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Medical Tourism Association® to Host Certification Workshop in Budapest

Training, Saturday, June 25, 2015, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., held during Medical Tourism Conference CEE, SEE, CIS, at Radisson Blu Beke Hotel.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, May 21, 2015 --( Hungary is dressing up for medical tourism and a training and certification program tailored for doctors, hospital staff, patient specialists and health and wellness marketing professionals will help them look the part -- Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in Budapest.

The Medical Tourism Association® workshop will put on display the business and development tools needed to compete in the health and wellness industry, said Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the Medical Tourism Association®, who noted the Certified Medical Tourism Professional® (CMTP) training program is offered in conjunction with Medical Tourism Conference CEE, SEE, CIS, June 18-19, 2015, at the Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, in Budapest, where health and medical providers will assemble to learn, share and explore regional opportunities in medical tourism.

“Hungarians and expats have become increasingly dependent on private healthcare clinics and hospitals for treatment,” she said. “Until government reform can right the ship and develop specific plans to eliminate debt, wait-times and expensive interventions, building trust in diagnostic and therapeutic care and promoting that confidence in an online world will be imperative of any healthcare provider in the private sector – and make training and certification that much more essential.”

Stephano said participants who complete the workshop will be eligible to take the Certified Medical Tourism Professional® exam, which upon passage, communicates a specialized expertise and commitment to best practices recognized by healthcare providers, insurance entities, government agencies and tourism and travel facilitators worldwide. To register, go to:

Topics under discussion at the workshop, 2-6 p.m., include:

· Medical tourism industry;

· Medical tourism facilitator;

· Patient experience;

· Marketing;

· Incorporating technology into your medical tourism business.

Hungary has long been considered a thriving destination for dental treatments, plastic surgery and ophthalmology. Coupled with the region’s propensity to attract health and wellness seekers to Hungary’s historic Turkish baths and thermal spas and a European Directive opening cross-borders to healthcare, investing in both medical tourism education and training makes sense to Ákos Farkas, CEO of MTA Hungary -- the Medical Tourism Association® chapter established earlier this year.

Farkas said MTA Hungary is working with the Hungarian National Tourism Office to promote medical travel to Hungary from international destinations, such as Denmark, Germany, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

About Medical Tourism Association®
The Medical Tourism Association® is the first membership-based international nonprofit trade organization 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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