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Medical travel: Articles and features: 2011

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.

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  • Business people in front of world map Going into the medical tourism business because...In his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics provides advice to potential medical tourism and entrepreneurs about entering and understanding the medical tourism market.
  • Empty hospital bed From a private medical tourism hospital to a UK public National Health Service hospital in eight easy years!Considering investing in a medical tourism venture? Planning the next healthcare city? Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it..... Professor Brian Hay from the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management, at Queen Margaret University, and Professor David Botterill from the...
  • EMTC 2014 Medical Tourism Association mis-spells Bumrungrad... and announces a 2 hour lunch meeting for 2014Bumrungrad Hospital in Thailand has now been affected by the MTA's domain registration activities. Potential patients are being redirected to the MTA web site through a spurious domain - www.brumrungrad.com. And MTA has announced a two hour lunch meeting..... the Employer Medical Tourism...
  • recovery Medical tourism: a continuing public health concern?Two New York academics consider some of the concerns raised in the USA over the development of medical tourism. They raise the question, Do the benefits of saving on costs in the short term out-weigh the risks associated with medical tourism in the long term?
  • Trends Medical tourism: Trends for 2012 and beyondChristmas is over, the New Year is upon us, so it's time to dust off the crystal ball and put forward our take on what's in store for medical tourism in 2012 and beyond. We've looked at the future of medical tourism from three perspectives the market, the patient and the industry.
  • Survey tick boxes Let's improve the image of medical tourism....Let's face it... we're in a business which has few fans and lots of critics whatever country you are in. Much of the coverage that medical tourism gets in the media is negative. It's about medical tourism gone wrong. As an industry we can combat bad news by creating good news stories about medical...
  • Customer survey Why the medical tourism industry must do better... much betterWhilst the medical tourism industry continues to sing its own praises and tell itself how great it is.... consumers are telling a different story. The 2011 Medical Tourism Survey being conducted by European Research Specialists on behalf of Treatment Abroad raises some concerns about the quality of...
  • Queue at airport Is UK outbound medical tourism recovering?Ian Youngman from IMTJ looks at some of the factors that may return outbound medical tourism to growth. Reductions in funding and failure to implement reforms within the NHS may lead to a resurgence in waiting times. Demand for dentistry, cosmetic surgery, bariatric surgery and infertility...
  • Pregnant woman abroad New research on why UK patients travel for infertility treatment abroadCross border fertility treatment is one of the fastest growing areas of medical travel but has often been the subject of controversy and media conjecture, Lorraine Culley, Professor of Social Science and Health at de Montfort University is the Principal Investigator for Transrep, an exploratory...
  • Cayman Islands Why what is happening in the Cayman Islands matters for medical tourismIn a global medical tourism industry which, taking into account the latest figures from various countries (and ignoring travellers who get sick, expatriates, and spa/wellness) is in the region of 5 million medical tourists, the Cayman Islands is miniscule and of no apparent importance. Even more so...
  • Empty hospital corridor Kolkata private hospital tragedy raises concerns about Indian medical tourismThe lapse in safety procedures at the AMRI private hospital in Kolkata, India, which led to the death of 94 patients and staff in a major fire in early December, is raising concerns about India's reputation for medical tourism.
  • Stack of papers What does healthcare reform mean to the US medical tourism market?Irving Stackpole, President of Stackpole & Associates, Inc., a market research, customer service and sales training, and marketing services firm looks at the likely implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reforms on the US medical tourism market. Good news....? Or bad?
  • Businessmen looking at laptop We need to talk about Kevin...This week I have been prompted to consider what's going on the wider world of blogging and online content... what blogging is about and why I write this blog.
  • Women celebrating on beach The top ten medical tourism destinations for 2012Ian Youngman from IMTJ tries to pick out his top ten medical tourism destinations for 2012. An easy task? How can he pick the top ten? By visitor numbers? By services on offer? By price? By quality and standards?
  • Keith Pollard at IHTC 2011 Turkey: The medical tourism destination that is bucking the trendKeith Pollard gives his view of the recent International Health Tourism Congress in Istanbul and the wealth of opportunities for Turkey in the health tourism market. In a difficult medical tourism market, Turkey is one destination that is making progress.
  • Pregnant woman abroad UK changes on egg and sperm donation may affect fertility tourism numbersWill the changes in the remuneration of egg and sperm donors in the UK affect the number of British couples that seek fertility treatment abroad? Increased payments will apply from mid-2012, bringing payment levels up to European levels (such as Spain and Denmark) and may help to solve the current...
  • Accreditation check list Healthcare standards and certification with a regional flavor: do we need them?In his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics questions the need for and motivation behind the development of regional standards, certification, and accreditation and wants to see more evidence-based support for some areas of health tourism.
  • Man in suit using laptop Protecting your brand on the internet...beware the brandjacker!The internet is a great place to market your medical tourism services but because it is difficult to police, it can be easy for a domain name speculator to hijack your brand. Businesses can find that having spent years developing and investing in a brand, one day along comes a domain name...
  • European monuments Can Europe lead the way in medical travel?Could Europe lead the world in medical travel? Could the EU Directive on Cross Border Healthcare provide the stimulus for the development of a medical travel infrastructure which will maximise the benefits to both patients and healthcare providers and remove the fear factor in medical tourism?
  • Medical tourism destination Is medical tourism on its own enough?In his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics suggests that destinations need to broaden their vision of health tourism if they want to create a sustainable business.
  • Women relaxing in a wellness spa Where do spas fit in the wellness tourism and medical tourism sector?Susie Ellis, board member of the Global Spa Summit, and president of SpaFinder, Inc., outlines the key findings of a new report on the Medical Tourism and Wellness Tourism Industries and explains how medical tourism and wellness tourism may be viewed as two different concepts.
  • Man using laptop for social media The F-Factor - How medical tourism may be behind the curve in social mediaIan Youngman looks at the F-Factor and its role in medical tourism. That's F for Friends, Fans and Followers. The influence of friends, fans, and followers on consumer purchasing decisions continues to become more sophisticated and thus more powerful. So how is medical tourism performing in the...
  • Cosmetic surgery patient and medical staff Cosmetic surgery gone wrong....Is cosmetic surgery tourism safe?A new survey of members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons highlights the concerns that American plastic surgeons have about cosmetic surgery abroad. It's a commonly recurring theme within the profession.
  • Foot treatment at spa resort The future of spa tourismAt the recent Global Spa Summit in Bali, Dr. László Puczkó of Xellum, presented a report "Health And Wellness Tourism", about the current state of the spa industry. Dr. László Puczkó is managing partner at Xellum and has been working in health related travel for over 15 years, on development...
  • Well known brands The importance of branding in medical tourismCaroline Ratner of the IMTJ talks to Ilan Geva about what branding means in medical tourism. Ilan runs Ilan Geva and Friends, a Chicago based branding consultancy with experience of working with some of the world's largest and best-known brands including McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Visa, and Ford...
  • Doctors using computer Google abandons plans for personal health recordsGoogle has announced that it plans to retire Google Health in January 2012. It's a blow to those in the medical tourism world who had grand plans for the global patient record and who were using the Google health record as the model or template for this.
  • Consumers taking action Believe what your customers do...not what they say!A recent article in Harvard Business Review, Four Simple Low Resolution Innovation Tests highlights the problem faced by anyone who is considering investment in the medical tourism business. How can you know whether people will actually buy your service i.e. whether patients will actually travel...
  • Customer service audit in medical tourism Secret shopping in medical tourism: Close the customer service gap, increase revenueElizabeth Ziemba, President of Medical Tourism Training, Inc looks at the role of the mystery shopper in medical tourism, and how a Customer Service Audit can show you what you're doing right.and what you're doing wrong.
  • Hospital accreditation The role of QHA Trent in international hospital accreditationQHA Trent provides independent, accreditation for hospitals and clinics throughout the world. This British-based healthcare company has a worldwide remit and works with hospitals and clinics to improve quality and reduce risk for patients, healthcare providers and the general public. Caroline...
  • Crowd at medical tourism conference Medical tourism: After the gold rushLast year, I blogged about Medical tourism...lessons from the California gold rush. It's taken me a while to write the postscript to this, but I finally got around to it last week when I spoke at the European Medical Travel Conference in Barcelona.
  • The medical tourism world is shrinking... Good news - the medical tourism world is shrinking!Ian Youngman from IMTJ explains how the world of medical tourism is shrinking and how this may actually be good news for the industry. The factors driving this shrinkage offer opportunities to those businesses who really grasp what is going on and want to ensure their long term success in the...
  • Assessing quality and accreditation in medical tourism The TEMOS approach to quality and accreditation in medical tourismCaroline Ratner of the IMTJ spoke to Dr. Claudia Mika, the Managing Director of TEMOS International. TEMOS officially launched last year and certifies the quality of the services and facilities at hospitals, clinics and dental clinics worldwide. TEMOS provides a neutral, professional assessment...
  • Comparing quality in medical tourism Comparing quality in medical tourismHow does a medical tourist make a valid comparison of a doctor, hospital or clinic in one country with a doctor, hospital or clinic in another? The simple answer is that he or she can't. And the truth is that it may never be the case (well not in my lifetime).
  • Health insurance paperwork Will health insurance providers adopt medical tourism?Ian Youngman from IMTJ looks at the relationship between health insurance and medical tourism and how this has failed to take off so far. Although progess has been very slow and there are few real examples of health insurers adopting medical tourism , neither side can afford to ignore the other.
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