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The Health Tourism Blog is written by Keith Pollard, a regular speaker and commentator on medical tourism and the independent healthcare sector.  The Health Tourism Blog addresses some of the challenges and issues faced in the health tourism and medical travel sector, and provides suggestions on how both the industry and the individual participants can maximise the business opportunities that the marketplace presents.

  • Comparing quality in medical tourism Comparing quality in medical tourismHow does a medical tourist make a valid comparison of a doctor, hospital or clinic in one country with a doctor, hospital or clinic in another? The simple answer is that he or she can't. And the truth is that it may never be the case (well not in my lifetime). 11/03/2011
  • A new dawn for cross-border healthcare in Europe? Happy medical professionalsWill European hospitals see a surge in patient numbers following the approval of the EU Directive on Cross-Border Healthcare by the European Parliament last week? I would like to say...Yes! But the reality may be a little different. So....let's take a look at how the EU Directive may (or may not) change the way that healthcare works in Europe and more importantly whether it will give a boost to... 15/02/2011
  • The medical tourism numbers game... Part 2 NumbersBack in May 2008, I blogged on McKinsey and the medical tourism numbers game... and commented on their strange way of counting (or not counting) medical tourism numbers. Given the latest study on medical tourism numbers, New study numbers US medical tourists in thousands not millions, reported in IMTJ, I thought it was time once again to address the thorny issue of....how many medical tourists... 13/01/2011
  • Is medical tourism safe? Is medical tourism safeHospital activity within the UK National Health Service provides a useful indicator of where future demand for medical tourism may lie. that an enormous amount of meaningful data can be captured about the state of the nation's health, about demand for health services and about how the health profile of the population is changing. 10/12/2010
  • Predicting future demand for medical tourism Old lady with nurseHospital activity within the UK National Health Service provides a useful indicator of where future demand for medical tourism may lie. that an enormous amount of meaningful data can be captured about the state of the nation's health, about demand for health services and about how the health profile of the population is changing. 10/11/2010
  • Comparing the costs of (accidental) medical tourism planeWhereas much of the attention in the medical travel sector is focused on medical tourism (i.e. where the primary reason for travel is some form of surgery or treatment), a more established and mature market sector is the provision of healthcare services for the tourist or business traveller who falls ill when abroad. 06/10/2010
  • The slumbering giant of medical travel? receptionWhere do you think the international patients' centre shown above is? Singapore? Thailand? Malaysia? India? Korea? Read on to find out... This week's International Medical Travel Journal covers a recent announcement by the UK Department of Health (See: Liberated UK hospitals to attract medical tourists) that it plans to remove the cap on the proportion of income that NHS hospitals can earn... 27/08/2010
  • Change in UK regulations may reduce infertility tourism infertility treatment in SpainOne factor that can affect any aspect of medical travel and medical tourism is that the market sector can be a victim of its own success. Constantine Constantinides has highlighted this previously in his IMTJ article Medical Tourism and the West's Revenge, arguing that in effect the success of medical travel is self limiting. 24/08/2010
  • Medical tourism...lessons from the California gold rush Dec 14 2007In 1848, gold was discovered in California by John Sutter, a German immigrant. News of the find spread rapidly and thousands arrived in search of their fortune. Prospectors came from across the USA, from Hawaii, Mexico, Chile, Peru and China. The California gold rush had begun. California's output of gold rose from $5 million in 1848 to $40 million in 1849 and $55 million in 1851. But there... 27/07/2010
  • Patient choice in medical tourism...Let's hear the patient's voice Jan 12 2009The recent Medical Tourism Climate Survey conducted by IMTJ for the European Medical Travel Conference 2010 provided an interesting insight into the current state of the industry and how people in the industry are thinking about medical tourism. The survey analysed the views of over 250 people involved in medical tourism from 55 countries. One particular question that drew my attention was one... 25/05/2010
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Keith Pollard

Keith Pollard

I am CEO of Intuition Communication Ltd, a web publishing business in the healthcare sector. Our sites include International Medical Travel Journal, Treatment Abroad, the medical tourism portal, DoctorInternet, the Arabic medical tourism portal and Private Healthcare UK, the UK's leading site for private healthcare services. I am a regular speaker and commentator on medical tourism and the independent healthcare sector.