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Published on Jan 20, 2015
The Medical Tourism Association® welcomed home two of the most recent satisfied patients, Guion and Harwell, both of whom were featured as a medical tourism case study on segments of “ABC’s World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer,” Sept. 30, and later that night on “Nightline.” The broadcast followed a consolidated effort of the Medical Tourism Association® and the employer and healthcare provider, both MTA members, to bring the story to international recognition.
“As more patients explore cost-effective ways to spend dwindling healthcare dollars overseas, trust becomes more than a handshake or a late-night Internet search,” said Renée-Marie Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association®, which will gather some 2,000 industry stakeholders for the 6th World Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress, Nov. 3-6, 2013, in Las Vegas. “Rather, trust should also mean peace of mind — a daunting mental state to achieve for both employer and employee and healthcare providers involved in an overseas healthcare connection, where the potential exists for questionable parties to contract for lucrative services without being held to verifiable standards and measurements.”
Stephano said the Medical Tourism Association® serves as a selective platform for its members – like HSM and Hospital Clinica Biblica — where reliable information related to safety and quality at healthcare facilities around the world is shared and congruent training, certification and strategies for healthcare providers, employers, facilitators and related government policy makers is offered to enhance the patient experience before, during and beyond their return home.