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The Star Online

January 2016

Traveling for Medical Care — The Increasing Popularity of Medical Tourism

Malaysia is becoming a world medical hub yet Malaysians are seeking treatment abroad. Sunday Star talks to stakeholders about growing the domestic medical market. BEST Country in the World For Healthcare in International Living’s Global Retirement Index 2015. Medical Travel Destination of the Year 2015 in the International Medical Travel Journal. The 2015 Public-Private Partnership Medical Travel Destination of the Year at the 8th Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress. Guess which country won all these accolades? Would you believe, Malaysia? Not only do our hospitals and healthcare facilities meet international standards but they do so at rates cheap enough to have foreigners flocking here to use them. Malaysians, however, are going overseas for medical and aesthetic procedures.CLICK TO READ MORE


JDSUPRA Business Advisor

January 2016

Traveling for Medical Care — The Increasing Popularity of Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is the term used to describe the movement of patients across international borders in pursuit of medical care and treatment. While in the United States the term is usually associated with Americans leaving the country in search of low-cost treatments — particularly cosmetic surgery, dental care, fertility treatments, and heart surgery — the term also refers to international patients who travel to the United States for care. Generally speaking, international patients who travel to the United States seek access to medical procedures that are either not available in their countries of origin or have better patient outcomes in the United States.CLICK TO READ MORE


South Florida Business Journal

December 2015

How South Florida can become more competitive for medical travelers

South Florida’s hospitals are losing global business because they mainly focus on local competition, says Renee-Marie Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association. She told the Business Journal that South Florida can potentially have the strongest medical tourism market statewide, but hospitals have to buy into collective marketing efforts, rather than continuing to operate independently to attract travelers coming to South Florida for medical procedures.CLICK TO READ MORE


The Bulletin (Central Oregon)

December 2015

Former Bend hospital administrator launches medical tourism company

Kyle Johnson always wanted to be an entrepreneur and even won a local startup contest with a dental appointments app. He didn’t follow through on the idea, though, because striking out on his own was too scary. It was scarier than raising three children or doing three combat tours as a U.S. Marine, Johnson said. The former St. Charles Health System administrator finally mustered the courage last summer and in January will launch a medical tourism website, MedicalBnB. Johnson said the goal is to make traveling to a foreign country to save money on surgery or dentistry easier for consumers. “You start to create the global health network,” Johnson said. “Maybe that will put some downward pressure on the pricing in the U.S. I don’t know, but that’s what my hope is.”CLICK TO READ MORE


GerenciayNegocios.com

December 2015

Puerto Rico, más cerca de convertirse en potencia para el turismo médico

La Corporación de Turismo Médico de Puerto Rico ha logrado, en sólo 14 meses, implementar un plan estratégico que apunta a convertir a la Isla en una potencia del turismo médico. Prueba de ello es que ya cuentan con 28 proveedores de turismo médico certificados bajo los más altos estándares de calidad nivel internacional, tratamientos con destacados profesionales en las especialidades más requeridas, así como una página web que canaliza sus principales servicios sanitarios. En septiembre de 2014, Puerto Rico dio los primeros pasos para abrir su sector sanitario a pacientes internacionales que apreciasen la excelencia de sus tratamientos y los costes entre el 40% y el 60% más bajos que la media de Estados Unidos. Para desarrollar todo el potencial sus servicios médicos, la Isla ha hecho un impresionante esfuerzo para dotar con certificaciones de reconocimiento internacional a hospitales, clínicas y profesionales sanitarios.CLICK TO READ MORE


Caribbean News Digital

December 2015

República Dominicana se promocionará como destino de turismo de Salud

Un acuerdo interinstitucional para trabajar de manera conjunta en la promoción de República Dominicana como destino de turismo de salud e inversión, fue firmado por la Asociación Dominicana de Turismo de la Salud (ADTS) y el Cuerpo Consular Acreditado en la República Dominicana (CCARD). Alejandro cambiaso, presidente de la ADTS y la decana del Cuerpo Consular, Sonia Villanueva de Brouwer, suscribieron el documento que incluye la promoción conjunta de la “Guía de Turismo Médico y Bienestar de República Dominicana”, publicación de la Medical Tourism Association (MTA), que avala al país como destino de salud internacional.CLICK TO READ MORE


South Florida Business Journal

October 2015

Attracting the world’s medical tourists to South Florida

Medical tourists must be better understood before they can be drawn to South Florida. CLICK TO READ MORE


The Barbados Advocate

October 2015

Capitalise on medical tourism

Barbados should take advantage of the gains already being made in the area of medical tourism, while seeking to expand in this lucrative field. Only this week, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart suggested that the country may be looking to dig deeper into this million dollar industry, suggesting that it also possesses several advantages for the international business sector.CLICK TO READ MORE


Star Tribune

October 2015

Minnesota's one and only medical tourism broker

The list of Minnesota brokers who are certified to arrange international medical tourism is a short one. It’s Maria Maldonado. The owner of Trip4Care in Minneapolis, Maldonado specializes in sending people to Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia for surgeries, dental care and fertility treatments. Maldonado’s lonely position in the market reflects the struggles of medical tourism, despite predictions a decade ago that it would become a major alternative to America’s increasingly unaffordable health care. While procedures such as hip replacements still can be obtained cheaply in India, Thailand and other countries, that advantage has been eroded by federal changes that expanded health insurance to millions of Americans, and by large U.S. hospitals muscling into the business with their own domestic tourism services.CLICK TO READ MORE


Bahama Islands Info

October 2015

Medical tourism still growing under Obamacare

As the global medical tourism sector continues to experience phenomenal growth, Grand Bahama Island and more specifically, the City of Freeport is hoping to capitalise on this $100 billion industry. With the recent opening of the Okyanos Stem Cell Therapy facility on Grand Bahama, executives at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), believe that Freeport is well positioned to capture a portion of the Health Tourism market, especially considering our proximity to neighboring North America.CLICK TO READ MORE


The Bulletin

October 2015

Medical tourism still growing under Obamacare

A slew of dental offices and pharmacies line a block of shops selling metal lawn sculptures shaped like donkeys, and handcrafted red and white Mexican dresses popular with American tourists. Many visitors bypass the shops and head straight for the pharmacies and dentists strategically located just a few steps from the border crossing.CLICK TO READ MORE


Fierce Healthcare

October 2015

As inbound medical tourism picks up, concerns about overseas care remain

Medical tourism is increasingly becoming a two-way street. Americans aren't just seeking lower-cost health services abroad, but patients from all over the world are also more willing to travel overseas for top-notch, full-price U.S. healthcare. But opportunities and concerns surrounding the trend are attracting attention from industry leaders, investors and politicians.CLICK TO READ MORE


The Yucatan Times

October 2015

Yucatan present at the Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

The Government of the State of Yucatan participated as a Silver Sponsor with an important delegation to promote the state as a key destination in Latin America for patients from around the world and as an ideal venue for companies and corporations dedicated to the health industry. With more than 3,000 participants of which at least 200 were medical services buyers, the Orange County Convention Center became for two days the most important global platform to generate quotes and rapprochement with the strongest players in the medical tourism sector, that last year only, accounted for an income of more than three billion U.S. dollars for Mexico, which by the way, is in second place of the world ranking, only behind Thailand and even above the the U.S.CLICK TO READ MORE


Orlando Sentinel

October 2015

Orlando an emerging destination for medical tourism

Medical Tourism Association has recognized Orlando as the medical tourism Emerging Destination of the Year. “Top-notch healthcare in Orlando remains an important reason why many people -- including an ever-present and growing senior population -- buy homes, rentals and retirement properties and start businesses in the region,” said Renée-Marie Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association, in a news release.CLICK TO READ MORE


El Dia

October 2015

Rep. Dominicana lanza primera guía de destino de turismo de salud y bienestar de Latinoamérica

En el marco de la celebración del VIII Congreso Mundial de Turismo Médico de la Medical Tourism Association (MTA) fue puesta en circulación la primera guía de turismo de salud y bienestar de la República Dominicana, y a su vez de Latinoamérica. En el evento, celebrado del 27 al 30 de septiembre de 2015, en el Orange County Convention Center, por primera vez, los principales centros de salud de República Dominicana se unieron con el objetivo de posicionar al país a nivel internacional como el principal destino turístico médico y de inversión del Caribe.CLICK TO READ MORE


Parade

September 2015

Rep. Dominicana lanza primera guía de destino de turismo de salud y bienestar de Latinoamérica

When Julie Thiets heard that the Supreme Court had upheld the Affordable Care Act’s federal subsidies in the landmark case King v. Burwell this summer, she screamed with relief. “I felt like I’d won the lottery!” she says. The Decatur, Georgia, video services provider is just one of the roughly 8 million people nationwide who need the subsidies to buy health insurance through the insurance marketplace established by the 2010 health care law. “Without that insurance, my rheumatoid arthritis bills would have wiped us out,” she says. “My husband and I would have lost our business and our home.”CLICK TO READ MORE


Vally News Live

September 2015

Medical Tourism Hits Home For One Fargo Woman

Many travel across the ocean to explore, escape and take it easy. But there's another reason to travel, each year, more than 750,000 people living in the U.S., head to another country for medical care. Melissa Kava's family and friends from Fargo came to wish her the best after her surgery. "She's been to specialist, all over Canada, U.S. and Mexico and no one could help her," says Kava's Brother Michael Rognlien. She's battling blindness. She has 22% of her sight in one eye and completely blind in the other. They were refereed to a specialist in the United Kingdom and her family managed to send her there. The surgery will stop the deterioration but her family says she can't drive, work or focus on something for too long.CLICK TO READ MORE


Becker's Spine Review

September 2015

How the global healthcare economy will impact US providers: 5 key trends

The healthcare economy is turning into a global economy and providers in the United States are already competing with facilities in countries like India and Thailand for patients. Patients can travel overseas for services including orthopedic procedures and heart surgeries where costs are significantly lower than surgery in the United States and wait times are shorter. India and Thailand are leading destinations with local hospitals catering to medical tourists.CLICK TO READ MORE


Caribbean News

September 2015

Turismo de salud une grandes centros dominicanos

Cuatro grandes centros de salud en República Dominicana unieron sus fortalezas para ofrecer a pacientes extranjeros y nacionales que residen en el exterior sus principales servicios médicos, lo que permitirá posicionar al país como destino turístico médico en el Caribe.CLICK TO READ MORE


California Broker Magazine

September 2015

Medical Tourism Certification: Knowledge Insures a Difference

His heart was ticking. So, too, was his time. Pablo Concepcion had to find a hospital that would enable him to receive a desperately needed heart transplant. Anytime soon would do. The 58-year-old Miami resident driver didn’t want to wait any longer. He was a little worried that his deteriorating condition would not elevate him beyond the status of tens of patients like him waiting for the gift of life in the United States. So, Concepcion and his wife did what not many might do, but what government officials and healthcare interests in Puerto Rico hope many more may someday do: they boarded a plane from Florida for the island and a hospital that would perform heart transplant surgery.CLICK TO READ MORE


South Florida Business Journal

August 2015

How South Florida can become more competitive for medical travelers

South Florida’s hospitals are losing global business because they mainly focus on local competition, says Renee-Marie Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association. She told the Business Journal that South Florida can potentially have the strongest medical tourism market statewide, but hospitals have to buy into collective marketing efforts, rather than continuing to operate independently to attract travelers coming to South Florida for medical procedures.CLICK TO READ MORE


Entorno Inteligente

August 2015

Certifican hoteles en turismo médico

Los hoteles Caribe Hilton y Condado Plaza Hilton lograron certificarse en turismo médico en la categoría de hospederías, los primeros en la Isla, mientras autoridades públicas y privadas intensifican las gestiones para repuntar la industria en este segmento. Jonathan Edelheit, principal oficial ejecutivo de la Medical Tourism Association (MTA), cuya sede es en Florida, informó que ambas hospederías obtuvieron resultados satisfactorios para la certificación, mediante la Iniciativa de Servicios a Pacientes Internacionales y el Programa de Formación y Certificación de WellHotel.CLICK TO READ MORE


Market Watch

August 2015

Medical Tourism Association® Awards WellHotel™ Certification to First Enterprises in Puerto Rico

The hospitality industry in Puerto Rico took a significant step toward positioning the island as a prime destination for health and wellness travel when the Caribe Hilton and Condado Plaza Hilton were certified as a WellHotel™ after completing an intensive training and evaluation program offered through the Medical Tourism Association®, the Puerto Rico Medical Tourism Corporation and Medical Tourism Association® announced today.CLICK TO READ MORE


MPBN News

July 2015

Auburn Mill to Become Medical Facility for Chinese Tourists

A former shoe mill here is set to become a five-star medical tourism facility that caters to wealthy Chinese. The plan was announced Friday morning at a press conference in which a Chinese investment company, Central Maine Medical Center and city and state officials heralded what they call a unique opportunity.CLICK TO READ MORE


Bavaro News

July 2015

UNIBE Busca capacitar especialistas en turismo de salud

Para dar a conocer los planes y la oferta que tiene el país en cuanto al tema, realizaron la video conferencia con Cristina Cardona, ejecutiva de la Medical Tourism Association (MTA), o Asociación de Turismo Medico. La actividad se realizó el pasado 16 de julio y fue transmitida de manera simultánea en UNIBE Santo Domingo y en UNIBE Recinto Cap Cana, contando con la presencia de importantes personalidades del sector salud, así como hoteleros, representantes de agencias de viaje, aseguradoras y profesionales de industria complementaria relacionadas al turismo de salud. CLICK TO READ MORE


Orlando Business Journal

July 2015

Medical tourism: Orlando’s emerging attraction

Orlando has another attraction that has its own set of stories and memories worth boasting about. Medical tourism is not usually mentioned in the same breath as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios or sunny beaches, but it should and could very well be someday. CLICK TO READ MORE


News Channel 3 - West Michigan CBS

July 2015

Special Report: Operation Vacation

According to the CDC, around 750,000 people in the U.S. travel abroad for care each year. Newschannel 3's Jessica Harthorn talked to a nurse from Portage, who went to Tijuana, Mexico for a surgery that changed her life. It's called "medical tourism," a fancy name for traveling to another country for medical care. Advocates say patients can save up to 70 percent, when signing up for everything from plastic surgery to heart surgery. CLICK TO READ MORE


Middle Market Growth

July 2015

Traveling for Treatment

Transparency and access to information are essential for good decision-making by consumers, yet the health care industry remains opaque in many ways. For some patients, seeking care outside their local markets may lead to better outcomes at a lower cost. To pursue such care, however, they need to know the options available, as well as the price and level of quality, all of which can be difficult to assess. The Medical Tourism Association formed in 2007 to make that information more readily ccessible to patients - whether they're Americans seeking care in a different U.S. region or outside the country, or foreign nationals traveling to the United States for care as well as to other stakeholders, including health care providers, employer and insurance companies. CLICK TO READ MORE


Terra

July 2015

Argentina, uno de los destinos más buscados para el "turismo médico"

La Argentina es uno de los destinos más buscados de la región para el turismo médico gracias a ventajas competitivas del país, su excelencia profesional y su variada oferta turística. En el marco del acuerdo firmado entre OSDE y el Ministerio de Turismo para desarrollar la actividad en el país, las principales autoridades del turismo médico mundial, reunidos en la Medical Tourism Association (ATM), se reunirán en Mendoza el 14 de julio próximo. CLICK TO READ MORE


Politica Digital

July 2015

Cumbre mundial de turismo médico en Mendoza

Será durante una jornada abierta al público organizada por OSDE. Abordará temas vinculados al envejecimiento poblacional, las enfermedades como consecuencia de las migraciones, el cambio climático y preservación de la naturaleza. En el marco de un acuerdo firmado entre OSDE y el Ministerio de Turismo de la Nación para fomentar y desarrollar la actividad en el país, las principales autoridades del Turismo Médico mundial -reunidos en la Medical Tourism Association (ATM)-, se darán cita en Mendoza para participar del 3° Encuentro de Integración Regional Turismo – Salud. CLICK TO READ MORE


El Tiemp Latino

June 2015

Empresas internacionales del campo médico se interesan en explorar oportunidades de negocio en Puerto Rico.

Más de 30 empresas de servicios de salud de Estados Unidos, Latinoamérica y Canadá, interesadas en explorar oportunidades de negocio en el mercado del turismo médico en la Isla junto a cientos de empresarios del sector médico y proveedores de salud locales participaron del primer foro de turismo médico en Puerto Rico, el Caribe Health Summit. CLICK TO READ MORE


Caribbean Business

June 2015

Nueterra Global Alliance chosen as Puerto Rico medical-tourism ‘facilitator’

With the Caribe Health Summit scheduled to begin Thursday in San Juan, focusing on Puerto Rico as a medical-tourism destination, Medical Tourism magazine is highlighting the island’s quality healthcare and “personal touch” in its most recent issue. CLICK TO READ MORE


Bloomberg Business

June 2015

Patients Get Extreme to Obtain Hepatitis Drug That's 1% the Cost Outside U.S.

This is how far one Express Scripts Holding Co. executive was willing to go to secure inexpensive versions of Gilead Sciences Inc.’s hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, unavailable to U.S. consumers under federal drug import and patent laws. His plan: Dock a cruise ship flying an Indian flag off the coast of Miami. Stock the ship with versions of Sovaldi sold in India for $83,000 less than the U.S. retail price for 12 weeks of treatment. Ferry U.S. patients to the boat and send them home with the potentially life-saving medicines at a huge discount. CLICK TO READ MORE


Middle East Health Magazine

May 2015

US hospitals forge close ties with Middle East

New prosthetic limbs are definitely on the cards for a pair of Gaza twins born with dysfunctional limbs, but that’s for the nottoo- distant future when they grow older. Just taking their first steps a few years ago, was a miracle in itself. Itaf Shallouf’s daughters, Lamise and Rimas, suffered from a type of congenital deficiency that left them without the tibia bones in their lower legs, and it was feared they would never stand. But today the Shallouf girls are walking, albeit gingerly, thanks to a medical tourism experience that took them from the Middle East to the United States for a series of surgeries and prosthetic fittings at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Los Angeles. CLICK TO READ MORE


Gulf Business

May 2015

Revealed: Top 10 Medical Tourism Destinations In The World

Dubai is currently ranked 17 out of 25 countries in terms of its attractiveness as a global medical tourism hub, according to a new index. The Medical Tourism Index (MTI), developed by the International Healthcare Research Centre and Medical Tourism Association, measured the attractiveness of a destination or a country based on three key dimensions including its environment, medical tourism industry, facility and service, along with 34 underlying indicators. CLICK TO READ MORE


South FLorida Caribbean News

May 2015

Medical Tourism: The Next Frontier in Jamaican Hospitality

Renee Marie Stephano, Founder and President of the Medical Tourism Association shared her perspectives at the “Managing Jamaica’s Economic Future” session at JAMPRO’s Jamaica Investment Forum 2015. Medical Tourism, which represents an approximately US$100 billion market, is expected to become one of Jamaica’s leading areas for international investment as demand increases in developed countries. The expansion of this industry will form a critical part of Jamaica’s strategy for economic growth. CLICK TO READ MORE


WFSU

April 2015

A Disruptive Practice: Lawmakers Consider Direct Payments To Primary Care Doctors

Plans to fund marketing efforts promoting medical tourism had been languishing, but are getting a boost due to their attachment to the direct primary care proposal. The combined proposal is generating bipartisan support as they move through the legislative process. CLICK TO READ MORE


Dominican Today

March 2015

Dominican Republic looks to bolster health tourism

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD) on Friday announced support for the Dominican Health Tourism Association’s (ADTS) 1st Forum, which aims to position the country as a health destination and explore investment and financing options in that sector. CLICK TO READ MORE


HCPLive

March 2015

Surgical Centers Are Quickly Becoming the Hot New Travel Destination

Some US health insurers have initiated medical tourism programs for members who enrolled self-funded health plans. Their rationale is that despite airfare and accommodations, savings can be large. CLICK TO READ MORE


The New York Times

February 2015

Americans May See Appeal of Medical Tourism in Cuba

HAVANA - Anuja Agrawal jumped on the phone. President Obama had just announced that he would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba - and Ms. Agrawal, who runs a medical tourism company in Orlando, Fla., did not want to miss her opening. She reached a health care administrator in Cuba, agreeing to move ahead with a deal that they had been discussing for months in the hope that American patients could soon start traveling to the island for medical treatment. CLICK TO READ MORE


Tulsa World

February 2015

John R. Graham: How medical tourism could save us all money

One of the most under-reported medical success stories in recent years has been the increase in medical tourism: traveling abroad to get high-quality care at a fraction of what it would cost in the United States. CLICK TO READ MORE


The Washington Post

February 2015

How domestic medical tourism could save us all money

One of the most under-reported medical success stories in recent years has been the increase in medical tourism: traveling abroad to get high-quality care at a fraction of what it would cost in the United States. While going overseas for care isn’t for most people, it certainly should make us wonder why we don’t encourage Americans, especially Medicare recipients whose bills are largely paid by taxpayers, to at least shop around in their own states or communities. CLICK TO READ MORE


Yucatán Ahora

January 2015

Inician planes para aprovechar turismo médico

Debido a Yucatán es punta de lanza en servicio médico privado, empresarios locales y estadounidenses trabajarán de manera conjunta para establecer estrategias de desarrollo para aprovechar el turismo médico. CLICK TO READ MORE


WPTV - West Palm Beach

January 2015

Inbound Medical Tourism from Bosnia | St Mary's Medical Center - West Palm Beach

People already flock to Florida for the warm weather and beautiful beaches, but now lawmakers want to allure tourist to visit the state for another reason. News Channel 5's Jamel Lanee' shows us why medical tourism will be at the top of the list during the next legislative session. CLICK TO READ MORE

Local Floridian Travels to Costa Rica for Dental Tourism

Some Americans, like Melissa Freihofer, feel their dollar will go a long ways overseas. As a surprise for her birthday her friends & family put together funds to treat her on a much deserved trip to Costa Rica. Melissa will get her teeth fixed at Meza Dental, located in Costa Rica a country popular with American tourists, known for it's beauty, but also for its dentists. Melissa will be rejuvenating her smile through two sessions that will replace her teeth with a full set of implants totaling $22,000 including travel and accommodations; at a fraction of the cost for the same treatment in the states. CLICK TO READ MORE


The Street

January 2015

Medical tourism might be just the ticket

Even with a good health plan, saving money on medical expenses can be tough. Deductibles, co-insurance and copays add up quickly. And elective procedures may not be covered at all. Note that open enrollment for individual and family plans ends on Feb. 15. Here are essential facts to know if you're buying a health plan. But here's one way to beat your health insurance and get that needed dental work or bariatric surgery: Go abroad. CLICK TO READ MORE


Associations NOW

December 2014

What The Doctor Ordered: Rest & Relaxation

Increasingly, patients are opting to combine serious medical procedures (and their long recoveries) with vacations. There’s even a term for it: medical tourism. And one trade group is working to stay out in front of this growing industry. CLICK TO READ MORE


The Guardian

December 2014

US states vie to lure medical tourists seeking healthcare alongside vacations

Cynthia Losen couldn’t find a surgeon near her suburban Virginia home who could ease her debilitating pain from lymphedema, a condition stemming from lymph node removal in cancer surgery. So, after shopping around for doctors, she decided to seek treatment at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, a hospital she trusted that took her insurance.CLICK TO READ MORE


Business Traveller

December 2014

Bill of Health

Unless you’re on a comprehensive insurance plan, health care can be either horrifically expensive or require excruciatingly long waiting times under national systems. “Medical tourism” – travelling across international borders for health care – has emerged in recent years as a cheaper, viable alternative for those looking to take their health into their own hands, with Asian nations leading the charge. CLICK TO READ MORE


Sky Delta Magazine

December 2014

A Medical Tourism Checklist

Before you make a firm decision to pack a suitcase and head off to some far-away hospital for a medical procedure, Jonathan Edelheit, CEO of the West Palm Beach, Florida-based Medical Tourism Association advises asking these questions first... CLICK TO READ MORE


YNetNews.com

December 2014

Israel a world leader in medical tourism

Medical Tourism Index ranks Israel alongside Canada and UK as one of most attractive destinations for medical travel in 2014. Industry generates more than NIS 1 billion a year in income. CLICK TO READ MORE


Global Health and Travel

December 2014

Commercial Surrogacy In Thailand: In Limbo

In August, media reports of an Australian couple who allegedly abandoned their child born with down syndrome through a Thai surrogate mother shed light on Thailand’s lax regulations regarding commercial surrogacy, prompting the country’s newly empowered military government to take action. CLICK TO READ MORE


The Gulf Today

November 2014

UAE ranked 16th as medical tourist destination, can potentially reach 5th

The UAE ranked 16th as a preferred destination for Medical Tourism, and has the potential to be in the top five, say experts. Renee Marie-Stephano, the president of the Medical Tourism Association, said there may be new demands for trends in treatments and destinations in medical travel. However there are untapped niche target market opportunities within medical tourism. CLICK TO READ MORE


Caribbean Business

November 2014

PR medical tourism push shaping up

The Puerto Rico government is launching a training and certification program for service providers as part of a renewed push to develop the island’s medical tourism industry. CLICK TO READ MORE


Providence Journal

November 2014

Joseph M. McNamara: Healing patients, helping R.I. economy

The Rhode Island Medical Technology Innovation Act, which I sponsored in the House of Representatives, was developed to address regulations that presented impediments to providing good health care services to state residents. The new law corrects previous delays in responding to a new business entering Rhode Island and eliminates a major roadblock to firms involved in new, evolving kinds of health-care services from coming to Rhode Island. CLICK TO READ MORE


Washington Business Journal

October 2014

The White House. The Washington Monument. Surgery? D.C. officials plan to launch new medical tourism program

D.C. officials plan to launch a new global medical tourism initiative, one highlighting hospitals alongside monuments and hotels, in a bid to attract visitors and get a cut of a $15 billion industry. CLICK TO READ MORE


Health Law Gurus

October 2014

No Kidding: Overseas Medical Tourism Is Well Worth Trip

Surgery was on his bucket list, but Bruce Ryan didn’t want to wait until he retired to repair his debilitating and painful rotator cuff injury. The 59-year-old construction manager could have traveled the six hours to Stanford Medical Center – considered one of the top facilities in the United States. He had other reservations, instead. CLICK TO READ MORE


Start-Up Israel

October 2014

Israel ranks high as a medical tourism destination

Israel ranks as one of the world’s best places for foreigners to get medical care, according to an authoritative annual report. The Medical Tourism Index (MTI) ranks Israel highest in a survey of 25 of the most popular destinations for medical tourism for care, services, and best patient experiences and third overall as the best place for non-Israelis to get medical care. CLICK TO READ MORE


Jamaica Observer

October 2014

Planned hospital should raise country's rep in medical tourism

The planned tourist hospital and related infrastructure should raise Jamaica's reputation as a medical tourism destination and hike foreign currency earnings, according to the US-based Medical Tourism Association. CLICK TO READ MORE


CBS Money Watch

October 2014

Book a flight -- and a hospital room

"Health care is focused on the super-specialization of services," Renee-Marie Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association, said during a recent conference on the issue. "Patients are no longer looking to go to general hospitals if they have a specialized condition." CLICK TO READ MORE


South Florida Business Journal

October 2014

Medical tourism: The next big trend in Florida health care

Patients who travel to find higher-quality or less expensive care are driving the future of the Florida health care industry, experts said Tuesday at the BioFlorida annual conference in Fort Lauderdale. The trend is called medical tourism, and Florida can jump aboard by providing specialized care that patients can’t find in any other part of the world, said Renee-Marie Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association. CLICK TO READ MORE


TR Weekly

September 2014

Singapore on top medical tourism list

Singapore gained an overall 4th place in the latest medical tourism ranking, the only Asian destination to reach the top five placements in a study of 25 nations, worldwide. Canada topped the overall medical tourism ranking with a score of 76.87 followed by the UK 74.85, Israel 74.17, Singapore 73.96 and Costa Rica 72.78, the International Healthcare Research Centre announced today. CLICK TO READ MORE


Caribseek News

September 2014

Puerto Rico Wants To Be ‘Medical Tourism Powerhouse’

The Government of Puerto Rico took an important step Tuesday in its efforts to become a medical tourism powerhouse in the Caribbean and Latin America when the Department of Economic Development and Commerce signed an agreement with the Medical Tourism Association to have the MTA provide educational training aimed at obtaining certifications for service providers in Puerto Rico. CLICK TO READ MORE


CBS - WUSA 9

September 2014

Camel walks through Gaylord National Resort

The camel was there as part of Medical Silk Road, an Health Summit of the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress. He or she was showcasing mobile health technology. CLICK TO READ MORE


News Is My Business.com

September  2014

Puerto Rico partners with Medical Tourism Association

A collaboration between Puerto Rico and the U.S.-based Medical Tourism Association is the opening salvo in the island’s newly announced strategy to develop medical tourism as a vital economic sector.
The stateside group has been contracted to certify professionals and facilities involved in the island’s medical tourism industry, Francisco Bonet, executive director of the Puerto Rico Medical Tourism Corp., told News Is My Business. CLICK TO READ MORE


European CEO

September 2014

Europe benefits from healthcare tourism

Medical tourists from the US and beyond are revolutionising European healthcare markets, say President of the MTA Renée-Marie Stephano, and Executive Vice President of Dünyagöz Hospital Selin Yildirim Nestled in the heart of California’s Redwood region along the Pacific coast, Blue Lake Casino and Hotel is the kind of place people go to get away from it all. Bruce Ryan couldn’t wait to get away either. CLICK TO READ MORE


California Broker Magazine

August 2014

How Medical Tourism Has Been Boosted

In today's climate, it's not always easy to find a good doctor or an appropriate and affordable medical procedure. The federal health insurance exchanges, which have reduced patient options event further, haven't helped matters. A growing number of Americans and employers are seeking creative paths to inexpensive and first-rate healthcare. What they have found is not always available at their doorsteps but many miles away. CLICK TO READ MORE


Reuters

August 2014

International Luxury Hotel Association Conference Focuses on Millennials - Next Generation of Guests

In an age in which stylish accommodations – mixing leisure and wellness with corporate travel -- might not be enough to service the world's wealthiest and most demanding clientele, elite hoteliers from around the world and those who desire a place among them will commence competition to attract the next generation of guests at "Fast Forward 2020" Sept. 22-23, 2014, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, near Washington, D.C., the International Luxury Hotel Association, the conference's coordinator announced today. CLICK TO READ MORE


Santa Fe Local News

August  2014

Foreign patients boost Houston’s medical economy

Mexican businessman Juan Payan and his wife, Martha, arrived in Houston almost three months ago and have accrued about $300,000 in expenses to ensure they have the best Houston has to offer.“Health doesn’t have a price,” Payan said through interpreter Javier Paredes, the patient liaison assigned to assist him. The Texas Medical Center is becoming more focused on patients like Payan and the estimated 20,000 other foreign visitors who travel to Houston annually for medical care. It’s part of a renewed effort to capture a bigger share of the multibillion-dollar global medical tourism industry. CLICK TO READ MORE


Luxury Hoteliers Magazine

August  2014

Wellness Tourism Takes Off in Luxury Markets

Think of luxury travel and thoughts of fancy yachts, exotic island hideaways or posh resorts immediately come to mind. Continue to follow the truly affluent, who only desire to eat, drink, and be merry while pampering in lavish surroundings. While this may be accurate perception of some in this rarified camp, painting all well-to-do with the same gilded brush is inaccurate. That’s because a growing number of luxury travelers opt for holistic-based travel experiences that cater to mind, body and spirit. CLICK TO READ MORE


South China Morning Post

August  2014

Treatments on the fly: Asia a top destination for medical tourism

When Hong Kong resident Brett Hinds chose to have an eye operation in Thailand last year, he wasn't only motivated by the cheaper cost of the surgery. The treatment, called ReLEx, was a form of laser surgery unavailable in Hong Kong at the time. "Quality and trust in the service provider influenced my decision - cost was a factor but not the biggest one," says Hinds, who declined to give his real name. CLICK TO READ MORE


China Daily

August  2014

US firm invests in Chinese medical tourism provider

Only a few Chinese companies provide medical tourism overseas. Saint Lucia has signed agreements with top hospitals in the US, United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea and Singapore. The company has already worked with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in the US, and Wellington and Royal Brompton Hospitals in the UK. CLICK TO READ MORE


Houston Chronical

August  2014

International patients boost Houston's medical economy

Mexican businessman Juan Payan and his wife, Martha, arrived in Houston almost three months ago and have accrued about $300,000 in expenses to ensure they have the best Houston has to offer. CLICK TO READ MORE


CBS San Francisco

July  2014

Medical Tourism: Pièce de Résistance for Self-Funding U.S. Employers

U.S. employers and their employees are feeling the pain of rising healthcare costs and complicated provisions surrounding the Affordable Care Act. Jack Norton, a human resources manager at Blue Lake Rancheria, heard a cry loud and clear, saving $12,000 in healthcare expenses for his employee in the process. CLICK TO READ MORE


Free Health Payer

July  2014

Medical tourism gains popularity with health insurers

Cost challenges under healthcare reform have caused major U.S. health insurers to jump onto the medical tourism trend. Some uninsured or underinsured Americans already travel overseas for bargain priced elective procedures and treatments. Now UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint and Humana are looking to curb expenses by encouraging their members to receive medical tourism procedures abroad through cross-border plans, Medical Tourism Magazine reported. CLICK TO READ MORE


Vitals Blog

July  2014

7 Reasons To Consider Medical Tourism

Surgery, healthcare, dental treatment and medications are often cheaper in other countries – much cheaper. Consider that a hip replacement costs about $40,000 on average in the U.S. The same procedure costs only $7,780 in Spain. In fact, the Medical Tourism Association says that most patients save 90% of the cost by traveling abroad. CLICK TO READ MORE


The Washington Times

March  2014

Medical tourism plan studied by lawmakers

Alongside Walt Disney World, Kennedy Space Center, South Beach and the Florida Keys, Sen. Aaron Bean wants to give visitors another reason to come to the state: to get some doctoring. Bean has proposed legislation to require Visit Florida, the public–private partnership charged with attracting tourism to the state, to market Florida as a health care destination.  CLICK TO READ MORE


NBC Bay Area - The Investigative Report

March  2014

US Insurance Companies Expanding Medical Tourism Coverage

Once considered a fringe option reserved for the most desperate patients, medical tourism is gaining mainstream acceptance, transforming into a billion-dollar industry attracting both patients and healthcare providers alike.  CLICK TO READ MORE


ABC World News Tonight - Nightline

March  2014

As More Americans Have Surgeries Overseas, US Companies Consider 'Medical Tourism' a Health Care Option

Joy Guion was boarding a plane for the first time to fly from her native North Carolina to Costa Rica, a sun-soaked tourism hot spot where she would stay in a four-star hotel with a personal concierge and a local driver. CLICK TO READ MORE


N.Y. Times

March  2014

In Need of a New Hip, but Priced Out of the U.S.

Michael Shopenn's artificial hip was made by a company based in this remote town, a global center of joint manufacturing. But he had to fly to Europe to have it installed. CLICK TO READ MORE


Men's Journal

March  2014

Medical Tourism: Overseas and Under the Knife

For decades, Patrick Follett beat the hell out of his body, taking to the mountain-bike trails five times a week and skiing more than 100 days a year. By the time Follett turned 58 last year, his left hip joint was a ragged mess of flayed cartilage, forcing him to limp around his job as ski-lift supervisor at California's Snow Summit Mountain Resortand drop recreational skiing altogether. A surgeon told him he had sports-induced arthritis and would need a total hip replacement to get back to biking and skiing. CLICK TO READ MORE


California Broker

March  2014

Medical Tourism: An Alternative Course in Unsettled Times

Cash-strapped employers and patients are bracing for even higher healthcare and insurance costs despite the Affordable Care Act's best intentions to make healthcare affordable. CLICK TO READ MORE


EmailWire.com

January  2014

Medical Tourism Directory Costa Rica. Your Trip, Your Way


BusinessInsurance.com/

December 2013

Self-insured firms offer medical tourism option to cut health care costs


Mensjournal.com

November 2013

Medical Tourism: Overseas and Under the Knife


MyRepublica.com

August 2013

Oodles of potential


The New York Times

August 2013

The Growing Popularity of Having Surgery Overseas


FocusTaiwan.tw

August 2013

Local, foreign experts to share medical tourism insights


OpçãoTurismo.com

June 2013

Workshop de Turismo Médico e Marketing de Saúde Internacional


EBA.BenefitNews.com

May 2013

Medical travel is back on track


LatinTrade.com

May 2013

Healthcare: The North Eyes South


GuyanaChronicleOnline.com

May 2013

Minister Ali urges Florida private sector to capitalize on business opportunities in Guyana


NGRGuardianNews.com

March 2013

Nigeria To Partner Medical Tourism Association


EFESalud.com 

October 2012

Recomendaciones para elegir un destino médico


FloridaToday.com

August 2012

Medical tourism on the rise ~ Treatments cost thousands less than in US


MensajeroWeb.com.ar

August 2012

Un mercado prometedor


HotelNewsNow.com

February 2012

Hotels boost medical tourism programs


Sun Sentinel

February 2012

New push to bring overseas patients to South Florida


My Fox Tampa Bay

February 2012

Traveling abroad for medical care


H & HN Daily

January 2012

Medical Tourism: Promise or Peril?


The Maritime Executive

January 2012

Cruise Shipping Miami 2012 Adds More Conference Sessions

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MSNBC.com

January 2012

6 Things You Need to Know About Getting Medical Care Abroad

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Estrategia Negocios

January 2012

Turismo de Salud atrae más extranjeros a Guatemala

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Business & Health

December 2011

Is Medical Tourism the Future of Healthcare?

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DotMed

December 2011

Medical tourism remains a small but growing industry

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E Global Travel Media

October 2011

The 4th Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress Announces Strategic Initiatives for Successful Industry Growth

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The Seoul Times

October 2011

Medical Tourism
Why Do Americans Go Abroad for Surgery?

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HealthTech Zone

October 2011

Medical Tourism Association Highlights Las Vegas in Destination Guide Series

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E Global Travel Media

September 2011

The Medical Tourism Association Gets Social with the Medical Tourism Community

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Visibility

September 2011

Patrick Goodness, Medical Tourism Marketing Specialist to Speak at the 4th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

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PR Log

September 2011

MedicalTourism.com Launches New Language Translations in Spanish & Arabic for International Patients

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ABC News

August 2011

Medical Tourism: Bargain Plastic Surgery on the Luxe

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Malaysian Digest

July 2011

More Medical Tourists Flying to Malaysia for Cosmetic Surgery

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PR.com

July 2011

The Medical Tourism Association Travels to Las Vegas to Spread the Word to HR Professionals

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SB Wire

July 2011

Antiaging Methods Around the World

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China Times

June 2011

Taiwan needs mainland presence for medical tourism: forum

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Diabetes Health

June 2011

Medical Tourism Offers Big Savings, Big Questions

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China Daily

June 2011

Tourism, Rx for the rich

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E Global Travel Media

June 2011

Medical Tourism Association® Travels “Across the Pond” to Spread the Word

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Benefits Selling
May 2010
"Reform Without Borders: New Markets for Medical Tourism" - By David Boucher

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Ferias y Congresos del Mundo.com
May 2010
"Hospitals & Clinics Congress 2010 Corferias Bogota"

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CNN
May 2010
"I can't afford surgery in the U.S., ' says bargain shopper' - by Sabriya Rice

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Ferias y Congresos del Mundo.com
April 2010
"Renee-Marie Stephano, Colombia se prepara para el Turismo Medico y la Exportacion de Servicios de Salud" - by Dario Fernando Andrade P.

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Dental Tribune
January 2010
"South Korea drives medical tourism with global conference" - by Daniel Zimmermann, DTI 

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USAToday
January 2010
"The Top 10 Travel Trends for 2010"- by Laura Bly

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Aquarius
January 2010
"Journey to Wellness from the UAE"- by Sudeshna Ghosh 

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San Francisco Chronicle
December 2009
"Medical Tourism: '5-star' Care at a Discount" - by Carolyn Lochhead

Hotel Yearbook 2010
December 2009
"A new breed of traveler with a new set of needs (pages 182-185)" -by Renee Marie Stephano & Dan Cormany

 Financial Times
December 2009
"'Travel Sickness" - by Sarah Murray

Daily Finance
November 2009
"Thailand is 'in network'? Employers and insurers embrace medical tourism" - by Eric Wahlgren

The New York Times
November 2009
"Looking Abroad for Health Savings" - by Katharine Q. Seelye

HotelierMiddleEast.com/travel
November 2009
"Region's Tourism Sectors can Attract More Patients" - by Ben Watts

Travel + Leisure
November 2009
"Worst Medical Tourism Disasters"- by Adam H. Graham

USA Today
September 2009
"Globalizing Health Care Through Medical Tourism" - by Steve Riczo and Sarah Riczo

Business Wire
September 2009
"Stephen Weiner Named by Nightingale's to 2009 List of Outstanding Hospital Lawyers

Turkish Airlines SkyLife
August 2009
"A city of healthcare excellence: Istanbul" - by Renee-Marie Stephano 

Associated Press
August 2009
"U.S. Patients Travel Overseas For Savings" - by Tom Murphy

Strategic Healthcare Marketing
July 2009
"Strategic Health Care Marketing

El Vocero de Puerto Rico
July 2009
Prospera el turismo medico

WSOC-TV
July 2009
9 Investigates: Patients Going Outside U.S. for Cheaper Medical Treatments

American College of Surgeons
July 2009
Medical and Surgical Tourism - by James A. Unti, MD, FACS

CNBC
July 2009
"Jordan Eyes Lucrative US Health Care Market"

Managed Care Magazine
July 2009
"Liability Concern Balances Medical Tourism's Cost Appeal" - by Richard Mark Kirkner

 Houston News - KIAH
June 2009
"More Americans Are Headed Overseas For Medical Treatments" - by Leticia Juarez 

IdahoStatesman.com
June 2009
"High Health Care Costs Lead to Idaho Falls Women to New Zealand"

amednews.com
June 2009
"Surgeons Group: Medical Tourists Should Check Doctors' Qualifications"

Victoria Advocate
June 2009
High Health Care Costs Lead to 'Medical Tourism'"

The Arizona Republic
June 2009
"Globe-Trotting to Cut Down on Medical Costs" -by Ginger Rough

Miami Herald
June 2009
"Oregon Construction Worker, Miami Surgeon Go To Trinidad" -by John Dorschner

National Geographic Traveler
May/June 2009
"Medical Tourism Takes Off" -Edited by Norie Quintos

Hotel News Resource
April 2009
"Medical Tourism: Vaccinated Against the Recession?"-Lorenza Alessie

 

MSN Health & Fitness
April 2009
"Traveling For Treatment"-Amanda Gardner

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The New York Times
March 2009
"Going Abroad to Find Affordable Health Care" -Walecia Konrad

 timesunion.com
February 2009
"Save Money By Bargaining for Health Care"-Lynda Shrager

Human Resource Executive
February 2009
"Medical Tourism Closer to Home" -Jared Shelly

AME Info
February 2009
"The First Jordan International Medical Tourism Congress to Enhance Medical Services with USAID Support"

Employee Benefit News
February 2009
"Spurred by Economy, Medical Tourism Poised for Breakout in '09" -Kathleen Koster

The National
January 2009
"US-Based Group to Back Medical Tourism in UAE"-Roland Hughes 

MENAFN.COM
January 2009
"Jordan- Rapid Population Growth Main Challenge Facing Medical Sector"-Jordan Times

C-SPAN PODCAST

C-SPAN, one of the nation's largest cable networks who delivers programming to most of cable and satellite customers, and globally to internet users, discusses Medical Tourism. Representatives of U.S. Insurance Companies and others talk about Medical Tourism, the practice of traveling to another country for healthcare, at the International Medical Tourism Association's 1st Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress in San Francisco.

Nurse.com
November 2008
"Medical Tourism- Patients jet to foreign locales for surgical procedures and return home for follow-up care" -Marcia Frellick 

93.1 WIBC Indianapolis Indy's Newscenter Radio
Featured on November 13th 2008 

Katu.com
November 2008
"Research Key for Medical Treatment Overseas" - Dan Tilkin

Human Resource Executive Online
November 2008
"Transformation Vacation" - Jared Shelly

Los Angeles Times
November 2008
"A guide for Americans seeking affordable medical treatment abroad" - Marla Dickerson

National Underwriter Life & Health
November 2008
"Medical Tourism Providers Want To Show Your Clients The World" - Allison Bell

Amednews.com
November 2008
"Medical Travel doesn't have to be overseas" - Pamela Lewis Dolan

 Insure.com
October 2008
"The doctor is in...9,000 miles away: Insurance for Medical Tourism

Khaleej Times
July 2008
"Medical Tourism to Get Fillip" - Asma Ali Zain 

The Heartland Institute
July 2008
"New Study Sparks Debate on Medical Travel" - Aricka Flowers 

HealthLeaders
July 2008
"What's the Word?" - Rick Johnson

 Washington Post
July 2008|
"Doing Your Homework" - Suz Redfearn

 Benefit News
June 2008
"' Medical Tourism' Emerging as Unique Benefit" 

Private Healthcare News
June 2008
"Healthcare Star Shines Brightly"

San Francisco Chronicle
May 2008
"More Who Need Major Surgery are Leaving US. Overseas treatments sometimes carry extra risks, but can came at fraction of the expense." - Victoria Colliver

 AME Info - United Arab Emirates
April 2008
"Mid East can capitalize on lucrative global medical tourism market." 

Khaleej Times
April 2008
"ME to become top medical tourism destination."

Pacific Business News
March 2008
"Medical Tourism Finds Hawaii Connection." - Linda Chiem

Florida Health News
March 2008
"Florida-Based Magazine Aims to Make Medical Tourism Safer" - Nancy McVicar 

Businessweek
March 2008
"Outsourcing the Patients" - Bruce Einhorn 

Kaiser Network
March 2008
"Florida-Based Magazine Aims to Make Medical Tourism Safer" - Nancy McVicar

 HealthLeaders Interstudy
March 2008
"Employers Eye Medical Tourism as Cost Relief" 

Employee Benefit Adviser
March 2008
"The money and interest are there, but will employers and patients follow?" - Molly Bernhart

Florida Health News
March 2008
"Florida-Based Magazine Aims to Make Medical Tourism Safer" - Nancy McVicar 

The New York Times
February 2008
"More Fun than Root Canals? It's the Dental Vacation." - Camille Sweeney

Managed Healthcare Executive Magazine
February 2008
"President of Medical Tourism Association Featured as a Visionary in US Healthcare." Tracey Walker

Globe and Mail - Canada
January 2008
"Sun, Sand and Surgery" - Dave McGinn 

NPR
January 2008
"Employers, Insurers Consider Overseas Healthcare" - Greg Allen 

Memphis Business Journal
December 2007
"Medical Tourism: Tummy tucks and swanky vacations go hand in hand." - Toby Sells

Iran Daily - Panorama
November 2007
"MTA Launching Magazine" 

Rough Notes
November 2007
"Medical Tourism - Employers can save significant healthcare dollars by having employees seek overseas options" - Michael J. Moody, MBA, ARM

 Entrepreneur.com
October 2007
"Healthy Travels - Thing Going Abroad for Cheaper Medical Procedures is Scary? These Businesses are Here to Help." - Geoff Williams 

Employee Benefit Adviser
October 2007
"Adviser interest in medical tourism likely to grow as industry strengthens." - Molly Bernhart 

Miami Herald
September 2007
"Seeking Healthcare Abroad" - John Dorschner

 Kiplinger's
September 2007
"Adventures in Travel - Americans Head Overseas for Five Star Care at Motel 6 Prices." - Jessica L. Anderson

Modern Healthcare
September 2007
"International Ambitions - Group Wants to Assist Patients Seeking Care Overseas." - Shawn Rhea

South Florida Sun Sentinel
September 2007
"Uninsured Americans traveling to Panama for health care." - Doreen Hemlock 

National Underwriter
August 2007
"Florida Broker Helps Form Medical Tourism Group" 

Healthcare Finance News
August 2007
"Medical Tourism Trade Group Forms" - Molly Merrill