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Health tourism blog: 2010

The Health Tourism Blog is written by Keith Pollard, a regular speaker and commentator on medical tourism and the independent healthcare sector.  The Health Tourism Blog addresses some of the challenges and issues faced in the health tourism and medical travel sector, and provides suggestions on how both the industry and the individual participants can maximise the business opportunities that the marketplace presents. 

  • Is medical tourism safe? Is medical tourism safeHospital 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 profile of the population is changing. 10/12/2010
  • Predicting future demand for medical tourism Old lady with nurseHospital 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 profile of the population is changing. 10/11/2010
  • Comparing the costs of (accidental) medical tourism planeWhereas 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 falls ill when abroad. 06/10/2010
  • The slumbering giant of medical travel? receptionWhere 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 tourists) that it plans to remove the cap on the proportion of income that NHS hospitals can earn... 27/08/2010
  • Change in UK regulations may reduce infertility tourism infertility treatment in SpainOne 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 medical travel is self limiting. 24/08/2010
  • Medical tourism...lessons from the California gold rush Dec 14 2007In 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 of gold rose from $5 million in 1848 to $40 million in 1849 and $55 million in 1851. But there... 27/07/2010
  • Patient choice in medical tourism...Let's hear the patient's voice Jan 12 2009The recent Medical Tourism Climate Survey conducted by IMTJ for the European Medical Travel Conference 2010 provided an interesting insight into the current state of the industry and how people in the industry are thinking about medical tourism. The survey analysed the views of over 250 people involved in medical tourism from 55 countries. One particular question that drew my attention was one... 25/05/2010
  • Wales....... the latest medical tourism destination for US patients? Oct 2 2006A recent news story on CNN attracted my interest when it featured a US patient who travelled to Wales (in the United Kingdom) for sinus surgery to save money. It was headlined 'I can't afford surgery in the U.S.,' says bargain shopper. It's an interesting story which shows how the media can sometimes put a slant on a story to create news, but it does highlight some real opportunities for medical... 29/04/2010
  • The US healthcare reforms and medical tourism Mar 12 2009Caroline Ratner at IMTJ has just published a summary of US reaction to the Obama healthcare reforms from the medical tourism sector, so I suppose I had better throw my comments into the mix. First, let me stress that I am by no means the world expert on the US healthcare reforms! (Does one exist?) But I have been asked by the UK media recently to comment on the reforms and in particular to... 02/04/2010
  • New research paper provides insight into infertility tourism Infertility treatment in TurkeyA recent paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome highlights the growth of infertility tourism at a time when many medical tourism businesses are feeling the pinch of the recession. 01/04/2010
  • Medical tourism statistics: Comparing apples with apples .... Oct 22 2008At Treatment Abroad, we've recently completed some research into the medical tourism market for a third party. It's been an interesting exercise and has really made us question some of the statistics that are quoted (and that often become accepted truth) about the number of medical tourists and the value of the market. 12/03/2010
  • Light at the end of the medical tourism tunnel? Happy cosmetic surgery patient in TurkeyFollowing my outpourings on the Outlook for Medical Tourism in 2010, I am pleased to say that I've received some positive feedback (always a good thing.... I'll keep on blogging!). And some reassurance that I am not alone in my view of the medical tourism world. 02/02/2010
  • The outlook for medical tourism in 2010 planeBefore looking forward to 2010, let's look back and assess where medical tourism is now. So, was 2009 a good year for medical tourism? In 2009, we heard medical tourism experts across the world continue to talk up the potential for medical tourism without any sound basis in reality. It's in the interests of some within the industry to boost the profile of medical tourism and frankly to exaggerate... 14/01/2010
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Keith Pollard

Keith Pollard

I am CEO of Intuition Communication Ltd, a web publishing business in the healthcare sector. Our sites include International Medical Travel Journal, Treatment Abroad, the medical tourism portal, DoctorInternet, the Arabic medical tourism portal and Private Healthcare UK, the UK's leading site for private healthcare services. I am a regular speaker and commentator on medical tourism and the independent healthcare sector.