SOURCE: World Congress

October 30, 2007 08:30 ET

World Congress to Present Forum on Medical Tourism

Experts to Present on Opportunities, Challenges for Rapidly Growing Health Care

WOBURN, MA--(Marketwire - October 30, 2007) - World Congress, the leading global producer of health care conferences, will present in November its first Leadership Forum on Medical Tourism, a rapidly growing sector of the health care industry that has prompted more than two million Americans to travel abroad for medical treatments.

WHAT:  The World Congress Leadership Forum on Medical Tourism
WHERE: Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, VA
WHEN:  November 9, 2007, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

As the cost of medical care in the United States continues to skyrocket and wait times for many procedures grow longer, many Americans are taking advantage of foreign hospitals and physicians to provide much of their medical care. In fact, the medical tourism market is expected to explode to $40 billion by 2010, and should continue to increase as the Baby Boom generation ages. In some cases, the cost of care at accredited foreign hospitals offering first-class care is as little as one-tenth the cost of similar treatment in the United States. World Congress will bring together under one roof key employers, health plans, hospital systems and international medical tourism providers to share the latest insights on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for medical tourism.

Speakers include:

--  Renee-Marie Stephano, Editor-in-Chief and General Counsel, Medical
    Tourism Association
--  Maggie Grace, author, "State of the Heart: A Medical Tourist's True
    Story of Lifesaving Surgery in India"
--  John F.P. Bridges, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health
    Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
--  Scott Edelstein, Of Counsel, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP
--  Dr. Joel Beltran, Director of Business Development and Marketing,
    Asian Hospital and Medical Center; Member, Medical Cluster, Philippine
    Medical Tourism Program, Public Private Partnership
--  Brad Cook, International Department Administrator, Hospital Clinica
    Biblica (Costa Rica)
--  Carlos Zavala, Director, Business Development, Hospital Angeles
    Tijuana (Mexico)
    

Key topics include:

--  Keynote address: Preparing your organization for Medical Tourism
--  The Legal Perspective, Overcoming obstacles to implement a successful
    medical tourism program
--  Exploring medical tourism economics in healthcare: Addressing the
    opportunities and challenges facing employers and insurers
--  Savings and safety: What is the policy impact of medical tourism?
--  Initiatives in Global Health Information Exchange: Supporting
    standards, quality guidelines and the international adoption of the
    Continuity of Care Record (CCR)
    

To view a regularly updated agenda, visit www.worldcongress.com/tourism

For media members to receive press pass contact: Patrick.golden@worldcongress.com or 781-939-2511

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