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Medical travel: Second Opinion

Dr Constantine Constantinides

Second Opinion is a regular IMTJ column written by Dr Constantine Constantinides who runs healthcare Cybernetics, a “think and do” tank that specializes in medical tourism (health travel) and healthcare consultancy and planning. He lives on the island of Samos in Greece.

 

 

 


  • Who are the leaders? Who are the leaders of Health Tourism Destinations?Dr Constantine Constantinides considers the destination leadership dilemma. What constitutes a health tourism destination? Who should speak on behalf of a destination? And who should make decisions? Is it a case of he who pays, speaks?
  • Russian Patient Do you have your eye on the Russian Patient?As medical tourism turns its' focus to the Russian patient, Dr Constantine Constantinides, in his Second Opinion column, highlights the attention given to this market. Do we have unrealistic expectations and how long will it last?
  • Mandating certification and accreditation for medical tourists… an ill-advised notion? Mandating certification and accreditation for medical touristsan ill-advised notion?Should governments try to establish healthcare and quality standards specifically for medical tourists? In his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics asks whether medical tourists should get special treatment?
  • Computer Fail Why Google Health failedIn his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics looks at why Google Health failedthe Electronic Health Record Death Trap and its implications for Medical Tourism
  • Greece The development of Greece as a health tourism destinationGreece has, until now, been one of the laggards in exploring the opportunities offered by the health tourism sector. The financial challenges faced by the country and the upheaval created by EU policy have been the focus. Constantine Constantinides explains how times are changing.
  • Luxury beach hotel Luxury in the context of medical tourismIs medical tourism... healthcare for the financially challenged? The sector is dominated by the concept of frugality and low cost. In his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics explores the concept of luxury medical travel.
  • Decreasing stacks of coins The bankruptcy of conventional medical tourismIn his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics proposes that we re-think our approach to medical tourism. Out with conventional thinking... and in with a more contemporary approach to medical tourism.
  • Stethescope and gavel The role of the state and governments in health tourism development and promotionIn his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics looks at the differences between the roles of the state and governments in developing health tourism and what they can contribute to establishing a health tourism destination.
  • Signs pointing in opposite directions The growth of cross-border healthcare: A self-defeating prophecy?In his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics points out the difference between have to and "want to medical travel and how have to medical travel is driven by inefficiencies in domestic healthcare systems.
  • Globe showing different directions The changing motivations and incentives for medical travelDr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics puts forward a contrary view on the future of medical travel. Economic recession does not provide a boost to medical tourism. In fact, we have seen the opposite happen. Have to medical travel has run its course. In future, consumers will...
  • Estonia - stethoscope on case of money Discovering Medical Tourism...in times of economic recession and dwindling fortunesIn his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics highlights the conflict between established players and new entrants within the evolving medical tourism sector. His message those who will survive and prosper are those who add value.
  • Dubai marina What are the goals and benefits of Health Tourism ''Free Zones''?In his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics looks at the growing interest in Healthcare Free Zones, how they may aid the development of medical tourism and what is needed to take them forward.
  • Great Ormond Street Harris International Patient Centre Treatment abroad... for childrenOnce a pediatric surgeon, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics looks at how medical tourism has developed within the field of children's healthcare and how the EU Directive may stimulate an increase in cross border healthcare for children.
  • Coin in ice cube The European Cross-border Healthcare Scheme...''On Ice''?Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics looks at the progress (or lack of progress!) with the EU Directive on Cross Border Healthcare. In the midst of a Euro crisis and economic recession, has the scheme just stalled? Or does the delay in implementation provide a welcome...
  • Research into medical tourism Estimating health tourism in the short term and the long termIn his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics looks at the tendency to overrate and underrate new ideas and concepts and how this is reflected in the health tourism sector.
  • Comparing destinations Medical tourism destinations and survivorship biasDr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics proposes that when it comes to medical tourism destinations and their future, past prominence is no guarantee of future eminence.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Young entrepreneurs Exploring and understanding the health tourism marketIn his Second Opinion column, Dr Constantine Constantinides from healthCare cybernetics provides advice to students, researchers and entrepreneurs about exploring and understanding the health tourism market.
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