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Fact or Science Fiction? 3-D Printing Discussion Invades World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan

World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan sponsored by Medical Tourism Association®, Global Benefits Association and Taiwan External Trade Development Council, June 26-27, 2014, at Taipei International Convention Center.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, May 21, 2014 --( Printing replacement body parts may sound like something from the realm of science fiction, but that idea and that of others using 3-D techniques for the mass production of medical devices will be the topic of a keynote presentation at World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan 2014, jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Health & Welfare Taiwan, Taiwan External Trade Development Council, Global Benefits Association and Medical Tourism Association, June 26-27, at the Taipei International Convention Center.

Dr. Scott Hollister, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Scaffold Tissue Engineering Group at the University of Michigan, will present “Impacts of Advanced Technology in Medical Services,” focusing on a hot topic – the theory that entire organs and body parts can be bio-printed -- that has not only captured the imagination of the world, but, more specifically, the healthcare industry as well.

“Using 3-D images could revolutionize the way we look – quite literally – at the way healthcare providers manufacture, distribute and modify medical and dental devices,” said Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the Medical Tourism Association®. “But, as fascinating as the prospect of advancing health improvements through 3-D printing can be, public discussions like this can serve to further balance safety issues without compromising innovation.”

Taiwan recently launched a three-year, US$2.33 million (NT$70) program to cultivate local 3-D printing capabilities. The Ministry of Science and Technology seed money to both academia and industry will be used to tackle issues related to output quality and production efficiency.

World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan 2014 will bring more than 400 participants from multinational employers and insurance companies from 25 countries to focus on networking while engaging in a diverse span of industry topics including healthcare development and investment in Taiwan, medical tourism research, healthcare free trade zones, global insurance, wellness and clinical quality improvements. For a complete list of speakers, go to:

About the Global Benefits Association
Headquartered in the United States with offices around the world, the Global Benefits Association (GBA) is the non-profit trade association for the Global Benefits and Expatriate Industry with its sole and primary focus on health insurance, employee benefits and other insurance benefits that are delivered on an international basis and across borders. The purpose of the Global Benefits Association is to provide a single authoritative voice for multinational employers and insurers and to allow industry participants to collaborate, share best practices and network.

Founded in 1970 to promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwan businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets.

About the Medical Tourism Association®
The Medical Tourism Association® is the first membership-based international nonprofit trade association for the medical tourism and healthcare industry made up of top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliates committed to promoting the highest level of quality healthcare to patients in a global environment.
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Medical Tourism Association
Joseph Harkins
1.561.791.2000, ext. 803

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