From spiritual tourism to voluntourism, people now travel for many reasons other than a simple beach vacation. But one less expected type of tourism that has been growing in recent years is fertility tourism. With rising cases of infertility in the context of increased medical costs in the United States and advancements in reproductive technologies abroad, the global fertility tourism market … [Read more...]
Why Is Medical Tourism Accreditation So Misunderstood?
(Reprinted IMTJ 1-2020) Elizabeth Ziemba, President of Medical Tourism Training has heard a variety of myths, misconceptions, and unfounded rumours about what accreditation is and what it can do. She also knows of some unethical behaviours that contribute to the confusion. In her article, she separates fact from fiction. Below are five of the most often heard and repeated fallacies about … [Read more...]
Health City Cayman to Become the Center for Caribbean Medical Tourism and Beyond
Surgeon and entrepreneur Dr. Devi Shetty has recently outlined his plan to make Grand Cayman the “capital of medical tourism for the western hemisphere” within the next seven years. The man behind Health City Cayman believes the hospital’s growth will accelerate with the construction of a new multi-million dollar cancer centre within the next 12 months. He expects patients to come largely from … [Read more...]
Realistic Opportunities for Health Tourism in the Caribbean
Opportunities for both medical and wellness tourism are wide open for healthcare providers in the Caribbean, but they must do their homework and do the necessary due diligence before making a decision as to which way to go. For example, a private hospital must consider the cost to upgrade their clinical services to international standards and subsequently apply for accreditation from an … [Read more...]
Why US Health Insurance Plans Don’t Include Medical Travel?
Why do so few US health insurance companies offer international medical travel benefits? In the first of two articles, Irving Stackpole, President, Stackpole & Associates Inc, and Elizabeth Ziemba President of Medical Tourism Training Inc unpick the issues. … [Read more...]