Healthcare Reform's Affect on Medical Tourism Website Portal Launched by Medical Tourism Association
The Medical Tourism Association has launched an informational website and center containing updates on Healthcare Reform’s affect on Medical Tourism. The healthcare reform updates will provide the latest information and provisions of the healthcare reform legislation as it pertains to the Medical Tourism Industry. Additionally, it will include “white papers" on healthcare reform’s affect on medical tourism and webinars. The site, which will contain videos, podcast, webinars and white papers, will be a place to stay educated and learn what opportunities healthcare reform provides to the medical tourism industry.
Healthcare Reform will have a very positive impact on outbound Medical Tourism from the United States. Health insurance costs, which are already unattainable and too expensive for many Americans, will significantly rise with the passage of healthcare reform. This increase in cost will make medical tourism very attractive to many US citizens.
“The adoption of Healthcare Reform in the US has created a huge opportunity for the medical tourism industry. Healthcare Reform will significantly increase the cost of health insurance in the US, encouraging more US insurance companies and employers to implement medical tourism to make health insurance more affordable. We are already seeing a huge increase in activity from self funded employers, and insurance agents,” said Jessica Johnson, Director of Operations of the Medical Tourism Association.
Healthcare Reform will have no affect on inbound medical tourism to the United States and patients from other countries will continue to seek treatment in the US without any change or effect.
Healthcare Reform will be a major focus of the upcoming World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress, September 22nd-24th 2010 in Los Angeles, California. This is the MTA’s annual conference and features up to 2,000 attendees from over 60 countries.
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.
The Medical Tourism Association seeks to provide transparency in both quality of care and pricing. Every day it is apparent that the globalization of healthcare has created a very flat world. The MTA exchanges technology, information, communication, physicians and patients. In order to ensure patient safety, it is the goal of the MTA 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 individuals look at the reporting of global healthcare statistics and the quality of care available at hospitals around the world.