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Health Care Consumers Go Global with Medical Tourism

This week, a 66-year-old British woman made international headlines for her role as one of the oldest mothers-to-be on record. When her wish for a bundle of joy went unfulfilled in the United Kingdom due to her age, she turned to health care providers in Ukraine, where the message of her desire for a дитина (Ukrainian for “baby”) was received loud and clear. Medical tourism is big business in an array of countries: Thailand. As the top destination for medical tourism, Thailand treated 1.2 million patients who traveled from other countries for health care services in 2006. Brazil. This nation…

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Asiana Airlines and Hanyang University Medical Center establish partnership to attract patients for medical tourism

Asiana Airlines (President & COO: Young-Doo Yoon) in association with Hanyang University Medical Center, jointly held a partnership signing ceremony on the 7th of April at Hanyang University Medical Center, International Healthcare Center Seoul, Korea. The two companies vowed to work together to build their foreign patients coming from overseas. Asiana Airlines President & COO, Young-Doo Yoon and Il-Young Choi, Director of Hanyang University Medical Center, were among those who attended the ceremony. The joint effort comes as the government allows the country’s 44 large-scale medical centers to open 5 percent of their hospital beds for foreign patients starting from…

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Turkish American chamber opens health tourism meeting

Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TACCI) organized a meeting on health tourism in Chicago, the United States on Thursday. A press statement released after the meeting said that it aimed to underline the important role that could be assumed by Turkey in the area of health tourism in the United States and promote Turkey in this sector. "Turkey aims to boost its share in the health tourism sector in the United States and it is eager to become a partner of the USA in this sector," the statement said. A message sent by U.S. Congressman Robert Wexler to…

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Taiwan Tourism Bureau Announces 2009 Acupressure Massage Experience in an effort to grow Medical Tourism to Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Responding to the global economic recession and economic pressures of various kinds, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau is carrying out planning for a wide range of new travel products that focus on the island’s high-quality, diversified, super-value offerings to attract more international tourists. In the field of health travel, last year’s successful Foot Reflexology event is being followed up this year with the “2009 Acupressure Massage Experience” in the ongoing effort to exhibit Taiwan’s broad spectrum of health-travel options to the world. A total of 350 international travelers from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and other countries will participate…

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Inside Costa Rica reports that over 100,000 foreigners came to Costa Rica for Medical Tourism Last year.

SAN JOSÉ, Apr 15 (IPS) – With traditional tourism hit hard by the global recession, Costa Rica is seeking to draw foreign visitors by offering low-cost, high-quality health care – especially targeting people from the United States, where the same medical procedures can cost up to four times more. Health tourism is growing around the world due to the high costs of private medical services in industrialised countries, which have prompted many to look to developing countries in search of good quality, inexpensive care. More than 40 million people in the United States (population 306 million) have no health insurance,…

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Cancer-treatment device key to local firm’s future for medical tourism

A Charlotte-based medical-device company believes its treatment for prostate cancer will become the preferred option for patients nationwide. U.S. HIFU hopes to gain U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval for its device, known as the Sonablate 500, within 24 months. And quicker approval is possible, based on clinical-trial results, says Steve Puckett Jr., chief executive.   In the meantime, the company is seeing a spike in the number of patients willing to travel abroad and pay as much as $30,000 for the treatment. “It’s medical tourism for innovation vs. medical tourism for cost reduction,” Puckett says.

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A US Based Medical Tourism Facilitator partners with US health insurance provider.

(Marketwire) — 04/15/09 — Satori World Medical, a global healthcare company in the emerging multi-billion dollar medical tourism industry, announced that it has signed an agreement with P5 Health Plan Solutions (P5), a leading Third Party Administrator (TPA) for self-funded health plans to offer its innovative, payor-supported and consumer-choice global health network to P5 clients and thousands of their employees. "We are thrilled about working with Satori World Medical to help our contracted self-funded employers realize significant savings on their employee healthcare expenses," said Vice President of P5 Health Plan Solutions, Cora Lee DeGeorge. "What makes P5 so unique is…

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SenditCertified ePackage Technology Debuts at International Health and Medical Tourism Congress in Latin America April 27-29th

Tourism Industry. From April 27-29, top executives from SenditCertified will travel to Monterrey, Mexico to showcase the technology at the 2009 Latin America Medical Tourism and Health Tourism Congress. During the conference, taking place at the Intercontinental Presidente Monterrey, SenditCertified will gain exclusive access to and present the ePackage(TM) technology platform to over 400 medical tourism and health tourism industry influencers, US health insurance companies, and medical tourism facilitators from over 25 countries. "Medical Tourism is a rapidly growing industry, and we are confident that our groundbreaking technology will provide much-needed solutions for secure communication across borders," remarked Dr. Steve…

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A wellness zone to flower at botanical garden in India to promote medical tourism

CHANDIGARH: A soothing massage in the backdrop of idyllic Kerala backwaters may be pure bliss, but not many can indulge in the luxury. Bringing ‘wellness’, UT administration has planned its very own haven in city’s backyard. By the end of this year, the Botanical Garden at Sarangpur would be upgraded to run a natural healing garden, complete with herbal spas and a meditation centre. Based on Kerala herbal spas, this centre – to be built from Rs 3.68 crore sanctioned by ministry of tourism – will bloom over 176 acre. Capturing the city’s green cover in its glory, the administration…

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Medical Tourist Crosses the Border for Heart Bypass Surgery in Mexico

Uninsured retiree leaves San Antonio, Texas to have bypass surgery at Hospital Angeles in Mexico on three blocked arteries. His arrangements were facilitated from first contact through full recovery at home by medical travel company WorldMed Assist. Both the patient and his wife were impressed with the quality of care and level of attention they received during their two week stay. San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) April 13, 2009 — Duane Walker and his wife Cheryl have nothing but praise to sing for the medical care and personal attention they received in March before, during and after Duane’s heart bypass surgery…

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