West Palm Beach, FL, June 09, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- As part of its dedication to education, The Medical Tourism Association™ attended the annual conference of the American Academy of Physician Assistants to educate physician assistants about the medical tourism industry and the new opportunities for effectuating a continuum of care for traveling patients. The AAPA’s 39th Annual Conference in Las Vegas drew nearly 10,000 attendees and is the only annual meeting targeting all groups and medical specialties of PAs.
Lisbeth Stein, Membership Coordinator of the Medical Tourism Association stated, “We were overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response. This second year at the AAPA IMPACT Convention proved that the interest in medical tourism both inbound and outbound from the US is on the rise.”
“With healthcare reform in a constant state of flux, it has been difficult to determine the true impact on the US healthcare industry. It was clear from the great interest at the AAPA event that rising healthcare costs and the need for better delivery of services has raised the bar of interest in PA’s supporting patients decisions to travel abroad for care and to support patients inbound for continuum of care,” Stein added.
Many physician assistants were not aware of the medical tourism industry and were very anxious to learn more about their potential role in this space. These opportunities include providing a continuum of care for travelling patients, patient advocacy and medical concierge service. MTA reported an expanded interest from PA’s to grow their global network by participating in the MTA’s annual conference, the 4th World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress, Oct. 25-28 in Chicago.
Gabriella Vicuna, Global Program Coordinator for the MTA, presented “International Opportunities in Global Healthcare” to better explain the growth of the industry. The presentation was well attended and sparked many new and interesting discussions on the subject.
While in Las Vegas, the Medical Tourism Magazine confirmed the launch of its first Destination Guide to Las Vegas. Healthcare clusters have been popping up throughout the US as more and more regions realize the importance of collaboration with respect to healthcare, wellness and hospitality industries. The Guide will be available on www.MedicalTourism.com ranked number one on Google for information on the medical tourism industry. The guide will be free for consumers to download to learn everything they need to know about receiving healthcare and wellness options in Las Vegas. Las Vegas has many top notch facilities including a new state of the art Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health designed by renowned architect Frank Ghery. The Center, which is supported by the Keep Memory Alive Foundation, adds tremendous promise for the study of neurodegenerative diseases. This is just one of the many up and coming development in healthcare for the City.
About the MTA
The Medical Tourism Association™ (also referred to as Global Healthcare Association and Medical Travel Association) is the first international non-profit trade association for the medical tourism and global healthcare industry made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel 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. The Association promotes the interests of its healthcare provider and medical tourism facilitator members. The Medical Tourism Association™ has three tenets: Transparency in Quality and Pricing, Communication and Education. http://www.medicaltourismassociation.com/en/index.html .