World Medical Tourism & Global Health Conference Attracts Top Corporations
The Second Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress, the largest medical tourism conference in the world, has confirmed that over 60 countries will participate in its gathering to be held October 26-28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
The World Medical Tourism & Global Health Congress is particularly timely, given recent research showing increases in people seeking medical care in foreign countries. Deloitte estimates that 1.6 million American patients will travel to other countries in 2010 for medical care and treatment, doubling the numbers who traveled in 2007, and spending billions of dollars — contributing to the growth of the medical tourism industry. This Congress is the only event each year where the largest numbers of employers, self-funded health plans, insurance companies, governments and medical tourism facilitators worldwide come to partner with international hospitals.
During the Congress, ministries of tourism and ministries of health will participate with up to 200 expert speakers, about 2,000 attendees and 125 exhibitors and sponsors. Featured expert speakers include: George Zahorcak, CIGNA International Expatriate Benefits; Laila Al Jassmi, Dubai Health Authority; Michelle Lerow, Aetna Global Benefits; Shady Nawar, Qatar Insurance; Edison Vallejo, BUPA Insurance; Peter Hayes, Hannaford Brothers; Missy Jarrott, Chatham Steel; Matt Leming, Swiss Reinsurance; Scott Leavitt, National Association of Health Underwriters; Kemal Canlar, United Healthcare; Jay Gieringer, Humana; Paul Keckley, Deloitte; Steve Cyboran, Sibson Consulting; Dr. L. Casey Chosewood, CDC; Alexander Domaszewicz, Mercer Health & Benefits Services; Joseph Heyman, American Medical Association; Alexandra Jung, Aon Consulting; Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, Minister of Tourism, Bahamas; Sandra Berkowitz, Willis/HRH; Cynthia Carrion, Undersecretary of Tourism, Philippines; Christine Leyden, URAC; Dr. Mehul Mehta, Partners Harvard Medical International; Ross Pendergraft, Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters; and William Ruschhaupt, Cleveland Clinic.
During the conference, up to 5,000 private one-on-one networking sessions will be arranged through special networking software, allowing each delegate to schedule up to 80 meetings during the three-day conference.