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Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital takes Golden Tourism Award

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the world’s largest facility of its kind and one of the main tourist attractions in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has won the prestigious ‘Golden Tourism Award’ by the Madrid-headquartered Trade Leaders Club, a business organization representing 7000 producers and service providers across 120 countries according to a report in website (

Emirates news agency (WAM) reported that the award is in recognition of Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital’s outstanding leisure and MICE tourism programme, which includes guided tours of the facility and the chance for visitors to try their hand at the noble art under expert guidance.

The award is to be presented to Dr. Margit Gabriele Muller, the hospital’s Director at a special ceremony to be held in Madrid later this month which will coincide with Abu Dhabi’s first participation in Spain’s FITUR travel fair. The ceremony is to be attended by representatives of the Spanish tourism industry, the countries diplomatic corps and media.

“We look upon this award as recognition of Abu Dhabi as an international destination of distinction and the role of tourism in fulfilling the Government’s 2030 Plan for the emirate,” said Dr. Muller. Continue Reading

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World’s First Medical Tourism Documentary to be shown in Los Angeles at Medical Tourism Conference

The Medical Tourism Association has spent a year producing a documentary on Medical Tourism called, “Angels Overseas ~ Costa Rica Edition.” The documentary provides insight into the high quality of healthcare that Americans and traveling patients worldwide can receive when they travel to a foreign country.

This documentary is the story, about Bob, one of the 50 million Americans without comprehensive health insurance who traveled to Costa Rica for a double knee replacement, saving $80,000. Deloitte estimates that in 2010, 1.6 million Americans will leave the US for medical care overseas.

“I believe the growth of the industry pivots on increasing the demand for international healthcare services through a campaign of education and communication between patients and providers and between insurance companies and their employer clients. This has been a personal project for me that I have been very passionate about in an effort to facilitate consumer awareness about the opportunities in medical tourism,” says Renee-Marie Stephano, Esquire, President of the Medical Tourism Association.

“Angels Overseas” provides the vision of connecting the supply and demand for high quality healthcare that is affordable and accessible,” she added. Continue Reading

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A/H1N1 Super flu prompts travel insurance offer

HO CHI MINH City travel agents unveiled on June 12 insurance packages for outbound tourists to reassure visitors at a time when A/H1N1 flu is sweeping around the world.

The insurance provides a maximum cover of 50,000 USD for passengers travelling to Europe and 10,000 USD for those going elsewhere, said Vo Anh Tai, director of Saigontourist Company.

Viettravel’s director Nguyen Quoc Ky said his clients would be covered for a maximum of 5,000 USD in case of accident or illness, and 100 USD a day in case of hospitalization.

The travel agents will also provide passengers regular updates about influenza A/H1N1 breakouts at the destinations, and allow them to cancel tours in case of pandemic warnings.

Their move comes at a time when the number of people cancelling inbound and outbound tours has surged since late May due to A/H1N1 warnings.

Duong Thi Tho, a tourism official in Da Nang, said travel industry workers in the central region, already hit by the current low season, were becoming increasingly worried by the pandemic threat.

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Medical Travel Experts Global MD Participated In The Self-Insurance Institute Of America’s Annual Conference For Self-Insured Employeers

Medical Travel experts Global MD, Inc.’s Amanda Hayes-Kibreab, Esq. ( attended the Self-Insurance Institute of America’s annual conference for self-insured employers. At the conference, Ms. Hayes-Kibreab met with a variety of health care companies, insurers, third party administrators, employers and stakeholders to introduce them to the benefits of medical travel. Ms. Hayes Kibreab introduced conference participants to Global MD’s global network of elite healthcare providers in Asia and Latin America with renown expertise in providing treatment at significant reduced cost.

Across the U.S., many employers are struggling under the weight of providing health care benefits. More and more employers are being forced to reduce benefits or even drop benefits all together. Medical travel offers an alternative. Global MD’s network of international providers can offer business a unique competitive advance in the realm of benefits. Using Global MD’s network, employers can offer competitive benefits at significantly reduced prices that will remain predictable into the future. Continue Reading

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Korean Lawmaker Backs More Support for Medical Tourism

A lawmaker said Wednesday that the medical tourism deficit caused by the gap between inbound and outbound medical tourists has been widening in recent years.

Rep. Choi Young-hee of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) called for a bigger government role in helping reduce the deficit and promote Korea as a medical tourism hub for foreigners.

“Poor foreign language services available at local hospitals make it difficult for foreign patients to get necessary treatment here,” she said in a press release. Continue Reading

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Medical Tourism Will Help Solve U.S. Healthcare Woes, Futurist Claims

Medical tourism is set to become a big part of the solution to U.S. healthcare woes. Or so stated noted speaker and futurist Dr. Michael G. Zey, author of Ageless Nation, in his recent speech at the World Future Society conference in Washington DC.

In his DC speech he emphasized the key role medical tourism will play in the global healthcare system. According to Dr. Zey, it has been estimated that over 1 million Americans have sought some form of treatment in countries such as India, Mexico, and Thailand, for valve replacements, hip replacements, liver transplant, dental work, surgical oncology.

As early as 2010 medical travel could become a $40-billion business attracting as many as 780 million patients. Driving this new industry are factors such as lower medical costs overseas, superior service overseas, lack of adequate health insurance at home, and in many cases the attraction of exotic tourism packages that are bundled with the medical travel. Continue Reading

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Phuket sets to be Thailand’s leading Medical Tourism Destination

medical tourism thailandIn 2009, Phuket has been chosen to host The World Medical Health Tourism Conference, an international and most diverse networking opportunity which will be attended by participants from various countries worldwide. Mr. Callaghan, the convenor says, “ Phuket is the ideal location to hold the conference because of it’s tourism and medical infrastructure and it’s capacity to host international guests. The conference will be held on September 16-18,2009 at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa.”

“TWMHTC 2009 is a great opportunity where key medical tourism industry drivers representing top health care companies and medical travel associations will all be under one roof to network and do business,” said Ms. Edubas, Managing Directress of SOS Medical Tourism Services.

She added, “TWMHTC 2009 is one of the initiatives in making Phuket as the major destination for health and wellness in Thailand. The event will help open more doors for local investors into the international market, as well as for the global health care community to explore the possibilities of outsourcing medical treatments to Thailand.”

The medical travel industry helps “patients without borders” seeking more efficient, cost-effective and world-class health care facilities that offers services like breast augmentation, dental services, plastic surgery and other services outside their home country. Continue Reading

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Yoga Group Workshops at Zen Resort Bali an Integrated Holistic Wellness Deal for Yoga Teachers

Zen Resort launches an integrated wellness deal for yoga group leaders and teachers to hold their training workshops in combination with the resort’s programs of pranayama, meditation, ayurveda and cultural and recreational activities for living in harmony with one’s inner self as well as the outer world of society and nature.

Zen Resort is a luxury boutique hotel and holistic wellness destination Spa, situated in a peaceful location, surrounded by rice fields, vineyards and natural forest and with wide open sea views in north Bali. The holistic design of the resort, blending in a beautiful natural and landscaped environment, and the integrated wellness facilities to practice yoga, experience ayurvedic treatments, reside in luxury accommodation with Zen simplicity, consume healthy food and participate in a wide range of cultural and eco-recreational activities all amount to an ideal environment not only to relax and rejuvenate from the stresses and stains of modern lifestyles but also to think of the changes in one’s way of life for a healthier, sustainable, satisfying and happy future. Continue Reading

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Malaysia one of the World’s Top Medical Tourism Destinations

Malaysia has been named among the world’s top five medical tourism destinations for medical tourists and foreign investors, according to online investment news source Nuwire Investors. Selected based on the quality and affordability of medical care and receptiveness to foreign investment, Malaysia came in third behind Panama and Brazil, and was followed by Costa Rica and India.

According to Nuwire Investors, Malaysia’s medical tourism industry has seen staggering growth in recent years. From 2001 to 2006, the number of foreigners seeking healthcare services in Malaysia almost tripled from 75,210 patients to 296,687 patients. The large volume of patients in 2006 brought approximately US$59 million or RM203.66 million in revenue. This trend is likely to grow at a rate of 30% a year until 2010, projects the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM).

Much of Malaysia’s attraction lies in the wide array of medical services and procedures including dental, cosmetic and cardiac surgeries at significantly lower costs compared with the United States. Foreign medical tourists and investors are also attracted by Malaysia’s favourable exchange rate, political and economic stability and high rate of literacy. Continue Reading

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Anantara Resort & Spa Hua Hin launches 5-Day Well Being Promotion

The Anantara Resort Hua Hin has launched a special ‘Well Being’ retreat promotion. The retreat is inclusive of 4 nights stay in a luxurious Superior Lagoon Room with the following daily inclusions: Breakfast Buffet (in-room or at one of two restaurants of choice), a spa cuisine meal, a glass spa smoothies, an exclusive spa treatment, a yoga session. In addition, a Traditional Thai massage lesson and a healthy spa cuisine cooking class plus one of the relaxing Anantara Spa music CDs is also included.

The best selected different treatments will be offered each day consisting a welcome in-room Bath Ritual, a refresh Thai Herbal Steam plus a choice of Thai or Foot massage, an Ultimate Spa Detox, an Ayurvedic Steam plus Shirodhara Treatment, and a 60 minutes Facial Treatment. The order of the treatments will be to your desire.

The Anantara 5-Day Well Being Retreat is priced at THB43,600++ per couple and is available until 30th September 2008.

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Medical tourism flourishes in India

India is set to earn 1.87 billion U.S. dollars a year in foreign exchange from medical tourism by 2012, according to a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

With easy visa facilities to overseas patients coupled with best emerging medical infrastructure facilities, India’s medical tourism can become a lead foreign exchange earner and the earnings will grow from the existing 800 million annually to 1.87 billion U. S. dollars a year by 2012, Assocham President Venugopal N. Dhoot said.

The study on Prospects of Medical Tourism for Higher Forex Earning was done under the supervision of the health committee of Assocham, headed by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital chairman B.K. Rao.

“The primary reasons as to why medical tourism would flourish in India include much lower medical treatment costs for various ailments, such as bone narrow transparent, bye-pass surgery, knee surgery and liver transplant as compared to western countries,” Dhoot said in a statement Monday. Continue Reading

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Dental Tourism in Mexico: Underinsured Texan Saves 68% on Major Dental Surgery Facilitated by Healthbase

Khan who suffered from jaw problems since childhood saved a huge 68% on his dental bill by having his dental surgery in Mexico. Thanks to Healthbase, the award-winning medical tourism and dental tourism facilitator that arranged his dental travel abroad, Khan was able to rescue his deteriorating gums.

Americans choose to travel overseas for dental care or medical care largely because of lack of insurance. Some have to seek this route despite being insured and Khan, who used Healthbase for his dental travel, was one of them.

“I have pretty good insurance from my employer. However, the orthognathic surgery that I needed was not covered,” says Khan. He had a significant overbite that caused his upper tooth gums to erode. Only a bilateral sagittal split osteotomy surgery to fix his lower jawbone could solve this problem. Continue Reading

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