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Medical travel and tourism companies
Medical travel facilitators and medical tourism agents help steer medical tourists to better treatment and better care. Professional, certified medical travel companies don't just send people to treatment, they bring and stay with them throughout.
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New Use for Botox That Could Actually Save Lives

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Scientists recently used the treatment to nip a burgeoning cancerous tumor in a mouse's stomach by injecting the drug into a nerve that drives the growth of cancer cells. 

 

Botox works by blocking communication between nerves and muscles. When a Botox-laden muscle can no longer contract, wrinkles disappear. This same chain reaction could help prevent tumor growth. When the drug impacts the vagus nerve, it can't deliver messages to cancer cells to tell them to grow.

 

Blocking nerve signals doesn't just stop tumors in their tracks. The treatment also makes cancer cells more responsive to chemotherapy, which helps prevent cells from reproducing.

 

Unlike chemo, which can take a full day and leave patients feeling fatigued and nauseous, Botox causes few side effects and is significantly less expensive. Plus, the drugs can be applied exclusively to the area in need of treatment. The entire procedure could take place in a few hours. A combination of Botox and chemotherapy - as opposed to chemo alone - boosted survival rates in mice by up to 35%.

 

"It actually surprised us," Norwegian University of Science and Technology's Duan Chen, who co-authored the paper describing the treatment, told the Telegraph. "The finding that Botox was highly effective was particularly exciting."

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Healthcare Beware! New Intruders are Coming - Medical Tourism Is Part of "The New Gold Rush"

Healthcare Beware! New Intruders are Coming - Medical Tourism Is Part of "The New Gold Rush" | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
As the healthcare industry is transforming and becoming more consumer driven, the “5 Ps” are becoming the hub of the industry: prevention, personalization, prediction, preemption and personal responsibility. As a result, there is a rush of new stakeholders who are entering the game and changing many of the rules. Who [...]
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As healthcare is becoming a consumer service industry, there are many lessons that healthcare can learn from the hospitality industry.

 

In the future, it is expected that the hospitality industry will extend beyond recreation, leisure and wellness to healthcare services providing an end-to-end customer experience.

 

The irony is we are already witnessing some of this by way of medical tourism.

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Florida Medical Tourism - Florida Medical Tourism

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Florida Medical Tourism.

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Company falsely claims it is "Only Arabic Logo Medical Tourism company in the World offering culturally sensitive services in English and Arabic."

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A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache

A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
As unregulated surrogacy agencies proliferate, the story of Planet Hospital stands as a cautionary tale about their ability to prey on vulnerable clients who do not notice the red flags.
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“There are more scams and scandals in surrogacy now than I can ever recall seeing,” said Andrew W. Vorzimer, a surrogacy lawyer in Los Angeles.

“Here is a little secret for all of you. There is a lot of treachery and deception in I.V.F./fertility/surrogacy because there is gobs of money to be made,” says Rudy Rupak of Planet Hospital.

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Greek Medical Health Tourism Workshop in Moscow - Greek Reporter

Greek Medical Health Tourism Workshop in Moscow - Greek Reporter | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
Greek Reporter Greek Medical Health Tourism Workshop in Moscow Greek Reporter The event is organized by the company Tourism Today in cooperation with ATOR (Association of Tour Operators of Russia), the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies...
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Cruise line agrees to pay medical bills for passenger stranded in Turkey - Tampabay.com (blog)

Cruise line agrees to pay medical bills for passenger stranded in Turkey - Tampabay.com (blog) | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
New York Daily News Cruise line agrees to pay medical bills for passenger stranded in Turkey Tampabay.com (blog) Two travel agents with Elite Travel Management Group in Palm Harbor promoted the story to the news media and contacted several elected...
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A Turkish tour guide and translator ended up donating his own blood so Melkonian could get hip surgery.

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BMA Attacks Health Tourism Clampdown - Sky News

BMA Attacks Health Tourism Clampdown - Sky News | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
WalesOnline
BMA Attacks Health Tourism Clampdown
Sky News
The trade union has warned registering migrants at GP practices will increase red tape in an already overstretched health service.
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Britain wants to charge GBP200 (US$310) for each foreigner staying longer than 6 months. Thailand wants to charge THB500 (US$17) fore every foreigner entering the country as a tourist. Thailand had 22 million tourists in 2012. Someone's going to get rich, and I bet it won't be the hospitals.

 

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The dark age of healthcare marketing (and not surprisingly, patient engagement) | mHealthNews

The dark age of healthcare marketing (and not surprisingly, patient engagement) | mHealthNews | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
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If this (below) sounds like something you might have on your website, you need to read this.

Our highest priority is to take care of you, the patient, and we believe that starts as soon as you walk through our doors. Led by a compassionate group of physicians and nurse practitioners, we strive for a standard of excellence in quality healthcare. We diligently work to make your entire experience with us comfortable and welcoming.”

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Medicinal leech farming making a comeback in Wales - BBC News

Medicinal leech farming making a comeback in Wales - BBC News | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
BBC News
Medicinal leech farming making a comeback in Wales
BBC News
Carl Peters-Bond is in charge of raising all the company's leeches - from cocoon to casualty. "The main reason the practice died out ...
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Leeches are perfect for microsurgery, particularly when severed fingers or toes have been reattached.

"Because whilst blood can flow into the injured area through large arteries, often the smaller veins which should be taking it away again are damaged and the blood will collect and eventually the tissue will die.

"So while the veins are repairing themselves surgeons can pop on a leech, which will drain up to 50mls before dropping off, and afterwards the blood will keep flowing through the wound for around another 10 hours."

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Medical Tourism Clusters to Energize Weary Portugal Economy

Portuguese healthcare leaders have turned to medical tourism to engerize the nation's sluggish economy.
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How can medical tourism clusters energize anything? Aren't they dead in the water?

"Medical tourism clusters have established footing in some 80 countries worldwide, boosting local efforts to create jobs, develop medical infrastructure, educate healthcare professionals, and provide enhanced procedures and treatments to regional communities."

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If released on $9 million bond, doctor accused of ordering unnecessary ... - MLive.com

If released on $9 million bond, doctor accused of ordering unnecessary ... - MLive.com | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
If released on $9 million bond, doctor accused of ordering unnecessary ...
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Misdiagnosis and overtreatment practiced around the world, but in the U.S., the doc got caught ... intentionally misdiagnosing patients with cancer and other diagnoses and then actually administering chemotherapy and other treatments that are unnecessary and cause significant physical harm to patients...

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A 'bill of rights' for cruise passengers - HeraldNet

A 'bill of rights' for cruise passengers - HeraldNet | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
A 'bill of rights' for cruise passengers HeraldNet These include the right to leave a docked ship if it can't provide essentials such as food, water, bathroom facilities and medical care; the right to a full refund for a trip canceled because of...
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  • The right to leave a docked ship if it can't provide essentials such as food, water, bathroom facilities and medical care;
  • The right to a full refund for a trip canceled because of mechanical failures, or a partial refund if a trip is cut short for the same reason; and
  • The right to timely updates about any changes in a ship's itinerary caused by a mechanical failure or an emergency.
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Patients struggling to afford medical bills go online to raise money and morale - Bangor Daily News

Patients struggling to afford medical bills go online to raise money and morale - Bangor Daily News | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
Boston Globe
Patients struggling to afford medical bills go online to raise money and morale
Bangor Daily News
Unlike GiveForward, these sites also raise money to help pay for tuition, travel, disaster relief, pets' medical care and funeral costs.
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Is there a medical tourism opportunity here?

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List of Patient's Rights

List of Patient's Rights | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
A list of Patient's Rights for Americans, including rights under HIPAA Privacy Rule -- informed consent -- second opinion.
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Medical Traveler's Bill of Rights http://www.mtqua.org/medical-tourism-quality/patient-rights/

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Health, Tourism and Turkey (TRT - Turkish Radio and Television)

Health, Tourism and Turkey (TRT - Turkish Radio and Television) | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
Our weekly program promotes a wide variety of services offered as part of medical tourism in Turkey. Our weekly program promotes a wide variety of services offered as part of medical tourism in Turkey.
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TRT describes Balıkesir province, a true holiday destination, with its coves filled with olive trees, numerous islands and beaches along the Marmara Sea.

Located in nortwestern Anatolia, Balıkesir is one of Turkey’s first tourism destinations with its natural, archaeological, historical and cultural assets.

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Trail of Medical Missteps in China lead to death for US Peace Corps man

Trail of Medical Missteps in China lead to death for US Peace Corps man | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
New York Times Trail of Medical Missteps in a Peace Corps Death New York Times To examine its own conduct, the agency took the unusual step of engaging an outside American expert, whose report concluded that despite medical missteps by a Peace...
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7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant - Huffington Post

7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant - Huffington Post | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
Huffington Post
7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant
Huffington Post
... receipts before you head home. For moms-to-be who are extra cautious, some travel insurance policies can be purchased to cover medical expenses while abroad.
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Finally! Good news for cruising couple stranded in Turkey - HLNtv.com

Finally! Good news for cruising couple stranded in Turkey - HLNtv.com | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
New York Daily News
Finally! Good news for cruising couple stranded in Turkey HLNtv.com Royal Caribbean has informed Jill and Dodge Melkonian that it will cover all of their out-of-pocket medical expenses after 89-year-old Dodge broke his hip on...
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Fact Checking HLN (CNN): "He was eventually transferred to an American hospital in Istanbul last week [I think they mean the hospital called American Hospital], but the stay is costing the Melkonians $10,000 a day, [IMPOSSIBLE - Joe Woodman, where are you now that we need you.] according to their Tampa-based travel agent, Tammy Levent. 

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Healthcare next frontier for Indian companies in Africa - Economic Times

Healthcare next frontier for Indian companies in Africa - Economic Times | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
Economic Times Healthcare next frontier for Indian companies in Africa Economic Times Kenya, Shah told the media in Nairobi recently will act as an entry point to rest of east Africa a region with a combined population of more than 200 million...
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Charging foreigners would damage NHS, doctors say - The Independent

Charging foreigners would damage NHS, doctors say - The Independent | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
WalesOnline
Charging foreigners would damage NHS, doctors say
The Independent
The Department of Health argues the proposals, which were set out earlier in the summer, would “protect the NHS from costly abuse”.
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Hey, UK. Try the Thai solution - charge every foreigner a flat fee upon entering the country. 

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Health benefits of foot massage - by Karen Boddey - Helium

Health benefits of foot massage - by Karen Boddey - Helium | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
Having a foot massage is a pleasurable experience which can provide many health benefits.
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Postoperative patients reported a decrease in pain intensity after receiving a 20 minute hand and foot massage. According to an Indiana University School of Nursing study, ‘Foot and hand massage appears to be an effective, inexpensive, low-risk, flexible, and easily applied strategy for postoperative pain management.’ 

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Seoul City to create special medical tourism zone

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- Seoul City, the capital of South Korea, plans to establish a special medical zone where tourists to the country can enjoy specialized and concentrated medical services, officials said Tuesday.
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Businesses run legal risk over travel vaccines - WA today

Businesses run legal risk over travel vaccines - WA today | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
WA today
Businesses run legal risk over travel vaccines
WA today
National medical advisor for Travel Doctor Tony Gherardin said, "Logically you'd think because it's not up to the individual to pay, they'd get it done." "Australian ...
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Many companies have no travel health policies because they had not fully explored their duty of care to staff who travel for work. They almost think that employees are getting a flight overseas, that's enough. They don't twig that they have a duty of care.

Sometimes a casualness creeps in or they just say, 'go to your GP'.



Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/businesses-run-legal-risk-over-travel-vaccines-20130813-2ru4k.html#ixzz2bv9T6Vy0

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Overview - Patient Advocate Institute 2013

Patient Advocate Institute 2013 | The 3rd Annual Patient Advocate Conference and Workshops http://t.co/E6AggB8PP5
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Curiosity puts profit above patients under microscope - Wanganui Chronicle

Curiosity puts profit above patients under microscope - Wanganui Chronicle | Medical travel and tourism companies | Scoop.it
Curiosity puts profit above patients under microscope
Wanganui Chronicle
The spread of infection by virtue of international air travel made it seem likely any such infection would spread more quickly than that in 1918.
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"Medicine relies upon hierarchies of trust. There are watchdogs, but until recently they have seen only a portion of the necessarily relevant studies. Last year Glaxo, a British multinational pharmaceutical company paid $3 billion in fines for withholding safety information about its diabetes drug, Avandia, and misleading information about its antidepressant drug Paxil.

"This is laudable and necessary if patients and their doctors are to have the information about safety and effectiveness necessary. All of us will benefit from this new transparency, being instituted as a result of the curiosity of a small group of researchers asking if Tamiflu really works. Results are not yet in, but stay tuned as they soon will be."

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