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Medical travel: Articles and features: 2009

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

 

  • Vivek Shukla The importance of marketing your hospitalCaroline Ratner interviews Vivek Shukla, Healthcare Strategy & Business Development Consultant, on the importance of marketing in healthcare.
  • patient choice Past experience and patient choice in medical tourismAn article by Keith Pollard, Managing Director of Intuition Communication on how patients are becoming healthcare consumers, and how medical tourism businesses and overseas healthcare providers can capitalise on the opportunities for increasing their medical tourism business through current and...
  • Medical tourism forecast What happened to those 2008 medical tourism forecasts?Ian Youngman from IMTJ looks at some of the predictions and forecasts for medical tourism that were made in 2008, and the harsh reality of how these have turned out. Medical tourism still has a long way to go to become a significant influence on the healthcare market.
  • UK The development of inbound and outbound medical tourism in the UKCaroline Ratner spoke to Nigel Mercer, one of the UK's leading consultant plastic surgeons and current President of BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons) and asked him for his views on medical tourism to and from the UK.
  • Global healthcare Measuring the quality of global healthcareDr. Ronald Johnson, the Chief Medical Officer of Satori World Medical suggests how employers and payors can make informed choices regarding international healthcare.
  • Medical tourism facilitators Why medical tourism needs facilitatorsFollowing our recent article on How can patients judge quality in medical tourism?, Caroline Ratner spoke to Mike Silford, who runs Perfect Profiles, the longest running facilitation company for dental tourism to Hungary about the important role of facilitators in medical tourism and their role in...
  • Europe European Directive on cross-border healthcare encounters oppositionAt a meeting of European health ministers last week, Spain gained the support of six other countries, including Greece, Poland and Lithuania to block the ratification of the draft European Directive on cross-border healthcare. Caroline Ratner of the IMTJ spoke to industry experts Dr Uwe Klein of...
  • The forgotten medical tourism destination The forgotten medical tourism destinationIan Youngman from IMTJ looks at on one of the world's leading destinations for medical travelers which seems to have been forgotten in the new world of medical tourism.
  • Europe An academic's view of medical tourismDr Neil Lunt, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy in Management at the University of York gave an academic perspective on medical tourism to Caroline Ratner of IMTJ about medical tourism at the recent medical tourism workshop at the Infection 2009 conference in Birmingham.
  • Certification How can patients judge quality in medical tourism?We hear much hype around the medical tourism world about quality. Every hospital, clinic, healthcare destination and medical tourism web site claims to offer the highest quality healthcare, often matched with a claim of low cost treatment. Some healthcare providers invest vast sums of money in...
  • Mauritius Investing in medical tourism in MauritiusCaroline Ratner spoke to Nitin Pandea, Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences Cluster at the Board of Investment, Invest Mauritius Global. Nitin Pandea talked to us about investment in Medical Tourism to Mauritius and the forthcoming BioHealth Mauritius 2009 which is being organised by the Board of...
  • Social media The importance of social media and the web in medical tourismIan Youngman from IMTJ considers the lessons that the medical tourism sector can learn from a recent survey of online behavior and use of social media.
  • Cooperation Health tourism A gateway to fraud and corruption?Caroline Ratner talked to Paul Vincke, President of the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network. The recent EHFCN Annual Conference in Edinburgh was themed on the subject of Health tourism A gateway to fraud and corruption?. Around 100 delegates from 16 countries representing Ministries...
  • ripple effect Medical tourism: The Resentment Factor and the Ripple EffectDr Constantine Constantinides suggest how health tourism development can act as a powerful agent of change and force for the general good, highlights the role of the Resentment Factor and the Ripple Effect in medical tourism.
  • Scales Medical tourism: Legal, decent, honest and truthful?Ian Youngman from IMTJ considers some of the questions raised by the growth of medical tourism, and how the medical, scientific, business and political communities in several countries have started to put medical tourism under the microscope.
  • Dec 4 2007 The opportunities for Korea in medical tourismSouth Korea is a country that has come late to the medical tourism game, but it may in the long term become one of the winners. Perhaps initially attracted by the inflated forecasts that are touted around the medical tourism industry by industry experts and commentators, Korea has however taken a...
  • Africa The changing face of medical tourism in AfricaLorraine Melvill, has been running Surgery & Safari, a South African medical tourism facilitator for over ten years. She talked to IMTJ about the changing face of African Medical Tourism and the importance of standardising Medical Tourism Associations and facilitators across the world.
  • Patients going abroad for dentistry Budapest: the dental capital of EuropeA recent visit to Budapest, the dental capital of Europe made me consider the perception of medical travel. Many people think that if you're travelling abroad for treatment because it is far cheaper, then the standard of services can in no way match what you would expect in your home market....
  • Medical Tourism Associations: Where do we go from here? Medical Tourism Associations: Where do we go from here?Caroline Ratner summarises the debate around last week's article on Who owns medical tourism? Reaction to the MTA v IMTA legal action
  • Debate Who owns medical tourism? Reaction to the MTA v IMTA legal actionCaroline Ratner from IMTJ looks at the recent legal dispute between the Medical Tourism Association www.medicaltourismassociation.com, the International Medical Travel Association www.intlmta.org and the International Medical Travel Association (Americas), industry reaction to the case and the...
  • Jan 12 2009 Practice makes perfect...a message for medical tourism providers and patientsIn the largest ever study of hospital mortality rates published in the UK,"death rates for emergency patients jump 6 per cent when newly qualified doctors start work. The Health Services Journal reports that "the traditional first day for NHS doctors is the first Wednesday in August. Researchers...
  • debate The need for free and open debate in the health tourism industryAn article by Dr Constantine Constantinides that highlights the need for free and open debate within the health tourism industry. Dr Constantinides expresses concerns about the quality of opinion and the resulting debates within the industry, and suggests that is time for the establishment of an...
  • Nov 11 2007 Transparency and fraud in health tourismOne of the criticisms of buying services via the web is that you cannot always be sure with whom you are actually dealing. This is especially true in the field of health and medical tourism.
  • Patients going abroad for dentistry Dental tourism...Let's work togetherThe Irish Dental Association is the most recent medical professionals body to publish a "survey" raising doubts about medical tourism. In a recent press release from the Irish Dental Association, they state that "3 out of every 4 Irish dentists are treating patients for problems arising from...
  • Dr. Michael Horowitz Building a successful medical tourism businessCaroline Ratner from IMTJ spoke to Dr. Michael Horowitz, a former cardiologist, who runs Medical Insights International a consulting firm with clients throughout the world advising medical tourism providers and facilitators on business strategies. Michael explains why a move into medical tourism...
  • MBA The need for an MBA in Medical TourismThe IMTJ spoke to Robert Gerl about the new MBA programme in health and medical tourism. Robert is the coordinator and co-founder of the European joint-educational MBA programme on health & medical tourism, cross-border healthcare & health destination management at the University of Applied...
  • Vivek Shukla Building brand loyalty in medical tourismAn article by Vivek Shukla, Healthcare Strategy & Business Development Consultant, on the importance of building brand loyalty in healthcare.
  • Ford Model T Medical tourism in denialDr Constantine Constantinides looks at supply and demand in the medical tourism industry and draws some lessons from the automotive industry. With the supply of medical tourism services exceeding patient demand, healthcare providers need to consider market segmentation, stratification and...
  • Hadi Malaeb Demand for medical tourism growing in the GulfHadi Malaeb, managing partner of Dubai-based Aura Events, the owner and organiser of the World Health Tourism Congress, explains why the demand for medical tourism is growing in the Gulf and how the region can cash in on this lucrative business
  • Leila Wilcox Meeting the need for travel insurance in the medical tourism marketCaroline Ratner from IMTJ spoke to Leila Wilcox, an award winning entrepreneur and co-founder of the Angelis Group, the first company to provide specific travel insurance cover for dental, cosmetic and medical treatment carried out abroad. The company is an example of how finding a gap in the...
  • Conference podium Medical tourism conferences: Competition hots upIan Youngman looks at the medical tourism conference and events sector, the competitive market for medical tourism speakers, and the introduction of restrictive speaker agreements in the sector. The article considers the implications for medical tourism speakers, provides reaction from eminent...
  • Zahid Hamid The quality of care circle in Health TourismThis article by Zahid Hamid of Euromedical Tours, a UK based medical travel facilitation business, looks into the stages in the health tourism process, how they dovetail into each other with primacy of care as the common strand, uniting the process and rendering it complete.
  • Nov 26 2007 Increase in IVF tourism in EuropeAt Treatment Abroad, we've seen increasing interest from IVF clinics abroad that are experiencing significant growth in patient numbers from the UK and other European countries.The latest report from the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology confirms an increase in IVF treatment...
  • Woman in wheelchair on a beach abroad Medical tourism and a medical city ...a lesson from historyBack in the mid 1990's, before someone, somewhere coined the term medical tourism, I was a UK Marketing Director with an American owned hospital company. We were big in medical tourism.... but in those days, it was known as the international patient business. One day, I got a call from a...
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