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From the Editor

From the Editor: This week in Medical Travel Today, Amanda Haar

News in Review

Workers sign up for Shetty project

Nigeria: FG to Apply Stringent Rules On Foreign Medical Trips

Traveling4Health&Retirement Unveils Consumer Protection Tools for Adventurous Boomers

Focus

The Promise and Realities of Dubai as a Healthcare Destination

Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: László Puczkó, Founder, The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa, PART TWO

Spotlight

Jim Tate, Medical Travel Commission, PART TWO

Industry News

Mercury Advisory Group Releases 30 Key Findings from Medical Tourism Benchmarking Research

'Medical travel' can be used to access advanced technologies

Upcoming Events

2012 World Medical Tourism Conference

The 5th International Health Tourism Congress
Ankara, Turkey, November 18-21, 2012

The IHC FORUM: Your Guide on the Journey to HealthCare Consumerism

5th Annual Middle East Healthcare Expansion Summit

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THIS WEEK IN MEDICAL TRAVEL TODAY
Volume 6, Issue 16

by Amanda Haar, Editor

Greetings,

There are few destinations that epitomize the promise and challenges of medical travel better than Dubai. Once heralded as the future face of the industry, Dubai and, in particular, Dubai's Healthcare City, were designed with noble aspirations and lofty ambitions. Then, like the rest of the world, it suffered from the realities of a global economic crisis.

But unlike other medical travel players who abandoned their goals and plans, the visionaries and political leaders of Dubai simply went back to the drawing board and recast their vision to match the new and emerging realities around them (See FOCUS for more).

While probably not the example they had initially hoped to set, Dubai exemplifies the fluidity needed to survive in the industry. Of course, there are still plenty of challenges to be addressed in Dubai, but their willingness to think big and, more importantly, re-think their big certainly bodes well for their future.

As always, we welcome your comments, story ideas and press releases.

Cheers,

Amanda Haar, Editor
ahaar@cpronline.com 

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Focus

The Promise and Realities of Dubai as a Healthcare Destination

Dr. Ayesha Abdullah, Managing Director of DHCC

It's been over ten years since Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced the launch of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). While the much-touted city was designed to "meet the demand for high-quality, patient-centered healthcare" in the region, there was plenty of speculation surrounding its prospects for attracting medical travelers the world over.

In the years that followed the initial announcement, numerous hospital CEOs, international healthcare professionals, and medical travel facilitators flocked to see the emerging city and potential opportunities. Unfortunately, by 2008 and due to the global economic crisis, what many saw were half-erected buildings and dusty cranes. The impression was not a good one; many in the medical travel industry wrote the project off as a pie-in-the-sky effort and began to look elsewhere for the next big opportunity.
But even as others looked away, the region's government and healthcare leaders remained focused and committed to their cause.

According to Dr. Ayesha Abdullah, managing director of DHCC, "At the end of 2008 the economic downturn affected almost every sector around the world, including healthcare, and DHCC was no exception. We went back to our drawing board and revisited some of the projects that were in the pipeline. We made a conscious decision to wait until the financial crisis was well behind us before we brought these proposals to fruition."

The wait seems to have been worth it as, according to Abdullah, "Last year, the UAE registered optimistic economic growth that exceeded the Central Bank's estimations for 2011. The projections for this year are as promising, and we are hoping to see more developments coming on stream, even while coping with the repercussions of the crisis."

 

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 Al Razi Medical Center

Today, DHCC has grown into a 4.1 million square-foot campus accommodating two Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals, 100 medical centers spanning 86 specialty areas, numerous centers of excellence ranging from dermatology and hair transplants to endocrinology and cardiology. In 2011, 502,000 patients visited the DHCC and scored their patient satisfaction level at a 92. Of those 502,000 patients, 15 percent (75,300) were medical tourists.

A second phase of growth is slated to house "wellness clusters" featuring well-being and nutritional centers, spas and sports medicine facilities.

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The entrance to Dubai Healthcare City and Dubai Metro Station

Healthcare as Part of a National Strategy

Mrs. Laila al Jassmi, Dubai Health Authority

While DHCC has served as a focal point for Dubai's developing healthcare industry, the reality is the interest in and efforts to develop and deliver world-class care go well beyond this one facility.

In 2007 the ruling government of Dubai established the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), with the aim of providing complete strategic oversight for the complete health sector in Dubai, and enhance private sector engagement.

The DHA's CEO of Health Policy & Strategy Sector at Dubai Health Authority Laila Al Jassmi notes that, "the Dubai and UAE Governments are very proactive and supportive to the development of a sustainable health system in the Emirate. Various government entities are working in tandem to bring in health investments for identified priorities and to support the development of health infrastructure, including health information networks, health policies and research, and that would enable a stronger and more sustainable health system."

The developing system includes more than merely hospitals and clinics. The DHCC community alone includes nine of the world's 12 largest pharmaceuticals, insurers, research facilities and education centers. While numerous international entities participate in the system, the goal remains to create a regional center of excellence for quality care.

Al Jassmi says, "We aim to support growth and build a sustainable health system for our Nationals and residents, while also striving to keep people from traveling outside Dubai for medical care, to the extent possible. But there is a definite concerted effort to identify, encourage and develop health and wellness services that would help attract foreign patients and strengthen our health system."

Working with the Dubai Healthcare City Authority, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce, Department of Residency & Foreign Affairs and all healthcare providers in the Emirate, DHA is hoping to develop a unified medical tourism initiative for the Emirate.

"This is something we have been working in the background for a while," says Al Jassmi. "[We have been] building upon other initiatives linked to medical tourism, such as the clinical services capacity plan."

Supported by the leadership and encouragement from His Royal Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai executive council, the initiative falls in line with the goals of the current Dubai Health Sector Strategy Plan and draws on the strength of private healthcare entities, government agencies, airlines and tourism-related industries to promote the Emirate as a whole.

As Al Jassmi explains, "Dubai is unlike any other place in the world, in the manner in which it blends the East and the West... We have amongst the best tourism infrastructure in the world, and we are seeing tourism numbers growing year on year at over 10 percent."

Add to that the fact that Dubai has over 4,750 physicians speaking over 40 languages and multiple JCI-accredited facilities, and indeed the region looks well-prepared to handle a desired medical tourism boom.

Key to the current and future readiness is government support.  While the government has always been supportive in granting land for priority health investments, and also supporting and facilitating licensing of facilities and health professionals, future endorsement will need to go beyond traditional governmental actions or decrees.

Much of Dubai's success and image will hinge on the willingness of its highest profile individuals to stay in the region for care. Once popular entitlements granting high-level diplomats to travel elsewhere for care will need to become a thing of the past.  By demonstrating their confidence in the quality of care available, they will build confidence within their citizenry. Subsequent stories of successful outcomes will then serve as all the marketing needed to attract patients from neighboring countries and far-flung lands.

Spotlight

László Puczkó, Founder, The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa, PART Two

László Puczkó


 

 

 

Editor's Note: Readers may recognize László Puczkó's name as the author of numerous papers and books on medical travel (Wellness Tourism and Medical Tourism: Where do Spas Fit?, The Future of Spa Tourism, High-End Medical Travel), co-author of Health and Wellness Tourism, in-demand speaker for many global medicine conferences and events, and respected researcher. To that list of accomplishments you can now add founder of The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa.
The aptly named observatory is intended to serve as a platform for professionals to gain an unbiased understanding of how the industry is evolving and operating around the world.

What follows is part two of an interview Medical Travel Today recently conducted with Puczkó. Part One can be viewed here.

MTT: Do you perceive more traditional approaches being a direction for the industry in the future?

LP: It will certainly have a role, bigger than some might think. But others will ignore it.
If you look at how the industry has or hasn't evolved in the past five years, you see a lot of copying and clichéd approaches to delivering care. In many instances it's been a "they're doing this so we should, too" type of approach.

However, there are some true leaders out there not just competing on price and parity, but also on the whole spectrum of quality and what that means. Those folks have their own visions and they'll do well.

Looking ahead, I do think a key issue will be inter-country travel...specifically, the concept of doctors and specialist traveling from their home country to provide care to patients in other countries.

MTT: Really? This is something you see happening already in a meaningful way?

LP: Yes, it is happening. A doctor might travel to a country for two weeks or a couple of days, provide consultation and care.

When you think about it, this is so much more convenient for patients. Instead of ten patients flying across the world to see a particular doctor, you fly the doctor to the country. Now maybe the patient has to go a few hours to reach the doctor wherever he is practicing, but that's much better than flying across the world and then home post-surgery. Right now I know of Hungarian dentists flying to the UK to practice. This works very well in the Europe where it's easy to set up the necessary cooperation between a clinic or host hospital and the physician.

MTT: Is this a physician or facility driven practice?

LP: What I've been observing is that doctors are the ones developing this idea. They recognize it's better that they, the healthy ones, travel to their patients rather than the other way around.

MTT: What are your thoughts on the continuing development of and push for healthcare cities?

LP: Well, I can see there's a good angle for them from a marketing and operations perspective, but ultimately I don't think they will make a huge difference in the industry.
On some level they're a bit like theme parks. They're big, glitzy and fun to go to but you don't need one on every corner. Location will play a big role for those that ultimately succeed. It's got to be somewhere people are interested in visiting. But frankly, even if it's in the best place in the world, how many times are you going to visit? How often do you want major dental surgery or a hip replaced? I think the answer is never or once at the most.

About Dr. László Puczkó

Dr. László Puczkó (Ph.D., MSc, MA, CMC) is a managing director and head of tourism at Xellum management consulting company. He graduated in Business Administration at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences in 1993. He holds a master's degree in Art & Design Management from the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Crafts, a Ph.D. from Budapest University of Economics and Public Administration, and is a Certified Management Consultant.

He is president of the Association of Tourism Consultants (Hungary), professor at the Budapest College of Communication, Business and Arts, and guest professor at Parnu Kolledz (University of Tartu, Estonia), HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences (Helsinki-Porvoo, Finland), and International Business School (Budapest, Hungary). He was a Member of the Travel and Tourism Research Association Europe Chapter Board and was the originating co-founder of Wellness Tourism Worldwide. He is now the Chair of The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa.

His main areas of expertise include tourism research, strategy preparation, planning and management in the following areas: health, wellness, medical and spa tourism, heritage and cultural tourism, national/regional/local planning, product and project development, experience mapping and enhancement, sustainability and quality of life.

He has been involved in over 100 advisory projects and in recent years László has been advising several development projects aiming at thermal bath, spa, wellness and medical tourism developments, at the regional, local and site level. His work included conceptualization, financial and market feasibility, marketing planning and experience planning.

László is an international speaker who has given lectures, seminars and training in more than 15 countries worldwide.

During his career, in the area of tourism research, László organized and performed a series of primary research projects focusing on perception, marketing, attraction management and impacts of tourism both in Central European Countries and globally.

Former positions: researcher, lecturer at the Tourism Research Centre of Budapest University of Economics and Public Administration (1993-2001), and manager at KPMG Advisory Travel, Leisure and Tourism Group (2001-2004). He is a co-author of books on health and wellness tourism, the impacts of tourism, visitor management and tourism management in historic cities.

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Spotlight

Jim Tate, President and Founder, Medical Travel Commission

SPOTLIGHT: Jim Tate, Medical Travel Commission, PART TWO

Editor's Note: In our last issue we featured the first half of a conversation with Jim Tate of the Medical Travel Commission. In that discussion we explored what prompted Tate and his colleagues to establish a new certification program for medical travel and what aspects of care they evaluate.

The conclusion of the exchange follows below.

MTT: And was there a process for vetting the criteria?

JT: Absolutely. Once we had our initial version compiled we spent a significant amount of time at a number of prestigious institutions in the US and abroad. Validating with leading-edge hospitals was essential. These are folks with years, in some cases decades, of international patient operations experience. They've already confronted and dealt with many of the minor and major challenges. We wanted to know that what we created made sense to them.

MTT: I'm curious. Was there anything that you missed or got wrong in that first pass?

JT: Yes, there were a few things we needed to adjust. First, I thought it would be important for any hospital that took care of international patients to supply their medical records in a patient's native language.

Every hospital we reviewed the criteria with said they would never do that. The reason being that if a physician is doing dictation and the records will be transcribed, the physician might say the patient's breathing was labored. The nuance of an adjective like "labored" is extremely important from a clinical standpoint. Physicians and providers aren't willing to sign off on a document that has been altered in translation. That surprised me.

What they do instead is to direct patients to a certified medical translator. That removes the liability from their shoulders.

Another thing we didn't initially include was related to what to do when someone dies. The proper way to handle a body varies widely based on different cultures, customs and religions. We incorporated criteria to address that, as well as probing a facilities relationship with local funeral homes, embassies and consulates.

MTT: How does your program compare to existing programs in terms of cost and timeframe for completion?

JT: Our certification is good for two years. Every year we modify the criteria and we will continue to elevate it every year.

The cost today is $14,000, plus travel.

As for timing, it takes about three months to complete the process. The initial effort includes an online presentation where we familiarize them with what's required. They then set to task compiling a great deal of documentation related to communication, customer services, provider interaction, quality care, and medical information exchange. Then, of course, we need time to review the provided data and offer feedback or request clarification.  Lastly, we schedule a site visit to validate compliance with all of the criteria.

MTT: How might a facility prioritize which program(s) to pursue?

JT: There is no doubt that the first thing to pursue is something like JCI or another well known, documented and verified international quality accreditation. That's the foundation for quality care and patient experience, and what international patients should be interested in first.

And then, if you're taking care of international patients you have to really start building support services and resources for this unique type of patient. Certification from the Medical Travel Commission demonstrates your commitment to this patient base, builds credibility with potential patients, and enhances a medical travel facilitator's abilities to educate prospective patients. It's really a meaningful quality assurance promise to patients and their providers that cultural or communications issues are being addressed thoughtfully, thoroughly and respectfully.

MTT: How many certifications have you issued thus far?

JT:  Both the Moffit Cancer Center and The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago have been certified, and we have a few more that are in the process. They should be done within the next few weeks.

MTT: Do you intend on raising consumer awareness of and appreciation for the certificate and, if so, how?

JT: We're taking a word-of-mouth approach to informing consumers of what we do.
Within the industry we've met a lot of key stakeholders and legitimate leaders in medical travel to share what we're doing and why it is important. We're also communicating with many embassies in the US as, often, they're the ones really in charge of bringing patients in and making decisions about where they receive care.

Our thought is that the word of respected professionals within the industry is far more meaningful to consumers than any message we attempt to direct to them. And in a way, it serves to reinforce the integrity and credibility of the certification.

About Jim Tate
Jim Tate has worked as a consultant with over 175 healthcare-related companies across the world, ranging from Sri Lanka and Israel to Pakistan and Peru, providing health information technology services in both ambulatory and in-patient environments. He has directly led healthcare implementation projects throughout the world. Having witnessed disparities in services provided to international patients, he felt compelled to create "best in class" service standards that would benefit hospitals, travel facilitators, and prospective patients.

Industry News

Mercury Advisory Group Releases 30 Key Findings from Medical Tourism Benchmarking Research

Editor's Note: Mercury Advisory Group consultants have released significant research findings of potential interest and use for those involved in the shaping of national medical tourism strategies. Based on information gathered when benchmarking medical tourism market initiatives throughout the world for various clients, these findings have the potential to make it easier for organizations to begin to articulate their unique national medial tourism concept and strategic framework.

To view the 30 Key Findings click here

 

Industry News

'Medical travel' can be used to access advanced technologies
news-medical.net - The search for medical technologies through medical travel can change the lives of patients and their family members, according to medical anthropologists Cecilia Vindrola-Padros and Linda M. Whiteford, who examined the lives of Bolivian and Paraguayan families who traveled to Buenos Aries, Argentina, seeking pediatric oncology care for their children. In a study published in the current issue of Technology and Innovation - Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors-, Vindrola-Padros and Whiteford, who are both at the University of South Florida, examined the diverse and complex causes that lead to medical travel in quest of new and better medical technologies, and also analyzed the role of the host country.

"Rather than focus on issues of equality of access, many academic discussions related to technology focus on technology innovation and adaptation to suit the needs of users," said Vindrola-Padros.
In their study, she and Whiteford accessed the medical travelers' reasons for seeking the technologies, analyzed the impact on the families, and reviewed the healthcare policies of the host nation.

According to Vindrola-Padros, the migration and healthcare policies of the host country play a significant role.

"The host country's resources available for medically traveling families also determine the ease with which families can settle and adapt," she explained.

Vindrola-Padros and Whiteford noted that a new Argentinian government initiative called "Medicina Argentina," along with a reduction in the prices of medical procedures in Argentina, are driving an increase in medical travelers to that nation. In addition, Argentina has permissive immigration and health policies under a model of universal healthcare in which public healthcare is not viewed in terms of financial gain or citizenship but, said Vindrola-Padros, as a universal human right.

"In 2009 Argentina received between 6,000 and 8,000 foreign patients," said Vindrola-Padros. "The government is aiming to raise that number to 100,000."

Vindrola-Padros, who collected and reviewed narrative accounts of family members who left home to seek medical technologies in Argentina, found that medical travel can be a strategy to overcome barriers to access to both healthcare and the advanced technologies that might not be available at home.
She uses the term medical travel rather than medical tourism for a good reason.

"Medical travel is often a strategy used by economically challenged patients who see travel as the only way to save their lives," concluded Vindrola-Padros. "The term medical tourism suggests stereotyped images of wealthy patients traveling abroad for elective procedures rather than for life-or-death treatments."

Yet, the medical travel strategy carries with it drawbacks and challenges, reported Vindrola-Padros and Whiteford. Medical traveling families must disrupt a child's schooling; there is uncertainty involved with relocation; and the children often worry about the effect their disease has on their family. Parents often need to seek employment and children need to continue their schooling.

"Medical technological innovations change and save lives, but they are not always accessible to everyone," concluded Vindrola-Padros. "Medical travel aimed at seeking medical technologies and treatment is a complex experience with complex and diverse causes. We can only imagine the full consequences of medical travel and how they may play out in the lives and futures of surviving medically traveling children."

 

Upcoming Events

2012 World Medical Tourism Conference

The Asian Medical Tourism Association (AMTA) proudly presents the World Medical Health Tourism Conference: Destination Down Under in 2012, which will be held in Brisbane, Australia, August 10-12, 2012. The conference is planning on bringing together many of world medical tourism service providers. As Australia holds a unique position in the world of medical tourism, it is both a patient provider and has a growing industry as a service provider for medical tourism in general. Brisbane has been chosen as the location for the event simply because of its great infrastructure, and Brisbane is one of the world's famous tourist destinations within Australia. In addition to this, Brisbane's proximity to the Gold Coast and other medical tourism hospitals makes it the ideal choice for the 2012 event.

The Australia and Asia-Pacific region has more than 90 percent of the globe's medical tourism infrastructure, including hospitals, spas and alternative health facilities. It is expected that the event will draw delegates from throughout the world. Planning is well underway for the conference to host more than 1,500 delegates and with a great array of speakers, exhibitors, workshops and discussion panels, the event is a must if you are a player or have an interest in the fast-growing medical tourism industry.

You and your organization will be able to connect with international hospitals, insurance companies and other medical tourism operators. Furthermore, this conference will provide an excellent opportunity to see first-hand the high quality of healthcare provided by Australia's hospitals and doctors. Australia, particularly Brisbane and the Gold Coast, is an emerging market, attracting players within the medical tourism industry and drawing patients from America, UK and Europe. The conference serves to help the industry within Australia to prosper. You'll gain invaluable experience in context just by attending and networking opportunities that this unique conference can offer.

To learn more or to register click here.


The 5th International Health Tourism Congress
Ankara, Turkey, November 18-21, 2012

Organized by the Turkey Health Tourism board, The Fifth Annual International Health Tourism Congress will be held November 18-21, 2012, in Ankara.

Participants are expected to include representatives of health organizations from Turkey and the world, government representatives, and bureaucrats from Turkey Health, Culture and Tourism Ministry.

The Congress is expected to serve as an effective background for showcasing Turkey's potential to create new business and investment opportunities with partners from neighboring nations, the Middle East, Central Asia, Balkans, Europe, North Africa and the United States.

To learn more or to register click here.


The IHC FORUM: Your Guide on the Journey to HealthCare Consumerism

Health and benefits spending is arguably the number one challenge employers face. Today's shifting landscape brings skyrocketing costs, strict coverage requirements and even stricter compliance standards. Healthcare consumerism is the clear answer, but the road to implementing these strategies can seem daunting. Get all the tools you need to skillfully navigate your healthcare consumerism journey at The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism's FORUM West 2012 conference on September 6-7 at Las Vegas' breath-taking Red Rock Resort Casino Spa.

As the only event 100 percent dedicated to innovative health and benefit management, the FORUM's 24 cutting-edge workshopsfive general sessions and world-class speakers bring real, actionable solutions to HR professionals, C-level executives, brokers and regional health plan providers.

Register today for your roadmap to success.

In just a day and a half, you'll get expert insights from the industry's foremost thought leaders and policy makers, and real-life examples from peers on how to:

  • Cut costs now
  • Prepare for the impact of the Affordable Care Act and the 2012 presidential election
  • Build the best possible plan for your company
  • Avoid common pitfalls of transitioning to healthcare consumerism
  • Turn disengaged employees into involved, well-educated healthcare consumers

5th Annual Middle East Healthcare Expansion Summit

October 10 & 11, 2012, Abu Dhabi

The Healthcare - IT industry has always been growing, and with the advent of mobile health, telecom leaders have also joined the league. In the Middle East, the healthcare segment is a primary focus area for the IT as well as telecom industry with opportunities in areas such as diagnostics applications, interactive mobile applications, self-care, hospital information systems and integration of IT platforms with mobile health apps.

The 5th Annual Middle East Healthcare Expansion Summit aims at addressing the challenges and opportunities of the healthcare information and communications technology (ICT) industry through a forum of healthcare providers, ICT industry leaders and government representatives who will brainstorm on how to meet challenges and adopt new and upcoming technologies to the healthcare sector in the Middle East.

To register or learn more click here.


Medical Travel Today: Opinions and Perspectives on an Industry in the Making

Medical Travel Today - the authoritative newsletter for the worldwide medical travel industry - is pleased to announce publication of a new book, "Medical Travel Today: Opinions and Perspectives on an Industry in the Making.

Featuring 40 of the newsletter's most compelling interviews from the first five years of publication, the volume chronicles the explosive growth of international medical tourism as witnessed and experienced by some of the key stakeholders and players. A must-read for anyone interested or involved in the industry.


News in Review

Workers sign up for Shetty project
Local construction workers signed up this week for jobs at the proposed Shetty medical tourism hospital in East End. 

compasscayman.com - The Cayman Islands' partner in the project, Gene Thompson, presented a progress update Tuesday night on the hospital at the East End Civic Centre during the first of three meetings, and announced that the venture was accepting job applications for construction jobs. 

Nigeria: FG to Apply Stringent Rules On Foreign Medical Trips
allafrica.com/- With records indicating that Nigerians spend about N180 billion annually on foreign medical trips, the Federal Government Tuesday said it would focus its 2013 health budget on improving the quality of services at the tertiary levels to curb medical tourism out of the country, including applying stringent rules that will discourage the trend.

Traveling4Health&Retirement Unveils Consumer Protection Tools for Adventurous Boomers
digitaljournal.com - Traveling4Health&Retirement announces consumer protection tools for baby boomers and low- and moderate-income seniors looking for a leisurely retirement and affordable medical care.

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