Medical Tourism Gets Holistic Boost

Medical Tourism Association and Former IMTA President Say Goodbye to Concerns Welcoming Joint Collaboration.

West Palm Beach, FL, May 07, 2010 --( World's rapidly growing phenomena - Medical Tourism, gets shot in arm as big associations shade away concerns when two non-profit associations support Medical Tourism Association.

News is welcomed by many governments, non-government bodies and industry leaders, leading to further growth opportunities and synergetic relationship between industry players.

The Medical Tourism Association has many global projects providing education and information forums for communication and has made a significant investment in creating a brand and goodwill for its reputable membership and membership programs. Since that time, many “copy-cat” organizations have cropped up with no agendas, no active membership and no new initiatives.

Attempts to amicably resolve the trademark matter between IMTA and the Medical Tourism Association were terminated in July 2009 by Dale Vandemark Esquire, of the law firm Epstein, Becker & Green PC, who thereafter was replaced by IMTAA with other counsel. Informal discussions between the Directors of the Medical Tourism Association and Directors of IMTA and IMTAA resulted in a final settlement agreement which ended the trademark issue to everyone’s satisfaction with the dissolution of both IMTA and IMTAA.

Former IMTA President Ruben Toral commented, “I believe the industry is best served working together and the issues between IMTA and MTA have now been put to rest; MTA is to be commended for creating a viable association and has been effective in promoting the medical tourism industry. It is my hope that we can use this initiative to develop synergies and relationships that will help all of us move forward and I look forward to reestablishing my relationship with the MTA.”

News gained significant importance, as there was confusion when the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) protected its trademark rights last year against Bangkok based IMTA; people commented as to the dangerous precedent such action would make. Based upon the concerns raised by the Medical Tourism Association’s global membership about the growing confusion between the organizations and the IMTA’s establishment of the Miami-based IMTAA to run its operations in the United States, this action was deemed by the MTA’s Board of Directors to be necessary to prevent name confusion and deterioration of the established good will.

Asia is one of the oldest regions in successfully delivering medical tourism and travel programs. Given that medical tourism crosses all regions, it is imperative to work together in a global network, which the Medical Tourism Association has established, and continues to grow in depth and breadth through its membership, projects, and mission of networking, educating and communicating with all involved.

“This industry is quickly evolving on a global scale and working together to facilitate this transformation continues to be a critical mission of the Medical Tourism Association. Our priority always has and always will be to continue to develop a solid foundation for the future growth of the medical tourism industry and we look forward to future collaboration with all groups involved,” said Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the Medical Tourism Association.

The Medical Tourism Association is made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical tourism facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment. Our Association promotes the interests of its healthcare provider and medical tourism facilitators members. The Medical Tourism Association has three tenets: Transparency in Quality and Pricing, Communication and Education.

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Chelsea D'Ariano