Lawmakers Aim to Attract Medical Tourists to Rhode Island

photo McNamara 2014Big news is coming out of the small state of Rhode Island!  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-19) has introduced legislation that would encourage domestic medical tourism to his state of Rhode Island.  One of the goals is to establish a domestic medical tourism classification that would apply to companies where 50 percent or fewer of their clients were from in state.

What he says needs to happen is a revision to the certificate of need process run by the Department of Health. Medical service providers would still need to be licensed, but McNamara is looking to establish a domestic medical tourism classification that would apply to companies where 50 percent or fewer of their clients were from in state. The bill would provide for an exemption of the certificate of need requirement under certain circumstances for domestic medical tourism and multi-practice health facilities. It would also provide for an expeditious review process requiring a decision within 30 days; reduce the health services council that oversees the certificate process from 24 to 12 members and place a moratorium on all new health care services and equipment until July 2015. During the moratorium, the Department of Health would prepare a statewide health care plan and inventory of health care facilities, equipment and health services. READ MORE HERE

More and more lawmakers are looking into medical tourism as a great opportunity to create jobs and boost the economy.  It is exciting for everyone in the medical tourism industry, but understanding the ins and outs of the bill can seem daunting to the average person.  That’s why we’re extremely excited and honored to have Rep. McNamara himself explain the details of this legislation at this year’s 7th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress that will take place this September in DC.  Don’t miss out on your chance to hear about this and many more exciting case studies!  The price of registration goes up at the end of the month, so don’t wait—REGISTER TODAY!

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