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State of the Medical Tourism Industry

As the healthcare market broadens, the key players have a growing need to improve on the metrics that drive medical travel.

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Decades-long Pain from Post-Traumatic Arthritis Treated Successfully at the Paley Institute

The pain from arthritis could be extremely unbearable, with most days seeing patients finding it increasingly difficult to carry out everyday tasks.

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Does Zika still Influence Travel Choices for Women?

A few years after the Zika epidemic was stopped in its tracks, the ghost of it still lingers, influencing where we travel to for holidays or health tourism, especially for people who bore the brunt of its effects when it broke out - Women.

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Transplant Tourism: The Shadow World of Medicine

In what has been aptly described as “the shadow world of medicine,” transplant tourism poses great health and ethical burden, with attendant risks of severe infectious diseases and the dehumanizing nature of the act

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10 Essentials You Need to Pack for Your Medical Tourism Trip

Packing is a huge task and when you are traveling away from home for a medical procedure, it is recommended to pack with care. To avoid stress during immigration and security, remember to put every important thing in the baggage itself.

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GDPR Compliance and its Implications for Health Travel

GDPR is due to take effect and there have been many concerns and uncertainties as how much the EU regulation will get affected. The GDPR is a regulation that was approved by the EU after four years of strong deliberation.

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The Uberization of Healthcare

Healthcare is going Uber's way of providing user-centered medical treatment options which lower costs and save consumer's time. Technology companies are disrupting the scene in healthcare, telemedicine is about the new UBER in healthcare delivery.

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Optimizing Healthcare Infrastructure to Boost Medical Tourism

In this global medical tourism industry, to increase a country's stake in the market is the quality of healthcare infrastructure. The competition for international patients has heated on as governments, and private groups identifying essential markets.

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An Intimate Interview with Medical Tourism Association CEO Jonathan Edelheit

The Medical Tourism Association is the global trade association for medical tourism and travel.The association works with governments, hospitals, insurers and medical tourism players in over 100 countries.

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Interview with CEO Karen Timmons with Global Healthcare Accreditation

I have been fortunate to have had a long career. My previous roles as COO of The Joint Commission and President and CEO of Joint Commission International provided a strong foundation in understanding the need for input and feedback of multiple stakeholders in the development of standards.

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Get to Know Jai Verma and the Role of Cigna in Expanding Medical Tourism

Jonathan Edelheit sat with Cigna International's Jai Verma to discuss Cigna's B2G initiative, role in expanding medical tourism. He explained how governments and insurance companies can collaborate to improve the healthcare received by medical travelers.

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Genomics Across the Globe: What it Means for Medical Tourism

Genomic medicine contributed enormously to medical science in the field of oncology, pharmacology, infectious disease, and diagnosis. Genomics has paved a way for precision medicine, also called individualized medicine which saves huge money for patients.

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Agents of Change - GHAs Perspective on the Medical Travel Industry in 2018

The challenges to the healthcare industry from the perspective of the Global healthcare accreditation program offering some insights. Our surveyors, leadership team, and consultants traveled to many corners of the globe to engage with stakeholders.

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How B2G Health Services Advance Medical Travel - An Interview With Cignas Jai Verma

Jonathan Edelheit, Principal and Founder of Global healthcare Resources interviewed Cigna International's Jai Verma. They discussed Cigna's B2G initiatives, role in expanding medical tourism and how governments and insurance companies are collaborating.

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How AXA Sees The Future of Medical Tourism

Renée-Marie Stephano, CEO of Global Healthcare Resources sat down with Laurent Pochat Cottilloux, Global Head of Health for AXA. They talked about the global reinsurance market and how the market is changing, technology's role in developing future programs.

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What Does Cryptocurrency Mean for Medical Tourism?

Travelers and tourists are using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin as a form of payment for flights, hotel reservations, transportation. Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that operate independently of a central financial institution and encryption method.

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Nightlife Beaches and Birthing - Miami as a Birth Tourism Destination

Miami is consistently a popular destination for tourists, and with its exciting nightlife, beautiful beaches and fantastic weather. The definition of birth tourism involves travel to another country for the express purpose of giving birth there.

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5 New Year Resolutions to Supercharge Your Medical Travel Program

Whether it be eating healthier, getting in shape or dropping an unhealthy habit, one thing is for sure sticking to a resolution. lack of a clear goal, failing to plan, and not tracking progress are some common reasons for failed resolutions.

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4 Medical Tourism Trends to Watch

Medical tourism is a huge industry with a lot of potentials to grow by 25 percent every year for the next ten years or more. Foreign investment has grown significantly and it paved the way for private health cities to emerge as a perfect treatment spot.

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The Top 5 Reasons to Join the MTA Today

MTA helps you build a professional network, improve skills and knowledge, meet new people, professional association. The Medical Tourism Association is offering both a Certified Medical Tourism Professional and membership to the MTA for only $479.

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9 Benefits You Receive By Advancing Your Career This Weekend

You are a young professional just entering the job market looking for something to set you apart from your peers. The thoughts and concerns among working professionals are often the time revolve around their mind and they aren't alone getting these thoughts.

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Improving Patient Care in the Face of a National Nurse Shortage

Patient care is suffering due to the lack of nurses in hospital units, 46.8% of all nurses made a medication mistake owing to high pressure. It is advised to increase the nurse count and adjusting the workload in the emergency department to enhance safety.

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How Wearable Medical Devices are Transforming Healthcare

By connecting our senses to sensors, wearable technology has made a quantum leap, unlocking opportunities across multiple industries. Wearable healthcare technology is gaining widespread popularity, primarily owing to its ease of use and flexibility.‍

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Out of this World Medical Travel

One of the thrilling adventures would be a trip to space with Dr. James, CMO of the National Aeronautical & Space Administration. It was medical tourism, not space tourism and you might see that the two are intersecting.

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Population Health Management Strategies Challenges and Advice From Aetna International

Aetna International focus on population health management which involves helping governments and payers improve the infrastructure. It has projects around the world while having a strong focus on the MENA region.

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Self Funding & Medical Tourism: What Does One Have to do With the Other?

The World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) integrated with the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC). The purpose of this merger is to open up opportunities for both medical tourism professional and U.S. based employers.

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Cleveland Clinic on the Changing Landscape of Medical Tourism

Nizar Zein, Chairman of Global Patient Services at the Cleveland Clinic spoke at the World Medical Tourism Congress's Medical Summit. Dr. Zein told MTM, changes are driven by economic growth and due to economic indicators, people's destination will change.

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The Stem Cell - A Cautionary Tale on a Global Scale

Crafting an accurate narrative that makes sense of the nonsensical in the study of stem cells is one of medical's greatest goal. The understanding of the stem cell; their existence and their potential application is at the core of human desires.

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Global Healthcare Opportunities and Development in China - An Interview With Lisa Han

Lisa Han provides legal services for hospitals, governments, facilitators in the global healthcare space, and other legal issues. China recently started reforming its healthcare system with the goal of innovating China's healthcare space by 2020.

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Providing 5 Star Treatment - An Interview with Poliklinika Bagatin CEO Ognjen Bagatin

Europeans have a long history of traveling for health services both organically and through EU Cross Border Directive policies. While Americans traveling abroad for care is more recent owing to huge medical and surgery costs in the U.S.

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Bagatin Clinic The Gold Sponsor of the World Medical Tourism Congress in Los Angeles

This October, from the 2nd to the 4th, is for the 10th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) in Los Angeles. The WMTC is the most comprehensive international health conference and attracts participants from all over the world.

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Telehealth: Facilitating Essential Provider-to-Provider Communications for Mental Healthcare

The national alliance on mental illness and the national institute indicates that 1 in 5 Americans lives with mental health. Untreated mental illness costs approximately $100 billion in lost productivity each year.

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The Current (And Future) Medical Tourism Industry Landscape Pt.2

The growth of the industry and mounting consumer demand for international healthcare solutions and medical tourism professionals. Many factors influence medical tourism at both a macro and micro level, it is difficult to work in the industry.

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The Current (And Future) Medical Tourism Industry Landscape Pt.1

Patients come from a wide range of geographic regions, ethnicities, and socio-economic conditions and travel for various medications. By looking at the drivers of growth, as well as a snapshot of the industry, we can predict future trends for the industry.

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Everything You Need to Know About Employer Direct Contracting (Infographic)

Negotiating directly with businesses, hospitals receive a steady stream of patients and that reflects the future of the industry. Employers receive high-quality medical care at a very low cost.

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How Healthcare Facilities Can Prepare for Infectious Disease Outbreaks [Infographic]

Studies conducted in the aftermath of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the researchers concluded that there are three categories. Better compliance with International Health Regulations, Reforming the World Health Organization and improving research and knowledge sharing.‍

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The Importance of Empathy in Medical Travel

Healthcare providers are operating in a multicultural environment characterized by interactions with patients having different values. This reality across providers can lead to challenges in providing culturally competent and respectful care.

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Precision-Based Medicine Offers Hope to Brain Cancer Patients

Precision medicine is an approach to treatment which utilizes genetic variables to tailor treatment to a specific patient. Precision medicine recently received a stamp of approval from the U.S. government which approved the 21st Century Cures Act.

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What Seniors Need to Know Before Having Surgery Overseas

29% of Americans consider traveling abroad for medical procedures like bypass surgery, hip or knee replacement, plastic surgery. If you’re considering having surgery overseas, here’s what you need to know before you make up your mind.

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Western Union Business Solutions - Making International Payments Easy

Western Union Business Solutions allows medical facilities to provide patients with access to a simple, reliable solution. For medical facilities, this can also provide cost savings, streamlining of processes, transparency, and the ability to provide funds.

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Medical Tourism Magazine - The Best Way to Be Seen Read and Talked About

Our annual congress pulls in over 2,000 attendees every year and this year we’re already getting to standing room only capacity. Every year we hand out thousands of our flagship print publication that features topics on the industry, trends, case studies.

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Craniofacial Surgery Gives Medical Tourism in Istanbul a New Face

Turkish medical professionals to go abroad, gain new clinical experience at well-known hospitals mostly in the U.S. and Western Europe. These unique surgical methods enable a better healing process and improved outcomes and results, especially in children.

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Watch Stephen Shearer Explain the Basics of Improving the Patient Experience

The most important thing for me to get across to people regarding international patients having experience for international patients. From the moment that individual calls you on the phone, or texts you, that is someone you need to be working with!

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A Sand Bath in Merzouga - A New Treatment for Rheumatism and Neuromuscular Pain

A sand bath is natural therapy, mainly used as an analgesic treatment for chronic rheumatism and neuromuscular pain. The history dates back to the Pharaohs and the ancient Greeks who used it to treat the pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.‍

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Safety Precautions for Medical Tourists

Many ask like- Is medical tourism safe? The answer depends on how well prepared medical tourists are and the facilities they opt for. Medical tourism can be very safe, cost-effective and provide comparable care to hospitals in the United States.

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How to Deal With a Fear of Flying on Your First International Trip

Some people have a fear of flying and it's nothing to be ashamed of, all you need is to set your mind right before and during the flight. Know that this stress, fear and anxiety are all in your head, so you need to make your mind understand.

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Cross-Boarder Dispute: Discourage Litigation

MTFs engage in relationships with a variety of parties and clients seeking medical treatment outside their home countries. These contractual arrangements should be memorialized in a written agreement signed by the parties.

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NASA Medicine and your Health - Special to Medical Tourism Magazine: An Interview with Dr. James Polk

Healthcare and well-being are on the minds of everyone today, those looking to implement change the world and outside of it too. His career in medicine began as an emergency medicine technician or EMT and he diligently followed a path.

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Pre-Congress Issue 35: Medical Tourism Magazine

Medical Tourism Magazine is packed with articles on industry trends and the latest news in the global healthcare industry. The magazine features the Medical Tourism Association's partner publication Corporate Wellness Magazine.

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Hepatitis C Treatment in India : A Fraction of the Cost

India is recognized in the medical world as a destination to obtain quality care at much lower rates and high success rate. The cure for hepatitis C can be obtained in India for a fraction of the cost elsewhere boosting India's medical travel.

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Detecting and Preventing Measles

A virus that seems to have the occasional outbreak in the United States is measles which is caused by the Rubeola virus. It is spread by air droplets and is very contagious, there is a vaccine available for measles that helps prevent future sickness.

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5 Apps That Are Changing The Way Healthcare Industry Works

Technological innovations and mobile advancements are bringing about a major change between healthcare professionals and patients. Patients want faster answers to their healthcare queries and greater control over wellness programmes.

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The Zika Virus is Here to Stay

The WHO recently reported that the Zika virus is no longer a global health emergency, it will be termed as an ongoing threat. In addition to the recent declaration the warning that Zika still must still be considered very dangerous was emphasized.

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Powerful Women Leaders Changing the World

Women are powering through the workforce and taking the reins of global leadership like never before as many having key positions. This year has been a breakout year for many women leaders affecting change in foreign policy government economics health.

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Israel Makes Headway in Medical Tourism Legislation

Medical travel to Israel has seen significant growth and was recently ranked as the third most popular medical travel destination. the Tourism Minister is pleased by the vote and cites multiple reasons such as medical travel is a profitable export industry.

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Philippines as a Medical Tourism Destination

As per the MTA and the International Healthcare Research Center, the Philippines is ranked eighth among the top in the world. Philippines is seeing 80,000 to 250,000 medical tourists annually as patients come from Sri Lanka, East Asia, the Gulf States.

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Japan Turns Eye on Medical Tourism Before Olympics

The Japanese Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare will conduct a survey of the medical infrastructure to examine the system. The purpose is to improve Japan's medical services for foreign patients before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Some Workplace Stress Can Actually Be Good For You

As opposed to the earlier belief of stress being bad for you, new research showed that pressure could actually improve your health. Workers in stressful positions with no control they are more likely to take their workplace stress out in unhealthy ways.

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How Much Will Brexit Affect Travel?

Before and after Brexit there has been much debate surrounding the impact on the economy healthcare and tourism. After the vote for Brexit the pound depreciated and continues to trade at a very weak level by historical standards according to the WTTC.

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Hurricane Matthew and the Spread of Zika: A Likely Combination

Hurricane Matthew storm that destructed coastal towns throughout the Southern U.S. left damaged homes and power outage. According to officials from the CDC, the aftermath of the storm created an environment that is highly favorable for the spread of Zika.

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Funds from 2018 Winter Olympics Earmarked for Medical Tourism?

A major benefactor of funds earmarked for the 2018 Winter Olympics is the KTO benefitting from infrastructure expansion to tourism. In 2015, Korea attracted almost 3 million medical tourists from all over the world, but only roughly 1,000 were from India.

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Canadian Healthcare and Telehealth

One of the biggest misnomers about Canadian healthcare is that it is free but this is definitely not the actual case. Canadians pay a huge amount for healthcare through the tax system, an average of $11320 per year for public healthcare insurance.

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Abu Dhabi Establishing a Sustainable Healthcare Sector

Healthcare just got a little more costly as the insurance costs to local residents may leave them searching for ways to stay afloat. The change in coverage does not affect every Emirate and Expat only the Emiratis with the Thiqa plans.

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Why Medical Tourism Professionals Need to Speak with HR Professionals

HR professionals need to determine and fill holes in the staff, manage employee relations, health plans, and much more. Medical tourism is traveling beyond your home for medical treatment.

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Top Ten Tips for Coming to America : Conducting Business in the Nations Capital

For the U.S., D.C. is akin to political stamina and decisive opportunities that influence the world and its people. For international and U.S. based attendees to the 2016 Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, Washington is the place for conducting business.

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Medical Tourism: Where it Began and Where it is Now

The Mesopotamians are the people who originally established medical tourism on the planet as it all started in the third millennium. These days, the term medical tourism is taking a new revolution where people are traveling to other countries for treatment.

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Global Travel Tips From a Medical Travel Professional

Over the last 10 years, I have traveled to more than 30 countries and met thousands of people with different backgrounds, cultures. Whether for personal or professional purposes all travel includes some basic must-haves to ensure comforts and conveniences.

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The Future of Artificial Organ Transplants in Medical Tourism

The cost of artificial organ transplants, countries that focus on attracting medical tourists could greatly benefit. Analyst projections show Asia as the fastest-growing market for artificial organs and related surgeries and medications.

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CMTP Graduate on Why the Course is Essential to the Medical Tourism Industry

The CMTP certification provides healthcare professionals, travel agents, facilitators, insurance agents, and HR professionals. This knowledge provides designees with information that is unavailable to their company and essential to career development.

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Brexit's Effects on Medical Tourism: People Still Need Good Care

In a world of swiftly-changing politics and economics, people who battle life-threatening diseases competes with challenges.‍ Jason Girard relayed his thoughts how Brexit might affect the free commerce of the UK, including the promotion of medical tourism.‍

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Central European Countries- Attractive and Affordable for Medical Tourists

The Organization for OECD estimates that nearly 50 million patients travel abroad for medical treatment every year. According to the OECD analysis, by 2019 the global medical tourism market could achieve a turnover of more than $60 billion.

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Outbound Chinese Medical Tourism

Chinese citizens are leaving their homes in search of the best care available or for the care that they desperately need. A market information company found that nearly 483000 people traveled from China for medical tourism in 2015.

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Two Thumbs Up For Online Doctor Ratings

When you want to buy something, you go straight to the internet and look up the customer reviews regarding the product. Something similar is coming to healthcare as Cleveland Clinic began posting patient ratings of individual doctors on its website.

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Questions to Ask When Looking for Stem Cell Treatment

As the awareness and proliferation of stem cell is increasing, how can a smart consumer of medical care tell which is better? In this article, we have compiled a list of questions you should ask when out for shopping for care.

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The Global Healthcare Accreditation Program

The GHA is one of Global Healthcare Resources healthcare quality and business programs as it offers global medical travel. The program evaluates towards competencies that ensure a healthcare organization is monitoring its overall performance.

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Medical Tourism Index | Leading Industry Tool

The Medical Tourism Index is the standard-bearer for contemplating travel outside their country of origin for a medical procedure. Medical Tourism has increased significantly with the explosion of complex communication techniques and transportation technologies.

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IU Healths Medical Tourism Program: Clinical Expertise and Hoosier Hospitality

Indiana University Health has built a thriving program in treating cancer care and putting an emphasis on personalized services. The growth of the Indiana University Health program is notable in the competitive world of medical tourism.

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Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato - 50 Years of Healthcare Excellence

GSD is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of this year's World Medical Tourism and Global Health Congress. GSD is the premier provider of health services at all levels of care in all specialties for the Italian National Health System for the last fifteen years.

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Point A to Point B in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C., will serve as host to many business travelers from September to November apart from being Home to the President. Due to the pleasant weather and lack of traditional tourists, this time of year is noted as the best time to visit D.C.

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Dubai Gearing Up for Incoming Patients

Recently, Dubai transformed itself in order to attract world travelers, focusing on strengthening the Dubai healthcare system. The Ministry of Health is projecting that by 2020, more than one million medical tourists will visit Dubai each year.

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Becoming a Certified Medical Tourism Professional

15 years ago we started noticing international visitors coming to Puerto Rico to visit Sononuclear RP for PET CT scans. We were the first in the Caribbean to offer this technology making it accessible to patients without having to travel to the U.S.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine to Treat Cancer is Not Recommended Says Health Officials

According to the NIH, there is limited evidence to support the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). When it comes to patients choosing TCM over Western medicine for life-threatening conditions there is less debate and more agreement.

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Aging Well No Matter the Age or Country

Ageism is symptomatic of a nation that is in the throes of its own historical adolescence, a transient society. Youth, at any age, appears to be a desirable social currency juvenilization, characterized by the loss of cultural memory and losing our place.

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WMTC-2016 Boao China Opens the Door to East-West Collaboration

Co-organized by the MTA in partnership with the Hainan government and Beijing Great-Idea Business Resource Company Ltd. International hospitals at the conference had the opportunity to meet with top Chinese Facilitators.

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Healthcare Access for the World's Children

According to the WHO conditions such as preterm birth intrapartum-related complications and infections are the primary causes of death. For babies and children post neonatal to five years old the main causes of death are diarrhea malaria and pneumonia.

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Paraplegic Man Regains Use of Arms After Pioneering Stem Cell Therapy Clinical Trial

Typically spinal cord injury patients undergo surgery that stabilizes the spine but generally does little to restore motor or sensory function. While the subject of stem cell therapy clinical trial on the quantifiable benefits of stem cell research.

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: A Time of Remembrance Honor and Support

Each year, an estimated 175,000–250,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer, according to Childhood Cancer International. Cases of childhood cancer in developing countries may be substantially underreported, due to inadequate medical knowledge.

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Snowbirds Wonder How to Best Protect Themselves From the Zika Outbreak in Florida

As winter approaches, around 900,000 to one million northerners flock to Florida to escape the cold weather and cloudy skies. After Zika outbreak, these “snowbirds” are wondering if the risks of travelling to Florida outweigh the plummeting temperatures.

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Medical Tourism Task Force in Columbia MO

Patients from various parts of the U.S. are visiting Columbia, this makes Columbia the main medical tourism destination. After getting information from reputed organizations, Columbia became one of the main medical tourism destinations in the U.S.

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Congress Can Agree to Disagree: Zika Bill Defeated

As Florida is struggling to contain the spread of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause deliberating is busy bickering. Democrats cited the reason for blocking the bill was because Republican members sabotaged the legislation with the agenda.

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Everyone is Buzzing About a Zika Cure

Zika virus has become a global pandemic affecting 61 countries and leaving various birth defects and neurological disorders. Since finding zika cure through new medicine was entirely time taking, researchers focused on updating existing drugs.

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Inspiring Speakers at the World Medical Tourism Congress 2016

Everything is changing in the medical tourism industry, so what are you doing to expand the network and stay ahead of the competition? The medical tourism industry was valued at $100 billion with a growth rate of up to 25% year-over-year.

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Strategic Planning for Medical Tourism

The term strategic planning has become so popular that many healthcare entities now talk about doing strategic planning. Strategic planning is generally considered to place a greater emphasis on strategies while long-term emphasizes on the vision.

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New Research Could Have Helped Wake a Coma Patient

A team of doctors and researchers led by UCLA professor used a new device that emits ultrasounds to wake a coma patient. The technique, called low-intensity focused ultrasound pulsation, was created by a UCLA professor is small in size.

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New Law to Ban Foreigners from Seeking Indian Surrogacy Options

India, one of the go-to-destinations for foreign childless couples seeking out a surrogate, is banning with a Surrogacy Bill 2016. This regulation has been put in place will end the exploitation of women and to protect the rights of children.

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You Don't Want Just Anyone Performing Your Laboratory Tests

When your healthcare provider orders lab tests, are they performed and analyzed by licensed medical laboratory professionals? According to CLS and medical laboratory technicians (MLT) are licensed in just 12 states of the United States.

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