The Trump administration is imposing a new visa policy restricting foreign nationals from giving birth in the US so their children can become American citizens, a practice that has been termed “birth tourism”. This new rule, which takes effect on Friday January 24, is one of President Donald Trump’s prime political concerns.
Is the Medical Tourism industry ready for a change? I’m sure you would agree that it is.
A few years ago, Chinese tourists traveled in their thousands to Japan for what was described as explosive shopping sprees. Fast forward several years later, Chinese tourists are still flying to Japan but this time largely for a different reason - medical care.
To put an end to a two-decade-long controversy on forced organ harvesting and illicit organ trade in China, the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China - the ChinaTribunal - delivered its Final Judgement June 17, 2019, revealing shocking details.
A private hospital on Hainan Island has been forced to shut down operations after local authorities found it gave fake human papillomaviruses (HPV) vaccines to dozens of patients, including at least one pregnant woman
Three-year-old Victoria Komada, born with both legs backward finally takes her first steps after having surgery to correct the defects
Earlier, women were not entitled to vote, but we witnessed the first women in U.S. history competing against a male for President. Gender equality remains a widely debated topic as women are less likely to get a promotion or hired for a senior position.
The emergence of the business of international surrogacy burst in 2007 when Rudy Rupak began marketing a surrogacy service in India. Rupak was not only the first to send foreign patients to India but also the first to provide surrogacy services to gay couples.
After six years in power, David Cameron, British Prime Minister announced his resignation after the United Kingdom voted to leave. The Huffington Post reported that, Cameron will stay in power until October when a new leader can step in.
When it comes to international work, study or travel, it's important to be protected around the clock and around the world. Individuals and families have to be able to afford adequate and timely medical help – no matter whether they are traveling or studying.
Healthcare management leaders face many complex issues on a daily basis and can quickly taxed when analyzing various strategies. Healthcare improvement is a priority among a vast number of healthcare services providers and facilities around the globe.
To raise awareness worldwide of the benefits of yoga, the United Nations proclaimed June 21st as International Yoga Day. The very fact that the UN has declared it as International Yoga Day means India has gifted yoga to the world.
Medical travel facilitators routinely engage in contractual relationships with a variety of health plans, employers, in-country patient. These contractual arrangements should be memorialized in a written agreement signed by the parties.
The 9th WMT & GHC taking place in Washington D.C. offers a variety of ways to authenticate yourself and your company. The Medical Tourism Association offers a number of programs, blogs, membership opportunities and more that helps in getting name recognized.
Gone are the days when the term medical tourism is used together with surgery, the definition of medical tourism has expanded. Patients needn't leave the country to be a medical tourist as recent form of health travel is called domestic medical tourism.
Top women in the medical industry discussed the role of data and the importance of human interaction in medical marketing. The focus of discussion was the use of data and its importance in creating a lasting change in a population.
With the growth of telemedicine, the AMA decided to meet to decide whether or not to adopt guidelines of telemedicine. The AMA has been working on ways to advise physicians on the best way to deal with and incorporate telemedicine into their practice.
In digital environment, selling at the top may not be necessary, but calling on the relevant executives for the sales opportunity. A relevant executive whose reputation is on the line for a project can use power or influence to usurp the decision.
An industry which is in the growth and development stage, medical tourism requires participants certification from a known organization. This is the right time to get certified seeing the complexity of the knowledge required to be a success.
The hospitality industry is getting a piece of health and wellness pie as medical travelers need a place for a medical procedure. Wellness travelers are looking for the best place to go in order to jump-start their healthy lives.
Earlier physicians and healthcare providers were concerned with their offline reputations, today they care about their online reputation. Physicians and healthcare professionals are engaged in medical tourism, looking to promote their services to tourists around the globe.
Employers everywhere are in a difficult situation of finding the best possible care for their employees for the best possible value. Everyone wants the best surgeon operating on them, but getting the best comes at a price.
The worldwide telehealth market is forecast to be worth $6.5 billion by 2020, a shift in the provision of healthcare services. The telehealth industry which uses information and communication includes preventive care and curative aspects.
With the advancement of mobile devices and internet penetration, news of the demise of the travel agent is quite premature. In some respects, travel agents, doctors, and spas have actually joined forces at the hip to offer health and wellness seekers.
Healthcare consumers are willing to travel distances for advanced services at reduced costs, only when the quality level is high. Demand for validated treatment can influence some economies, creating a greater need for ancillary services associated with travel.
Until the government responds to calls to immunize all children from meningitis B, parents in the UK may continue to seek out private doctors. Policymakers cited budgetary restraints for denying entry into the year-old immunization program beyond babies aged 2-6 months.
Surgery just got complicated, hard to identify and difficult to trace, this risk has doctors and hospital administrations in emergency mode. The digital high alert reached a peak earlier this month when ransomware prompted administrators at a Southern California Hospital.
After more than a decade boarding plane to Europe, Asia, Latin America to treat patients, doctors can finally fight prostate cancer in the U.S. That's because the FDA gave American surgeons the go-ahead to perform High-Intensity Focal Ultrasound.
Proton therapy, which grabbed international headlines when five-year-old Asha King was removed from a UK hospital last year. However, less than 50 proton centers operate worldwide including 19 in the United States and 21 in Europe.
The procedure, dubbed Abdominal Etching, enables cosmetic surgeons to create a more visible muscular definition in the male torso. The liposuction technique is designed for men who are relatively fit, but desire a leaner, chiseled abdominal appearance.
Immunotherapy is a new class of cancer-fighting medicines that have not been used and left untouched for several times. Immunotherapy, credited with ridding former U.S. President Jimmy Carter of cancer, is a potential asset to medical tourism patients.
China where the costs of cancer and the drugs used in their treatments can overwhelm even the most robust health systems. In India, every 50 seconds a person dies of cancer, the health ministry has sought inexpensive forms of Herceptin.
Adult stem cells treatments are traced to undifferentiated cells found throughout the body that divide to replenish dying cells. Despite the relaxed government oversight, the potential to ease suffering and reverse their disease is too hard to ignore.
Chinese visiting the U.S. make a stop in New England either for the lobster, white sandy beaches or brilliant fall foliage. The Maine thing is about the Chinese middle class explosion, prompted business leaders from all corners of the globe to head to east.
Medical tourism has become an option for Chinese patients, who want the best care available and who can afford to pay for top doctors. Other Chinese patients travel overseas for advanced pharmaceuticals that bureaucratic delayed their sale at home in China.
When Americans dream of a day when they can retire to a Carribean island, they often reminded of the potential harsh realities. It is inevitable that in the next decade, the U.S. will have to amend Medicare regulations.
Cardiac electrophysiologists at Hospital da Luz have performed more than 1000 ablation procedures to treat atrial fibrillation. Ablation involves long, flexible tubes or catheters inserted through a vein in the patient's groin and threaded to the heart.
Medical tourism patients from Europe and other Arab countries have traditionally sought treatment in the Middle East. Population growth, diverse lifestyle-related illnesses and the demand for healthcare services fueled the medical tourism in the Gulf region.
Demand for double-hand transplants is gaining momentum on the international stage and encouraging patients who lost both hands. Prosthetics for arms and hands are not as advanced as those for feet and legs and the growth of nerves remains a prohibitive factor.
Population growth coupled with lifestyle changes will put increasing pressure on Arab states to deliver healthcare services. There are challenges to an overstretched infrastructure, but demand can mean opportunities as well and that's healthy for all.
Lufthansa - a sponsor of the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress knows better than most airlines. The physicians, facilitators, and travel and hospitality interests rely on Lufthansa for transporting patients and their companions to destinations.
The Brain tumor center has clinical fellowships for U.S. and Canadian neurosurgeons and fellowships and visiting scholar programs. By no means do brain tumors adhere to boundaries nor do they discriminate on the basic or region or race.
The Puerto Rico Medical Tourism Corporation is in the midst of an aggressive campaign to market the island's healthcare services. Investors and entrepreneurs can learn about healthcare and tourism services in Puerto Rico.
Hungary has long been considered a thriving destination for dental treatments, plastic surgery, and ophthalmology treatments. Region's propensity to attract health and wellness seekers to Hungary's historic Turkish baths and thermal spas.
International investors are aware of Dominican Republic status as an elite destination based on the success of the tourism industry. Hospitals and clinics in the Dominican Republic welcomes 20,00 international patients, 1,000 for plastic surgery alone.
Jordan enjoys the facilities, human resources, and stability to provide quality care even in the face of an aging population. Access to quality care is contingent on more than professional staff and equipment.
Cancer is a big deal in Latvia, the Medical Tourism Association will hold a day-long training workshop to ensure patients get an idea. Healthcare officials in Latvia are working diligently to diagnose early stages of cancer throughout Europe.
Substance abuse touches everyone those who abuse and those who don't, people spend huge amount to get rid of their addiction. All insurers, including Medicaid, are required to cover the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.
Scientists in Israel working with a team, have successfully created embryonic cells that give rise to sperm and ova in a test tube. The medical breakthrough might someday help tens of millions of people who can't start families.
Portugal is a sleeping giant that is opening an eye toward medical tourism and the country's economy is finally growing again. Lisbon officials have their sights on medical travel opportunities to generate increased revenue and augment healthcare infrastructure.
Healthcare speaks to both residents and international visitors to Portugal — who seek a range of multidisciplinary services. The surgical robot takes advantage of minimally invasive techniques to reduce pain, blood loss and infection rates for patients.
Health and tourism officials in Dubai are outdoing themselves as the city hopes to attract 500,000 medical tourism patients annually. The government plans to build a smart hospital and medical university having 300 beds across 150,000 square meters park.
Croatia, the newest member to the EU, is in the midst of an economic recession, gross domestic product declining since 2011. Investment toward training and planning along with enhanced services, essential to elevating medical tourism in the region.
Celebrated for its rich and endless nightlife, distinctive neighborhoods, masterful art, and peerless custard tarts. Buoyed by strong investor, government leaders are leaning on the medical tourism industry to finesse Portugal's sluggish economy.
Organ transplants have become the preferred treatment for chronic diseases like kidney failure and heart, lung, pancreas. Despite public awareness campaigns such as kidney paired donation, medical officials have been slow to keep up with the increasing demand.
Known as a mecca for plastic surgery, Korean authorities are hoping cancer patients will change the face of medical tourism. The Korea Tourism Organization, raised a few eyebrows, predicting the number of health travelers to Korea will reach 998,000 by 2020.
The Cayman Islands is situated 480 miles south of Miami, Fla., the destination offers plenty of natural beauty, fine dining, shopping. It's further complemented by the evolution of Health City, hotel to lodge overseas patients for rehabilitation facilities.
Dubai is considered by many including the medical tourism patients to be among the top plastic surgeons in the world. Sometimes called the capital of excess in the Middle East, Dubai is changing the face of healthcare in the Gulf region.
Puerto Rico is not just aiming to step into a highly competitive market but also aiming to become a key player. Medical Tourism Association training and certification will compliment Puerto Rico's multifaceted strategy.
Medical tourism is enough to convince anyone that there is more to Florida than warm weather by the pool. It will strengthen Florida's position as a medical tourism destination of choice for both international and domestic healthcare consumers.
European nations are the favorite place where willing customers can travel, see a doctor, and die on the same day. Assisted suicide is not to be confused with euthanasia, which is legal in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
A quarter-million men in the U.S. are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, according to the American Society of Oncology. Early detection and increased vigilance means more cases can be cured, as most men no longer have to die from prostate cancer.
The reimbursement of medical expenses in another member state cannot be refused where a lack of medical supplies and infrastructure. Cross-border patients are beginning to take advantage of the directive and access care across Europe.
A man completely paralyzed from the waist down can walk again is truly miraculous and offers hope for millions who were hopeless. It's tremendous news for medical tourism patients waiting for restructured funding and regulations that accelerate biomedical research.
Canada topped the list for Country Environment and Medical Tourism Costs, which is good news for major healthcare providers. Canada has all of the characteristics that make medical tourism attractive to patients, especially from the United States.
Technologies along with the increasing mobility and medical tourism of consumers are closing gaps in healthcare access. Knowledge gained from the procedure has helped guide similar successful surgeries around the world.
Some may have known about Grenada if they remembered the U.S. operation in 1983, when American troops liberated the island from Marxist forces. Those who were not aware, St. George’s had grown from only a few hundred students at the time of invasion to 4,000 today.
Some pharma and biotech companies as well as medical-device manufacturers have already begun to transform the healthcare sector. In China, there are more people living with Alzheimer's than any other country in the world.
Instead of dwelling on the negative, Botti and her sisters transferred their collective energies into productivity and kindness. A few little words proved to be something special, not only morphing into an iconic symbol of sisterhood.
In Puerto Rico, medical tourism patients can find orthopedists who use the latest instrumentation and apply the newest advances. Puerto Rico can offer the same level or better quality of service than anywhere in the U.S.
Despite the best intentions of the Affordable Care Act, Americans continue to find difficulties with access to affordable healthcare. The confusion and costs vary widely from one hospital to the next or even looking beyond state or national boundaries.
Making Dollars and Sense Out of the Medical Tourism Experience, questions and answers from real and active healthcare consumers. The live interactive webcast connects patients from all over the world to the hospital administrators, doctors and clinicians.
Virtual consultations between physicians and patients are among the many reasons medical tourism is using mobile health technology. Mobile health has tremendous potential to help train health workers, manage chronic disease, monitor critical medical barometers.
Parkinson's is so scary as the doctors do not have a test to detect the disease, but sure of its symptoms impaired movement. The good news is that like most non-communicable diseases, Parkinson's is not contagious; doctors are not even sure why it happens.
Medical visas are free and do not require applicants to provide financial statements or proof of medical insurance. Getting Indian visas is easy, and the treatment and medical infrastructure is world-class and affordable at the same time.
Dubai's efforts to become a leading healthcare destination and supporting initiatives are providing vast opportunities. The opening of the gym comes on a report that found a high prevalence of obesity in the UAE, which authorities fear will weigh heavy.
Juice bar sales reached $1.3 million nationwide last year, which is more than twice the concentrate from a decade ago. For those who don't have enough time to take daily nutrients, liquid concoctions can be healthy alternatives that hit the spot.
Canadians don't necessarily have a corner on the wait time market, they have to wait for 33 percent more than American counterpart. When the diagnosis called for elective surgery, 25 percent of Canadians waited for four months or more.
Aggressive investments in China's healthcare system begin to pay off in the form safe, effective, convenient and affordable care. Medical hospitals in China can't keep up with demand, wealthy and middle-class Chinese patients are opting for medical tourism.
Americans married, single, straight or gay have bulk of hopeful international parents who have traveled overseas to adopt babies. Surrogacy is not always a safe haven, arrangements are a criminal offense in Hong Kong when anyone makes or receives payment.
The uninsured Americans or those with limited coverage, is exposed to medical tourism and taken advantage of the bargain prices. The Affordable Care Act has enabled some Americans to purchase health insurance for the first time.
Despite the Affordable Care Act, U.S. employers have struggled to control spiraling healthcare costs and understand complex provisions. The U.S. has high-quality care but then also at the same time, we have the most expensive care in the world.
Underdeveloped countries are faced with health-related challenges because medical infrastructure has not improved to the level. Inadequate funds prevent children from getting proper medical attention, and their parents except seek help from non-governmental sources.
Wellness tourism broke ground on a new 15,000 square-foot health and wellness facility that will cater to living and more jobs. The University of Colorado's Health and Wellness Center will provide consulting and programs for the Estes Park project.
Melody Key is a hotspot in subtropical blue-green currents, home to vacationing celebrities or boarders who demand exclusivity. Multi-million-dollar homes are attention-getters, and luxury abodes in the Florida Keys are the most prized properties in the U.S.
Taiwan today means business, international healthcare seekers are beginning to define the strengths of a medical care system. the Medical Tourism Association will extend its resources to regional interests and work to strengthen existing initiatives.
New facilities in Taiwan with loosening of restrictions on the Strait have created perfect conditions to extend medical tourism. Chinese medical tourists want high-end stem cell procedures, detoxification programs and spa therapies, among others.
Not every doctor wants to leave India, but some are compelled to do so to be educated and trained at a world-renown institution. A growing list of hospitals and high-tech medical centers dedicated to medical tourism patients are recruiting Indian doctors.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a treatment used today for a variety of sports injuries and replaced PRP as a bone-healing agent. Recently PRP become popular for treating ailments resulting from golf and tennis elbows and knee and joint problems.
Florida home to Disney World, the Kennedy Space Center, is a proven tourism site for millions of travelers from around the world. The exposure to existing hospitals and treatment centers like Cleveland Clinic in Orlando and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
3-D printing technology has been used to recreate a lot of things from jewelry and clothing to guns and even fruit. 3-D printing can claim to have saved life from the throes of tracheomalcia, makes the trachea so weak that it becomes difficult to breath.
Famous for pristine beaches, ancient Buddhist temples and a mecca for backpackers, tourism fuels 10 percent of Thailand's GDP. The immediate effects on medical travel are minimal unless of course the government has set restrictions to that particular country.
MasterCard ranks Dubai seventh behind travel luminaries of the Middle East can now boast the fortunes of hosting a Medical Tourism. Dubai has grown from a sleepy Gulf port in the desert to become a crossroad of international commerce ad medical hotspot.
The Medical Tourism Association has been providing a voice to healthcare providers, insurance companies, overseas nations, hospitals. Qualified Americans paying into Medicare for decades and now living overseas are only asking for services from a social program.
Plans to launch a stem cell treatment center, an in vitro fertilization facility, a cochlear implant center, Bahamas is developing. It brings a potential new revenue stream through The Bahamas, 18% of the revenue is coming from medical tourism.
Activity-tracking devices will be challenged to keep pace with the increasing popularity of employee wellness programs. It is intended to improve and promote health and fitness that’s usually offered through the work place; insurance plans can offer them.