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Flight of Fancy No More: Role of Aeromedical Transportation Highlights World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

Educational workshop, sponsored by Lufthansa, identifies aeromedical transportation and lessons to be learned from flying overseas for medical tourism and hospitalization.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, July 10, 2014 --( No longer a flight of fancy, the critical steps involved with identifying aeromedical transportation and lessons to be learned from those patients who have flown overseas for hospitalization will be the topic of an educational workshop presented by Lufthansa airlines, a sponsor of the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, Sept. 20-24, 2014, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, in Washington, D.C., the Medical Tourism Association® announced today.

Dr. Raoul Breitkreutz, M.D., EDIC, medical director of Passenger Medical Care, at Lufthansa, will present “Aeromedical Transportation: From Emergencies to Benefits,” focusing on solutions to those challenges faced by both healthcare providers and the thousands of patients who access medical care overseas each year.

“Medical tourism and inter-hospital air transfers are increasing in numbers,” said Dr. Breitkreutz. “Patients who might otherwise be prevented from access to the care they need overseas – for either physical impediments involving transportation infrastructure or for the most obvious obstacles like the high cost of travel – are finding more commercial airlines empathizing with their plight.”

Lufthansa, a longtime partner of the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress and Medical Tourism Association®, accommodates about 1,000 medical tourism patients each year in which passengers travel on a stretcher. To this end, Lufthansa is the only commercial airline to offer a Patient Transport Compartment – an intensive care unit that can be installed on long-distance flights upon request. In addition to the Patient Transport Compartment, Lufthansa also offers a wide range of medical services including stretchers, oxygen, a medical operation center and a “doc on board” to 200 destinations in 80 countries.

“Medical tourism is reshaping the conversation about healthcare around the globe and calling attention to the way patients travel overseas before and after hospitalization,” said Jonathan Edelheit, CEO of the Medical Tourism Association®. “The good news is that competition among medical transport carriers – from private air ambulances and helicopters to jumbo commercial jets -- is fostering cooperation with healthcare facilities and medical tourism facilitators to simplify the travel process and cater to the needs of medical tourism patients with comfort, flexibility and affordability.”

For a preliminary list of speakers, go to:

The Congress agenda features the 5th Global Ministerial Summit, the 3rd Medical Directors Summit, the 2nd Global Women’s Leadership Summit, regional and industry forums, and educational workshops included among more than 1,000 networking meetings for up to 200 qualified buyers of healthcare. Participants, sponsors and invited speakers can keep abreast of Congress updates at

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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