build a professional network, improve skills and knowledge, meet new people, professional association. The Medical Tourism Association is offering both a Certified Medical Tourism Professional and membership to the MTA for only $479.
You are a young professional just entering the job market looking for something to set you apart from your peers. The thoughts and concerns among working professionals are often the time revolve around their mind and they aren't alone getting these thoughts.
Patient care is suffering due to the lack of nurses in hospital units, 46.8% of all nurses made a medication mistake owing to high pressure. It is advised to increase the nurse count and adjusting the workload in the emergency department to enhance safety.
By connecting our senses to sensors, wearable technology has made a quantum leap, unlocking opportunities across multiple industries. Wearable healthcare technology is gaining widespread popularity, primarily owing to its ease of use and flexibility.
Aetna International focus on population health management which involves helping governments and payers improve the infrastructure. It has projects around the world while having a strong focus on the MENA region.
One of the thrilling adventures would be a trip to space with Dr. James, CMO of the National Aeronautical & Space Administration. It was medical tourism, not space tourism and you might see that the two are intersecting.
The World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) integrated with the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC). The purpose of this merger is to open up opportunities for both medical tourism professional and U.S. based employers.
Nizar Zein, Chairman of Global Patient Services at the Cleveland Clinic spoke at the World Medical Tourism Congress's Medical Summit. Dr. Zein told MTM, changes are driven by economic growth and due to economic indicators, people's destination will change.
Lisa Han provides legal services for hospitals, governments, facilitators in the global healthcare space, and other legal issues. China recently started reforming its healthcare system with the goal of innovating China's healthcare space by 2020.
Crafting an accurate narrative that makes sense of the nonsensical in the study of stem cells is one of medical's greatest goal. The understanding of the stem cell; their existence and their potential application is at the core of human desires.
Europeans have a long history of traveling for health services both organically and through EU Cross Border Directive policies. While Americans traveling abroad for care is more recent owing to huge medical and surgery costs in the U.S.
This October, from the 2nd to the 4th, is for the 10th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) in Los Angeles. The WMTC is the most comprehensive international health conference and attracts participants from all over the world.
The national alliance on mental illness and the national institute indicates that 1 in 5 Americans lives with mental health. Untreated mental illness costs approximately $100 billion in lost productivity each year.
The growth of the industry and mounting consumer demand for international healthcare solutions and medical tourism professionals. Many factors influence medical tourism at both a macro and micro level, it is difficult to work in the industry.
Patients come from a wide range of geographic regions, ethnicities, and socio-economic conditions and travel for various medications. By looking at the drivers of growth, as well as a snapshot of the industry, we can predict future trends for the industry.
Negotiating directly with businesses, hospitals receive a steady stream of patients and that reflects the future of the industry. Employers receive high-quality medical care at a very low cost.
Studies conducted in the aftermath of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the researchers concluded that there are three categories. Better compliance with International Health Regulations, Reforming the World Health Organization and improving research and knowledge sharing.
Healthcare providers are operating in a multicultural environment characterized by interactions with patients having different values. This reality across providers can lead to challenges in providing culturally competent and respectful care.
Precision medicine is an approach to treatment which utilizes genetic variables to tailor treatment to a specific patient. Precision medicine recently received a stamp of approval from the U.S. government which approved the 21st Century Cures Act.
29% of Americans consider traveling abroad for medical procedures like bypass surgery, hip or knee replacement, plastic surgery. If you’re considering having surgery overseas, here’s what you need to know before you make up your mind.
Western Union Business Solutions allows medical facilities to provide patients with access to a simple, reliable solution. For medical facilities, this can also provide cost savings, streamlining of processes, transparency, and the ability to provide funds.
Our annual congress pulls in over 2,000 attendees every year and this year we’re already getting to standing room only capacity. Every year we hand out thousands of our flagship print publication that features topics on the industry, trends, case studies.
Turkish medical professionals to go abroad, gain new clinical experience at well-known hospitals mostly in the U.S. and Western Europe. These unique surgical methods enable a better healing process and improved outcomes and results, especially in children.
The most important thing for me to get across to people regarding international patients having experience for international patients. From the moment that individual calls you on the phone, or texts you, that is someone you need to be working with!
A sand bath is natural therapy, mainly used as an analgesic treatment for chronic rheumatism and neuromuscular pain. The history dates back to the Pharaohs and the ancient Greeks who used it to treat the pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Many ask like- Is medical tourism safe? The answer depends on how well prepared medical tourists are and the facilities they opt for. Medical tourism can be very safe, cost-effective and provide comparable care to hospitals in the United States.
Some people have a fear of flying and it's nothing to be ashamed of, all you need is to set your mind right before and during the flight. Know that this stress, fear and anxiety are all in your head, so you need to make your mind understand.
MTFs engage in relationships with a variety of parties and clients seeking medical treatment outside their home countries. These contractual arrangements should be memorialized in a written agreement signed by the parties.
Healthcare and well-being are on the minds of everyone today, those looking to implement change the world and outside of it too. His career in medicine began as an emergency medicine technician or EMT and he diligently followed a path.
Medical Tourism Magazine is packed with articles on industry trends and the latest news in the global healthcare industry. The magazine features the Medical Tourism Association's partner publication Corporate Wellness Magazine.
Technological innovations and mobile advancements are bringing about a major change between healthcare professionals and patients. Patients want faster answers to their healthcare queries and greater control over wellness programmes.
India is recognized in the medical world as a destination to obtain quality care at much lower rates and high success rate. The cure for hepatitis C can be obtained in India for a fraction of the cost elsewhere boosting India's medical travel.
A virus that seems to have the occasional outbreak in the United States is measles which is caused by the Rubeola virus. It is spread by air droplets and is very contagious, there is a vaccine available for measles that helps prevent future sickness.
The WHO recently reported that the Zika virus is no longer a global health emergency, it will be termed as an ongoing threat. In addition to the recent declaration the warning that Zika still must still be considered very dangerous was emphasized.
Women are powering through the workforce and taking the reins of global leadership like never before as many having key positions. This year has been a breakout year for many women leaders affecting change in foreign policy government economics health.
Medical travel to Israel has seen significant growth and was recently ranked as the third most popular medical travel destination. the Tourism Minister is pleased by the vote and cites multiple reasons such as medical travel is a profitable export industry.
As per the MTA and the International Healthcare Research Center, the Philippines is ranked eighth among the top in the world. Philippines is seeing 80,000 to 250,000 medical tourists annually as patients come from Sri Lanka, East Asia, the Gulf States.
The Japanese Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare will conduct a survey of the medical infrastructure to examine the system. The purpose is to improve Japan's medical services for foreign patients before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
As opposed to the earlier belief of stress being bad for you, new research showed that pressure could actually improve your health. Workers in stressful positions with no control they are more likely to take their workplace stress out in unhealthy ways.
Before and after Brexit there has been much debate surrounding the impact on the economy healthcare and tourism. After the vote for Brexit the pound depreciated and continues to trade at a very weak level by historical standards according to the WTTC.
Hurricane Matthew storm that destructed coastal towns throughout the Southern U.S. left damaged homes and power outage. According to officials from the CDC, the aftermath of the storm created an environment that is highly favorable for the spread of Zika.
A major benefactor of funds earmarked for the 2018 Winter Olympics is the KTO benefitting from infrastructure expansion to tourism. In 2015, Korea attracted almost 3 million medical tourists from all over the world, but only roughly 1,000 were from India.
One of the biggest misnomers about Canadian healthcare is that it is free but this is definitely not the actual case. Canadians pay a huge amount for healthcare through the tax system, an average of $11320 per year for public healthcare insurance.
Healthcare just got a little more costly as the insurance costs to local residents may leave them searching for ways to stay afloat. The change in coverage does not affect every Emirate and Expat only the Emiratis with the Thiqa plans.
HR professionals need to determine and fill holes in the staff, manage employee relations, health plans, and much more. Medical tourism is traveling beyond your home for medical treatment.
For the U.S., D.C. is akin to political stamina and decisive opportunities that influence the world and its people. For international and U.S. based attendees to the 2016 Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, Washington is the place for conducting business.
The Mesopotamians are the people who originally established medical tourism on the planet as it all started in the third millennium. These days, the term medical tourism is taking a new revolution where people are traveling to other countries for treatment.
Over the last 10 years, I have traveled to more than 30 countries and met thousands of people with different backgrounds, cultures. Whether for personal or professional purposes all travel includes some basic must-haves to ensure comforts and conveniences.
The cost of artificial organ transplants, countries that focus on attracting medical tourists could greatly benefit. Analyst projections show Asia as the fastest-growing market for artificial organs and related surgeries and medications.
The CMTP certification provides healthcare professionals, travel agents, facilitators, insurance agents, and HR professionals. This knowledge provides designees with information that is unavailable to their company and essential to career development.
In a world of swiftly-changing politics and economics, people who battle life-threatening diseases competes with challenges. Jason Girard relayed his thoughts how Brexit might affect the free commerce of the UK, including the promotion of medical tourism.
The Organization for OECD estimates that nearly 50 million patients travel abroad for medical treatment every year. According to the OECD analysis, by 2019 the global medical tourism market could achieve a turnover of more than $60 billion.
Chinese citizens are leaving their homes in search of the best care available or for the care that they desperately need. A market information company found that nearly 483000 people traveled from China for medical tourism in 2015.
As the awareness and proliferation of stem cell is increasing, how can a smart consumer of medical care tell which is better? In this article, we have compiled a list of questions you should ask when out for shopping for care.
When you want to buy something, you go straight to the internet and look up the customer reviews regarding the product. Something similar is coming to healthcare as Cleveland Clinic began posting patient ratings of individual doctors on its website.
The GHA is one of Global Healthcare Resources healthcare quality and business programs as it offers global medical travel. The program evaluates towards competencies that ensure a healthcare organization is monitoring its overall performance.
The Medical Tourism Index is the standard-bearer for contemplating travel outside their country of origin for a medical procedure. Medical Tourism has increased significantly with the explosion of complex communication techniques and transportation technologies.
Indiana University Health has built a thriving program in treating cancer care and putting an emphasis on personalized services. The growth of the Indiana University Health program is notable in the competitive world of medical tourism.
GSD is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of this year's World Medical Tourism and Global Health Congress. GSD is the premier provider of health services at all levels of care in all specialties for the Italian National Health System for the last fifteen years.
Washington, D.C., will serve as host to many business travelers from September to November apart from being Home to the President. Due to the pleasant weather and lack of traditional tourists, this time of year is noted as the best time to visit D.C.
15 years ago we started noticing international visitors coming to Puerto Rico to visit Sononuclear RP for PET CT scans. We were the first in the Caribbean to offer this technology making it accessible to patients without having to travel to the U.S.
Recently, Dubai transformed itself in order to attract world travelers, focusing on strengthening the Dubai healthcare system. The Ministry of Health is projecting that by 2020, more than one million medical tourists will visit Dubai each year.
According to the NIH, there is limited evidence to support the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). When it comes to patients choosing TCM over Western medicine for life-threatening conditions there is less debate and more agreement.
Ageism is symptomatic of a nation that is in the throes of its own historical adolescence, a transient society. Youth, at any age, appears to be a desirable social currency juvenilization, characterized by the loss of cultural memory and losing our place.
Co-organized by the MTA in partnership with the Hainan government and Beijing Great-Idea Business Resource Company Ltd. International hospitals at the conference had the opportunity to meet with top Chinese Facilitators.