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  • Stem cell treatment due for a checkup
    BEIJING - China's top health authority will strictly regulate the cutting-edge stem cell treatment, which attracts thousands of patients from abroad each year, to ensure patient safety and the orderly development of the technology.
  • Healthy outlook for medical tourists
    BEIJING - Healthcare services overseas are attracting increasing numbers of Chinese customers who are willing to pay top dollar for quality and privacy, according to industry insiders.
  • USA: Domestic medical tourism more popular with US employers than international
    A new report by a leading benefits consultant says that while more US employers are using domestic medical tourism for some specialist healthcare, few are prepared to consider international medical tourism or contracting directly with hospitals.
  • Indian medical tourism changing direction
    For many years India targeted Europeans and Americans for cosmetic surgery and other non-essential treatment at a very low price. It has reluctantly found that most people seeking these services when offered prices a tenth or a fifth of at home, are scared off as cosmetic surgery requires pampering and care, and it is not an area where people compromise on quality to save money; and however good Indian cosmetic surgery actually is, the European and US mindset is that if looks cheap then it must also be low quality.
  • Booming Medical Tourism in India
    India is one of the most lucrative medical tourism markets in the world. Driven by factors, such as government support through policies and initiatives, low cost, less waiting time, healthcare infrastructure, and rich cultural heritage, the country has witnessed a remarkable growth during the recent past. Though smaller in size compared to the developed countries, Indian medical tourism sector is enjoying splendid developments at the regional and national level. Further, the country holds enormous potential for future growth and development.
  • Medical Tourism: Boom or Bust?
    At the annual New York Times travel show at the Javits Center in Manhattan, Klezmer dancers and Spanish chefs beckon tourists with sights, sounds, and tastes of their homeland.
  • WAH brings medical tourism closer to Nigeria
    Nigeria is set to join the long list of countries offering medical tourism. This fact is becoming a reality going by the level of preparation being put forward for the 2011 West African Healthcare Exhibition and Conference (WAH) being put together by Global Resources & Projects Nigeria Limited.
  • An Industry Perspective on Canadian Patients'Involvement in Medical Tourism: Implications for Public Health
    The medical tourism industry, which assists patients with accessing non-emergency medical care abroad, has grown rapidly in recent years. A lack of reliable data about medical tourism makes it difficult to create policy, health system, and public health responses to address the associated risks and shortcomings, such as spread of infectious diseases, associated with this industry.
  • Medical tourism a good option for NRIs to save costs
    South super star Rajnikanth flying to Singapore for treatment is the talking point these days. The reason to fly to a foreign country could have been better medical facilities, a friend's advice or just the comfort factor. The southern star's case was a classic case of emergency.
  • SOUTH KOREA: South Korea wants to expand medical tourism beyond cosmetic surgery
    The South Korean government is happy that cosmetic surgery attracts many medical tourists who spend more than normal travellers. But it also wants to attract people to a wider range of medical services.
  • EUROPE: How medical tourism can help Europe fight chronic obesity
    Obesity should be formally recognised as a chronic disease, campaigners urge, saying Europe is in the grip of an obesity epidemic with half its citizens overweight.
  • Make 'medical tourism' part of health-care system: Report
    A billion-dollar global industry that helps patients travel abroad for care will only increase in size over the coming years, raising the need for a national dialogue in Canada on how best to use "medical tourism," a new report argues. Read more:
  • Rivals, reputation said to hinder Las Vegas' tries for medical tourism
    Those hoping to promote Las Vegas as a destination for medical tourism should temper their expectations in light of stiff competition and the style of Sin City, participants at a conference in Las Vegas said Tuesday.
  • Medical Tourism Association™ Travels “Across the Pond” to Spread the Word
    The Medical Tourism Association™ met with many of the travel agents and others in the hospitality and travel industry in order to continue its educational campaign to deliver information regarding medical tourism and its benefits with these travel partners. Membership Coordinator Lisbeth Stein stated, “We were excited to be able to educate the travel industry participants about the Medical Tourism Association™ and its many membership benefits and programs and also delighted with the many positive connections that were made.” (
  • Medical tourism to grow
    PUTRAJAYA: With Malaysia making its mark as an affordable and sophisticated healthcare hub, the Health Ministry is aiming to attract more than 437,000 tourists to experience what the local healthcare industry has to offer.
  • The Medical Tourism Association Announces an Exclusive Ministerial Summit at WMT&GHC Oct. 25-28
    In its 4th year, the World Medical Tourism Congress promises to be the best one yet, featuring up to 1500 attendees, 100+ speakers and sponsors from over 87 countries. This year’s theme “Patients in Emerging Markets” will focus on some of the upcoming largest growth areas of Medical Tourism in Russia, Ukraine, CIS Countries, China, Japan, the Middle East, Africa and GCC regions.
  • Canadians warming up to idea of 'medical tourism'
    More than 60 per cent of Canadians would be willing to leave the country for medical procedures if they were covered by healthcare, according to a new report by an international consulting firm.
  • Medical Travel & Emergency Evacuation
    With the technology and standards of healthcare industry rising globally, more and more people are looking at medical tourism as a lucrative solution to solve their problems. The rising popularity of medical travel can be directly traced to the incredibly high costs of healthcare services and never ending waiting lists for some procedures in many countries.
  • The Rise of Medical Tourism in Africa
    Rising incomes, favorable exchange rates, lack of consumer debt and a growing demand for health care services make Africa an alluring choice for investors and medical tourists alike. In recent years, wealthy Africans and expatriates living in Africa have begun opting for in-depth medical care within the continent instead of traveling abroad for cosmetic surgeries and other procedures.
  • CHINA, TAIWAN: China and Taiwan seek to make most of medical tourism
    Shanghai is expected to attract 50,000 to 100,000 foreign patients in the next three years, each spending an average of $10,000 to $15,000 per trip, says Dr Yang Jian, of China Medical Tourism Company, "We aim to turn Shanghai into Asia's leading medical destination for advanced patient care."
  • Colina initiative to aid medical tourism
    Colina Insurance has signed a landmark knowledge and technology agreement with University of Miami that will not only provide new opportunities and enhance the expertise of Bahamian physicians, but will also increase medical tourism to the Bahamas.
  • 7 Reasons Why Medical Tourism is the best option
    You've got lots of options when you need a medical help or desire an elective procedure. You've also got a number of concerns. Safety, convenience, cost, time - all are important factors to consider before committing to a course of action. How you weigh these factors determines everything, not least of which is your very health and wellbeing!
  • USA: Obama wants to curb medical tourism to Mexico and India
    In response to a question about why US health insurance won't cover medical expenses incurred abroad, US president Barack Obama answered that his aim is to change the US healthcare system to discourage Americans from seeking medical treatment in India and Mexico. ”My preference would be that you do not have to travel to Mexico or India for cheap healthcare. I would like you to be able to get high quality treatment right here in the United States of America. Before we go down the path of you can go somewhere else to get your healthcare, let us work to see if we can reduce the costs of healthcare here in the United States of America. That is going to make a big difference. Prices of prescription drugs must be brought down so that you don't feel like you are getting cheated because you are paying 30% more or 20% more than prescription drugs in Canada or Mexico."
  • Medical tourism grows from niche to mainstream
    Dubai: It is little surprise that when health care in the West became more expensive, more and more people began shopping around not only for cheap flights, but also for hospitals and medical treatment.
  • The potential for bi-lateral agreements in medical tourism
    Globalisation has prompted countries to evaluate their position on trade in health services. However, this is often done from a multi-lateral, rather than a regional or bi-lateral perspective.
  • India should improve sanitation to attract more medical tourists
    NEW YORK: Reports of a superbug in New Delhi's water supply, which the government has denied, are not likely to have much effect on India's booming health tourism, but the country needs to attend to poor sanitation standards if it wants to attract tourists to its low-priced medical facilities, say Indian-origin health experts here.
  • Oklahoma City is Quickly Becoming the Medical Tourism Destination for Oncology Treatment
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care market intelligence, reports that Oklahoma City is quickly becoming the medical tourism destination for oncology care in the United States. According to the recent Oklahoma City Market Overview, health systems in Oklahoma City are offering proton therapy treatments that are only available in a handful of locations nationwide, and the focus on this specialty radiation treatment in this area will generate additional research funding.
  • Medical Tourism Association Announces Preliminary Speaker Lineup
    In its 4th year, the World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress promises to be better than ever featuring up to 1500 attendees, 100+ speakers and sponsors from over 87 countries. This year’s theme is “Patients in Emerging Markets,” focusing on some of the largest growth regions for traveling patients including Russia, Ukraine, CIS Countries, China, Japan, Africa, the Middle East and GCC regions. The strong Buyers VIP program targets buyers of healthcare in these emerging marketplaces.
  • Medical Travel Financing- Raising the Bar Even Higher!
    The emergence of rapidly expanding healthcare and medical tourism industry has given rise to medical travel intermediaries who provide support for almost everything related to medical travel. Whether it is about choosing the appropriate healthcare facility at an international destination, planning or organizing a healthcare travel or seeking financing services to support medical travel expenses, these professional intermediaries act like specialized medical tourism specialists to make things a lot easier for health care tourists.
  • India's medical tourism to boom despite barriers: Expert
    Panaji, April 30 (IANS) Medical tourism in India will continue to boom despite attempts by US President Barack Obama's administration to curb the flow of American patients to Mexico and India for cost effective healthcare, a top medical professional said Saturday.
  • Phuket plays host in B100bn medical tourism drive
    PHUKET: Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha this afternoon met representatives from 19 major news agencies from around the world as part of the Thai government’s drive to boost medical tourism revenues to 100 billion baht (US$3.3bn) by year 2015.
  • China in key position to attract medical tourists
    In anticipation of the upcoming May Day Holiday, the Ciming Health Check Group received nearly 1000 phone calls, many from Chinese patients interested in anti-aging treatments near Lake Lucerne or face lifts in Seoul. Many of the company's advertised packages start at US$10,000 including treatment, travel, and accommodation and can run $30,000 or more.
  • Government Initiatives to Boost India’s Medical Tourism Industry
    Medical tourism market in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 26% during 2011-2013, says RNCOS in its new research report.
  • Shanghai seeks to make most of lucrative medical tourism market
    Shanghai is expected to attract 50,000 to 100,000 foreign patients in the next three years, each spending an average of $10,000 to $15,000 per trip, a medical tourism expert said on Tuesday.
  • Asian countries famous for Medical Tourism
    Medical tourism industry has witnessed a boom during the last few years globally. The industry picked up pace about 3 years ago, when people, mostly from the western countries, realized that medical costs were significantly lesser in various other countries with the same level of quality of services.
  • Medical Tourism, Hospitals, and Politics: The Real Challenge Ahead
    Famed Indian surgeon claims "India does not represent cheap health care." But such discussions on cost differentials in medical tourism don't reflect the political hellfire of offshoring Medicare patients. We believe political influence and hospital companies like Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Universal Health Services, Inc. will likely shut the door on any discussions of Medicare payments going overseas.
  • US healthcare: obama talks to curb medical tourism to India
    US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said his aim was to change the US healthcare system to discourage Americans from seeking medical treatment in India and Mexico. His healthcare reforms - called Obamacare by critics - is being opposed by Republicans on the ground that it will add up to the country 's expenses, thereby worsening the debt situation.
  • TAIWAN: Private partnerships seen as key in promoting medical tourism to Taiwan
    Taiwan's private sector is trying to involve more industries in its effort to promote medical tourism, with the latest trial drawing interest from a local airline, according to a local travel agency. Sammy Yen, of Lion Travel's medical tourism unit, says the company has partnered with Taiwan's second largest carrier, EVA Airways in an experimental campaign that began April 1 to provide medical package tours for travellers from Hong Kong and Macau. He believes that only through similar cooperative strategies among different sectors will medical tourism in Taiwan thrive,” By working with airline companies or hospitals, we can establish a network instead of relying on random points of business."
  • UK: New London agency could promote medical tourism
    London & Partners, a new single agency with a remit to attract tourism, inward investment and international students to the UK capital has been launched to take over the work carried out previously by Visit London, Think London and Study London. London currently welcomes 25 million visitors every year. London & Partners aims to deliver a single strategy for the promotion of London both domestically and abroad by working with both the private sector and many specialist organizations. The agency will also be able to take on activities that fell between the previous organisations, such as promoting medical tourism, but probably not until after the Olympic Games in 2012.
  • Medical tourism in the superbug age
    In India, medical tourism is a sunrise sector valued at more than $310 million. Currently, India receives more than 100,000 foreign patients a year. The Confederation of Indian Industry expects the sector to grow to $2 billion by 2012. But might the NDM-1 gene cause a thriving growth industry to sicken and die? Doctors and those who administer India's leading private hospitals say the sector is stronger than that. "We have proven our clinical excellence," says Dr Anupam Sibal, group medical director of the Apollo Hospitals Group. "Our hospitals have excellent infection control protocols and infection rates are comparable to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) of Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US government public health agency."
  • Understanding the TEMOS approach to quality and accreditation in medical tourism
    Caroline Ratner of the IMTJ spoke to Dr. Claudia Mika, the Managing Director of TEMOS International. TEMOS officially launched last year and certifies the quality of the services and facilities at hospitals, clinics and dental clinics worldwide. TEMOS provides a neutral, professional assessment which benefits insurance companies, patients and the facilities it certifies.
  • What is Inside the Healthcare Industry?
    The healthcare industry is composed of several different sectors that provide health care services to individuals. These services range from the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, therapy and other medical needs that a human being needs. It includes those services offered in dental, medical, nursing, pharmaceutical, clinical sciences and others. The health...
  • Prostate Cancer Screening Doesn't Cut Death Rates: Study
    THURSDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) -- A 20-year study from Sweden suggests that screening for prostate cancer does not substantially reduce the risk of death from the disease.
  • America Shows Rise in Medical Tourism
    Some people in America are following the advice of the old adage; if you don?t like it here, leave. More people than ever are choosing to go abroad for their medical services instead of paying the high healthcare cost here in America.
  • World Travel Fair 2011 In Shanghai
    The World Travel Fair (WTF), annually located in Shanghai, is a business expo that one will not miss.
  • Not all travel insurance policies are the same!
    If you are planning to travel abroad for cosmetic surgery, dental, elective or spa procedures, please check your travel insurance to make sure you are fully covered.
  • Medical Tourism
    There are several bans and restrictions of many a treatment and procedure in America, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find access to it in other parts of the world. One such medical treatment that happens to be a major scientific breakthrough and is offering ‘miracle’ results to those who are in dire need of it is stem cell therapy.
  • The Next Big Operation: Medical Travel
    BEIJING - Early in 2010, John Yang was given a Herculean task: to market Shanghai as a preferred destination for foreign patients seeking advanced medical care.
  • Brave Izzy Sees for First Time
    LITTLE Izabelle Evans who was born blind has seen her mum and dad for the first time at the age of FOUR ?thanks to a miracle procedure carried out on the other side of the world.
  • Why We Choose China for Medical Tourism ?
    Till now, international medical tourists have mainly chosen some Southeast Asian countries including China. China does have the following advantages to offer:
  • Affluent American Head to Shanghai for Cosmetic Surgery
    A new wave of affluent American are eager to fit some cosmetic surgery into their trips to Shanghai, where they can expect to find better medical staff and facilities than back home.
  • Shanghai Prices for Cosmetic Surgery Dropping Dramatically
    The Chinese traditionally believe there is a close relationship between how you look and your future. So it is no surprise to see China becoming an international cosmetic surgery destination.
  • Shanghai Huashan Hospital Gets JCI Accreditation
    Huashan Hospital has received Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. Accreditation is used as an international indicator among foreign patients and insurance companies in choosing a hospital. It is the first hospital under the direct management of the Ministry of Health to become JCI-accredited. The certification process had taken three years.
  • Shanghai Plans to Develop Medical Tourism
    Shanghai intends to boost tourism as one of its top priority tasks for 2010, and the metropolitan government is ambitiously seeking to attract 10 million foreign tourists this year.
  • Financial Savings in Medical Tourism?
    American patients pursue health care in medical destinations primarily to save money. Employers and insurance companies are exploring offshore healthcare options for the same reason. Although there has been much discussion about low costs in medical tourism, the magnitude of financial savings actually realized by patients and third-party Payors is not always clear.
  • Fortifying Western Healthcare with Traditional Chinese Medicine
    TCM has a distinctive approach to diagnose and cure illness. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on holistic view of the universe and treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.
  • Planning Your Medical Trip to Shanghai Hospital or Clinic?
    Many people that are in the decision making phase related to Cosmetic surgery abroad have learned, either through their own research, or perhaps from someone that has experienced it, there are many costs associated with traveling for surgery abroad.
  • Foreign People Go to Shanghai for Healthcare
    Medical tourism is in its infancy in Shanghai, but hospitals, schools, travel agencies and even the government is moving to improve services and promote growth. Businesses related to medical tourism are also on the rise.