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This issue of Site news highlights the important aspect of Medical Tourism. People are travelling to far off places for medical services. Taking a look at both the risks and Benefits of medical tourism will give you a more clearer understanding of what your options are there. Issues in medical tourism section will address important issues affecting the Medical Tourism industry.

The medical tourism sector is experiencing rapid growth, here we have covered its growth over years. Each link of the medical tourism countries will cover the world as a whole, but also have a special focus on one specific country too. This also has useful information to medical tourist about going abroad for hospital treatment and surgery.

It covers future scenario of the Medical Tourism Industry across the globe. We also have recent articles about eye health tourism for benefiting the readers.

The featured organization is Medical Tourism Association which is the first international non-profit association made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment.

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The Issue Features...
Medical Tourism
Vol. 6 No. 5 May 2009
•   Benefits of Medical Tourism
•   Issues in Medical Tourism
•   Growth of this Industry
•   Medical Tourism - Countries
•   Medical Tourist
•   Future of Medical Tourism
•   Eye Health Tourism
•   Featured Organisation
•   Talk to Us

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Medical tourism isn't a perfect solution to combating rising medical costs but for many it can be a much more rewarding experience than dealing with medical facilities at home. Not to mention it has the added benefit of a vacation afterwards. Depending on your situation the benefits of seeking treatment away from your home country can actually outweigh the risks, and medical tourism can be an incredibly rewarding way to get your medical care.
  • MEDICAL TOURISM

  • Abstract:
    The aim of this guide is to help pre-registered trainees working in community pharmacies to gain an understanding of the practice of hospital pharmacy, observe some of the differences and similarities between the two areas of practice and achieve some of the Performance Standards set by the RPSGB.

  • MEDICAL TOURISM: CONSUMERS IN SEARCH OF VALUE

  • Abstract:
    This report examines the growth of medical tourism, the hot spots for outbound and inbound programs, and factors important to the attractiveness of both.

  • THE KEY ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN MEDICAL TOURISM SECTOR IN INDIA

  • Abstract :
    This article describes some key issues and challenges that a hospital faces in promoting medical tourism and also suggests action plans to help hospitals promote medical tourism.

  • BENEFITS OF MEDICAL TOURISM

  • Abstract :
    This article briefs about the benefits associated with Health care Tourism.

  • ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE - AVENUE FOR MEDICAL TOURISM

  • Abstract :
    This website illustrates that availability of alternative therapy is gaining ground in many western countries. People are now seeking therapies like Ayurveda, homeopathy, acupuncture & yoga to cure various incurable diseases.


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Medical tourism carries some risks that locally-provided medical care does not. Some countries have very different infectious disease-related epidemiology to Europe and North America. Exposure to diseases without having built up natural immunity can be a hazard for weakened individuals, specifically with respect to gastrointestinal diseases. Other issues which are threatening medical tourism is legal systems, insurance problems and ethical issues like organ transplantation.
  • MEDICAL TOURISM: THE PROS AND CONS

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    This article explores the hidden costs involved in Medical Tourism. Here, the author advises people to do a complete research before taking the ultimate leap of seeking healthcare abroad. A checklist has also been provided to help patient decide better.

  • MEDICAL TOURISM: THE INSURANCE DEBATE

  • Abstract:
    This article describes that many insurance companies are reluctant to dip their feet in the field of Medical Tourism because of the issues relating to coverage and the credentials of the hospitals abroad.

  • MEDICAL TOURISM: THE ULTIMATE OUTSOURCING

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    In this article, the author opines that Health care Tourism seems to be a cost saving and time saving option for many people, but the risks involved are not minor. In many countries, filing lawsuit against medical malpractice is uncommon and HIPAA rules does not hold good in many countries as it does in the US. So people must weigh its potential benefits against the risks involved and then decide on the final judgment.

  • MEDICAL TOURISM - SUBSIDISING HEALTH CARE FOR DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

  • Abstract :
    This article focuses on some of the untold facts of medical tourism. According to the author the boons are widely publicized but the banes like local people's access to healthcare & dumping of medical wastes in India are not given enough attention.

  • THE BASIC ISSUE OF ORGAN TRANSPLANT TOURISM

  • Abstract :
    Like everything else, medical tourism has got its flip side. This article focuses on the organ transplant tourism wherein poor people donate their organs to wealthy medical tourists. This is a serious concern for all countries promoting medical tourism.

  • THE INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE: IS MEDICAL TOURISM ETHICAL?

  • Abstract :
    Dental works, IVF, even a new kidney - all are available cheaper and quicker abroad. But is it safe and ethical? This article focuses on all the pros and cons involved in various types of surgery done abroad.

  • MEDICAL VISAS MARK GROWTH OF INDIAN MEDICAL TOURISM

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    This article deals with an issue which has been out shadowed by India's dreams of being the 'global health destination'. India, which is one of the lead players in the Medical tourism industry, it spends a whopping amount to attract tourists. But for a country of more than a billion population, majority of the people have no access to proper health care.

  • RISK MATTERS

  • Abstract :
    This article discusses the implications for those undergoing medical treatment out side country and for underwriters and claims technicians who manage these risks.


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The concept of 'medical tourism' is nothing new. The age-old concept of ancient Greeks and Egyptians travelling to hot springs and remote retreats for centuries in the name of health has been converted to the initiative of medical tourism industry today. Presently, global healthcare industry stands at $20 billion. It is estimated that by 2012, it will go beyond $60 billion.
"Touching its peak over the past few decades, medical tourism is a direct result of globalisation of healthcare. There is a genuine and boosting opportunity emerging for Asian and Middle East countries which are catering healthcare requirements of developed countries like the US, Canada, UK and other European countries, where the cost is 75-90 per cent higher. Despite economic recession, which causes a lack of cash flow, it is still far more affordable and viable for the patients from developed world to travel for healthcare. Medical tourism is observing growth despite recession.

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Medical tourism has been a growing segment of a country's tourism and health-care sectors. The patient travels to the destination country, where the medical tourism provider assigns a case executive, who takes care of the patient's accommodation, treatment and any other form of care. Once the treatment is done, the patient can remain in the tourist destination or return home. Here we have provided you link to some countries medical tourism details.

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The reasons why medical tourists travel miles from their home in search of healthcare treatment are not minor. Various benefits are associated with this immigration they include:
. Low cost
. Less waiting Time
. Good Quality treatment
. Touring different country


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Medical tourism industry is growing at a fast pace. Many third world countries have emerged as leaders in this field. If some reforms are made in terms of infrastructure and image building, Medical tourism can result in a huge profit.

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Apart from the most popular surgeries like heart bypass, hip replacement & knee replacement, eye surgeries are also gaining prominence. With countries like India embracing advanced technologies in eye care, this field of medical tourism is fast gaining recognition. Here are some links which might help you.

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Medical Tourism Association

     Medical Tourism Association is the first international non-profit association made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment. The Association promotes the interests of its healthcare provider and medical travel facilitator members. The Medical Tourism Association has three tenets: Transparency, Communication and Education.
  • To raise awareness of the high level of quality healthcare available in various countries.
  • To promote transparency in quality, pricing and patient safety in regards to the providing of international healthcare services.
  • To provide an unbiased source of information and education for patients, insurance companies and employers about top hospitals, their quality of care and outcomes.
  • To foster a stable forum for the communication for industry participations.

    Website : www.medicaltourismassociation.com

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