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|2010 Global Medical Tourism Congress in Puerto Vallarta scheduled from August 24-26|
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July 15, 2010
International medical tourism is estimated at $500 million USD per year, but Mexico is currently capturing only $122 million of the market. This year, the Mexican state of Jalisco has an excellent opportunity of benefiting economically as Puerto Vallarta hosts the 2010 Global Medical Tourism Congress from August 24-26, 2010.
The event is sponsored by Vallarta Medical & Wellness Destination presided by Mr. Carlos Arceo.
Jalisco’s Governor Gonzalez Marquez Support
The 2010 Global Medical Tourism Congress has the support of the Governor of the State of Jalisco, Mr. Emilio Gonzalez Marquez, who recognizes the economic opportunities of Medical Tourism for Jalisco given its large population of American and Canadian retirees in Ajijic and Puerto Vallarta, and the excellent airline connectivity between our three countries.
$500-million USD Market Opportunity
Mr. Carlos Arceo was interviewed by El Financiero where he estimated the U.S. Medical Tourism opportunity at US$500-million per year and that Mexico is currently only capturing US$122-million. Mr. Fernando Sepulveda Amor, an expert on border health issues, representing International Healthcare and Wellness stated to El Financiero that there are other sizeable opportunities for Medical Tourism from Central and South America.
Health Savings Accounts Cover International Treatments
The keynote speaker at the conference will be Mr. Roy Ramthun, President of HSA Consulting Services, a consulting firm specializing in Health Savings Accounts. Previously Mr. Ramthun led the U.S. Treasury Department’s implementation of HSA’s and was a senior health policy advisor to President George W. Bush. Mr. Ramthun’s sister website mentions that HSA’s indeed pay for medical services provided (outside the USA).
Hospitals in Mexico Need Accreditation to Qualify for Insurance Payments
In order for international medical expenses to qualify for coverage by HSA’s and possibly Medicare and Medicaid, these international hospitals, doctors, laboratories and pharmacies must be accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).
Governor Gonzalez stated that Jalisco already has one hospital accredited by JCI and 5 more are in the process of obtaining said accreditation. Dr. Enrique Ruelas, current Surgeon General of Mexico and former Minister of Health in Mexico is scheduled to speak at The 2010 Global Medical Tourism Congress on the importance of accreditation.
Where to Stay in Puerto Vallarta
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