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Table of Contents

From the Editor

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

News in Review

Easing of visa norms to boost medical tourism

Cosmetic surgery common reason for medical tourism

Inside Look

PART THREE: Medical Travel Today Follows One Employer's First Foray into the World of Medical Travel


SPOTLIGHT: Maria Todd, Ph.D., Mercury Advisory Group


A REPORT FROM THE FIELD: Reinsurance Conference 1, Hurricane Sandy 0

Industry News

Medical/Wellness Travel Specialist Course to Launch in 2013

Nueterra and Ochsner Health System Partner to Provide World-Class Care to International Patients

Medical tourism in Mexico an answer to Obamacare restrictions for Americans?

Upcoming Events

IBMS Mumbai India Mini-Medical Tourism Conference Slated for January 17-18, 2013, in Mumbai

International Medical Travel Exhibition & Conference Slated for March 2013

Kuwait Medical Tourism Congress and Exhibition Scheduled for March 2013

2013 Shanghai Medical & Healthcare Tourism Show

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Global Health Voyager

Volume 6, Issue 25

by Amanda Haar, Editor


I'll be honest. I find some issues of Medical Travel Today more interesting than others, and this one is pretty high on my list of favorites.

Not only do we have an update on how one new-to-the-world of medical travel employer is attempting to crack the medical travel benefit nut, but we also have a really interesting interview with a respected industry veteran who has wisely evolved her business to meet the realities and true opportunities in the industry. It's definitely worth a read.

Also, adjusting to the realities of global care, Louisiana's largest health plan has entered into a medical travel partnership with plans to bring patients from Latin America and the Caribbean (see INDUSTRY NEWS). It seems likely that other plans will follow suit shortly.

Even more likely is that the acceptance and adoption of medical travel benefits by employers and promotion by plans will spur some significant industry growth. And as with any growth there will be shifting realities and adaptive strategies. I, for one, can't wait to see what they'll be.

As this is our last issue for 2012 I'd like to wish all of our readers a happy holiday season and much joy and success in the coming year. I thank you for your interest, contributions and comments.


Amanda Haar, Editor

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inside Look

INSIDE LOOK - PART THREE: Medical Travel Today Follows One Employer's First Foray into the World of Medical Travel

In Issue 20 of Medical Travel Today we introduced Sam Shallenberger of RJ Young, a $100 million equipment and leasing company based in Nashville, Tenn. Like many US companies, RJ Young faces the challenge of providing affordable healthcare coverage to its 450 employees.

With the assistance of Alex Tolbert of Bernard Health, Shallenberger began exploring the option of medical travel. Tolbert reached out to several medical travel companies, exploring the opportunities and how they fit with RJ Young's needs and plans.  

Tolbert's initial research indicated that a great deal of the financial benefits to medical travel have a greater impact for self-insured employers rather than those, like RJ Young, currently fully insured for their consumer-driven plan.  However, Tolbert also noted there are a number of non-financial benefits that need to be considered.

After surveying options for international medical travel, RJ Young has now decided to include domestic medical travel as an option for consideration. As Tolbert notes, “Wal-Mart's recent announcement of a domestic program in partnership with BridgeHealth Medical certainly contributed to this decision, as well as an analysis of RJ Young's employee population.”

After January 1, 2013, Shallenberger and Tolbert plan to review high claimants over the last three years to gauge what impact a medical travel program could have. The idea is to improve the quality of care that RJ Young employees and their families receive, while being cost-efficient by working with providers with the best reputations.


SPOTLIGHT: Maria Todd, Ph.D., Mercury Advisory Group
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Editor's Note: A recent and steady stream of press releases from Mercury Advisory Group including news of developing a cancer center in Mexico, plans to build a hospital in Nigeria, and presentations in Peru caught my attention. I decided to give Maria K. Todd, Ph.D., founder and CEO of The Mercury Healthcare Companies, a call and find out what exactly they've been doing to create such a diverse flurry of news. Despite having been up since 3:30 a.m., Maria graciously agreed to fill me in on  her latest undertakings and what she thinks the future of medical travel may look like globally.

Medical Travel Today (MTT): The nature of the work you're doing in medical travel now versus what you were doing five years ago seems very different. To what do you contribute the shift?

Maria K. Todd (MKT): I think many people have come to view the potential of medical travel quite differently. The notion that you can build or operate a facility just for medical tourists just isn't valid.

We've worked with and inspected hospitals in 95 different countries other than the US. The data shows that medical tourism represents only two percent of the average daily in-patient revenue. You can't build a business off that. Investors are coming to an awakening. If they want the money to come back they need to consider where the actual money is coming from...that other 98 percent.

What's happening now is a move to build facilities to serve local populations. The idea is to get it up and open and then share it with others who need the services.
This works for a number of reasons.

First, medical travel creates jobs.

The majority of hospitals we see offering medical travel services have a 4:1 nurse-patient ratio. In the ICU the ratio is more like1:1. That means that for every four patients you bring in you employ three additional nurses...plus a whole gaggle of support staff.
Beyond the hospital, medical travelers need everything from food and lodging to transportation and guides. That's jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, and that's all very good for the economy.

MTT: Let me stop you there. How much real impact does that create on an economy?

MKT: For a developing country every arrival, every penny counts. But honestly, it doesn't matter if it's Williamsburg or Johannesburg, tourism creates an economic spend impact. Adventure tourism, gastronomy, fishing, massage or medical, it all has an impact.
Medical tourism has the added appeal to ministries and governments as it helps to mitigate the brain drain of physicians. It bolsters the local economy as those same doctors are now available to the local population that keeps people from going elsewhere for care...i.e. more money stays local.

I can actually point to Nigeria as an example of how medical travel can play out.

Right now Nigeria doesn't have enough doctors or hospitals. People, very sick people, are signing themselves out of hospitals AMA and going to Germany, India and other places for care. I'm talking 300 cases a month going to India. And they're leaving so sick and unfit to travel that many are dying en route or upon arrival. I don't need to tell you the adverse affect that has on all medical tourism provider outcomes.

Right now we're engaged to do a feasibility study and develop a concept document and business plan for a private hospital to be built in the capital city of the Ananada State.
The aim is to build a hospital to serve people from all over Nigeria and other local countries so that there's no need to go to India or Germany or anywhere else for care.
The potential economic impact of the project begins well before we even break ground and extends for many, many years to come.

MTT: How did you actually become involved in the project?

MKT: A colleague of mine who does medical practice consulting actually got the first call. A Nigerian doctor in Dallas found her on LinkedIn and called her to say they wanted to build a 100-bed hospital in Nigeria. Recognizing that this was well beyond her realm of expertise she passed along my name and number.

I'm not one to say to an opportunity that hasn't actually been offered so I took the call. Actually it was a Skype call involving five members of the Mercury team and seven Nigerians, plus the doctor in Dallas. It began with me saying something like, “I understand you want to build a 100-bed hospital.” They said, “No, 200.”

Long story short, we presented a proposal and secured the agreement. Very shortly we'll be traveling to Nigeria to do a pre-design phase which includes site location, research hospital commission and regulation, looking at the existing infrastructure and available raw goods...everything. It's going to be a big undertaking.

MTT: You nervous?

MKT: Yes and no. On one hand, any time you take on something this big you should be nervous. You just don't know what's going to come your way.

On the other hand, this is what the Mercury team does and does so well.

Our team is uniquely poised to address virtually every issue. The team includes medical architects, an urban planner - who is also a medical architect and sustainability expert - a hospital administrator, a nurse, a communications and marketing person, and another former hospital administrator who to the hospital in Monterrey through the Joint Commission International (JCI)-accreditation process and achieved the highest scores ever in the history of the JCI.

We've also got JCI-accreditation coaches who have a 100 percent success rate helping hospital achieve accreditation in 15 different countries.

With this team we can undertake a construction project from the ground up and build JCI accreditation requirements into its very fabric. There's no learning curve or missed turns. And it's important to note that I'm talking JCI standards. There are lots of US architects who know JC requirements but not JCI. There's a vast difference between requirements and it's key to know that.

In addition, we bring in a certified internet systems security professional (CISSP) who knows both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and internet data security protocols. HIPAA is not relevant outside the US unless you're bringing in US patients. We look to address any potential security issues like that upfront and do. Specialty things like this allow us to serve the market to an extent I'm not sure anyone else does.

 MTT: I know you've also been doing a lot of work with healthcare clusters. How does your expertise apply in that area?

MKT: The breadth of knowledge and expertise the team has is helpful to any organization at any stage of the game. For developing clusters and even those that have stalled, we're able to provide meaningful strategies that take into consideration not just how they're going to promote themselves, but also how they are going to operate as a cohesive unit and actually deliver on the promises made.

One tool we have that's very helpful for assessing all the factors that play into operating a successful cluster is our audit tool. It's actually now based on an iPad. Recently we used it in Guadalajara to do a series of audits. The audit itself takes about three hours and when it's finished all the data dumps into one large database. We actually did ten hospitals in five days. At the end we were to look at all the data in a comprehensive manner. We found things like, ‘you have 17,000 healthcare jobs in Guadalajara. If each of the facilities gets four medical tourists the financial impact is this, the impact on hotels and restaurants will be this, your philanthropic contribution to the community is this' and so on. It's a way to present the opportunity in measurable and meaningful terms. From that we begin to shape the infrastructure based on the goals they want to achieve. That's where it gets really exciting. Without an infrastructure an organization really has no idea what their potential is or how to achieve it. We provide that.

Plus, our auditor is completely versed in JCI and 15 other accreditation schemes. So it's about more than just numbers - it's about compliance, as well.

For those clusters that aren't thriving for whatever reason, this is a great way to look at how to retrofit what's there to deliver better results...turn what's lackluster into something vibrant and thriving.

About Maria K. Todd, Ph.D.
Maria Todd, MHA, Ph.D., is a frequently invited speaker at international conferences on health tourism development, capacity building and health tourism infrastructure. She is the author of The Handbook of Medical Tourism Program Development and the Medical Tourism Facilitator's Handbook. You can follow her and the rest of the Mercury Advisory Group's articles and commentary on Twitter @HlthTourismJedi
Mercury Advisory Group is a consultancy that supplies technical assistance and know-how to clients seeking to add health tourism to their overall regional or national tourism strategy. Health tourism creates jobs at every educational level, increases sustainable trade, improves surrounding infrastructure and access to specialized care and high technology for local citizens, and develops national recognition for excellence in health services. Our project engagements have taken us all over Asia, Europe, the US, Africa, and Central and South America. More than 65 technical assistants and consulting experts, along with project managers and support staff, are positioned worldwide to meet client needs.

From the Field

A REPORT FROM THE FIELD: Reinsurance Conference 1, Hurricane Sandy 0
By Michael L. Frank, President, Aquarius Capital

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The week of October 22, 2012, was the first reinsurance conference in the Dominican Republic. The conference was held in Santo Domingo with a focus on educating the insurance community in the Dominican Republic on reinsurance.

Despite Hurricane Sandy's attempt to sabotage the event, close to a 100 people, including insurance professionals and a large number of students studying math, science and business at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) and Grupo Corporativo (GC) New Horizons, two prominent schools in the Dominican Republic.

The conference kicked off with interviews with the Dominican Republic press, including interviews on two television shows (“Metropolos” and “El Dia”) and several radio shows followed by three days of seminars on all facets of the reinsurance industry, including presentations delivered in both English and Spanish on:

  • Overview & History of Reinsurance
  • Review of the US, London, Bermuda, Brazil, China & Other Markets
  • Review of Reinsurance Company Structures including Captive Insurance Companies
  • Financial Reporting, Reserves & Cash Flow Testing
  • Turnkey Solutions including Underwriting and Claims Management
  • Review of Specialty Products & Hybrid Reinsurance Solutions
  • Social Media Strategies and New Products in the Reinsurance Market
  • Sample Transactions and Case Studies in Life, Health, Annuity, and Property/Casualty
  • Use of Trusts and Other Creative Finance Solutions
  • Discussions of Catastrophe Coverages and Cat Bonds
  • Review of Regulations and Opportunities in the Dominican Republic

The event was sponsored by international organizations from the Dominican Republic and the US, representing insurance, banking, education, legal, actuarial and professional associations. Some of the sponsoring organizations listed in alphabetical order include:

  • ANJE
  • Aquarius Capital
  • Benedetto Laskay LLC
  • El Mundo de las Negocios
  • Escuela de Guaduados Unibe
  • Franco & Acra Tecniseguros
  • Fundación Consenso, Renovación y Cambio (CRC)
  • GC New Horizons
  • Grupo G8
  • Hannover Life Re Company
  • Humano ARS
  • Langas Abinadar
  • Pena Izquierdo
  • Presidio
  • Society of Actuaries Reinsurance Council
  • University of Michigan
  • Vivir Seguros
  • WorldCare International Inc.and many others that either contributed content (speakers and material) to the meeting or sponsored events and activities.

The attendees were very enthusiastic, asking a variety of questions with open discussions on the opportunities and needs for improvements in the country to grow the reinsurance market. The event hit some speed bumps along the way with Sandy hitting the country and damaging many of the facilities. However, the staff at UNIBE and GC New Horizons developed creative solutions in order to keep the conference on track.

Some memorable moments included:

  • The first sign of the storm when Don Rusconi (Aquarius Capital) was presenting while the walls of UNIBE started to shake and move.
  • The power going out and sounds of breaking window during a luncheon.
  • Individuals on motorboats and water skis driving through the middle of town.
  • Fifty foot-high waves hitting the shoreline and highways while we were driving to the airport (only to land in New York to have Sandy catch up with us two days later).
  • Flooding into the Hotel Embajador (some may remember this hotel from the scenes in the Godfather Part II in Cuba, which was actually filmed in Dominican Republic) while a large number of hotel staff worked feverishly trying get the water out of the hotel during Fashion Week. It was interesting to see Fashion Week and the Reinsurance Conference occurring simultaneously with a unique blend of insurance professionals and super models.

Despite the obstacles, the event was a success and there appears to be a significant interest to grow the reinsurance economy in the Dominican Republic. The blend of tourism and commerce makes the Dominican Republic a potentially attractive market, although developing the infrastructure it needs to be a true insurance economy is not without obstacles and challenges.

In addition, improving professional insurance education in the Dominican Republic through exporting expertise and training becomes essential, while promoting organic growth of insurance professionals. This may include the expansion of licensing and continuing education programs for insurance brokers, claims adjusters, actuaries, underwriters and other insurance professionals through partnerships and universities as a good starting point.

Feedback from attendees highlighted the need for operational and regulatory changes to encourage compliance of insurance organizations and encourage the marketing/consumption of insurance products. This may include formations of organizations such as Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), for example, to deal with establishing public policy and guidelines while working with the local insurance regulators and insurance companies to establish policies and market conduct. At minimum, a first step could be to establish work groups within the country and volunteers from outside the Dominican Republic to focus in this area.

Special Acknowledgements
In addition to the sponsors, we offer a special thank you to the staff of UNIBE and Grupo Corporativo New Horizons for hosting the event and helping manage the chaos resulting from Sandy. I would also like to thank Fauntly Garrido (GC New Horizons), Luis González (CRC) and Jose Flores (LICAS) and their teams for making the conference a success, both in content and safety, and hosting presenters and providing a tour of Santo Domingo. I am looking forward to the next conference, although hopefully the event will be a little less memorable.

About the Author
Michael L. Frank, ASA, FCA, MAAA, is president and actuary, Aquarius Capital,  adjunct professor at Columbia University, and instructor for the Society of Actuaries LEARN program, educating insurance regulators on reinsurance. He is a former Reinsurance Section Council member and 2011 president of the Actuarial Society of Greater New York. He can be reached at (914) 933-0063 or Michael.Frank@AquariusCapital.com.

Industry News

Medical/Wellness Travel Specialist Course to Launch in 2013

A travel agent specialist course on medical and wellness travel is under development by The Travel Institute and Well-Being Travel, with an anticipated launch date at the end of the first quarter of 2013.

Well-Being Travel, a resource for medical and wellness tourism (and a sister company to Travel Market Report), is providing guidance and resources for the course, including creating key learning objectives.

The Travel Institute, an international nonprofit organization that educates and certifies travel professionals, is responsible for writing and administering the course, creating an online test and certifying success candidates as Well-Being Specialists.

Course details
The online course will be offered in a series of modules, some of them focused on travel for medical procedures, including the legalities and risks. Modules will also cover the wellness/health vacation market, including resort, spa and cruise wellness vacations. Travel to medical spas or for holistic health reasons will also be addressed. The course will include interactive exercises, images, audio, graphics and testing.

35 percent annual growth
The time is right for a course that enables travel sellers to take advantage of a lucrative niche, said Anne Marie Moebes, executive vice president of Well-Being Travel. "Health and wellness tourism is a multibillion-dollar industry that continues to grow," said Moebes, citing a recent study by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions predicting an annual growth rate of 35 percent for outbound medical tourism.

Partnership advances agent education
The partnership between Well-Being Travel and The Travel Institute brings together the required elements for furthering agent education on wellness travel, Moebes added. "While Well-Being Travel provides the necessary resources for traveler sellers to be successful in this market, The Travel Institute has the expertise and clout to launch a stellar program," she said.

Patty Noonan, CTC, director of sales for The Travel Institute, praised Well-Being Travel as an "innovative and forward-thinking organization that shares our same core values: to create and maintain a single standard of excellence that sets travel sellers apart and keeps consumers coming back. "We look forward to a long, successful relationship."Discounted rate
Travel sellers can register for the specialist course at a rate of $89; members of Well-Being Travel can register at a discounted rate of $69.

For more information, visit Well-Being Travel.

Industry News

Nueterra and Ochsner Health System Partner to Provide World-Class Care to International Patients

Nueterra, a global healthcare management company, is proud to join forces with Ochsner Health System, Louisiana's largest health system, to provide access to world-class healthcare through the Nueterra Global Alliance (NGA), an international network of doctors and health systems. By partnering with Ochsner Health System, Nueterra is positioned to become a significant player in the $100 billion medical tourism market.

“Through this partnership with NGA, Ochsner physicians will have an extensive opportunity to offer the medical services of our nationally ranked U.S. News & World Report physicians and programs,” said Dr. Patrick Quinlan, CEO, Ochsner International Services. “The alliance will benefit patients throughout the world with quality healthcare and an improved quality of life.”

“Healthcare is not restricted to geographic boundaries,” said Dan Tasset, chairman of Nueterra. “People regardless of location deserve access to the best healthcare treatments available. Through the Nueterra Global Alliance, we are providing access to superior healthcare within our network of quality health systems such as Ochsner.” The Nueterra Global Alliance allows patients and referral partners to choose a physician from a healthcare provider or through an independent search based on a medical specialty or geographic region.

This partnership is indicative of the trend in healthcare to create synergistic relationships which better healthcare and healthcare options for individuals. Nueterra and Ochsner will begin transporting patients from the Latin America and Caribbean regions immediately. “Our goal is to help hundreds of patients receive excellent healthcare treatments before the end of this year,” said David Miller, president of the Nueterra Global Alliance. “No other company is doing what Nueterra is doing, partnering with diverse health systems and international physicians to provide so many options for patients.”

Nueterra's efforts are focused on providing medical exchange, healthcare options for tertiary services that aren't readily available in every region; these services include but are not limited to cardiology services, transplant procedures and cancer treatments. The Nueterra Global Alliance will also provide healthcare options and patient transport through Nueterra's partner facilities in the UK, the Middle East and North Africa.

Industry News

Medical tourism in Mexico an answer to Obamacare restrictions for Americans?
www.examiner.com - As more Americans learn what Obamacare is going to do when all of its ramifications begin taking over medical care in the US, many patients may choose to be medical tourists to obtain lower priced, needed private services that the gutted Medicare or their insurance no longer covers. These may include such services such as heart surgery, dental work, cosmetic surgery, orthopedic treatments and weight loss surgery.

According to the Medical Tourism Corporation, some new Mexican hospitals are state-of-the art and can be compared to the best in the world. Recently there has been a boom in small clinics and surgery centers as well as high-quality hospitals.

While price is what often attracts Americans to visit Mexico for medical treatment, according to the Medical Tourism Corporation, the Mexican doctors often have more experience than American doctors because either the procedure has not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or has only recently been approved.

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Upcoming Events

IBMS Mumbai India Mini-Medical Tourism Conference Slated for January 17-18, 2013, in Mumbai

IBMS Mumbai invites healthcare providers and medical facilitators to discuss and explore the advantages of treatment abroad at the India Mini-Medical Tourism Conference to take place January 17-18, 2013, in Mumbai.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Vijay Sharma, MBBS, M.D., cosmetic surgeon India, executive director of IBMS India, take extensive tours of two medical facilities/institutes specializing in medical tourism, and discuss initiatives of the International Board of Medicine and Surgery.

The cost for this event is $495.00 USD.

To register, click here.

Kuwait Medical Tourism Congress and Exhibition Scheduled for March 2013

Kuwait Medical Tourism Congress and Exhibition invites local, regional and international best hospitals and medical tourism facilitators for a three-day convergence focusing on networking among the stakeholders, high quality of medical services, and the investment opportunities in healthcare throughout the world.

Slated for March 19 - 21, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kuwait, the event will see the participation of some of the leading names in the medical tourism and healthcare industry. The conference will comprise workshops conducted by renowned international speakers. The workshops will cover topics that range from medical tourism, current medical research initiatives, the latest innovations in the health sector, future business opportunities in healthcare, insurance, and healthcare quality to the globalization in healthcare.

To learn more or to register click here.

International Medical Travel Exhibition & Conference Slated for March 2013

The first truly global exhibition and conference dedicated to medical travel is slated for March 22-23, 2013, at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

Designed to provide a unique opportunity to discuss the latest trends and developments in the medical travel world, IMTEC 2013 offers a combination of exclusive presentations, case studies and panel discussions. Delegates will be able to gain adoptable and sustainable models that can be implemented into an organization directly after the conference.

To learn more about exhibiting or attending visit IMTEC 2013.

To download the show brochure, please click here.


China's first professional exchange event, The 2013 Shanghai Medical & Healthcare Tourism Show (SMTS) will provide a first-of-its-kind platform for communication and cooperation among suppliers, destinations, hospitals, insurance companies, hotels and other professionals of global medical and healthcare tourism products.

To learn more or to register click here.

Global Connected Care Conference & 4th Meditour Expo 

June 5 and 6, 2013 Hyatt Regency - Orange County, CA

This two-day international conference will bring together professionals from all over the world to discuss the latest trends and opportunities in global healthcare. The conference will include presentations by some of global healthcare's biggest decision makers and thought leaders. Conference themes include:

  • Global Physician Referral Networks and Patient Care-The Next Generation of Care
  • Self-Funded Insurance Groups-Providing Healthcare Travel Alternatives
  • Business Processes and Advanced Global Healthcare Marketing Strategies
  • Integrating Global Healthcare Technologies with Medical Travel
  • Legal Issues in Global Care
  • Accessing the US healthcare market: both inbound and outbound
  • Dental Tourism
  • M-health, Telemedicine and Electronic Healthcare Information Platform

To learn more or register 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

Easing of visa norms to boost medical tourism

Timesofindia - With the Centre easing restrictions on tourist visas that required a two-month gap between consecutive visits for people from certain countries, medical tourism is likely to get a boost.

The tourist visa restriction, relaxed on Monday, was introduced in November 2009 after the Mumbai terror attacks when it was found that Pakistani-American David Headley had breached security norms to visit India several times.


Cosmetic surgery common reason for medical tourism
modernmedicine.com - Nearly a third of people surveyed across the globe say they're open to traveling abroad to undergo surgical procedures at a lower cost.
The survey, conducted by independent market research company Ipsos on behalf of Reuters News, may reflect the perception of superior medical care in other countries, Nicolas Boyon, senior vice president of Ipsos Public Affairs, told Reuters.

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