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Medical travel: Articles and features: 2010

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

 

  • Volcanic ash cloud The Volcanic Ash Cloud and its Impact on Medical TourismThe after effects of the volcanic ash cloud continue to disrupt travel throughout the world despite flights resuming. Caroline Ratner of the IMTJ spoke to a number of people involved in different aspects of medical tourism throughout Europe about how the volcanic ash has affected them and their...
  • Medical tourism forecast The outlook for medical tourism in 2010Keith Pollard from Treatment Abroad looks back at 2009, and shares his vision of where medical tourism is going in 2010. Reality bites in the medical tourism market.... boom or bust?.......regional healthcare versus global healthcare...competition hots up..... finding the recession proof niche.
  • Patients in waiting room Medical travel to India: IWHTA release their initial findingsCaroline Ratner spoke to Naresh Jadeja of the International Wellness and Healthcare Travel Association, a medical travel association based in the USA. We spoke to the IWHTA about its recently released initial findings of an ongoing survey and report conducted with Indian Healthcare facilities.
  • Eyelid surgery Medical tourism and the law: Could your clinic be sued in a UK court?A recent UK legal case has highlighted the risks faced by medical tourism businesses, hospitals and clinics. The case established the right of a UK patient to sue an overseas clinic in the UK courts. Caroline Ratner of IMTJ spoke to Laurence Vick of Michelmores, a UK law firm with a reputation for...
  • World First Managing exchange rates in a medical tourism business: Top 10 tips for the medical travel industryGraham Stanton, Manager of Corporate Sales at World First Foreign Exchange, shares his thoughts on how medical travel and medical tourism businesses can protect themselves against the vagaries of exchange rates. For international businesses working in multiple currencies, managing the foreign...
  • clean hospital mrsa The role of international hospital accreditation in medical tourismCaroline Ratner from IMTJ asked Brian Johnson, Chief Executive of the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHSI) and ACHS International (ACHSI) about international hospital accreditation and the work of the ACHS. IMTJ then talked to some senior healthcare management personnel from India,...
  • clean hospital mrsa The changing landscape of health care in the United States and its potential influence upon medical tourismDr. Bob Lee and Dr. David Groves from Bowling Green State University, Ohio and Dr. Julie Lengfelder from the University Of Toledo consider the changing landscape of health care in the United States and its potential influence upon medical tourism.
  • Challenge Four Challenges Facing the Emerging Medical Tourism IndustryMarc LeShay, President of Premiere Medical Travel Consulting, California looks at the main obstacles and challenges facing the medical tourism industry taxonomy, risk mitigation, brand awareness and industry cannibalism, drawing parallels between the budding medical tourism industry and the early...
  • Cross border healthcare UK announces new rules on cross border healthcare (medical tourism) in EuropeAmid the tumult of the announcement of a general election date, the UK government and the NHS have quietly announced a U-turn on their opposition to cross-border EU healthcare. The number of people travelling to Europe for treatment paid for by the NHS is low the NHS suggests 1,000 people travel...
  • Obama The Big Question: Will US healthcare reform be good or bad news for medical tourism?Caroline Ratner of the IMTJ asked a number of leading US medical tourism industry experts for their initial reactions to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which President Obama has driven through, and how US healthcare reform is likely to impact on the medical tourism industry.
  • Infertility tourism is on the rise Infertility tourism: a recession proof opportunity in medical tourismKeith Pollard from Treatment Abroad highlights the increasing trend in infertility tourism, looks at recent European research into the sector and some of the underlying drivers of this recession proof market.
  • Rules for online advertising New online advertising rules - implications for medical tourism marketingAs the online marketing sector matures, national bodies that control and monitor advertising in general are turning their attention to online advertising. Those who are advertising medical travel and medical tourism services in overseas markets need to be aware of local laws to avoid prosecution....
  • Agreement ready to be signed US Medical Tourism Association backtracks on non-compete clauseCaroline Ratner from IMTJ looks at recent developments at the US Medical Tourism Association and its response to criticism of the non-compete clause in its membership agreement.
  • EU EU Cross Border Healthcare Directive: An NHS perspectiveRob Dickman is UK Civil Servant who manages policy for the Department of Health on cross border healthcare for the EU and EEA (European Economic Area which includes Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway). Caroline Ratner spoke to him about his involvement in the EU Directive on Cross Border Healthcare.
  • Is medical tourism safe Is medical tourism safe?Hospital activity within the UK National Health Service provides a useful indicator of where future demand for medical tourism may lie. that an enormous amount of meaningful data can be captured about the state of the nation's health, about demand for health services and about how the health...
  • Beach - Surgery in Cyprus: Cosmetic surgery in Protaras, Cyprus Health Destination, Cyprus: London 22nd November 2010: Conference reportCaroline Ratner of IMTJ attended the recent Health Destination Cyprus event in London which promoted the developing role of Cyprus as a medical tourism destination. The annual Health Destination Cyprus event held in London on 22nd November, showed the continued commitment of Cyprus to developing...
  • Graph of medical tourism statistics The role of government incentives for health tourism and medical travelIn his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthcare Cybernetics gives his personal take on the role of the various incentives that governments are using to attract revenues from medical travel.
  • Research into medical tourism Do we actually know anything about medical tourism?Ian Youngman from IMTJ comments on a recent academic review of medical tourism, and asks whether we actually know anything about the real numbers involved in medical tourism.
  • Old lady with nurse Predicting future demand for medical tourismHospital activity within the UK National Health Service provides a useful indicator of where future demand for medical tourism may lie. that an enormous amount of meaningful data can be captured about the state of the nation's health, about demand for health services and about how the health...
  • Maturity Has the medical travel industry reached maturity?Scott Frankum from The Well Report and TheWellList.com believes health travel and medical tourism are reaching industry maturity. He proposes the concept of Alpha healthcare, a new industry term and applies Michael Porter's research on the Structural Analysis of Industries to show why market...
  • plane Comparing the costs of (accidental) medical tourismWhereas much of the attention in the medical travel sector is focused on medical tourism (i.e. where the primary reason for travel is some form of surgery or treatment), a more established and mature market sector is the provision of healthcare services for the tourist or business traveller who...
  • France is a top medical travel destination How trends in global travel will change medical tourismAlthough many people in the business dislike the term 'medical tourism', there is no getting away from the fact that it is a niche within the global tourism market. The latest international tourism figures show a global recovery in travel. Expecting medical tourism to grow as rapidly as it did...
  • Hospital corridor JCI and BUPA International join forces to assess hospital qualityCaroline Ratner of the IMTJ spoke to Dr Sneh Khemka, MBCHB MRCOPTH, Medical Director, of leading expatriate health insurer, BUPA International about the quality assurance programme which it has developed with the assistance of Joint Commission International (JCI), the international healthcare...
  • EU flags The EU Directive on Cross Border Healthcare: where are we now?Back in 2008, the European Commission adopted the proposal for a Directive on Cross Border Healthcare. Two years later, is it any closer to becoming a reality? IMTJ provides an update on the latest developments in the saga of the EU Directive.
  • A new global industry that appears out of nowhere... A new global industry that appeared out of nowhere...A new global industry that appeared out of nowhere, offers great advantages to consumers, generates countless articles, is the subject for many conferences, offers opportunities for new entrants, generates an industry of self-styled experts and consultants, is hyped as offering huge volumes and...
  • reception The slumbering giant of medical travel?Where do you think the international patients' centre shown above is? Singapore? Thailand? Malaysia? India? Korea? Read on to find out... This week's International Medical Travel Journal covers a recent announcement by the UK Department of Health (See: Liberated UK hospitals to attract medical...
  • Crystal ball Why do medical tourism businesses fail?In his Second Opinion column for IMTJ, Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics looks at the reasons why some businesses attracted to the medical tourism sector by forecasts of explosive growth have missed out on success, and how they have failed to understand the realities of the...
  • infertility treatment in Spain Change in UK regulations may reduce infertility tourismOne factor that can affect any aspect of medical travel and medical tourism is that the market sector can be a victim of its own success. Constantine Constantinides has highlighted this previously in his IMTJ article Medical Tourism and the West's Revenge, arguing that in effect the success of...
  • doctors IBMS: Certification of healthcare professionals in the global communityCaroline Ratner spoke to Dr David Kalin of the International Board of Medicine and Surgery. The IBMS is an organisation that certifies physicians, surgeons, dentists and other healthcare professionals in the global healthcare community.
  • Concerns raised over bacteria Medical travel accused of causing a threat to global healthcare: NDM-1 inferred antibiotic resistanceThe publication of a clinical paper in the Lancet, one of the UK's leading medical journals, has received widespread media coverage, raising concerns about the risks of medical travel, and the resulting threat to global healthcare. The paper, Emergence of a new antibiotic resistance mechanism in...
  • Let's abandon medical tourism! Let's abandon medical tourism!Keith Pollard from Treatment Abroad explains why the industry should abandon medical tourism. Is he serious? Yes. He even suggests that we should start a Campaign Against Medical Tourism. What is he on about? Read more....
  • Marketing of medical tourism destinations Who should be handling Destination Marketing for Health Tourism?Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics questions the role of international associations and non-profits in destination marketing for health tourism, highlights the conflict of interest that they face and comes up with his recommendations on the best solution for country destinations...
  • Dec 14 2007 Medical tourism...lessons from the California gold rushIn 1848, gold was discovered in California by John Sutter, a German immigrant. News of the find spread rapidly and thousands arrived in search of their fortune. Prospectors came from across the USA, from Hawaii, Mexico, Chile, Peru and China. The California gold rush had begun. California's output...
  • Hospital The top ten hospitals for medical tourism: Fact or fiction?This week saw the publication of the Top Top 10 World's Best Hospitals for medical tourists by the Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQA). It has raised some eyebrows in medical tourism circles and questions about the basis of selection and the motive for the initiative. IMTJ's Ian Youngman...
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