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

Friday, June 6, 2008 General News
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SAN FRANCISCO, June 4 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 http://www.medicaltravelauthority.com/Medical-Tourism-Brochure.pdf.

You can also view the promo video of the conference at http://www.medicaltravelauthority.com/healthcongress.wmv.



Website for registration is http://www.medicaltourismcongress.com.

The Medical Tourism Association website is http://www.medicaltravelauthority.com.



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

CIGNA



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

URAC



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

Director

Trent Accreditation



James Lee

Wooridul Spine Hospital, Korea



Vishal Bali

CEO

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 Mudd


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