International patient referral constitutes a major channel for health travel between different parts of the world. Hospitals partner with public or private healthcare groups or public healthcare ministries between countries allows patients to receive healthcare services in partner hospitals.
In Europe, the medical travel market has grown exponentially in recent years and many European countries are gradually becoming key players in the industry.
With renowned healthcare professionals, leaders of healthcare institutions, and government officials speaking at the event, participants will be empowered and challenged to recreate the medical tourism industry of the future in Europe.
The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has enabled some Americans to afford health insurance for the first time. A majority of Americans don’t feel good about their healthcare, so Obamacare is providing them with little meaningful coverage.
A vast majority of employers who remain committed to providing healthcare benefits to their employees continue to sweat reform. 95% of U.S. employers say that subsidizing coverage for active employees is a very important part of their compensation package
Chronic disease statistics are ugly and they highlight the medical system, waiting to gobble up, socialized dollars, is inept. Medical tourism is a source of hope because among its offerings are hand-picked, alternative health solutions.
Key drivers for patients considering medical exchange options are quality, familiarity and price, all taken into consideration. Indicators include national and international accreditations, certification for physicians and specialists and “best in class” reviews.
Cross-border commerce is a good thing, and established enough that parties who engage would have ready-made, easy-to-follow rules. Financial arrangements for payment of services can be fraught with land mines that remain well-hidden far into the relationship.
Cross-border travel for healthcare is not immune from ethical considerations and puts concerns of costs, risks and quality of care. A very real issue emerging in research is the ethical consequences of medical tourism.
Medical travel facilitators (MTFs) routinely engage in contractual relationships with a variety of parties. Clients seeking medical treatment outside their home countries, heath plans, employers, in-country patient liaisons, and travel agents.
Millions of Americans are sick and tired of healthcare and are giving up on solutions to cure the nation’s ill-reputed system. As Obamacare inches toward implementation, patients still can’t afford to visit a doctor, physician.
Doctors remain among the most skeptical stakeholders toward President Obama’s prescription for curing the nation’s healthcare ills. Many physicians don’t believe that provisions of the ACA will be implemented successfully to meet requirements of the legislation.
There seems to be some confusion in Britain about the exact uses of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC provides travelers from the U.K. with healthcare at a reduced cost in other countries around Europe.
Medical malpractice causes enough confusion for doctors, lawyers and patients when it occurs locally. There are no universal laws that regulate how individual countries handle medical malpractice.
MTA successfully completed a first-ever Asia Pacific Medical Tourism Congress in Seoul, Korea that was attended by 800+ participants. The European Medical Travel Conference (EMTC) was held in Treviso, Italy on May 5-7, 2010.
Medical Tourism is a rapidly growing global market sector in which patients travel to neighboring and even distant countries to receive medical treatment. Cross-border healthcare refers to a similar phenomenon within the European healthcare market.
NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences is a modern institution where different applied areas of expertise are taught. These different areas go from International Tourism Management Studies to Hotel and Facility Management.
One of the workshops at the World Medical Tourism Congress focused on the legal issues surrounding Medical Tourism. The Legal Workshop addressed liability, business challenges, tax issues, clinical trials, and cross-border hospital affiliations.
It is inevitable that a United States citizen receiving medical care abroad will experience a less than satisfactory outcome. Because cost and access were primary motivations for the patient to seek care in another country.
It seems like every day you see the same statistics quoted in the news media, cited by candidates running for political office or in the trade press, that as many as 50 million Americans have no health insurance.