BUPA-Medical Tourism Association® Renew Summit Partnership to Identify Ways to Improve Clinical Quality in International Healthcare

Leading Health Insurer to Host Forum in Conjunction with World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, Sept. 27-30, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

Orlando, FL, July 29, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Against a backdrop of increasing medical travel to private facilities for diagnostic treatment and care, proactive and forward-thinking leaders from the most dynamic hospitals and clinics in Latin America and beyond will return for a second year to identify emerging international Centers of Excellence and offer solutions for the delivery of healthcare and medical insurance services during the 2015 Bupa Global Providers Summit. The summit on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 will be held in conjunction with the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, Sept. 27-30, 2015 -- at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla., the Medical Tourism Association® and Bupa Global announced today.

“Private healthcare markets are expanding throughout the world, but, perhaps, nowhere as fast as those in emerging countries,” said Dr. Edison Vallejo, Director of Health & Benefits at Bupa Global in Latin America, the health insurer of some 14 million customers in more than 190 countries. “With a growing mobile population, innovative insurance products and elimination of access barriers to quality healthcare, patients are increasingly seeking treatment in international markets that are better able to provide the higher level of service desired.”

Renée-Marie Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association®, said the Bupa Summit – “Clinical Quality as a Differentiator in International Healthcare” -- provides a platform for healthcare consumers and providers to candidly exchange insights and share lessons learned -- from bundled pricing and affordable healthcare services to hospital performance and quality programs.

“Although private healthcare markets are ripe for growth, the high costs and the wide variations in pricing involved with emerging medical technologies can be confusing and constraining,” she said. “Our ongoing relationship with Bupa Global and participation in this Summit offers a much-needed forum for healthcare providers and insurers to clear the air and formulate strategies that allow consumers to take more effective ownership and stewardship of their health.”

For information about summit speakers and topics as well as registration information, visit http://www.medicaltourismcongress.com/bupasummit/, or contact Cristina Cardona, executive global program manager, 001-561-792-6676, or Info@MedicalTourismCongress.com

About Bupa Global
Bupa Global is the international health insurance arm of Bupa, serving over 2.1 million customers around the world. We provide products and services in 190 countries for globally minded people who want the most premium coverage and access to the best healthcare anytime, anywhere in the world, whether at home or when studying, living, travelling or working abroad. Bupa Global employs more than 1,500 people and has offices in London and Brighton (UK), Miami (USA) and Copenhagen (Denmark), as well as in France, Spain, Egypt, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Ecuador.

About Bupa
Bupa’s purpose is longer, healthier, happier lives. As a leading global health and care company, we offer health insurance, medical subscription and other health and care funding products; we run care homes, retirement and care villages, primary care, diagnostic and wellness centres, hospitals and dental clinics. We also provide workplace health services, home healthcare, health assessments and long-term condition management services. We have 29m customers in 190 countries. With no shareholders, we reinvest our profits to provide more and better healthcare and fulfil our purpose. We employ almost 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Chile, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the USA. For more information, visit www.bupa.com.

About the Medical Tourism Association®
As the first membership-based international nonprofit trade organization and think-tank for the medical tourism and healthcare industries, the Medical Tourism Association® develops and implements creative and sustainable strategies for attracting direct foreign investments. The MTA provides advisory services to investors researching the industry and matches these financiers with medical tourism-related projects. www.MedicalTourismAssociation.com
Medical Tourism Association
Joseph Harkins
1.561.791.2000, ext. 803