Medical Tourism Association to host congress in San Francisco, USA

by Medical Tourism Association ,  Medical Tourism Association | 2008-07-13

The Medical Tourism Association’s annual congress will take place September 9-12th in San Francisco, CA at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.  The event has more than 40 exhibitors and up to 750 attendees from over 30 countries.  The event is sponsored by more than six countries and will have speakers from organizations such as CIGNA, UnitedHealthcare, Assurant, American Medical Association, Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Medical.  The Keynote Speaker will be Alex Piper, a former buyer of healthcare for Chrysler (formerly DaimlerChrysler). 

The conference will have a primary focus of the integration of medical tourism into health insurance for both fully insured and self funded employers.  Attendees will include health insurance carriers, employers, health insurance agents who are interested in implementing medical tourism into their health plans.  Over 100 employers and insurance companies have already implemented medical tourism and have started to send employees overseas for healthcare achieving discounts as high as 90% on major surgeries.

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The current list of expert speakers include the following:

  • Joseph M. Heyman, MD, Chair-elect, Board of Trustees, American Medical Association
  • Lorna Friedman, Senior Medical Executive, CIGNA
  • Robert Germain, Former Director of Global Health, Aetna Insurance Company
  • John Blalock, Guardian Life Insurance Company Of America
  • Michael Kent, Senior Regional Director, Great West Life Insurance Company
  • Frank Lasee, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Christine Leyden, VP & GM of Client Services, Chief Accreditation Officer, URAC
  • Dan Bonk, Executive VP, Central Region, Aurora Healthcare, Wisconsin
  • Kemal Canlar, Senior Sales Executive, United Healthcare, USA
  • Jay Savan, Towers Perrin
  • Robert Frary, VP of Select Benefits & Worksite, Symetra Financial Insurance Company
  • Robert Crone, Former CEO - Harvard Medical International, Managing Director - Huron Consulting Group
  • Alex Piper, Former Buyer of Healthcare, Chrysler (Formerly DaimlerChrysler)
  • Mike Kellen, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Assurant Health Insurance Company
  • Sharon Kleefield, Harvard Medical School
  • William F. Ruschhaupt, MD, Chairman, Global Patient Services, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  • Alexandra Jung, Aon Consulting
  • Renee-Marie Stephano, Esq., COO & General Counsel, Medical Tourism Association
  • Steve Green, Director, Trent Accreditation
  • James Lee, Wooridul Spine Hospital, Korea
  • Vishal Bali, CEO, Wockhardt Hospitals, India
  • Lee Chien Earn, Senior Director, Healthcare Performance Group, Ministry of Health, Singapore
  • Dr. B.K. Rana, Neputy Director, NABH, Quality Council of India
  • Grant Muddle, Senior Vice President of Operations, Apollo Hospitals Group, India
  • Arturo Garza, CEO, Christus Muguerza, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Dr. Sanjiv Malik, Max Healthcare, India
  • Jim Follett, Director, Global Sales Latin America, InterContinental Hotels Group, (Holiday Inn & Crowne Plaza)
  • Brad Cook, International Department Director, Clinica Biblica Hospital, Costa Rica
  • Adv. Kurt Worrall-Clare, Hospital Association of South Africa
  • Mohd Radzif Yunus, CEO, National Heart Institute, Malaysia
  • Edward Watson, MD, CEO, MedTral, New Zealand
  • Alma Jiminez, President, St. Frances Cabrini, Philippine Medical Tourism Association
  • Fred Hagigi, Professor, UCLA School of Public Health
  • Stuart Rowley, CEO, Prince Court Medical Center, Malaysia
  • Dr. Jorge Cortes Rodriguez, Medical Director, Clinica Biblica Hospital
  • Shin-Ho Lee, Ph.D. Executive Director for Industry Support, Korea Health Industry Development Institute
  • Jonathan Edelheit, President, Medical Tourism Association
  • Dr. med. Uwe Klien, Chairman of the Congress, Europe health GmbH
  • Curtis Schroeder, CEO, Bumrungrad Hospital
  • Dr. Carlos Dueñas Garcia, President - Mexican Private Hospital Association, Representative - International Hospital Federation
  • Elizabeth Boultbee, Head of International Business, HCA International Hospitals  - London
  • Dr. Prem Jagyasi, Chartered Management & Medical Tourism Consultant, Group Director - Marketing, Lifeline Healthcare, Dubai - UAE
  • Dr. Fawzi Al-Hammouri, Chairman, Private Hospitals Association – Jordan
  • Ernesto Dieck Assad, CEO, Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey
  • Stephen M. Weiner, Esq., Chairman of Health, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C
  • Maureen Connors Potter, VP for International Services, HCPro, Inc. - Former Executive Director – JCI
  • Scott A. Edelstein, Esq., Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael G. Meissner, Esq., Partner, Tax Practice, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Ohio
  • Jim McCormick, MD, Board Certified Emergency Medicine
  • Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, PhD, Professor, Eastern Washington University, Washington
  • David G. Vequist, Professor
  • Margaret Ball, Founder, Health Links International
  • Christi de Moraes, BA, Founder, MedNetBrazil Services, Inc.
  • Brent T. McCallum, CPA, Professor, The American University, Washington, D.C.
  • Vishal Bali, CEO, Wockhardt Hospitals, India

About the Medical Tourism Association

The Medical Tourism Association is the international non-profit trade association for the medical tourism industry which focuses on transparency in quality and pricing, communication and education in an industry where patients travel from one country to another for medical care.

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