2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for providers of medical travel (or is it medical tourism?).
Medical Travel Quality Alliance expects that these will be the trends and issues of 2016 for the medical tourism industry, and will affect nearly all segments of the industry in nearly all countries around the globe.
1. Medical tourism gives birth to a baby boom.
The demand by medical tourists for in vitro fertilization IVF, gender selection, commercial surrogacy, and birthing places keeps growing.
After Thailand and India restricted commercial surrogacy, some surrogacy agencies moved operations to Cambodia and Nepal. In late 2015, Nepal and Mexico – which had allowed commercial surrogacy in the state of Tabasco – made surrogacy illegal.
But this doesn’t stop demand.
Surrogacy tourism to Russia, Ukraine and Georgia Read more…
Medical tourism is at a crossroads.
The medical tourism industry has failed to live up to its promise to medical travelers of delivering better quality treatment and care for anyone seeking to travel to a foreign country for health care. Read more…
Beirut’s Clemenceau Medical Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins International has become the first hospital in Lebanon to achieve international medical tourism certification from the Medical Travel Quality Alliance.
This marks a medical tourism milestone for Lebanon and for the hospital. Read more…
(Commercial Surrogacy Tourism, part 4)
Surrogacy tourism, like other medical travel services, is commonly promoted to be a “fraction of the cost” of commercial surrogacy in the U.S.
Yet, like other medical services, commercial surrogacy does not necessarily cost the oft-quoted US$70,000-$150,000.
A bonus of Obamacare gives a surrogate who in the past may not have had medical insurance the chance to sign with one of the state health Read more…
(Commercial Surrogacy Tourism, part 3)
Commercial surrogacy is an offshoot of the success of fertility treatments.
As more women consider in vitro fertilization an acceptable option for pregnancy, those for whom IVF is not possible refuse to deny themselves offspring and a full family life.
Adoption and surrogacy are the remaining choices. For some couples, arranging for a child through adoption tends to be more difficult and restricted than having a child through surrogacy. Read more…