Network with Ministers of Health, Tourism and Economic Development, Trade Commissioners and Health Attachés from all over the world.
Given the challenges that most countries and global industries are facing with the economic crisis, medical tourism is more important than ever before, creating more economically viable healthcare solutions. Ministers of Health, Tourism, Economic Development, Trade Commissioners, Consul Generals, Chief Medical Officers and Health Attachés will be able to participate in this exclusive event to discuss common challenges and best industry practices.
Benefits for Ministerial Summit Attendees include:
- Country Medical Tourism Report
- Practical Guide to prepare for Medical Tourism
- Best practices & Roundtable notes
- Network between Buyer and Provider Countries
- New Technologies education track in Healthcare and Tourism
If you are Minister or government official and would like to request an invitation, please email
Info@MedicalTourismAssociation.com or call 001-561-792-6676
2013 Las Vegas Agenda
|Sunday, November 3, 2013|
|12:00 – 12:05
||Welcome & Opening Remarks
- Renee-Marie Stephano, President, Medical Tourism Association
|12:05 – 12:35||KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Sustainable Health Systems: Visions, Strategies and Critical Uncertainties
It is good that attempts are being made to find out a way of establishing a sustainable healthcare system that provides timely treatments, transparency and helps people achieve perfect good health. There is the utmost need for a more flexible and affordable healthcare system that interacts and connects effectively with patients. Healthcare data has to be used for bringing the required changes and better ways of reaching out to patients have to be found. For all this the engagement of patients in healthcare system is vital. The medical costs should not become extraordinarily high or else the structure of sustainable healthcare system will become weak. Everybody should actively participate in keeping each other healthy. How the populations and governments will react to new norms or tactics for developing sustainable health system is a serious concern.
- Darko Lovric, Senior Manager, Strategic Foresight, World Economic Forum
|12:35 – 13:00||Extremes, Ethics and Inequality
Critical questions have been asked over whether medical tourism draws off some of the best practitioners from national health care systems, or simply absorbs too many skilled health workers, so benefiting foreigners at the expense of badly needed health care for local people. Relevant statistics to answer such questions are hard to come by. The
limited available evidence suggests that this is not necessarily so, but it may become a problem as new medical tourism destinations emerge.
- Prof. John Connell, Professor of Human Geography, University of Sydney
|13:00 – 13:30||LUNCH & NETWORKING
Break bread with an elite group of world leaders in the grand style of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The Global Ministerial Summit (dining event) (banquet) at noon promises to be a unique opportunity to build relationships with Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments. This exciting and dynamic event is an open door to opportunities involving the highest stakeholders in health tourism and to initiate business between buyer and provider countries.
| 13:30 – 13:50
|13:50 – 14:00||Sponsor Addresses:|
|14:00 – 14:30||Obamacare with Global Implications
The complex US healthcare system will go through a lot of changes by the implementation of People Protection and Affordable Care Act, more famously known as Obamacare. Conceived by the US president Mr. Barack Obama, this health care policy is supposed to change the entire healthcare scenario of the US. Obamacare will affect the entire pharmaceutical industry, medical care providers, medical insurance companies and common people, in either positive or negative way. Understanding the merits and demerits of this presidential healthcare policy is necessary so that the US population can be prepared for the implications of new rules. One thing is for sure that the Obamacare will certainly bring a huge percentage of U.S. population under the protective coverage of medical insurance. This will largely influence the way US citizens earn, save and spend.
- Dr. Mukesh Hariawala, Cardiac Surgeon & Healthcare Economist, Chairman & CEO of American Healthcare International
|14:30 – 15:00||Corporate Wellness & Wellness Tourism Driving National Wellness Programs
Many industries nowadays are considering corporate wellness programs in order to lower the medical costs employers have to bear on behalf of their employees. These wellness programs help in boosting the morale of workers, thereby ensuring better productivity. Wellness tourism is a growing and popular trend that is parallel to medical tourism. People have started traveling to faraway destinations for affordable spa treatments and alternative medical therapies. The development and proper implementation of corporate wellness programs can help greatly in bringing the necessary changes in national healthcare system. The number of people traveling overseas for wellness care is increasing with the passage of time and the same shows that the awareness regarding healthcare is spreading fast among the common people. The impact of effective corporate wellness programs and wellness tourism will directly fall on the National Wellness Programs.
- Renee-Marie Stephano, President, Medical Tourism Association
|15:00 – 15:30||Regional Collaboration: An Analysis of the EU Directive on Cross-Border Healthcare
The Cross Border Healthcare directive EU has tried to make healthcare facilities and treatments more easily available to every individual who is a resident of one the EU countries. People used to go from one EU member country to another even before, but with the implementation of the EU directives, new rules and regulations have been determined. The new framework of regional collaboration of healthcare providers and medical facilitators will ease the previous difficulties that patients faced for travelling from one country to another within EU for medical treatment. The patients are now more empowered and they get to choose the country, location and hospital where they want to be treated. The impact of EU directive on the development of more empathetic cross border healthcare system is a matter that needs to be considered seriously.
- Dr. Eric Sieber, President, UEHP European Union of Private Hospitals
|15:30 – 16:00
||Building Partnerships to Help African Patients Manage and Cope with the Special Challenges That Cancer Presents
Studies have shown that the burden of cancer is shifting from developed to developing countries. In 2002, there were 10.9 million new cancer cases worldwide and 50% were in developing countries and by 2020 the WHO estimated that they will be 16.5 million new cancer cases and 75% will be from developing countries. Cancer is increasingly recognized as a critical public health problem in Africa and many patients lack access to the proper healthcare. The Africa Cancer Foundation’s mission is “to promote the prevention of cancer and provide holistic solutions to people affected by cancer in Africa.” Through regional and global collaboration, the Foundation can save the lives of thousands of people who die every year because they lack information, resources, and access to effective early diagnosis, treatment and care.
- Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, Former Minister of Medical Services, Republic of Kenya and Founder of the Africa Cancer Foundation
|16:00 – 16:30||World Health Report: Research on Universal Health Coverage
Universal health coverage ensures everyone has access to the health services they need without suffering financial hardship as a result. In December 2012, a UN resolution was passed encouraging governments to move towards providing universal access to affordable and quality health care services. As countries move towards it, common challenges are emerging — challenges to which research can help provide answers The World health report: research for universal health coverage focuses on the importance of research in advancing progress towards universal health coverage. In addition, it identifies the benefits of increased investment in health research by low- and middle-income countries using case studies from around the world, and proposes ways to further strengthen this type of research.
- Dr. James Fitzgerald, Acting Director, Department of Health Systems and Services , Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization
|16:30 – 17:00||Country Case Studies|
Víctor Manuel Ponce, MD, Sectorial Health Coordinator and leader of the Program to Impulse and Promote Medical Tourism, Ministry of Health of the State of Nuevo León, Mexico
- St. Maarten
Cornelius De Weever, Minister of Public Health Social Development & Labor, St. Maarten
17:00 – 18:00
Roundtable Discussions and Closing Remarks
Participants will separate into groups based on their industry to discuss opportunities, challenges and collaborate on solutions18:00 – 19:00 VIP Reception
It is well known that social settings are conductive to establishing rapport and open the door to business development. What opportunities could emerge when the world’s most influential medical tourism stakeholders gather in an exclusive reception? It is here where personal relationships between the most powerful industry participants are initiated, and cultivated. Enjoy this elegant, relaxed soiree, reminiscent of the classic style of the Roman Empire which has influenced the foundation of government, law, philosophy and architecture of many nations.19:00 – 19:30
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
The 3rd Global Ministerial Summit at the 2012 Congress hosted 80 delegates representing over 40 countries. Click Here to Read the Article in the Medical Tourism Magazine about the 2012 Summit
The 2nd Global Ministerial Summit at the 2011 Congress brought together over 60 participants representing over 25 countries. Click Here to Read the Article in the Medical Tourism Magazine about the 2011 Summit.
If you already have your registration code, you can register for the VIP Ministerial Summit by clicking HERE.