World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress Connects Global Healthcare Providers...

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World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress Connects Global Healthcare
Providers with Global Insurance Companies

SAN FRANCISCO, June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Medical Tourism
Association's annual congress will take place September 9-12th in San
Francisco, CA at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.  The event has more than 40
exhibitors and up to 1,000 attendees from over 30 countries.  The event is
sponsored by more than six countries and will have speakers from organizations
such as CIGNA, UnitedHealthcare, Assurant, American Medical Association,
Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Medical.  The Keynote Speaker will be Alex Piper,
a former buyer of healthcare for Chrysler (formerly DaimlerChrysler). 

The medical tourism convention brochure can be viewed at
You can also view the promo video of the conference at

Website for registration is
The Medical Tourism Association website is

The conference will have a primary focus of the integration of medical tourism
into health insurance for both fully insured and self funded employers. 
Attendees will include health insurance carriers, employers, health insurance
agents who are interested in implementing medical tourism into their health
plans.  Over 100 employers and insurance companies have already implemented
medical tourism and have started to send employees overseas for healthcare
achieving discounts as high as 90% on major surgeries.

The current list of expert speakers include the following:

Joseph M. Heyman, MD
Chair-elect, Board of Trustees
American Medical Association

Lorna Friedman
Senior Medical Executive

Robert Germain
Former Director of Global Health
Aetna Insurance Company

John Blalock
Guardian Life Insurance Company Of America

Michael Kent
Senior Regional Director
Great West Life Insurance Company

Frank Lasee
Wisconsin State Representative

Christine Leyden
VP & GM of Client Services, Chief Accreditation Officer

Dan Bonk
Executive VP, Central Region
Aurora Healthcare, Wisconsin

Kemal Canlar
Senior Sales Executive
United Healthcare, USA

Jay Savan
Towers Perrin

Robert Frary
VP of Select Benefits & Worksite
Symetra Financial Insurance Company

Robert Crone
Former CEO - Harvard Medical International
Managing Director - Huron Consulting Group

Alex Piper
Former Buyer of Healthcare
Chrysler (Formerly DaimlerChrysler)

Mike Kellen
Senior Vice President, Strategic Development
Assurant Health Insurance Company

Sharon Kleefield
Harvard Medical School

William F. Ruschhaupt, MD
Chairman, Global Patient Services
Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

Alexandra Jung
Aon Consulting

Renee-Marie Stephano, Esq.
COO & General Counsel
Medical Tourism Association

Steve Green
Trent Accreditation

James Lee
Wooridul Spine Hospital, Korea

Vishal Bali
Wockhardt Hospitals, India

Lee Chien Earn
Senior Director
Healthcare Performance Group
Ministry of Health, Singapore

Dr. B.K. Rana
Deputy Director
NABH, Quality Council of India

Grant Muddle
Senior Vice President of Operations
Apollo Hospitals Group, India

Arturo Garza
Christus Muguerza, Monterrey, Mexico

Dr. Sanjiv Malik
Max Healthcare, India

Jim Follett
Director, Global Sales Latin America
InterContinental Hotels Group
(Holiday Inn & Crowne Plaza)

Brad Cook
International Department Director
Clinica Biblica Hospital, Costa Rica

Adv. Kurt Worrall-Clare
Hospital Association of South Africa

Mohd Radzif Yunus
National Heart Institute, Malaysia

Edward Watson, MD
MedTral, New Zealand

Alma Jiminez
St. Frances Cabrini
Philippine Medical Tourism Association

Fred Hagigi
UCLA School of Public Health

Stuart Rowley
Prince Court Medical Center, Malaysia

Dr. Jorge Cortes Rodriguez
Medical Director
Clinica Biblica Hospital

Shin-Ho Lee
Ph.D. Executive Director for Industry Support
Korea Health Industry Development Institute

Jonathan Edelheit
Medical Tourism Association

Dr. med. Uwe Klien
Chairman of the Congress
Europe health GmbH
Bumrungrad Hospital

Dr. Carlos Duenas Garcia
President - Mexican Private Hospital Association
Representative - International Hospital Federation

Elizabeth Boultbee
Head of International Business
HCA International Hospitals - London

Dr. Prem Jagyasi
Chartered Management & Medical Tourism Consultant
Group Director - Marketing, Lifeline Healthcare
Dubai - UAE

Dr. Fawzi Al-Hammouri
Private Hospitals Association - Jordan

Ernesto Dieck Assad
Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey

Stephen M. Weiner, Esq.
Chairman of Health
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C

Maureen Connors Potter
VP for International Services
HCPro, Inc. - Former Executive Director - JCI

Scott A. Edelstein, Esq.
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, Washington, D.C.

Michael G. Meissner, Esq.
Partner, Tax Practice
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Ohio

Jim McCormick, MD
Board Certified Emergency Medicine

Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, Ph.D.
Eastern Washington University, Washington

David G. Vequist

Margaret Ball
Health Links International

Christi de Moraes, BA
MedNetBrazil Services, Inc.

Brent T. McCallum, CPA
The American University, Washington, D.C.

Vishal Bali
Wockhardt Hospitals, India

About the Medical Tourism Association
The Medical Tourism Association is the international non-profit trade
association for the medical tourism industry which focuses on transparency in
quality and pricing, communication and education in an industry where patients
travel from one country to another for medical care.

SOURCE  Medical Tourism Association

Renee-Marie Stephano of Medical Tourism Association, +1-561-627-1520
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