Author: Daniel Benzler
Hollywood, Florida| October 25, 2012 — On just the first day of the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMT & GHC), attendance was up and participants from over 90 countries have landed in the sunshine state. This global platform of professionals creates an atmosphere for success.
“I am having a great time at the Congress, this is the best way to promote medical tourism around the world, and there are so many opportunities to meet people from different countries and to learn about what they are best
at. The congress will provide us with more visibility, and so far through speaking with the MTA and different allies we have been able to establish a better position in the market,” said Dr. Alejandro Cambiaso Rathe, Director of the Preventive Health Department for Hospital General de la Plaza de la Salud in the Dominican Republic, and gold sponsor of the Congress.
The WMT & GHC is a four day event that hosts professionals from a variety of industries including; U.S. and international health insurance companies, employers, travel agents, government officials, hospitals, providers, Ministers of Health, Economy and Tourism and several others. The networking opportunities allow attendees to think outside of their comfort zone and to consider another option for sustainable practices for the future.
“This conference provides every opportunity for attendees to walk away with a new partnership or even new ideas for future growth,” said president of the Medical Tourism Association® (MTA) Renée-Marie Stephano in an interview this morning. “The MTA has focused its efforts to provide the maximum amount of networking opportunities; my hope is that attendees really take advantage of this,” she added.
The Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC), a U.S. healthcare conference, held at the same time and place as the WMT & GHC, will host professionals from the self-funding, voluntary benefits, corporate wellness, healthcare reform and global benefits industries. In past years, each conference has been one on their own, but this year the doors have been opened for attendees from each event in order to promote out of the box collaborations.
“With such a broad range of industries present, networking with the “right” people will require some creative thinking,” said Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Reform Magazine Jonathan Edelheit. “This could give a U.S. employer the chance to develop a partnership to start sending employees to a foreign hospital, which would increase the patient flow, brand the country and the employer could potentially save a substantial amount in healthcare costs,” he added.