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Articles and features on medical travel: 2007

Our articles and features are written by some of the leading experts on medical travel and medical tourism.

 

  • Singapore State of healthIn most parts of the world services for overseas medical visitors are a natural extension of the private healthcare sector. Singapore provides a rather different picture. While the private healthcare sector is well established and has a strong profile, with names such as Raffles and Parkway, the...
  • plane EU Cross-border Healthcare Directive boosts health tourismThe new EU Cross-border Healthcare Directive which is to be announced today intends to lift restrictions on patients travelling for treatment in other EU countries. Patients wishing to travel to other EU countries for medical treatment will be able to reclaim the cost of treatment from the NHS and...
  • Dec 14 2007 Dental tourism....without going abroad?This week sees news that two buy-to-let-property development millionaires plan to open a series of drive-in dental centres close to motorway junctions around the UK. Having seen the growth of dental tourism in the UK, they have decided to bring overseas dentists to the British patient, offering...
  • Dec 4 2007 British patient wins NHS payment for treatment abroadAnother British patient has succeeded in recouping the cost of treatment abroad from the NHS. Ann Belshaw of Suffolk took the Suffolk Primary Care Trust to court to pay for a scan at a private clinic in Germany. The NHS originally told her that she would have to wait a year for a scan on her back...
  • Nov 26 2007 EU proposals promise boost to medical tourismEuropean Commission proposals to be released next week will increase patient mobility within the EU and give NHS patients access to hospitals across the Continent; patients in other EU countries will will also have access to NHS hospitals.
  • Nov 20 2007 Cosmetic surgery abroad under fire in the UK pressThe growth of medical tourism is attracting more and more attention to issues such as quality of treatment, accreditation of surgeons and dentists, hospitals and clinics. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons this week launched an attack on botched cosmetic work carried out by...
  • Dec 14 2007 New health index means good news for medical tourism companiesThe recently published Euro Health Consumer Index provides some interesting insights into the state of the UK health services and some encouragement for those who see the UK as a developing market for outbound medical tourists. The Index rates the public healthcare systems in 29 European countries...
  • Nov 11 2007 UK media gives medical tourism a favourable pressThe UK press continues to provide plenty of coverage for medical tourism, the vast majority of which is incredibly positive. Whereas the media are usually quick to find the "bad news" story, this has certainly not been the case with medical tourism. The recent exception was this story "How my smile...
  • April 18 2007 How many medical tourists are there?There has always been speculation about the true number of medical tourists travelling from the UK for treatment abroad. We've just completed the first ever survey of medical tourism providers, and have come up with some interesting data on the medical tourism market. The Treatment Abroad Medical...
  • Woman in wheelchair on a beach abroad New association formed for medical tourismAt the recent World Health Tourism Congress in Cyprus, the launch of the International Medical Travel Association (IMTA) was announced. The IMTA seeks to represent the interests of medical travellers and the medical travel industry including healthcare providers and medical travel facilitators. The...
  • Love Cyprus CYPRUS: the World Health Tourism CongressThis year's World Health Tourism Congress in Cyprus was a success with both suppliers and buyers. In March this year, 320 people gathered at Le Méridien Limassol Spa & Resort, Cyprus, for the second World Health Tourism Congress (WHTC).