The World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress

The Medical Tourism Association has reported the fourth edition of the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress to be a huge success with a higher and more diverse level of attendees.

Oct 27, 2011 - Successfully entering its third day, the Congress, partially integrated with the Employer Healthcare Congress and gathering world industry leaders, has attracted participation of approximately 2,000 top industry players from over 90 countries from various sectors. These players include government representatives, global healthcare leaders, insurance industry giants, medical tourism facilitators and healthcare management professionals.

The Ministerial Summit brought together ministers of health, tourism, economic development from 25 countries. Renee-Marie Stephano, president of the MTA, said, “This year senior leaders presented on the best practices and practical case studies in the industry. Following the summit a declaration of cooperation will be signed between the countries to learn more and dedicate resources to establishing sustainable and dependable medical tourism programs, and to conduct research and provide education to industry stakeholders in their respected regions. Our conference is exceeding all our expectations. The ideas that are being shared and the new relationships being developed will be the foundation for the upcoming year.”

European Cross Border Healthcare was a hot topic of conversation as Bernard Merkel, head of the Food Safety, Health and Consumer Affairs section of the Delegation of European Union/Commission, presented on strategies related to the opportunities hospitals and governments have to invest in their healthcare infrastructure.

During the opening day, the MTA shared strategic initiatives including a hosted VIP Government roundtable and the conference presented the first medical tourism and global healthcare leadership awards. The meticulous agenda for the event features star keynote speakers and enhanced educational workshops which covered the essentials and the future of these industries.

Bill Rancic, the first winner of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” opened the sessions on Thursday with a presentation on entrepreneurial practices, while Cecil Wilson, the 165th President of the American Medical Association, presented on the future of healthcare and healthcare Reform in the United States. John Casey, the Director of International Benefits for Google, Inc., gave insight into how to create the “healthiest employee in the world.” Rounding out the keynote speakers were President of Twist Image Mitch Joel, who presented the importance of marketing in social media in the workplace; and, Dr. Robert Rey, specialist in minimal scar plastic surgery, focused primarily on the importance of working with charities and building an international surgical practice.

The Medical Tourism Association looks forward to its 5th annual conference, which will take place in Fort Lauderdale/Miami, Florida at the five star Westin Diplomat Resort on the beach on October 24-26th 2012.