Conference on medical tourism and health care reform

Posted: April 20, 2010 in Health
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As I said in an earlier post I’ve been wondering about how the medical tourism industry will be impacted by the U.S. health care reform law. Well, there’s a conference on that.

According to a press release I read, Irving Stackpole, President of Stackpole & Associates, a health care market research and marketing company, will give a presentation on the impact of US health care reform on the medical tourism sector at the First Latin American Global Medicine and Wellness Congress in San Jose, Costa Rica on Monday, April 26, 2010.

The preamble says that the new health care law will have far reaching consequences for the international health travel sector. Historically, the industry in the U.S. has marketed mainly to uninsured Americans and self-insured health plan providers. Stackpole says that as a result of the new bill the industry will be in flux for the next two years. I don’t know but it seems like it might be longer than that because the provisions in the new law are phased in for longer than that. He says that there do appear to be some opportunities for international health travel organizations as a result of the law.

Ah, but no details in the press release on where those opportunities may be. I guess you have to sign up for the conference. But since it’s in Costa Rica I don’t think I’ll be making it. I’m still thinkin along the lines of my earlier post, that the big opportunity might be with insurance companies trying to reduce their costs by sending patietns overseas.

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