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What is Medical Tourism?? The marketplaces were colorful and vibrant, the Hindu temples sublime.

What is Medical Tourism??

But what propelled award-winning Memphis filmmaker Willy Bearden to India earlier this year wasn't an urge to go sightseeing or seek adventure. Bearden, 61, was a different kind of traveler. He was a medical tourist. In need of heart surgery and lacking adequate insurance to pay for it, Bearden traveled to a country where he could receive a triple-bypass for a fraction of what it would cost in the U.S. "I actually approached it the way I do documentary films. Recent statistics indicate Bearden is part of a growing trend. On the reverse side of the trend, an estimated 400,000 people from other countries came to the U.S. for treatment in 2008.

Some insurance carriers have begun offering policies that cover overseas treatment, and the American Medical Association, acknowledging the growth in medical tourism, has laid out recommendations for prospective patients and insurers. His physician was incredulous, he recalls. Slideshare. World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress Exceeds Expectations. 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.

World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress Exceeds Expectations

Chicago, Ill. –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.

The 4th Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress is pleased to announce Hospital Almater as a Bronze Sponsor at the conference held on October 25-28, 2011. Hospital Almater was born July 27, 1987.

The 4th Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress is pleased to announce Hospital Almater as a Bronze Sponsor at the conference held on October 25-28, 2011.

Since the beginning, the remarked corporate philosophy of the company, quality services at best cost, cost-benefit philosophy has gained through time a prominent place in all the services the company provides, which has experience care and renowned insurance groups such as Nacional Provincial, AXA, MetLife and health insurers and Health Administrators of North America. “For Hospital Almater, the WMT & GHC Congress is an excellent platform to internationalize our services, contact medical providers and know what is happening in the medical tourism industry,” said Dra. Patricia Meza, Hospital Almater. “We have the opportunity to present tour hospital and the quality of our services to all attendees of the conference,” she added.

The 4th Annual WMT&GHC Announces Porto Alegre Health Care as Gold Sponsor. Porto Alegre Health Care is an organization of health care providers in the city of the highest quality of life and medical services in Latin America.

The 4th Annual WMT&GHC Announces Porto Alegre Health Care as Gold Sponsor

Porto Alegre provides reliable medical care of international standard, a large network of hospitals and medical doctors at competitive costs: lower than rates in the United States, Canada and Europe. Complete personal assistance is our promise, with professional staff speaking foreign languages. Full support from start to finish the process is offered to ensure an excellent experience for our patients.

P.ost. Zurich North America Announced as Bronze Sponsor at Global Benefits Conference. DEiK eBrochure - 4th World Medical Tourism Congress Attendees. Greetings!

DEiK eBrochure - 4th World Medical Tourism Congress Attendees

We are pleased to announce DEIK/Health Tourism Business Council as one of our Platinum Sponsors of the 4thWorld Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress. The Foreign Economic Relation Board (DEIK) was established as the "Turkish private sector's gateway to international arena" in 1988 for the specific purpose of establishing, promoting and strengthening the Turkish private sector's economic relationships with international businesses and organizations. The primary purpose of the Council is to enable the highly-developed Turkish health sector to achieve its well-deserved place in the international arena and contribute to the global value chain with its high value-added services.

Please download DEIK's eBrochure at: Chicagoland Investment Group Secures Bronze Sponsorship & Showcase Presentation. The 4th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress is happy to host the Chicagoland Investment Group as Bronze sponsors and the 2nd Showcase Presenter at the congress in Chicago, IL!

Chicagoland Investment Group Secures Bronze Sponsorship & Showcase Presentation

Chicagoland Foreign Investment Group is the first Regional Center in Illinois and the only Regional Center for the greater Chicagoland area. The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services’ Regional Center program, more commonly referred to as the “EB-5 Pilot Program” is an Immigrant Investor program that affords foreign nationals the opportunity to become lawful permanent residents in the United States through investment in strategic, US-based economic development projects. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to connect with Chicago’s premier investment group at this years’ World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress! Comments comments. Bronze Sponsor Soma Technology Inc. MD Anderson Cancer Center Joins the Medical Tourism Congress as a Bronze Sponsor.

AMR Corporation to Sponsor The 2011 Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress. The Medical Tourism Association is happy to present AMR Corporation as a Silver Sponsor for the 4th Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress held in Chicago, IL on October 25-28th!

AMR Corporation to Sponsor The 2011 Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

AMR Corporation is the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, AMR employed more than 87,000 full-time and part-time employees worldwide as of December 31, 2010. American Airlines and American Eagle operate, on average, more than 3,600 daily flights serving more than 50 countries. Their operations are substantial—on a typical day, AMR transports more than 287,000 passengers, handle 275,000 pieces of luggage, and answers more than 200,000 reservations calls.

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Hospital Drug Shortages Threaten Patient Health, Prove Costly. “How can they write me an IOU for medication?”

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Hospital Drug Shortages Threaten Patient Health, Prove Costly

That’s Alex Aiello, and he's been battling leukemia since April 2009. Aiello, 26, was on his last few courses of Atra, a drug known to raise cure rates to 80 percent from the usual 40 percent. But when he went to the pharmacy at Massachusetts General Hospital to get his medication at the beginning of September, he was told there wasn’t any. “It’s just shocking to see how supplies are low of a major drug to help you fight leukemia,” he told me. Aiello’s doctor, Eyal Attar, uses much stronger language. Aiello’s is not an isolated case. “We’re forced to go to a different regimen,” says Emory University Hospital medical oncologist Donald Harvey. Hospitals complain that they get little – or no – warning of a shortage, nor are they told how long it will last. “We’re dealing with 286 different shortages,” Emamifar told me. Medical Tourism Congress Speaker Greenberg Traurig Leads the First Showcase Presentation!

Global Healthcare Congress. Siemens Global Sponsors the Medical Tourism Congress. The World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress is excited to present Siemens Global Healthcare as a Bronze sponsor for this year’s congress!

Siemens Global Sponsors the Medical Tourism Congress

Siemens has been synonymous with international focus and worldwide presence for over 160 years. Today, Siemens is a global powerhouse with activities in nearly 190 regions. The challenges confronting today’s world are global and so is Siemens. With a presence in some 190 countries, they offer customers fast, local, tailor-made solutions. And that gives Siemens a decisive competitive edge. Urgent Press Release - Global Benefits and Medical Tourism. Chicago, Illinois: October 11, 2011: The 4th Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, with several parallel conferences taking place at the Renaissance Marriot Schaumberg Hotel & Convention Center October 25-28, 2011 has launched various successful strategic initiatives to foster the growth of Global Benefits, Healthcare Development & Medical Tourism industries.

Urgent Press Release - Global Benefits and Medical Tourism

Explaining the initiative, Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the Medical Tourism Association said, "From the last three years, we have witnessed nothing but tremendous growth. After careful research, evaluation and planning, we injected some innovative ideas to provide value to all our participants who traveled from across the globe. " "This year's congresses have the most extensive agenda of any other international healthcare and insurance conferences known. ProCure Secures Silver Sponsorship at the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress. Medical Tourism City. Silver Sponsor Spotlight: Spartan Bioscience. The Medical Tourism Association in Conjunction with the Medical Tourism Magazine is excited to have Spartan Bioscience as a Silver Sponsor at this years’ World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress in Chicago, IL on October 25-28th.

Founded in 2005, Spartan provides DNA testing systems for decentralized and point-of-care (POC) applications. Products include end-to-end solutions for pharmacogenetics, infectious diseases, and food and water safety testing. Spartan’s systems provide results in 1 hour at a fraction of the cost of central laboratory testing. Spartan offers the Spartan RX and the Spartan DX-12, two state of the art POC devices that provide results on demand. Spartan RX. Medical Tourism Magazine. Greetings! Medical Tourism Magazine, official publication of the Medical Tourism Association™ is proud to present the launch of Issue 22, Inbound and Domestic Medical Tourism to the U.S. ~ A Limited Edition of the Pre-Congress Magazine, which focuses on the fact that there are some top-notch healthcare facilities right here in the U.S., while traveling internationally for a medical procedure is rapidly growing there has always been a huge market for patients traveling to the U.S. or even from one state to another in search of the best quality and value for healthcare.

Medical Tourism Magazine keeps readers on the forefront of industry developments, testimonies and reports on ever evolving medical tourism trends, including technological innovations. Stay tuned to updates on international accreditation, initiatives from healthcare providers worldwide, and much more! Visit today and experience. 2011 Featured Speakers for the Medical Tourism Congress, Oct 25-28th Chicago, IL. The MTA Announces KHIDI & KIMA as Silver Sponsors and New Memebers! The Medical Tourism Association is proud to announce the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) and Korean International Medical Association as new Memebers and Silver Sponsors of the fourth World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress held in Chicago, IL October 25-28th.

The Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) is funded by the government and was established to support the Korean health industry. This industry will form an essential part of 21st century’s knowledge based economy and will be of the greatest importance to the people’s health. KHIDI, in strengthening specific health industry promotion, provides a link between the government and industry. In addition, to ensure the productivity and efficiency of the health and medical technology sector, KHIDI emphasizes R&D and advanced management by objectives. MTA Member Moolchand Sponsors The Medical Tourism Congress.

The World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress is proud to present Moolchand Healthcare as a bronze sponsor for it’s fourth installment. As one of India’s foremost names in healthcare, Moolchand has been setting standards for the past half century. For over five decades they have been providing healthcare services to three generations of Delhites with care and dedication. Moolchand vision is to create a truly unique institution that delivers world-class healthcare with a conscience of trust. As a result Moolchand has built an outstanding legacy of touching people’s lives. Malaysian Healthcare Travel Council Sponsors The Global Healthcare Congress. Facebook. Google’s Director of International Benefits, Jon Casey Keynote Spotlight. John Casey, Director of International Benefits of Google, will present the development and execution of Google’s global benefits strategy that includes a focus on infrastructure, wellness and innovation at the 4th World Medical Tourism Congress/2nd Global Benefits Conference.

The Congress and John Casey will provide the perfect opportunity to learn about global benefits from one of the top Fortune 500 companies. John joined Google in 2010 and is the company’s Director of International Benefits. John’s key area of responsibility is the development and execution of Google’s global benefits strategy that includes a focus on infrastructure, wellness and innovation.

Prior to joining Google, John led Mercer’s international benefits group for the west coast of the United States. Learn More About John Here >> Flying Nurses International Exhibits at The Medical Tourism Congress. Special Message From The MTA’s CEO Jonathan Edelheit. I am very excited that in about two weeks we will be announcing the participant list for our upcoming conference in October. I know this is always a big deal in the industry and everyone likes to see who are the first people that have registered and signed up for the congress.

Kiran Infertility Center Joins the Medical Tourism Congress. A Message from Speaker Karen Timmons, Former CEO of JCI. It is with great anticipation that I look forward to participating in the fast approaching 4th World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress, which will take place on October 25th – 28th in Chicago. Convention Center Hotel Sold Out! Almater Hospital Secures Bronze Sponsorship for the 2011 Medical Tourism Congress. Bernard Merkel Set To Speak On Cross Boarder Legislation. The Tourism Authority of Thailand Secures a Silver Sponsorship at the Medical Tourism Congress. Webinar – 4th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress. Why Chicagoland?? The 2011 Medical Tourism Congress Participant List Released. WMT&GHC Announces Squire, Sanders & Dempsey as a Silver Sponsor.

Founded in 1890, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey offers one of the strongest integrated global legal platforms. With our longstanding “one-firm firm” philosophy, we provide seamless legal counsel worldwide. The Medical Tourism Association Gets Social with the Medical Tourism Community. Medical Tourism Congress Announces Lufthansa as a Bronze Sponsor. Dentris - Dental Treatment Cart by Clemens Auer & Yanko Design. The First Man to Be Cured of HIV: An Update on the Fascinating Story - The... United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide. Advatech Healthcare PVT Ltd Sponsors Medical Tourism Congress. Facebook. Medical Tourism Healthcare Leadership Awards to be Announced in Chicago October 25-28, 2011. US Insurance Companies, Employers and Agents Rally Around Medical Tourism in Chicago. Keynote Speaker Spotlight – Dr Cecil Wilson. Medical Tourism Congress Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Yakov Elgudin. Mathew Ninan, M.D. Set to Speak at Medical Tourism Congress. Medical Tourism Congress: Linda Brodsky Presents How Emerging Healthcare Markets Can Learn from Past Mistakes.

Hotel for Medical Tourism Conference – Don’t forget to reserve. Turismo Medico 101. Prof. Peter Anyang Nyong Joins the Ministerial Summit & Panel. Medical Tourism Congress Silver Sponsor Spotlight – Squire Sanders. EU Focuses on Tourism to Improve the Economic Situation. ‪MEDICAL TOURISM IN ECUADOR - HOSPITAL METROPOLITANO - MEDTRAVEL‬‏

The Medical Tourism Association Travels to Las Vegas to Spread the Word to HR Professionals. Sustainable Healthcare Social Network - Global Green Healthcare Community. Can Facebook Morph into the New Travel Guidebook? Medical Tourism Association (1) Medical Tourism Association - Medical travel & health tourism. Medical Tourism City. Sustainable Healthcare Social Network Brings Net-Socialists Together.