As part of our mission to offer attendees great networking opportunities to expand their business connections, this year’s 6th World Medical Tourism Congress will feature a series of specific industry forums to provide key stakeholders the platform to work towards common goals, interests and deal as a collaborative group on common obstacles and problems that slow or hinder growth.
Women’s Healthcare & Insurance Leadership Summit & Luncheon
Saturday, Nov 2nd, 2013 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This summit is dedicated to the business of women’s health and insurance. It will serve as a commitment and vision to share ideas, opportunities and means to overcoming obstacles inherent in delivery of care and benefits locally and abroad. Our goal will be to generate actionable insights, to promote and inspire continued interaction among members of this gathering of those holding titles such as: CEO, CFO, CMO, president, administrator, and more.
EU Directive on Cross Border Healthcare Forum (Invitation Only)
In March 2011, the European Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross border healthcare was adopted by the European Parliament. This clarifies the rights of EU citizens to seek treatment in other EU member states, however, there is much more to this new law. This presentation brings together key industry leaders to discuss facts and the reality in terms of the possible effect on the medical tourism market.
US Healthcare Meets Emerging Markets Forum (Invitation Only)
Hospitals in search of a global brand and those seeking to expand existing ones will converge in this industry forum to generate new relationships, breaking down perceived barriers to internationalizing programs. The focus of this industry forum is to bring dedicated US hospitals together with hospitals and payors in emerging markets for a chance to forge ahead with the exchange of services, education, technology and medical personnel for mutual benefit. As an interactive discussion, topics will include concerns such as bundled packaging of services, fellowship opportunities, effective and efficient transfer of medical records, telemedical and telepresence opportunities for collaboration and more.
Medical Tourism Facilitator Forum (Invitation Only)
This private roundtable is for all “qualifying” global medical tourism facilitators involved in coordinating care for international or domestic healthcare consumers. This meeting will provide a platform for medical tourism facilitators to work towards common goals, interests and deal as a collaborative group on common obstacles and problems that slow or hinder growth of the facilitation organization.
Health & Hospitality Service Development Forum: Opportunities for Latin America (Invitation Only)
Over the past decade, some Latin American countries have made consistent and substantial investments in research for health and hospitality. With any development, there are also challenges and proposed solutions. This industry forum will touch upon some of these challenges such as improving substandard quality, expanding access to care, subsidizing the costs of improving utilization of care and improving effectiveness and efficiency. Additionally, it will offer case studies and new models of investing in health and hospitality development, improving hospital governance and generating public private partnerships.
Destination Branding Forum: The Critical Role of Tourism Boards, CVB’s & Chambers in Health & Wellness Tourism (Invitation Only)
Some forward-thinking tourism organization innovators have already made plans to redefine their businesses and enter a profitable niche market that is medical and wellness tourism, which combines attractive destinations with affordable and high quality procedures and treatments for a nonstop list of health and wellness seekers. The industry forum will share case studies of these groups in their investigation into additional motivations such as availability of treatment, cultural roots of the travelers, specialization of treatments, and how they are using these factors to facilitate and integrate health and hospitality into their innovative destination branding programs.
Destination Health Forum & Luncheon (Invitation Only)
Medical and Health Attachés and Health Authorities are dedicated to extend all possible assistance to its citizens within their country and outside borders, sending patients abroad for treatment for those extreme cases where medical treatments is not appropriate or available in country. This moderated industry forum and luncheon will provide an opportunity for participating Medical and Health Attachés to share experiences, discuss opportunities and to develop new relationships with counterparts in other regions in an attempt to stimulate the bilateral trade between nations for health services.
Medical Tourism Destination Ranking Forum & Luncheon (Invitation Only)
Despite the notable growth of the medical tourism industry and the increasing number of countries promoting and branding them as medical tourist destinations, empirical insights into the construct of countries as medical tourism destinations have remained scant. In order to help countries manage their medical tourism brand better, one first needs to be able to measure the county’s medical tourism brand. The objective of this industry forum is to inform and discuss the initiative for developing a Medical Tourism Destination Ranking. The Medical Tourism Destination Ranking will be an invaluable research tool for benchmarking the country’s medical tourism brand image.
Understanding Ethnic Groups in the USA (Invitation Only)
Hispanics make up 50.5 million or 16.3% of the U.S. population. Racial and ethnic minorities may face challenges in having access to medical care in the United States. When they receive it, their care may not be equivalent to that for other groups. Why this is so, however, is a complex issue involving not only possible differences in ability to pay and provider behavior, but also in such factors as patient preferences, differential treatment by providers, and geographical variability. Despite awareness of inequities in healthcare quality, little is known about strategies that have the potential to improve the quality of healthcare for ethnic minority populations. This session will be focused on the importance of understanding the perspective of ethnic groups to improve health care quality for racial/ethnic minorities.