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Quality and safety of medical treatment and care is not a given in medical tourism, even in the best hospitals or with the best doctors. Good, experienced, professional medical travel facilitators and patient care managers can provide independent oversight and care management for medical travelers seeking treatment away from their home countries.
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Not so fast, folks! Medical tourism industry in India to reach $3.9B this year, says report

Patients mostly come for heart surgery, knee transplant, cosmetic surgery and dental care.
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Thank you again, KPMG and FCCI, for crazy data. Ten years ago, your report set off the current "boom" in medical tourism.

 

You have come back this year with more funny numbers.

 

But that won't stop "writers" from posting these crazy numbers on their websites. Wonder how long it will take for these numbers to become sacrosanct?

 

For instance:

"The report says inflow of medical tourists is expected to cross 320 million by 2015 compared with 85 million in 2012."

 

What?! A four fold increase in 3 years? India had only 6.57 million tourists in 2012, says India's Bureau of Immigration.

 

And again:

"The medical tourism market in India is projected to hit $3.9 billion mark this year having grown at a compounded annual growth rate of 27 per cent over the last three years," according to the report.

 

But you also give a reality check to those quoting savings of 90% in medical tourism: "A person coming to India for his/her medical treatment can have savings anywhere in the range of 30 to 70 per cent."

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He Forgot Medical Travel - 5 Megatrends That Can Transform U.S. Health Care

He Forgot Medical Travel - 5 Megatrends That Can Transform U.S. Health Care | Medical travel | Scoop.it

The two questions weighing most heavily on the minds of just about every U.S. health policy expert:

 

Question 1: “How will the health care world move from operating in silos to working together seamlessly?”

 

Question 2: “How will (doing that) help patients achieve the health outcomes that are possible and most important to them?”

 


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How 100 million Chinese travelers are changing global tourism - and medical tourism

How 100 million Chinese travelers are changing global tourism - and medical tourism | Medical travel | Scoop.it
Just a generation ago, only the elite and politically connected could get permission to travel abroad. The rest of the population could only dream of such a "bourgeois" activity.
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Medical travel to Germany permitted for Kyrgystan jailed leader

Medical travel to Germany permitted for Kyrgystan jailed leader | Medical travel | Scoop.it
A court in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, has allowed former parliament speaker Akmatbek Keldibekov, who is on trial for corruption, to receive urgent medical treatment abroad.
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We should value quality when we shop for health care

We should value quality when we shop for health care | Medical travel | Scoop.it
As a practicing physician, I know that not all doctors provide the same quality of care.
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Consumers (and medical tourists) approach health care differently from other consumer goods. Health care affects us personally. We feel uniquely vulnerable in a way that we don’t when deciding which refrigerator or washing machine to buy. Understanding and navigating health care is complicated and intimidating. 

 

With most consumer goods, cost is a proxy for quality. A more expensive restaurant will generally have a higher Zagat score. A Lexus is a better car than a Kia. But health care is different. A higher sticker price doesn’t necessarily translate to higher quality.

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Glimpse Into Future Through Hospital Price Transparency

Glimpse Into Future Through Hospital Price Transparency | Medical travel | Scoop.it
Under pressure from payers and patients, hospitals become more transparent about their pricing
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Uninsured and out-of-network patientsProviders should offer an estimated price for a standard procedure without complications, and explain that complications may increase the price.Providers should communicate clearly to patients what services are and are not included in a price estimate.
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Price Transparency

Price Transparency | Medical travel | Scoop.it
As consumers shoulder more of the cost of care, there's no doubt that the movement toward price transparency in health care will gain more and more momentum.
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The fastest growing type of health insurance benefit design is the high deductible health plan. As of January 2013, insurance researchers say that nearly 15.5 million consumers were covered by such a plan, and that number is climbing quickly and shows no signs of slowing down.

 

As consumers shoulder more of the cost of care, the movement toward price transparency will gain more and more momentum. 

 

But transparency is also a movement that can't be denied. It is going to happen.

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Advatech Medical Tourism for Knee Surgery

Advatech is one of India's leading Medical Tourism & healthcare facilitators & only one have been accredited by Ministry of Tourism , Govt. of India . An STE...
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Medical Travel Quality: Rating Medical Tourism Facilitators 5-Star To ...

Medical Travel Quality: Rating Medical Tourism Facilitators 5-Star To ... | Medical travel | Scoop.it
Lemen International is a rare breed of medical tourism facilitator. Lemen International's multi-lingual staff, full time medical director, private health butlers, informative web site, thorough attention to the details of health ...
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Worldhotels affiliates enhance vacation experience for medical tourists - TravelWeekly Asia

Worldhotels affiliates enhance vacation experience for medical tourists - TravelWeekly Asia | Medical travel | Scoop.it
TravelWeekly Asia Worldhotels affiliates enhance vacation experience for medical tourists TravelWeekly Asia SINGAPORE – With the rise of medical tourism in Asia, many are looking at accommodation providers that can offer the high standards and...

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Accommodation providers need special features if they're serious about attracting medical travelers.

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New £4m clinical research centre opens in Belfast - BBC News

New £4m clinical research centre opens in Belfast - BBC News | Medical travel | Scoop.it
New £4m clinical research centre opens in Belfast
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A new £4m medical research centre in Belfast will allow more people than ever before to take part in clinical trials in Northern Ireland.
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Healthcare 101: Best Practices to Prepare for a Hospital Stay

Healthcare 101: Best Practices to Prepare for a Hospital Stay | Medical travel | Scoop.it
Healthcare 101: Best Practices to Prepare for a Hospital Stay. Learn how to make your stay in the hospital as stress-free as possible (RT @carenovatemag: Healthcare 101: Best Practices to Prepare for a Hospital Stay - ...
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Even more so for medical tourists: "During your hospital stay, your only job is to rest, recuperate, and stay focused on your health. Everything else in your life is secondary." So why do so many medical tourists go it alone without medical travel facilitators?

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China: Foreign Tourism Falls, and Smog May Be One Reason - New York Times

China: Foreign Tourism Falls, and Smog May Be One Reason - New York Times | Medical travel | Scoop.it
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China: Foreign Tourism Falls, and Smog May Be One Reason
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China, one of the world's most popular destinations for international travelers, has experienced a significant decline in the number of tourists this year.
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Doesn't bode well for the development of a medical tourism industry in China.

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Uh, Yummy? 22 Hospital Foods From Around The World

Uh, Yummy? 22 Hospital Foods From Around The World | Medical travel | Scoop.it
Travel the world, through your lunch tray.
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Australia: Lamb tagine

Japan: Tempura in a bento box

 

Germany: Shnitzel and spaetzle

France: Best dessert

Poland and Norway (tie): Least appetizing

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Zambia president planned to sneak out of the country for medical travel to South Africa

 

President Michael Sata of Zambia was unable to make a quietly planned trip to South Africa last night due to his health condition, a State House source says, and has postponed travel to a future date.

Julie Munro's insight:

The trip, originally planned to avoid public attention, entailed taking the presidential chopper to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and then traveling onward to Johannesburg by private charter.

 

He was to receive treatment for a worsening throat cancer condition.

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Malaysia Tries to Appeal To Muslim Visitors Medical Tourism

Malaysia Tries to Appeal To Muslim Visitors Medical Tourism | Medical travel | Scoop.it

Malaysia Medical Tourism Prince Court Medical Center

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Muslims makeup about 60 per cent of the population, of Malaysia. The country wants to overtake its neighbours for the world’s medical tourism crown.

It seeks to appeal to less affluent patients with reasonably priced treatments. But figures show it has some ground to make up on Thailand and Singapore in boosting its share of an industry that generates US$38 billion to US$55 billion (Dh139 billion to Dh202 billion) annually.

“Thailand’s pricing is not attractive any more and Singapore can’t cope with the flood of patients,” said Jacob Thomas, president of the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia.“We are one of the easiest countries to enter. Most foreigners don’t need to fill in a landing form.”

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MALAYSIA: Medical tourism agents should become patient navigators

MALAYSIA: Medical tourism agents should become patient navigators | Medical travel | Scoop.it
Meghann Ormond of Wageningen University has presented an academic paper, onAcademia.edu:“Intermediaries, facilitators, agents, guides: Steering international medical travel to Malaysia” and presented it at the World ...
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Ormond joins the growing ranks of those who understand that medical tourism is not comparable to leisure tourism. She says: "The ways to promote it, the ways to get customers, the ways to handle these customers- are different from tourism. Agents and hospitals need to be capable of handling situations with the customers. They will need to be trained, to be taught the right things to say, because patients are very sensitive, they demand a lot of things, and sometimes they think the agent has the knowledge of a doctor.

 

"While there are no officially licensed agents there is a growing demand for training and professionalism. Some agents accept that they need real help to establish professional standards within a fragmented, volatile and easily tarnished industry. It is essential to further study the important ways in which informal care and support are provided by medical travellers’ family and friends either traveling with the patients themselves or managing things from back home."

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Health Care Price Transparency Will Define The Future Of Health Care

Health Care Price Transparency Will Define The Future Of Health Care | Medical travel | Scoop.it
Hospitals are pressured by payers, employers and patients to be transparent in their prices.
Julie Munro's insight:

Hospitals that don't move forward on price transparency "will have all the indigent patients they want and all the Medicaid patients they want," Orlikoff says. "But the patients who are leaving — those who have private insurance — are precisely the patients they need to keep."

 

He scoffs at hospital leaders who point out that their largest payer is still in the fee-for-service mode. "Pay attention to the weak signals that represent the future, not the signals that confirm your bias for the past."

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As Consumers Take on More of the Cost of Care, Hospitals Must Shift Strategies

As Consumers Take on More of the Cost of Care, Hospitals Must Shift Strategies | Medical travel | Scoop.it
The health insurance landscape is shifting, as patients increasingly shop the open market for coverage, and take on a larger portion of the cost of the care. Hospitals would be wise to ask themselves some pointed questions, or risk getting shut out of narrow networks, saddled with bad debt and poorly portrayed in competitive markets.
Julie Munro's insight:

Consumers are shopping around to try to find the doctor and hospital providing the best care, at the lowest price.

Medical tourism organizations would be wise to provide information that allows them to make that decision.

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Medical Tourism Certification Brief Introduction

This video briefly explains what is certification in medical tourism for your hospital or business, how to apply for it, and what happens during the certific...
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Express Medicare: MTQUA launches world's first international ...

Express Medicare: MTQUA launches world's first international ... | Medical travel | Scoop.it
Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA), promoting better quality and safety for medical tourists since 2009, has launched the first ever international Medical Tourism Certification for health and wellness providers and ...
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Chinese Overtake Americans as Top Medical Tourists in Korea - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Chinese Overtake Americans as Top Medical Tourists in Korea - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Medical travel | Scoop.it

The Chinese overtook Americans as the biggest group of medical tourists to South Korea in 2012 for the first time since the Korean...


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In 2012, 32,503 Chinese tourists came to South Korea for medical services, says a recent report by the Korea Health Industry Development Institute. That represents 20.4% of all medical tourists.

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A New Initiative Aims to Increase Dubai's Medical Tourism Arrivals to ...

A New Initiative Aims to Increase Dubai's Medical Tourism Arrivals to ... | Medical travel | Scoop.it
Dubai's health authority has announced a new initiative for the Emirate's medical tourism stakeholders aimed at increasing the number of medical tourists it welcomes to 500000 by 2020. ... treat 700,000 patients per year.
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Obama Rewrites History: Declares Healthcare Is Not a Privilege, It’s a Right (Video)

More than two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers declared that "all men are created equal" and that their Creator gives them unalienable rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." That was before Constitutional expert Barack Obama...
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Thailand's Tourism Minister mulls compulsory travel insurance for tourists

Thailand's Tourism Minister mulls compulsory travel insurance for tourists | Medical travel | Scoop.it

The Tourism and Sports Ministry would like to make it compulsory for all foreign tourists to have travel insurance before entering the Kingdom because unpaid bills are putting a huge strain on cash-strapped public hospitals in major destinations, particularly Phuket.


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A bad idea to make all tourists pay a surcharge for the antics and enthusiasms of some who drink and do drugs, then get on a motorcycle or go full moon partying.

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