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infographic Commercial surrogacy tourism

infographic Commercial surrogacy tourism | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it

"Commercial Surrogacy Tourism" INFOGRAPHIC

 

Having a baby through a surrogate mother in Mexico, Thailand, India, USA, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia,  or Armenia -

 

How much does it cost?

What fees are involved?

How many surrogate babies are there in the world?

What are the laws?

 

Read more at http://www.mtqua.org/2014/09/29/commercial-surrogacy-cost/

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How Much Does Commercial Surrogacy Cost?

How Much Does Commercial Surrogacy Cost? | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
Surrogacy tourism in Georgia may be as little as US$16,000, in India $28,000 and in Mexico $40,000. This covers the three main costs of surrogacy, medical expenses including fertility treatments, payment to the surrogate, and agency fees. How much one pays is largely determined by the chosen medical destination.
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Fantastic! Exciting! China's DOCTOR CONSULTATION APP Chunyu gets $50M funding

Fantastic! Exciting! China's DOCTOR CONSULTATION APP Chunyu gets $50M funding | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
Founded in 2011, Chunyu now has 30 million active users consulting with 40,000 online doctors about 50,000 daily health issues.
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Chunyu offers in-app chats and phone calls with real doctors. Asking questions on forums is free with registration, as are 90-second phone calls with physicians. Value added services – longer private consultations by phone, scheduling appointments, and having a private doctor on call – come at a premium. The price depends on the doctor, and the revenue is split between the doctors and Chunyu. The web app lets you search and browse the forum-like discussions between patients and doctors on topics ranging from dental to infant care without even registering.

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Revolutionary blood diagnostics company Theranos - Have to read this!

Revolutionary blood diagnostics company Theranos - Have to read this! | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Holmes founded her revolutionary blood diagnostics company, Theranos, when she was 19. It’s now worth more than $9 billion, and poised to change health care.
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CEO Elizabeth Holmes spent a summer working in a lab at the Genome Institute in Singapore, a post she had been able to fill thanks to having learned Mandarin in her spare hours as a Houston teenager.


Upon returning to Palo Alto, she showed her college professor a patent application she had just written. As a freshman, Holmes had taken his seminar on advanced drug-delivery devices–things like patches, pills, and even a contact-lens-like film that secreted glaucoma medication–but now she had invented one the likes of which the professor had never conceived.


It was a wearable patch that, in addition to administering a drug, would monitor variables in the patient’s blood to see if the therapy was having the desired effect, and adjust the dosage accordingly.

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Surrogacy Tourism: Australian, American, Israeli families have babies stuck in Thailand

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THERE are now 10 Australian families trying to get 14 children born to Thai surrogates out of the country but all will require court orders — which could take up to six months to obtain — to get their children out of the country.


It is also understood that surrogate mothers carrying children for Australian parents have been turned away from private hospitals where they were being treated or planned to have their babies, forcing them into the country’s public system. 

 

“In the past year there have been 200 children born from Thai surrogates for Australian parents,” an embassy spokesman said.


Estimates of the number of "parents in waiting" today for babies in 0 to 9 months of pregnancy are up to 250.

 

One couple and their newborn twins are stuck in Thailand with no money and at the mercy of a military government which now views them as criminals. The family is hiding in their hotel room, too terrified to ­attempt leaving Thailand.


Meanwhile, Thailand has a new Prime Minister. General Prayuth, spokesman for the ruling military council, was named to the post when no one else contested the position. He earlier said a law banning commercial surrogacy may take 6 to 9 months or longer to be enacted. 

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Kidneys for Sale: Transplant Brokers in Israel Lure Desperate Patients

Kidneys for Sale: Transplant Brokers in Israel Lure Desperate Patients | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
Kidneys for Sale: Transplant Brokers in Israel Lure Desperate Patients
Boston.com
Only 36, she had a promising job at a software company and dreams of building a family. To a woman who raced cars for kicks, it seemed unthinkable ...
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Transplant tourism pipeline delivered foreign patients to Costa Rica from 2009 to 2012.

 

The New York Times traced the network from the barrios of San José, Costa Rica’s gritty capital, to the glass towers of Ramat Gan, a bustling commercial district near Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

The network included high-rolling Israeli organ brokers, a prominent Costa Rican nephrologist and middlemen who recruited donors from the driver’s seat of a taxi and the front counter of a pizzeria.

 

In interviews and documents, four Israeli patients or sources close to them identified Israeli broker Dayan, known as Koby, as their conduit to Costa Rica.

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India and Singapore have become the standard model for cardiac care globally.

India and Singapore have become the standard model for cardiac care globally. | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it

 

Medical Tourism is not a new phenomenon, but it is taking on a completely different persona to what was earlier envisaged. Today, with the globalization of information and the empowerment of the consumer, medical tourism involves individuals acting as a consumer, making their own decisions regarding their health needs, deciphering how they can best be treated, and then finding the most appropriate provider.

 


Via Technical Dr. Inc.
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If Forbes writes it, it "must" be true ...

 

Medical tourism is no longer about cheaper procedures and holiday trips. It is also about the quality of doctors and technology, and care models that many of these countries are pursuing that make this form of health tourism different.

 

Many countries across the world are getting more competitive and developing their own health tourism strategy – competing on quality and price.

 

India and Singapore have become the standard model for cardiac care globally.


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With 6 of the World's Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists, Asia is a top destination for medical tourism

With 6 of the World's Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists, Asia is a top destination for medical tourism | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
The region continues to thrive as a health care hotspot
South China Morning Post / Hong Kong
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Six out of the top 10 world's best hospitals for medical tourists are based in the region, according to Medical Travel Quality Alliance.
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Failings of policy in building Chinese medical tourism and tourism business.

A recent report published by Taiwan's legislature's Budget Center urged the government to cut the annual quota for Chinese tourists and instead try to attract more tourists of other nationalities who have higher spending power.

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Chinese medical tourist behavior parallels that of typical Chinese tourists, and use the opportunity to get medical visas as a way to enjoy shopping vacations to Taiwan. Out of a 14-day stay, they may spend only 4 hours inside a hospital or clinic. The report, titled “Issues on the Management of Chinese Tourists in Taiwan,” showed that China has been the nation’s No. 1 source of overseas visitors since 2010. More than 2.26 million Chinese visited Taiwan last year, accounting for 41 percent of all foreign tourists. Japanese tourists spent an average of US$386.68 a day while in Taiwan, an amount much higher than the average for all international tourists — US$285.33 — and far exceeding the US$267.32 spent by the average Chinese visitor, the report said. “Gift shops are turned into ‘museums’ on these tours and what is supposed to be a guided experience in which the group members can build a special trip for themselves instead feeds them into a tourism factory,” the report said. “Free independent tourists from China are coralled into groups and forced to go on shopping tours.”
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Courts grant Canadian woman $17,500 tax deduction for winter in Thailand for "medical travel"

Courts grant Canadian woman $17,500 tax deduction for winter in Thailand for "medical travel" | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
Justice Judith Woods ruled that the term 'medical services' was broad enough to cover travelling to a warm climate for medical reasons. She was also satisfied that although Tallon could travel alone on a short trip to Texas for ...
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For the second year in a row a court has decided that a Thunder Bay, Ontario woman suffering from chronic pain can deduct the cost of spending the winter in a hot climate.

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Sky News video report on a patient's medical travel to India

Coverage by Sky News about the cost effective Medical Tourism in India.

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Cosmetic Surgery in Medical Tourism [infographic]

Cosmetic Surgery in Medical Tourism [infographic] | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
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Overseas dental care a draw for some patients

Overseas dental care a draw for some patients | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
Overseas dental care a draw for some patients
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Nopson, 58, is among the estimated 750,000 U.S. residents who travel abroad each year to receive medical care. The most common procedures sought outside ...
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For two implants and two crowns, Raife Nopson faced more than $15,500 in dental expenses. Her insurance only covered $1,500, so the Williamsburg resident did her Internet research and landed on Ocean Dental in Cancun, Mexico. The clinic offered the same work for $5,500.

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With Thailand Shut Down, Is Commercial Surrogacy Tourism Dead?

With Thailand Shut Down, Is Commercial Surrogacy Tourism Dead? | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
Worldwide, an estimated 6,000 babies were born last year via commercial surrogacy tourism.

 

1,000 babies are born annually in Thailand to commercial surrogates to foreigners.

 

But overnight, Thai police shut down clinics, stopped parents with newborns from leaving the country, and sent some newborns to orphanages.

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Medical tourists have used surrogacy services in Thailand for more than a decade. With new laws under consideration, the surrogacy tourism business may offer new options in Cambodia, Laos and Nepal.

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Five Trends Define the New Chinese Outbound Traveler and Can Boost Your Traffic in Solo, High Spending Chinese Medical Tourists.

Five Trends Define the New Chinese Outbound Traveler and Can Boost Your Traffic in Solo, High Spending Chinese Medical Tourists. | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it

- Provide Mandarin Chinese Information


- Offer value-based luxury and services


- GIve free wifi - online all the time

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1. Independent 


63% of China’s outbound now plan travel independently. 

 

Countries making a concerted effort to provide Mandarin Chinese information, like Thailand, see a corresponding boost in solo, high spending tourists. 

 

The jig is almost up for Chinese tour operators, who for a decade have waxed fat on the Chinese traveler’s understandable fear of flying solo. Tour agencies were wrong in thinking their customers would long suffer being shuffled one gift shop to freak show to noodle house after another, in exchange for having a Mandarin-speaking guide.

 

2. Sophisticated

 

Sophisticated in knowing what makes a quality hospitality offering versus a rip-off. No more finding the cheapest flea-bag pensione in order to reserve cash for handbag shopping. Instead, Chinese travelers want a discount on a four or five-star hotel, and adopt loyalty programs that confer the benefit of value-based luxury.

 

Stories of guests shining shoes with bed sheets and other tales of Chinese misbehavior have dwindled to a rate compatible with stories of American tourists demanding English everything, and drunken Australian antics in Bali.

 

3. Experiential

 

Steadily rising incomes, better information, and more options for independent traveling are resulting in a new generation of Chinese travelers who – surprise – want meaningful experiences, just like them developed country tourists.

 

Western destination marketing organizations are well advised to stop thinking of the Chinese traveler as an alien visitor, and start promoting their core messaging in Mandarin. 

 

4. Emulative

 

Life imitates art, or at least what the media passes off as such. Foreign destinations with media links to China are experiencing surging visits from the mainland as a result.


Visits to Seattle are up 90% since the release of a Chinese romantic comedy about a woman who travels there to give birth.


2012 buddy flick “Lost in Thailand” has been credited with much of 2013’s leap in visits from the mainland.


“The Big Bang Theory”, although an American sit-com, is so popular in China that tour guides are reporting being forced to alter LA itineraries in order to visit Pasadena, where the show is set, as well as an associated Cheesecake Factory.

 

Destinations don’t need to wait for mass media to make them famous. Last year, Chinese model Zhang Xinyu visited the Bridestowe Estate lavender farm in Tasmania. Pictures of her with newly-purchased Bobbie the lavender teddy bear went viral on Chinese social media. The resultant busloads of Chinese tourists arriving each day have forced the estate owners to ration the bears to one per customer, triggering daily meltdowns and collateral drama.  

           

5. Online

 

Today’s Chinese traveler, today’s Chinese customer, today’s China, in fact: online, all the time.


The savvy destination marketing organization will provide content and next step options at appropriate nodes of the Chinese Internet for all phases of the travel cycle, from wish list to post-trip. 


More than 80% of Chinese research online to make outbound travel plans. 53% (and climbing rapidly) book flights and hotels online. 91% use social media during the trip and afterwards.


The game has evolved far beyond building an online brochure posing as a site, then starting an aimless Weibo account. The first and most critical step, as identified by surveys of the Chinese travelers themselves – free Wifi.

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New International Airport for Mexico City

The competiton winning design for the new international airport at Mexico City by Foster + Partners, FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) .
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Medical tourism and a good airport go hand in hand. Just look what is happening in medical tourism in Bangalore (new airport), Singapore (deemed one of the world's best airports) and Manila (worse for wear, needs rehab).

Can Mexico City's new airport help put Mexico medical tourism on the map? Due to open in 2018.

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Turkey listed as preferred medical tourism destination - Travel Daily Media

Turkey listed as preferred medical tourism destination - Travel Daily Media | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
Turkey listed as preferred medical tourism destination
Travel Daily Media
The report also highlighted other emerging segments of Turkey's medical tourism including dentistry, cosmetic surgery, infertility treatment and eye treatment.
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Thailand Surrogacy Tourism: Big bucks and cheating agents in the baby business

Thailand Surrogacy Tourism: Big bucks and cheating agents in the baby business | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
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"I never thought the agent would cheat me,"  said a young woman who claims to have sold her eggs to a commercial surrogacy  ring.

 

"We had been in contact for quite a long time," she said. 

 

A commercial surrogacy ring has "exported" more than 100 babies and earned more than Bt50 million (US$1.25 million) each year, according to the woman.

 

She said at least three rings offer services. 

 

One ring offered four options for its prospective customers, with prices ranging from Bt1 million to Bt3 million-plus, she said, adding that it used the services of not just fertility clinics, but also some well-known hospitals.

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Top medical tourism services in UAE- fertility, cosmetic, dental (Dubai Healthcare City)

Though the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) only recently announced that the city will officially become a hub for medical tourists a number of hospitals and medical centres have...

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According to a survey conducted by the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) infertility treatment tops the list of medical tourism procedures. Key findings from the survey held earlier this year show that 48 per cent medical tourists come primarily from the GCC; 32 per cent from the wider Arab world; 26 per cent from Eastern and Western Europe; and 23 per cent from Asia.

The three most popular procedures are: infertility treatments cosmetic treatments and dental procedures. DHCC physicians reported that 80 per cent of medical tourists come to Dubai for quality of care; 61 per cent say it is for the city’s experienced physicians while 48 per cent highlighted the availability of specialist treatments.

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Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting | Reuters

Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting | Reuters | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For international travelers who need to carry medical devices and medications with them, it’s not easy to find out the travel requirements at their destinations, and embassies (Travel with medications, medical devices can...

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Travel health and traveling with medications is a “huge mess” and “supremely unsatisfactory,” said Dr. Irmgard Bauer of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia.

“Travellers on longer trips could also be referred to a colleague in the county of destination to continue treatment and prescribe the medication,” he said. “In some cases, it may mean that travel cannot happen.”

Specific outcomes for a traveler with too much medication or not enough documentation depend on the country, its law, and the person working at customs that day, Bauer said.

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Social media use guidelines in medical tourism parallel Canada Medical Assoc. rules

Social media use guidelines in medical tourism parallel Canada Medical Assoc. rules | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it

Social media provide a unique set of opportunities and challenges for physicians. There is ongoing debate about whether the medical profession should use platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to communicate more effectively with patients and the public at large.

CMA guidelines 
CMA — Social media and Canadian physicians (2012; most recent)

Additional resources
WMA Statement on the Professional and Ethical use of Social Media


Via Plus91
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Highlights of the guidelines include:

 

Electronic communications present particular privacy concerns because of the nature of the medium. All patients should receive a copy of the doctor's communications protocol and social media policy.

 

A patient’s public disclosure of his own personal health information does absolve physicians of the obligation to keep PHI confidential; the obligation is owed to the patient and only the patient may waive the obligation via expressed or implied consent.

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U.S. Homeland Security blamed for keeping away medical tourists - Chron.com

U.S. Homeland Security blamed for keeping away medical tourists - Chron.com | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it

Before our world changed with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, about 40,000 patients from abroad - often paying with cash - would travel to physicians in the Medical Center in Houston Texas.

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"Elected officials in Washington need to understand that walls designed to keep out bad guys are keeping out patients as well. It is time for Texas' senators and a congressional delegation led by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, to work on behalf of this important part of Houston's economy...

 

"Houston has advantages in any quest to become the world's premier medical destination. With 17 international airlines now flying here, the Medical Center is a convenient destination for patients too sick to wait for layovers."

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Is higher cost health care perceived as being higher quality?

Is higher cost health care perceived as being higher quality? | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it
At what point does the additional cost simply become a meaningless signal, unrelated to additional gains in quality?
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We tend to think of luxury goods being things like designer clothing, luxury cars, and high-end restaurants. Our minds fill with images of Gucci, Burberry, and Luis Vuitton, or Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Ferrari. They are expensive.

 

When we assume that these items are of a higher quality than their non-luxury counterparts, we are making a strong association between the price and the quality of a good or service.

 

We also recognize that you can pay a lot and still receive low quality.

 

In health care, the relationship between prices and quality in health care is limited, much like it is with other goods and services. Clearly, at lower levels, incremental increases in price are likely to reflect differences in quality.

 

The real question is: At what point does the additional cost simply become a meaningless signal, unrelated to additional gains in quality, and represent excessively wasteful spend of our health care dollars?

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The Indians are Coming! Centre to Promote Medical Tourism in India

The Indians are Coming! Centre to Promote Medical Tourism in India | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it

 IndiaIndiatimes.com Centre to Promote Medical Tourism Indiatimes.com "We have finalised fresh guidelines to promote and market medical tourism by sufficiently incentivising tour operators and market facilitators to cash in on its hidden potential that...

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Now that Singapore, Korea, Turkey, etc. have stopped spending those large amounts of money to promote their hospitals for medical tourists, a new source for exhibition companies and conferences will soon be the government of India.

 

"We have finalised fresh guidelines to promote and market medical tourism by sufficiently incentivising tour operators and market facilitators to cash in on its hidden potential that hitherto stays untapped and unexplored," tourism secretary Parvez Dewan said.

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After Reading This, You’ll Never Look At A Banana The Same Way Again

After Reading This, You’ll Never Look At A Banana The Same Way Again | Medical Tourism | Scoop.it

 

Banana - the Miracle Fruit? Read this article, and you'll never NOT eat a banana a day!
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Banana the Miracle Fruit?

The banana is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

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