Monday, June 22, 2009

Bronze Sponsor: Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas

World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress would like to announce Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas as a Bronze Sponsor for the 2nd Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in 2009! Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas was a sponsor at our 1st Conference and is looking forward to 2009! We look forward to having them Sponsor and Exhibit again!

Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas is a modern general hospital, located in Managua, Nicaragua. Our goal is to provide high quality medical services, based on a highly trained medical staff, high quality equipment and attractively designed facility. Our vision has guided us to become the healthcare organization that is raising the quality of healthcare services in Nicaragua to international standards. We are in the process to apply for International Accreditation by summer of 2009.

We value very highly personal patient care and quality in our processes and procedures to deliver high quality care for our patients. Our process of continuous improvement of quality and our culture of customer service, make us the ideal choice for all our patient’s medical needs.

Bronze Sponsor: One World Global


World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress would like to announce One World Global as a Bronze Sponsor for the 2nd Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in 2009! We look forward to having them Sponsor and Exhibit!
OneWorld Global Healthcare Solutions, a consulting company committed to creating a worldwide healthcare solution. Our background and experience is in working with large U.S. and worldwide employers, healthcare carriers and the U.S. retail market. Our services will ensure that your organization will understand what large U.S. employers are looking for in healthcare solutions, how to package those solutions and how to successfully market your services to U.S. employers and healthcare carriers. In addition we help our clients identify retail market hotspots and create campaigns to reach those target markets.

The current healthcare crisis presents abundant opportunity for those offering solutions.
The Tripod of participants; Healthcare carriers and Delivery Systems, Large Employers, and Governments, must work together to design optimum solutions.

Global Healthcare, of which Medical Tourism is a major component, is a major contributor to any solution. For Physician Groups, Professional Healthcare Givers, and Hospitals seeking to become part of a global healthcare solution, they have to market themselves to healthcare carriers, large employers, and governments.

Our services can help our clients become major components of the solution and fall into five main categories:

· Consulting Services – For Governments, Hospitals, Clinics and Medical Tourism Companies who want to expand worldwide
· Media/Public Relations Service – Communications plans targeting specific audiences and markets
· Marketing Assistance – Brand building services that speak to your target markets
Marketing Workshops – Customized assistance for specific market penetration goals
Training and Performance Solutions - Identify and manage the information, knowledge and skills required to support your business objectives

Bronze Sponsor: EuropAssistance


World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress would like to announce EuropAssistance as a Bronze Sponsor for the 2nd Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in 2009! EuropAssistance was a sponsor at our 1st Conference and is looking forward to being a Bronze Sponsor again for 2009! We look forward to having them Sponsor and Exhibit again!


With a presence in all 5 continents, and more than 850,000 service providers and medical personnel offering assistance services in 208 countries and territories around the world, Europ Assistance places an exceptional international network of 71 companies at its clients’ disposal.

For close to half a century, Europ Assistance has tailored solutions for assisting people wherever they may be and helping them respond to the unexpected throughout their daily lives. Services include medical tourism management, emergency medical transportation, medical referrals, case monitoring and claims management. Twenty-four hours a day at 34 assistance centers worldwide, multilingual assistance coordinators answer more than two calls per second and handle one assistance case every two seconds

Europe Assistance Services include personalized administration of patients’ overseas medical care as part of its tailored health program within a secure and optimized financial framework, family travel and accommodation arrangements, liaising with hospitals and physicians abroad, 24/7 emergency call centre, medical case management, coordination of air ambulance services, claims payment, bill auditing and legal support surrounding claims.

Bronze Sponsor: Hayes, Inc


World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress would like to announce Hayes Inc as a Bronze Sponsor for the 2nd Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in 2009! We look forward to having them Sponsor and Exhibit!

Hayes, Inc. is an independent health technology research and consulting company dedicated to promoting better health outcomes. Hayes performs unbiased, evidence-based assessments of the safety and efficacy of new, emerging, and controversial health technologies and evaluates the impact of these technologies on healthcare quality, utilization, and cost. Hayes' worldwide clients include hospitals, healthcare systems, government agencies, employers, and managed care organizations.

Hayes products and services include:

· A dynamic, web-based Knowledge Center designed to support professionals who are responsible for strategic planning, technology acquisition, and policy development

· Consulting services that enhance strategic technology planning and support evidence-based technology acquisition so that hospitals can anticipate and prepare for the financial, clinical, and operational impact of new technologies prior to their adoption

· Customized services that help payers develop and update coverage policies as well as create clinical guidelines

· Employee benefit programs that help patients make well-informed decisions about healthcare options


Silver Sponsor: Homewatch Caregivers!

World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress would like to announce Homewatch Caregivers as a Silver Sponsor for the 2nd Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in 2009! Homewatch Caregiers was a Silver sponsor at our 1st Conference! We look forward to having them Sponsor and Exhibit again!

Homewatch International, Inc. with 165 locally owned and operated home care franchises throughout 5 countries, is the premier provider of home care services to people of all ages, worldwide. With 26 years of home care experience, we have been preserving the dignity and protecting the independence of our clients through our Advanced Continuum of Care.
Services provided to seniors, convalescing adults and back up childcare include comprehensive personal care, quality of life care, and transportation services. Our Care Management Services are designed to help our clients’ adult children keep abreast of the prescribed changes occurring within the client’s medical and daily care needs through consistent and reliable information exchange.

Our professionally developed caregiver training programs allow Homewatch CareGivers to attract and retain quality caregiver employees, which in turn, ensures quality care for our clients and peace of mind for their loved ones.

Diamond Sponsor: Council for Korea Medicine Overseas Promotion (CKMP)

World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress would like to announce Council for Korea Medicine Overseas Promotion (CKMP) as the premiere Diamond Sponsor for the 2nd Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in 2009! Council for Korea Medicine Overseas Promotion (CKMP) was the Platinum sponsor at our 1st Conference and is looking forward to being the premiere Diamond Sponsor again for 2009! We look forward to having them Sponsor and Exhibit again!

Council for Korea Medicine Overseas Promotion (CKMP) was established as a joint government-private initiative to promote medical institutions in Korea. It is the official organization for medical tourism that is supported by the Government. At the same time, it functions as the "acting body" for a series of national policies in regards to medical tourism.

The primary purpose of CKMP includes staging Korean healthcare market to the international communities and fostering safe and reliable infrastructure for the quality of care.

Currently over 30 hospitals and specialty clinics joined as a member. Korea Health Industry Development Institute, Korea Tourism Organization and Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affaires support every activities of CKMP.

Bronze Sponsor: Hospital Almater

World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress would like to announce Hospital Almater as a Bronze Sponsor for the 2nd Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in 2009! Hospital Almater was a sponsor at our 1st Conference and is looking forward to being a Bronze Sponsor again for 2009! We look forward to having them Sponsor and Exhibit again!

With more than 20 years of expertise we are able to offer quality and first level medical services to our patients.

We count with 50 individual rooms, 4 op. Rooms, equiped with cutting edge technology and a staff of 12 Family Doctors and 60 Specialists with the medical prep and experience to solve any medical or surgical health problem

We also offer you an excellent Radiology Department with 64D Helicolidal CAT Scan, 1.5 T MRI, ultrasound, Endoscopy Department, Pediatric & Adult ICU, etc.

Service include:
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Gall Bladder
  • Spine
  • craneal tumors
  • Hernia
  • Orthopedics
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Knee
  • shoulder
  • hip
  • Lap Band
  • Urology
  • Gastric By Pass
  • Prostate
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Cardio-surgery
  • OB Gyn
  • Cardiac catheterism
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Face
  • Neck Perifereal Angioplasty
  • Angioplast√≠a periferica
  • Breast Augmentation,
  • Liposuction

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Exhibitor: Baptist Health International Center of Miami

Baptist Health International Center of Miami is one of the largest hospital-based international programs in America. Our multilingual staffs with over 60 multilingual international representatives specially trained to personally assist you with your medical and travel needs. From the first contact, a representative will serve as your personal liaison, providing you with the information necessary for the coordination of all healthcare services

Our services include:
VIP Service
State-of-the-art technology
Free and prompt coordination of all physician, hospital and diagnostic appointments
24 hour emergency service
Over 2,000 certified physicians of virtually all specialties
Coordination of transportation with the geographical region upon request
Special rates at local hotels and rental cars

Baptist Health’s hospitals as a group offer our international guests the quality they deserve as recognized by the U.S. government study scoring Baptist Health above most of the hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report’s Honor roll list.

Contact Info:

Martin Arias
International Center of Miami Baptist Health South Florida
8940 North Kendall Drive, Suite 601E Miami, FL 33176
Tel: 786-596-7089 Fax: 786-596-3648
Email: martinar@baptisthealth.net

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress Announces Pre-Conference Workshops!

The World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress has announced 18 Pre-Conference Workshops that will be held on Monday October 26, 2009. Reserve your spot today to attend the pre-conference workshops at the World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress! To read more about the workshops please visit http://www.medicaltourismcongress.com/

Workshop 1 - Marketing to International Insurance Companies, Employers, and Patients

Workshop 2 - International Patient Department Workshop

Workshop 3 - Medical Tourism 101 Workshop

Workshop 4 - Hospital/Clinic Contracting Workshop

Workshop 5 - Marketing to Health Insurance Agents Workshops

Workshop 6 - Implementing Medical Tourism in US Health Insurance Plans, a Employer,Third Party Administrator (TPA) and Agent Workshop

Workshop 7 - Medical Tourism Facilitator Workshop

Workshop 8 - Internet Marketing, Email Marketing, Blogs and Social Networking as New Ways to Attract Patients Workshop

Workshop 9 - Stop Loss Carrier/Reinsurer – Self Funded Employer Medical Tourism Workshop

Workshop 10- Creating a Healthcare City, Medical Cluster or Healthcare Provider Association to promote Medical Tourism

Workshop 11 - Ministry of Tourism Workshop

Workshop 12 - Ministry of Health Workshop

Workshop13 - After care and continuation of Care Workshop

Workshop 14 - Investment Opportunities in Medical Tourism Workshop

Workshop 15- Financing Healthcare Projects Workshop

Workshop 16 - Quality and Accreditation Workshops

Workshop 17- Health Leaders Private VIP Roundtable

Workshop18 - Legal Contracting Workshop Reducing Risk & Liability with Medical Tourism

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bronze Sponsor: SenditCertified


The World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress would like to announce SenditCertified as a Bronze Sponsor for the 2nd Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in 2009! We look forward to having them Sponsor and Exhibit!

SenditCertified™ is an ultra secure, simple-to-use communication system for sending, receiving and storing private health and financial information, worldwide.

How does SenditCertified relate to the medical tourism industry?

SenditCertified recognizes that International Patients have a critical need to transmit their medical and financial information securely. The American Medical Association guidelines for Medical Tourism recommend that patient information must be cared for in a HIPAA compliant manner.

The SenditCertified ePackage solution provides the ability for health and financial information to be securely sent to host country/healthcare providers for pre-care evaluation. After the procedures, post-care instructions and reports can be sent back to the referring physicians and institutions.

With the rising costs in international deliveries, the ability to be able to securely transmit protected health information via the Internet creates a cost-effective solution for both patients and healthcare providers. We are confident that our solution will be a significant enhancement in promoting affordable, secure and quality healthcare throughout the medical tourism network.

How is SenditCertified unique?

Three things set SenditCertified apart from other communication systems such as email, overnight delivery and courier services: 1) its patent-pending ePackage™, 2) its fully-certified communication platform and 3) its fingerprint authentication capabilities.

SenditCertified offers an ultra secure encrypted pathway and storage solution for transmitting medical and financial records that can include text, voice recordings if desired, and files of virtually unrestricted size. The files are sent and received via a highly secure private network and triple encrypted prior to storage. The system is simple, affordable, is scalable to unlimited users worldwide, and is HIPAA compliant.

SenditCertified is Easy to Implement

The SenditCertified platform is offered as SAAS (software as a service), meaning there are no programs, software, licenses to buy, or upgrades to maintain. The SenditCertified product link may be placed directly on the website of the hospital, physician’s office, or medical travel facilitator.

Click here to schedule a demo of SenditCertified.


For more details, please contact:
Gabriel Varga
T: +1 704 541 9238, Ext. 213
Email:
gabriel.varga@senditcertified.com
Website: http://www.SenditCertified.com/medical


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Latin America Medical Tourism & Health Tourism to be featured at 1st Conference

Over 300 registrants have registered for the 1st Conference on Medical Tourism and Health Tourism in Latin America, which takes place April 27-29th, 2009, in Monterrey, Mexico.

Over 50 expert speakers will share their knowledge on medical tourism and health tourism. All the top hospitals and governments throughout Latin America will be in attendance as well as US buyers, such as insurance companies, employers and medical tourism facilitators.

The Medical Tourism & Health Tourism Conference will focus on

Quality of care available in Latin America
The Importance of Accreditation
Integration between Medical Tourism and Insurance Companies
Networking opportunities between hospitals, medical tourism facilitators and insurance companies.

The 1st Latin America Medical Tourism Congress is expected to sell out at approximately 400 attendees from over 25. The Medical Tourism conference will bring together the stakeholders in Latin American medical tourism for the ultimate networking event and educational opportunities.


The medical travel conference is endorsed and sponsored by the Medical Tourism Magazine the only magazine in the industry covering Medical Tourism. The Medical Tourism Magazine is printed each month and distributed to thousands of health leaders in over 40 countries and also is made available online through it’s website each month.The 1st Latin America Medical Tourism & Health Tourism Congress is a breakout regional conference of the MTA’s annual conference, World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress, which takes place October 26-28th, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, and will feature up to 2,000 attendees, up to 100 exhibitors and about 200 expert speakers.The Medical Tourism Association is the first international non-profit association made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical tourism 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.

Monterrey Healthcare City is a non-profit association of the most prestigious hospitals located in the city of Monterrey and its goal is to promote its integral health services to national and international patients by announcing its specialized medical assistance within a framework of high quality, commitment, respect and warm attention. From prevention and timely diagnosis or treatment and rehabilitation, the hospitals in association with Monterrey Healthcare City provide specialized medical assistance that improves the quality of life of the patients and their relatives.

Monday, April 13, 2009

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Issue 9 on stands now!!!

The Medical Tourism Association is pleased to share our newly released Issue 9 of the Medical Tourism Magazine with you. Please go to www.medicaltourismmag.com to view our online version of our Magazine.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Exhibitor: Morgan Grandview


The World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress would like to announce Morgan Grandview as an Exhibitor for the 2nd Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in 2009!
Morgan Grandview Group (MG) is an international healthcare service information provider with Chinese features. MG is the window through which people worldwide can know and access healthcare services in modern China, and benefit from our dedicated services in Yanda International Health City and other qualified partners. We are devoted to bridging healthcare industries between China and the rest of the world, and helping clients in North America enjoy a healthier life through health services in China.

MG is committed to be the international platform for medical and health industry, opening the door to advanced concepts, technology, expertise, and capital for China, while introducing Chinese medical, rehabilitation, and health promoting services to the world.

Yanda International Health City is a magnificent modern complex, providing comprehensive high-quality medical, health, convalescent, and senior care services. It consists of five major projects: International Hospital, International Golden Age Retirement Community, Medical Research Institute, Medical and Nursing Training Center, and International Conference Center.
Yanda International Health City covers an area of 500,000m2 (excluding supporting land) and a total construction area of 1,060,000m2 with a gross investment of about 7 billion Yuan (US $1 billion). The construction will be carried out in two phases, the first of which started in September, 2007 and will be put into operation on July 1, 2009.

Contact Info:
Morgan Grandview Group
307-4940 No.3 Road
Richmond BC
Canada V6X 3A5
Tel: 604-273-0788
Fax: 604-273-4699
Email:
info@yandamedicare.com

Website:
http://www.yandamedicare.com/

Monday, March 23, 2009

MTA Featured in NY Times!

Get a reliable middleman. Dozens of medical tourism facilitators and planners have sprung up in the past decade hoping to capitalize on the trend and simplify the process for consumers. “Unfortunately, plenty of unreliable firms have sprung up, too,” said Jonathan Edelheit, president of the Medical Tourism Association, a nonprofit organization made up of hospitals and facilitators that cater to traveling patients.

Good firms, said Mr. Edelheit, will match your medical needs with the best overseas hospitals and physicians; make your travel, lodging, visa and local transportation arrangements; handle billing; and help arrange follow-up care. For a list of facilitators vetted by the association, go to medicaltourismassociation.com. Once you narrow your search, ask each potential firm for references and former patients you can interview.

To read the rest of the article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/21/health/21patient.html?_r=1

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Where will I stay in Monterrey?

It's almost March ... are you ready for the Latin America Conference in Monterrey Mexico in April? By now you should be registered for the conference ... it's time to make your hotel arrangements!

The Official Congress Hotel is the Intercontinental Presidente in Monterrey, Mexico. InterContinental Hotel Group is one of the leading hotel chains in the world and offers modern style and impeccable service, which makes it the ideal destination for the Latin America Congress. Attendees to the conference will receive a significantly discounted rate of $100 USD per night by mentioning the “Latin America Medical Tourism Congress, Group Code: MED” You can call the hotel directly at 888 424 6835 USA/ 52-81-83686000 for reservations. Please make your reservations early to be sure you get accommodations at the Official Conference Hotel.
Another option for hotel stay is the Four Points by Sheraton, only a 10 minute cab ride away. Attendees to the conference will receive a discounted rate of $80 USD per night + taxes for an Executive Room and $110USD per night + taxes for a Junior Suite. Just mention the code “Medical Tourism Congress”. You can call the hotel directly at 800-500-0090 USA/ 018183891620 for reservations. For any questions contact Veronica Escamilla,
v.escamilla@fpsheratongaleriasmonterrey.com.mx.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Medical Tourism Association Participates in World Health Organization (WHO) Workshop on Medical Tourism in Kobe, Japan


The Medical Tourism Association participated in the World Health Organization (WHO) workshop on Medical Tourism in Kobe, Japan which took place February 24th through the 25th. Approximately 16 experts were invited from around the world to participate in the WHO Workshop on medical tourism.


The workshop was entitled "Workshop on the movement of patients across international borders - Emerging Challenges and opportunities for Healthcare Systems" The workshop was meant to address the growing phenomenon of the $60 billion dollar medical tourism industry which is marketed by over 35 countries. One of the main purposes was to ensure medical tourism "is supportive of public health goals." Renee-Marie Stephano, Chief Operating Officer of the Medical Tourism Association, and editor of the Medical Tourism Magazine participated in the workshop and as one of the leading experts in medical tourism and shared her views of how Medical Tourism is supportive of the local healthcare infrastructure and how medical tourism can have positive effects for the local population while providing revenue for the country itself also. The event was organized by the WHO Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights, WHO Headquarters, and the WHO Centre for Health Development.


The Objectives of the workshop were:

(1) To present current evidence on the movement of patients across international borders and discuss the effect on healthcare systems of the increase in trade in health services

(2) To identify emerging challenges as well as good practices, especially in the Asia-Pacific(3) To develop a framework to describe the implications for health care systems of health services' trade and delineate appropriate research and action.


The Medical Tourism 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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Medical Tourism Closer to Home

This article appeared on Human Resource Executive magazine, by author Jared Shelly.

With the current economic downturn, more employers are considering the cost benefits of medical tourism, experts say. And it's not just international travel anymore. Some patients are traveling to under-used medical facilities in the United States for lower-cost procedures.

Medical tourism has become a viable option for uninsured or under-insured individuals in need of medical procedures. After all, why pay $250,000 for heart surgery in the United States when the cost might be only $15,000 in India -- including airfare, accommodations and the attention of a dutiful and experienced medical staff? A 2008 study by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions reports that roughly 750,000 Americans traveled abroad for medical care in 2007 and states the industry "is expected to experience explosive growth over the next three to five years."

The study predicts that 6 million will go abroad for care by 2010. A recent study by New York-based McKinsey & Co. is much more conservative, estimating between 60,000 and 85,000 medical tourists globally. Jonathan Edelheit, president of the Medical Tourism Association, a West Palm Beach, Fla.-based membership organization for the industry, says the Deloitte survey is more accurate.


But, not even included in the Deloitte study is information on the latest wrinkle in the medical tourism industry -- individuals traveling to lower-cost medical facilities in the United States.
"When the economy is great, employers don't care about their healthcare," says Edelheit. "When the economy is bad and employers are hurting, that's when they get creative."
With the current recession, more employers are considering the cost benefits of medical tourism, experts say. And it's not just international travel anymore. Some patients are traveling to medical facilities in the United States to take advantage of lower-cost procedures.

To read more about this article please visit: http://www.hreonline.com/HRE/story.jsp?storyId=172246510



MTA Partners with Jordan Hospital to hold 1st Jordan International Medical Tourism Congress!

The Medical Tourism Association partners with Jordan Hospital to hold the 1st Jordan International Medical Tourism Congress.

The Medical Tourism Association in partnership with Jordan Hospital held the 1st Jordanian Medical Tourism conference from Jan 30 to Feb 2nd, 2009 in Amman Jordan at the Jordan Hospital. Abdalla Bashir, Director of Jordan Hospital organized the event. The event featured over 100 participants from the top hospitals in Jordan, the Minister of Health of Jordan, and representatives from the Ministry of Tourism.

“The event was extremely well organized and put together and the MTA wants to thank Jordan Hospital for it’s efforts to bring together all the key players in Jordan. We are very proud to say that Jordan Hospital is a member of the MTA and one of the leading hospitals in the world,” said Jonathan Edelheit, President of the Medical Tourism Association.

Jordan has several Joint Commission International Accredited Hospitals. Even more important is that Jordan’s healthcare accreditation system, HCAC (Jordan Healthcare Accreditation Council) is accredited by ISQua. The American Medical Association has recognized accreditation systems that have received ISQua accreditation as having a high level of quality healthcare. This is an important step forward in Jordan’s position as a leader in high quality healthcare being provided to international patients.

The Medical Tourism Association met privately with the Prime Minister of Jordan, Engineer Nader Al Dahabi, to discuss Jordan’s healthcare and ways the Medical Tourism Association can partner with Jordan to grow it’s reputation and patient flow in medical tourism. Present at the meeting was Jonathan Edelheit, President of the Medical Tourism Association, Renee-Marie Stephano, Esquire, Chief Operating Officer and Genreal Counsel of the MTA and editor of the Medical Tourism Magazine, Abdalla Bashir, Director of Jordan Hospital, and Alex Piper, President of One World Global Healthcare Solutions.

The Medical Tourism Association visited the leading hospitals of Jordan and found an extremely high quality of healthcare. Jordan already has a reputation of having some of the highest quality of care in the Middle East. Jordan’s world class hospitals are also heavily staffed with doctors who are America board certified.

The Medical Tourism Association also visited several Tourism spots the Medical Tourists and their companions could visit when receiving medical care in Jordan. The MTA visited Petra and the Dead Sea and found that Jordan provides many amazing tourism options for traveling patients and their companions.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

MTA Partners with LAAHU

The Medical Tourism Association (MTA) and Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters (LAAHU) partnered in the area of Medical Tourism to present Medical Tourism as a viable solution to the healthcare crisis in California and the US, during the LAAHU annual conference which takes place May 19-20 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

LAAHU is one of the largest chapters of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) in the United States. It is made up of both US healthcare organizations and professional agents who represent them that are involved in US healthcare insurance. The LAAHU conference expects approximately 800 attendees. The LAAHU conference is one of the largest attended US health insurance conferences.

“Medical Tourism has become a very attractive option especially due to the financial and budgetary crisis the California government is having. We have decided to make this a priority for this year’s annual LAAHU conference because of the strong interest in medical tourism from our members. The savings of medical tourism is something that cannot be ignored”, said Ross Pendergraft, President-Elect of the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters and organizer of the LAAHU annual conference.

The Medical Tourism Association will be a major sponsor of the LAAHU Conference and will be exhibiting at the conference promoting medical tourism and Medical Tourism Association members. Jonathan Edelheit, President of the Medical Tourism Association, will be the featured speaker on Medical Tourism and will be coordinating other medical tourism speakers and a medical tourism workshop for attendees to the LAAHU healthcare conference.


“The Medical Tourism Association is very excited to be a part of this large event and to educate LAAHU members and attendees on the high quality of healthcare available around the world, and which countries and hospitals offer the best solutions. Medical Tourism is quickly becoming a standard adopted benefit in US health plans”, said Jonathan Edelheit, President of the Medical Tourism Association.

“Los Angeles is one of the major centers of healthcare buyers in the country, and LAAHU is the largest chapter in the country of Health Insurance specialists.

Medical Tourism Association is the international non-profit trade association for the medical tourism industry, made up of the top hospitals, doctors, governments, insurance companies, health insurance agents and medical tourism facilitators in the industry. The Medical Tourism Association puts on the largest annual convention and exposition of Medical Tourism in Los Angeles each year, October 26-28th, 2009 with up to 2,000 attendees, almost 200 speakers and over 100 exhibitors.

Medical Tourism Magazine to Feature United Arab Emirates – UAE

The Medical Tourism Association has entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Health of the United Arab Emirates to do a special edition of the Medical Tourism Magazine dedicated to the United Arab Emirates.

The special UAE Edition of the medical tourism magazine will focus on:

Medical Infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates
Investment Opportunities in the UAE
Quality of Healthcare in UAE
The Future of healthcare in UAE
The rise of Dubai in the medical tourism industry

The Medical Tourism Magazine is the official publication of the Medical Tourism Association and a bi-monthly Medical Tourism industry magazine in both print and electronic versions with a readership of over 100,000 readers per year.

The Medical Tourism Magazine addresses important issues affecting the Medical Tourism industry and has a primary focus on the quality of healthcare available at leading international hospitals and destinations.

The Magazine addresses issues such as:

Quality of Health Care Overseas
After Care Issues
The importance of Accreditation
Legal Issues Surrounding Medical Tourism
The American, UK and Canadian Health Care Crisis and the opportunities for Medical Tourism in these countries
What Foreign Patients look for in overseas hospitals and providers offering Medical Tourism
Issues International Insurance Companies, Employers and Healthcare companies should consider when entering the Medical Tourism Industry.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Medical Tourism Association “Familiarization Tour” in El Salvador

The Medical Tourism Association has coordinated a “Fam” Familiarization Tour in conjunction with Export Salud to bring medical tourism facilitators to El Salvador. The Fam Tour for medical tourism will take place February 9 – 13, 2009. The attendees will perform site visits to El Salvador’s top medical and dental providers in the country and meet with government officials to discuss the country’s initiatives.

Renee-Marie Stephano, Chief Operating Officer for the Medical Tourism Association and Editor of the Medical Tourism Magazine assisted in the organization of the Fam Tour inviting MTA members and other prospective buyers. “This is the fifth Fam Tour we have organized in several countries around the world. MTA Fam Tours have been a great success and helped to significantly increase patient flow to those countries we work with,” she added.

The Medical Tourism 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.

The Medical Tourism Association seeks to provide transparency in both quality of care and pricing. Every day we see more and more that the globalization of healthcare has created a very flat world. We exchange technology, information, communication, physicians and patients. In order to ensure patient safety, it is our goal to create a transparency about the quality of healthcare that can be found in each country. With this, it is increasingly important to create a transparency in pricing as well so patients traveling overseas for care can be sure of what they are receiving without hidden costs or unforeseen expenses. The Medical Tourism Association is also working on the Quality of Care Project, which will change the way we look at the reporting of global healthcare statistics and the quality of care available at hospitals around the world.

18th Annual National Health Benefits Conference & Expo in Tampa Florida

The Medical Tourism Association spoke and presented and exhibited at the 18th Annual National Health Benefits Conference & Expo in Tampa Florida on February 3rd and 4th. The conference focused on how insurance companies and employers can continue to find sustainable strategies to provide health benefits for their employees. Medical Tourism was one of the featured and most talked about topics of the conference and Jonathan Edelheit’s presentation left many wanting to know more about Medical Tourism and how to partner with the MTA and MTA member hospitals and facilitators. Jonathan Edelheit spoke about Medical Tourism and how insurance companies and employers can implement medical tourism by working with the MTA and the MTA’s members to implement medical tourism into their health insurance plans. Many US insurance companies and self funded employers expressed significant interest in implementing medical tourism for their health plans. The Medical Tourism Association is exhibiting and speaking at over 7 of the top US and international healthcare conferences. The Medical Tourism Association will be inviting all those US and international health insurance companies and employers interested in medical tourism to their annual conference in Los Angeles, called World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress, which takes place October 26-29th, 2009. The conference previously held in San Francisco, will feature up to 2,000 attendees and over 100 exhibitors.

MTA Hosts 1st Medical Tourism Conference in Israel!

The Medical Tourism Association in partnership with ISI Scientific held the 1st Medical Tourism Conference in Israel on January 22nd, 2009 in Tel Aviv. The 1 day free conference focused on Medical Tourism opportunities for the country of Israel.
The event featured over 60 participants from the top hospitals in Israel, representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Health.

The Medical Tourism Association opened it’s office in Tel Aviv in partnership with ISI Scientific. “The event was extremely well organized the MTA wants to thank Israel's ISI Scientific’s efforts to bring together such a group of healthcare leaders and government officials.” said Jonathan Edelheit, President of the Medical Tourism Association.

Israel has one internationally accredited hospital with other hospitals starting the process of international accreditation. Currently Israel receives most of it’s Medical Tourists from Russia, but is also expecting growth from American patients.

The Medical Tourism Association visited the leading hospitals of Israel and found an extremely high quality of healthcare with extremely modern and state of the art facilities.

The Medical Tourism Association also visited several Tourism spots the Medical Tourists and their companions could visit when receiving medical care in Israel. The MTA visited Jerusalem and other “holy land” tourism spots that provide great opportunities for medical tourists and their companions.

The Medical Tourism 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.

The Medical Tourism Association seeks to provide transparency in both quality of care and pricing. Every day we see more and more that the globalization of healthcare has created a very flat world. We exchange technology, information, communication, physicians and patients. In order to ensure patient safety, it is our goal to create a transparency about the quality of healthcare that can be found in each country. With this, it is increasingly important to create a transparency in pricing as well so patients traveling overseas for care can be sure of what they are receiving without hidden costs or unforeseen expenses. The Medical Tourism Association is also working on the Quality of Care Project, which will change the way we look at the reporting of global healthcare statistics and the quality of care available at hospitals around the world.