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7 Medical Tourism Trends To Watch In 2016

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.

Chinese baby

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…

Bangkok medical tourism troubles

Amazing Thailand discount shopping for medical tourismThe “Ah” has gone from “Amazing Thailand”. At least in medical tourism.

In the days immediately following the anti-government protests in Bangkok, social network users on the internet found it hard to restrain themselves from gloating over the apparent destruction of Thailand as a medical destination and the opportunities this may present to other countries.

A great deal now hinges on how the Thai government, specifically its tourism arm, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), acts to promote Thailand as a medical tourism destination in the coming year.

Sustained and cohesive promotion efforts are not likely to happen soon, insiders agree. While TAT has been working on a medical tourism Read more…

When the hospital is the patient

SIck hospital websiteIf you haven’t recently visited – or read – your hospital’s website, you may want to take a closer look at it. It may be very sick. Any facilitator linking to and promoting hospitals expecting to get help in closing a patient or an employer, needs to take a hard look at these sites.

In building web pages for the Top 10 World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists on the MTQUA website, we’re discovering Read more…