If European tourism starts, will medical travel follow?

 

We will not see the recovery of European health and medical tourism until after the reboot of European tourism. 

While European/Asian country Turkey has stolen a march on competition by opening to medical tourists, reports of other countries opening borders are confusing. The headlines of “open borders” differ from the reality that most are only open to workers and essential travel, but not tourism.

The European Commission (EC) has recently presented a detailed package of guidelines and recommendations to help member countries (but not the UK) gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen.

As soon as the health situation allows, people should be able to catch up with friends and family, in their own EU country or across borders, with the safety and precautionary measures needed in place. 

The package aims to help the EU tourism sector recover from the pandemic, by supporting businesses and ensuring that Europe continues to be the number one destination for visitors.

These are only guidelines and many countries agree with the principles, but will make their own variations.

The outlines are important as they will almost certainly be fully or partially adopted by the European countries who may not be EU members but are Schengen countries. The 26 Schengen countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Four other countries want to join Schengen (Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Cyprus) and  so will probably follow the EU lead. The UK and Ireland do not want to join Schengen, and the UK has made it clear that it will continue with its go-it-alone policy on everything, including tourism.

The EU package

The Tourism and Transport package includes:

  • An overall strategy towards recovery in 2020 and beyond.
  • A common approach to restoring free movement and lifting restrictions at EU internal borders in a gradual and coordinated way.
  • A framework to support the gradual re-establishment of transport whilst ensuring the safety of passengers and personnel.
  • Criteria for restoring tourism activities safely and gradually, and for developing health protocols for hospitality establishments such as hotels.

Implications for travellers

The EC is looking to give people the ability, confidence and belief in safety to travel again by safely restoring freedom of movement and lifting internal border controls.

Free movement and cross-border travel are key to tourism in Europe. As EU countries manage to reduce the circulation of the virus, blanket restrictions to free movement should be replaced by more targeted measures. If a generalised lifting of restrictions is not justified by the health situation, there should be a phased and coordinated approach that starts by lifting restrictions between areas or countries with sufficiently similar epidemiological situations. The approach must also be flexible, including the possibility to reintroduce certain measures if the epidemiological situation requires. 

Countries should act on the basis of the following three criteria:

  • Epidemiological, notably focusing on areas where the situation is improving, based on guidance by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and using the regional map developed by the ECDC.
  • The ability to apply containment measures throughout the whole journey including at border crossings, including additional safeguards and measures where physical distancing may be difficult to ensure.
  • Economic and social considerations, initially prioritising cross-border movement in key areas of activity and including personal reasons for travel.

The principle of non-discrimination is of particular importance: when a country decides to allow travel into its territory or to specific regions and areas within its territory, it should do so in a non-discriminatory manner – allowing travel from all areas, regions or countries in the EU with similar epidemiological conditions. Any restrictions must be lifted without discrimination, to all EU citizens and to all residents of that country regardless of their nationality, and should be applied to all parts of the European Union in a similar epidemiological situation.

Several countries do not agree on this principle. Several argue that within the EU some countries have and are dealing with the crisis far better than others so they will only open borders to countries they feel happy with, and not all of the EU.

Transport

Opening borders is not effective if travellers cannot get there by air, rail or road. It is vital to restore transport services across the EU while protecting the health of transport workers and passengers. 

The guidelines present general principles for the safe and gradual restoration of passenger transport by air, rail, road and waterways. They put forth a series of recommendations, such as the need to limit contact between passengers and transport workers, and passengers themselves, reducing, where feasible, the density of passengers.

The guidelines also include indications on the use of personal protective equipment such as face masks and on adequate protocols in case passengers present coronavirus symptoms. They also make recommendations for each mode of transport and call for coordination among countries in light of re-establishment of gradual connections between them.

Safely resuming tourism 

The EC sets out a common framework providing criteria to restore tourism activities safely and gradually and developing health protocols for hotels and other forms of accommodation, to protect the health of guests and employees. 

These criteria include epidemiological evidence; a sufficient health system capacity being in place for local people and tourists; robust surveillance, monitoring and testing capacity, and contact tracing. 

These guidelines will allow people to safely stay at hotels, camping sites, bed and breakfasts or other holiday accommodation establishments, eat and drink at restaurants, bars and cafés and go to beaches and other leisure outdoor areas.

Ensuring cross-border interoperability of tracing apps 

Countries have agreed on guidelines to ensure cross-border interoperability between tracing apps so that people can also be warned of a potential infection risk when they travel in the EU. 

This will guide developers working with national health authorities. Such tracing apps must be voluntary, transparent, temporary, cyber-secure, using anonymised data, should rely on Bluetooth technology and be inter-operable across borders as well as across operating systems. 

Interoperability is crucial. EU citizens must be able to receive alerts of a possible infection in a secure and protected way, wherever they are in the EU, and whatever app they are using. 

This is an area where some countries demand that they can make the use of apps for citizens or inbound travellers mandatory.

3-phased approach to lifting travel restrictions

Travelling abroad will depend on the evolution of the public health situation in EU countries. A staged and coordinated approach is likely to be necessary. 

This would start by lifting restrictions and controls between regions and countries with sufficiently similar epidemiological situations. The approach must also be flexible, including the possibility to reintroduce certain measures if the health situation requires.

The European Commission is proposing a gradual approach to lifting travel restrictions, comprised of three phases.

  • Phase 0, the current situation, where several travel restrictions are in place for non-essential travel.
  • Phase 1, travel restrictions and border controls should be gradually lifted throughout the EU starting between regions, areas and EU countries with a positively evolving and sufficiently similar epidemiological situation. During this phase, smooth transit should be allowed for professional and for personal reasons as well as for tourism. IMTJ does not currently know if personal reasons would include essential medical tourism.
  • Phase 2, all coronavirus related restrictions and controls at the internal borders should be lifted, while keeping the necessary health measures in place. Travel for all purposes should be permitted throughout the region. So arguably in this phase, medical and health tourism would be allowed.

Understanding where restrictions apply

At present, other than the IMTJ log of travel restrictions, interpreting and getting updated information is difficult for travel professionals. The detail of what is not allowed usually varies from the headlines in the media and changes frequently. 

EU countries and other neighbours are encouraged to regularly communicate on the state of play of restrictions. This is necessary to ensure that people wanting to cross borders can plan and act on the basis of transparent information and full awareness of the situation, allowing them to follow the relevant health recommendations when travelling.

The EC has a website with the list of internal border controls in place at any given time, as well as links to other relevant information for travellers (on local health situation, health services, applicable health protocols, etc.) but when IMTJ checked, information for many countries has not been kept up to date.

What safe travel might mean

As long as there is a risk of infection, travelling entails some risks. To protect the health of passengers as well as workers, it is essential to follow infection prevention measures, such as physical distancing and hygiene, respiratory etiquette and use of facemasks as well as cleaning and disinfection.

The EC guidance states that the health of people remains the number one priority. To ensure the protection of both employees working in transport and passengers, the guidelines on the progressive restoration of transport services and connectivity recommend several measures:

  • To minimise contact at departure, passengers will be encouraged to buy tickets and check-in online. Physical distancing should be ensured at security checks and luggage drop-off and collection.
  • Fewer passengers may be allowed on board, for example buses, trains or ferries, to allow physical distancing, and passengers who are not from the same household may be seated apart.
  • Where physical distancing is more difficult to ensure, additional safeguards and measures should be put in place, such as the wearing of face masks. 
  • Transport staff should be provided with adequate protective equipment.
  • Transport operators may install protective barriers, e.g. between passengers and the driver, and travellers may be asked to board through a rear door.
  • Doors should be opened automatically or remotely by the driver at every stop – so travellers do not need to touch buttons or door handles.
  • Sanitising/disinfecting gel should be available in vehicles and in transport hubs.
  • Vehicles should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • Food, drinks and other goods may no longer be on sale on board, to minimise contact.
  • Ventilation should be strengthened, for example by using appropriate air filters, and natural ventilation should be prioritised where possible.
  • Transport operators are advised to develop strategies in case a passenger falls ill or shows symptoms of coronavirus during the journey.

Passengers should wear facemasks in transport hubs and vehicles used for collective transport, especially where physical distancing measures cannot be fully observed at all times. These do not need to be medical masks. 

National health/safety authorities will specify the exact requirements per transport mode, based on the epidemiological risk in that country, the availability of masks, and other considerations. Many countries require that masks be worn in public – some just in shops but others at all times.

Air travel specifics

The EC states that the priority is to protect passengers, crew and transport workers when air transport restarts. 

The guidelines recommend a number of preventive measures such as personal protective equipment (facemasks), hygiene and cleaning measures, reduced interaction on board, plus strengthened filtering and airflow systems used in aircraft cabins, which mitigate the risk of transmission. 

The forthcoming health and safety protocol that is being developed by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will specify additional risk mitigation measures to address physical distancing on board. Accessible information on airport processes and airline policies should be provided to passengers in advance of travel.

This is a problem area, as airlines argue that some ideas such as social distancing or limiting passenger numbers are only feasible in the very short term. In the longer term, high numbers are essential to stop airlines going out of business, unless they are given state support or even nationalised. Another problem is that extra cleaning leads to long turn-round times that are not economic.

Hotel safety

The EC has also issued guidance for the safe and gradual restoration of tourism activities and for health protocols in hospitality businesses such as hotels and other types of accommodation, including indoor and outdoor areas, restaurants and cafés. 

This guidance provides considerations, from a public health perspective, on the prevention and control of coronavirus for the tourism sector, while acknowledging the specificities across the EU/EEA. This includes considerations for staff as well as clients before, during and after their stay in a hotel and during visits to restaurants, coffee shops, or bars.

Support for tourism businesses

The EC recommends ensuring liquidity for tourism businesses, in particular SMEs, through flexibility under state aid rules.  These allow countries to introduce schemes, such as guarantee schemes for vouchers and liquidity schemes, to support companies in the transport and travel sectors.   It also encourages countries to  work on connecting citizens to the local tourism offer, promoting local attractions and tourism, and communicating that Europe is a safe tourist destination.

Medical tourism and the future

Medical travel in and around Europe will not recover until all European countries are well into phase two of this tourism plan, with the exception of urgent treatment. This will not be until 2021.

What can be done in theory and what will happen in practice for medical travel may differ greatly and may vary considerably for “who went where for what” in previous years. 

What European countries are doing and negotiating with each other is changing daily.  Much of the world (with the exception, perhaps, of the USA) is watching Europe for how it turns tourism and medical tourism back on to see what works and what needs to be altered. Expect many changes from the above by 2021.

FURTHER CONTENT PUBLISHED BY THIS AUTHOR

Spa re-opening toolkit

News, 13 May, 2020

New ISPA guidance for spas

Thailand medical travel impact

News, 13 May, 2020

Lack of medical tourists hurts Thai international hospitals

Medical travel in Europe

Articles, 12 May, 2020

What is the future of medical travel in Europe?

Now is the time for future planning

Articles, 18 March, 2020

Will patients come to your medical travel destination, post COVID-19?

COVID-19: global medical travel crisis

Articles, 12 March, 2020

Now a pandemic, coronavirus will hit medical tourism hard

COVID-19 impact on medical tourism

Articles, 11 March, 2020

COVID-19: medical tourism could be affected until 2021

UK/EU healthcare promise

Articles, 10 October, 2019

Six-month health cover for British nationals in the EU?

EU cross-border healthcare

Articles, 25 September, 2019

UK no deal Brexit and access to cross-border healthcare

Medical travel for proton therapy

Articles, 27 August, 2019

Proton therapy: a double-edged sword?

First ever UK tourism strategy

Articles, 24 July, 2019

A boost for inbound medical travel to the UK?

Assessing EU cross-border healthcare

Articles, 12 June, 2019

EU cross-border healthcare still requires improvement

Visas and medical travel

Articles, 01 May, 2019

Could visa rules deter medical tourists?

Global medical travel trends

Articles, 18 April, 2019

Get on board China’s Belt & Road initiative

UK-EU cross-border healthcare

Articles, 04 April, 2019

Predicting the Brexit effect on EU healthcare travel

Inbound US medical tourism analysis

News, 01 April, 2019

USCIPP identifies top 5 sources of medical tourists to USA

Global medical trends

Articles, 08 March, 2019

Global medical prices will keep rising in 2019

Which destination has the highest risk?

Articles, 07 February, 2019

New study compares risks of travel to global destinations

Promoting Traditional Chinese Medicine

Articles, 24 January, 2019

Will TCM move centre stage in global health tourism?

Medical Travel and Tourism Global Market Report – 1st Edition

Resources, 19 January, 2019

Special Offer: This new report discusses the dynamics of medical tourism and looks at the supply chain, business models, products and the consumer.

Medical Travel and Tourism Global Market Report – 1st Edition

Resources, 09 January, 2019

This new report discusses the dynamics of medical tourism and looks at the supply chain, business models, products and the consumer.

Chinese medical tourism scams

Articles, 11 December, 2018

Arrests in US$145m scam targeting Chinese medical travellers

Stars in the East

Articles, 06 December, 2018

The medical tourism axis is shifting

UK health tourism deception

News, 30 November, 2018

UK government figures on NHS health tourism are debunked

Global wellness tourism boom

Articles, 22 November, 2018

Wellness tourism is worth US$639bn, but what do these figures include?

EU cross-border healthcare

Articles, 09 November, 2018

EU Directive fails to meet expectations for medical tourism

Chinese outbound medical tourists

Articles, 03 October, 2018

How to tap into the Chinese medical travel market

Plea for proper figures

Articles, 19 September, 2018

International patient data overstates medical tourism reality

Anti-Tourism – did you predict THIS trend?

Articles, 30 July, 2018

UK’s Cornwall is discouraging tourists to two of its beaches this summer. Predicting medical travel trends is also dangerous.

Terrorism and political risk

Articles, 06 June, 2018

Growing global political volatility is a major risk for medical travel

“Medical tourists don’t need hotels”

Articles, 03 May, 2018

Why the growth of medical tourism is being limited by a lack of appropriate hotels

UK outbound tourism data

Articles, 16 April, 2018

Health warning on ONS 2017 data about British medical tourist volumes

Medical tourism facts and figures

Articles, 22 March, 2018

The magic of medical tourism numbers

The dangers of dealing with medical tourism financiers

Articles, 14 February, 2018

Beware financiers offering you deals that are too good to be true

Chinese outbound tourism changes

Articles, 01 February, 2018

The changing world of outbound Chinese medical tourism

Agreement on post-Brexit healthcare in EU

Articles, 05 October, 2017

Agreement reached on reciprocal healthcare for British and EU retirees

Ireland, Brexit and Cross Border Healthcare

Articles, 21 September, 2017

UK addresses position on Ireland land border

Medical tourism post-Brexit

Articles, 07 September, 2017

Brexit: Citizens living overseas are pawns for negotiators

UK citizens abroad post Brexit

Articles, 23 August, 2017

UK citizens in EU and EFTA countries

EU citizenship post Brexit

Articles, 08 June, 2017

What happens to EU/EFTA citizens in the UK after Brexit?

Brexit, the NHS and medical tourism

Articles, 02 June, 2017

Brexit bill: the half a billion pound NHS bill

European health insurance

Articles, 25 May, 2017

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) - a much misunderstood arrangement

EU Package Travel Directive

Articles, 06 April, 2017

Do you know about the EU Package Travel Directive?

Tele-surgery and medical tourism

Articles, 22 March, 2017

Is tele-surgery a threat to medical tourism?

Travel ban impacts tourism

Articles, 13 March, 2017

New Trump order impacts US inbound tourism

Medical travel insurance

Articles, 01 March, 2017

Clearing up the confusion: insurance and medical tourism

Growth of healing hotels

Articles, 16 February, 2017

Healing Hotels of the World and luxury customers

Trump and medical tourism

Articles, 09 February, 2017

The Trump factor: Protectionism and medical tourism

Will Brexit damage UK medical tourism?

Articles, 16 November, 2016

Refuting the claims of a "medical tourism expert"

Medical tourism in 2016

Articles, 01 November, 2016

The upside down world of medical tourism

Medical tourism cruises?

Articles, 04 October, 2016

All aboard for a healthy trip

Medical tourism associations reducing?

Articles, 01 September, 2016

Where have all the national and regional associations gone?

Medical tourism 2016 overview

Articles, 18 August, 2016

Medical tourism in 2016: What has changed?

Healthcare after Brexit

Articles, 04 August, 2016

The future of cross border healthcare in Europe

The EU debate

Articles, 20 June, 2016

Brexit and medical tourism

International and expatriate healthcare and insurance 2016

Resources, 07 June, 2016

There are more opportunities than ever for insurers and brokers to sell health insurance globally to locals and expatriates.

End of the line for Satori

News, 30 April, 2016

US medical tourism agency Satori collapses

Cuba - restrictions still apply

News, 20 April, 2016

Barriers for US medical tourism to Cuba

Turkey medical tourism

News, 15 April, 2016

The falling star of medical tourism

Clamp down on illegal transplants

News, 15 April, 2016

Kidney transplant ban in Sri Lanka

Early days for Iran

News, 14 April, 2016

Sanctions and travel restrictions still in place

Barriers to domestic medical tourism

News, 12 April, 2016

Out-dated advertising rules affect Malaysia

Incentives for Puerto Rico

News, 11 April, 2016

Puerto Rico gearing up for medical tourism

"Uninsured Americans"... Fact or fiction?

News, 07 April, 2016

New data on US insurance

Bariatric travel... hidden cost?

News, 05 April, 2016

Report on impact of Canadians' obesity surgery abroad

Malaysia stays strong

News, 03 April, 2016

Growth in medical tourism despite economic slowdown

Zika virus repercussions

Articles, 01 April, 2016

Does Zika pose a threat to medical tourism?

Global travel trends

Articles, 01 April, 2016

How will tourism fare in 2016?

Tourism troubles in Turkey

Articles, 14 March, 2016

2016: A lost year for medical tourism in Turkey?

A Gulf of medical tourism?

Articles, 26 February, 2016

How is the falling oil price affecting medical tourism in the Middle East?

National Health Systems Report 2016

Resources, 10 February, 2016

This report provides insight into the National Health Systems of over 180 countries, and what their future plans are on a simple country-by-country basis.

Rising popularity of wellness travel

Articles, 25 January, 2016

Health and wellness and the luxury market

Is Asia getting it wrong?

Articles, 10 December, 2015

Medical tourism is not global: Are asian hospitals targeting the wrong markets?

What's my target market?

Articles, 27 November, 2015

Targeting medical tourists... demographics are dead...adapt or perish!

Your next conference speech

Articles, 15 October, 2015

Insert name here... a template for your medical tourism conference speech

Planning and preparation

Articles, 25 August, 2015

Impact analysis and medical tourism

Lithuania medical tourism

News, 06 August, 2015

Lithuania rues failure of cross border healthcare

Dubai acts to reduce healthcare costs

News, 06 August, 2015

DHA introduces price regulation model for private sector health services

Australia breast augmentation package

News, 06 August, 2015

Insurer changes medical tourism option

Health insurance compulsory

News, 06 August, 2015

Chinese visitors to Taiwan must have health insurance

Trends in global healthcare spend

News, 06 August, 2015

OECD Health Statistics 2015: Reductions in spending

Saudi Arabia... compulsory health insurance

News, 06 August, 2015

Compulsory health insurance to be introduced for most visitors

South Korea medical tourism

News, 06 August, 2015

Recovery of South Korea medical tourism after MERS

Health insurance coverage in India

News, 06 August, 2015

86% of the rural population and 82% of the urban population are not covered by health insurance

Japan medical tourism

News, 06 August, 2015

Japanese plans to promote health tourism get mixed reaction

Dubai health insurance update

News, 06 August, 2015

Dubai links health insurance scheme to visa renewal

Comparing US surgeons

News, 06 August, 2015

Consumers to evaluate and compare surgeons based on complications rates and patient outcomes

Malta health plans under attack

News, 06 August, 2015

Doubt expressed about healthcare funding and medical tourism plans

Nigeria universal health coverage

News, 06 August, 2015

NHIS resolves to decentralize the operation of health insurance in the country

Egypt healthcare struggles

News, 06 August, 2015

Pressure on Egypt's ailing health care system

Regulation of Israel medical tourism

News, 06 August, 2015

Special team to investigate and prepare regulation of Israeli medical tourism

Economy problems

Articles, 31 July, 2015

Greece crisis... the implications for Greek medical tourism

Fact from fiction

Articles, 30 June, 2015

Analysing the latest "internet" facts on medical tourism

What are they up to...

Articles, 28 May, 2015

Competitor analysis in medical tourism

Working with competitors in medical tourism

Articles, 08 May, 2015

Who are your nearest competitors in inbound health and medical tourism?

Fakes, scams and frauds

Articles, 19 March, 2015

How do you know who is telling the truth?

Rallying to the Defence

Articles, 08 January, 2015

Medical tourism under attack and on the back foot

When all fails

Articles, 24 November, 2014

Ian Youngman looking into what happens after the worse happens

The future of medical tourism

Articles, 20 November, 2014

What will 2015 bring for medical tourism?

Central and South America: Health insurance, healthcare and medical tourism 2014

Resources, 14 November, 2014

This regional report provides up to date detail from recent research.

Hot topic: Ebola

Articles, 23 October, 2014

What threat does Ebola pose to medical tourism?

The medical magic

Articles, 06 October, 2014

Why do people travel for health, Ian Youngman discusses why

Medical tourism... good news?

Articles, 29 August, 2014

Does medical tourism benefit countries?

Temporary tourism

Articles, 23 July, 2014

Is medical tourism's growth based on hope or reality?

Do your research

Articles, 09 June, 2014

Knowing your market is key to success

Go compare

Articles, 22 May, 2014

Comparison sites, a threat or opportunity?

Don't believe the hype

Articles, 23 April, 2014

How medical tourism has changed and who not to believe

Tourist or Patient?

Articles, 20 March, 2014

The issues in measuring medical tourism numbers

Dental tourism trends

Articles, 21 February, 2014

Looking at the growth of the dental tourism market

The big questions

Articles, 24 January, 2014

Many problems in the medical tourism industry remain unanswered

The imperfect market

Articles, 19 December, 2013

Is the customer really looking for the cheapest surgery?

Travel insured: part 2

Articles, 04 November, 2013

Why isn't medical travel insured?

Travel insured: part 1

Articles, 21 October, 2013

What travel insurance exists?

Building and hoping

Articles, 06 September, 2013

Building a hospital rarely leads to patients beating a path to your door

Understanding customer choice

Articles, 09 August, 2013

How do medical tourist make decisions about destinations?

Stuck in the past

Articles, 28 June, 2013

Is medical tourism making the most of social media?

Headliners

Articles, 14 June, 2013

How bad news can affect medical tourism in a country

The tourism niche

Articles, 26 April, 2013

Are small industries a bad thing?

The tipping point

Articles, 12 April, 2013

Is medical tourism still a pioneer, or merely a bandwagon?

Disaster planning

Articles, 01 February, 2013

What happens when things go wrong?

Powerhouses of medical tourism

Articles, 04 January, 2013

What economies are booming in the medical tourism industries?

The numbers

Articles, 14 December, 2012

Ian Youngman revisits the figures of medical tourism

Accreditation

Articles, 21 September, 2012

Just what is accreditation in medical tourism and does it help your business?

Healthcare politics

Articles, 23 August, 2012

The impact of healthcare reform on the USA's medical tourism industry

The American tourist

Articles, 13 July, 2012

International Americans have not arrived, but what about domestic travel?

Judging quality

Articles, 15 June, 2012

Are certification and accreditation useful guides for a service's quality?

Medical tourism attacked

Articles, 18 May, 2012

Spain and the UK speak out against medical tourism

Changing world

Articles, 23 March, 2012

Ian Youngman talks on how the world of medical tourism has changed

Build it and they will come

Articles, 27 January, 2012

Is medical tourism a "Field of Dreams"?

Kolkata tragedy

Articles, 19 December, 2011

94 dead in a major fire, what does this mean for India's medical tourism industry?

Top ten tourist destinations

Articles, 14 November, 2011

Ian Youngman tries to pick out the top 2012 medical tourism destinations

Is medical tourism behind the curve?

Articles, 16 September, 2011

Friends, Fans and Followers are becoming a powerful market force

Recovering UK tourism

Articles, 23 June, 2011

Is outbound tourism from the UK recovering?

The shrinking world

Articles, 15 April, 2011

The medical tourism world is shrinking, but is this good news?

Why the Cayman Islands matter

Articles, 25 March, 2011

Ian Youngman talks on the Cayman Islands and their role in medical tourism

Insurance tourism

Articles, 07 March, 2011

How will health insurers adapt to medical tourism?

Medical tourism lost

Articles, 25 February, 2011

How the industry lost its way and how it can get back on track

EU directive: Cross-Border healthcare

Articles, 19 January, 2011

Ian Youngman looks at the challenges of implementation of Cross-Border healthcare

What do we know?

Articles, 10 November, 2010

Ian Youngman comments on an academic review of medical tourism

Implications of online advertising rules

Articles, 27 October, 2010

New rules may affect how medical treatment is advertised online

Changing trends

Articles, 30 September, 2010

How changes in tourism will affect medical travel

An industry out of nowhere

Articles, 03 September, 2010

A new global industry has sprung up, as have many before, what can we learn?

Europe agrees new rules

Articles, 17 June, 2010

Ian Youngman looks at the latest development of Cross-Border healthcare

USA healthcare reform

Articles, 21 April, 2010

Ian Youngman reviews the myths of the US healthcare reforms

Are you complying?

Articles, 12 March, 2010

Ian Youngman examines the new European Union Provision of Services regulation

Top ten hospitals

Articles, 27 January, 2010

Are assessments really fair?

The forgotten destination

Articles, 10 December, 2009

Oft overlooked, London could well be a slumbering giant in medical tourism

Getting social

Articles, 06 November, 2009

Medical tourism industries live and die on their press, but how good is the news ?

Legal, decent, honest and true

Articles, 22 October, 2009

Ian Youngman considers whether the medical tourism industry is both legal and ethical

Looking back at '08

Articles, 25 August, 2009

Ian Youngman looks at the predictions made back in 2008

Conference: Competition hots up

Articles, 16 July, 2009

Ian Youngman looks at the competitive market for medical tourism speakers

Will the boss pick up the bill?

Articles, 26 May, 2009

Can businesses insurers break into the medical tourism market

McKinsey's got it wrong

Articles, 26 May, 2009

A recent report on the industry makes some serious errors

The hottest American destinations

Articles, 15 May, 2009

One country serves travelling American medical care more than any other. America

Where do Americans go abroad?

Articles, 12 May, 2009

Just as we don't know how many Americans travel for care, we have no figures as to where

How many American medical tourists?

Articles, 10 May, 2009

There are wide variations in the American medical tourist estimates. We examine a few

Americans travelling abroad for care

Articles, 10 May, 2009

Do we have any idea how many Americans would travel abroad for treatment?

Delivering destinations

Articles, 28 April, 2009

Not every government is active in attracting medical travellers

Offering a premium service

Articles, 10 September, 2008

IMTJ looks at the new insurance products coming to market

Truth in statistics

Articles, 01 June, 2008

Ian Youngman talks on his work: Medical Tourism 2008: the World-wide Business Guide

South Korea: medical tourism report

Articles, 01 June, 2008

Ian Youngman is producing a new set of country specific reports, first up, South Korea

Insurance and medical travel

Articles, 10 May, 2008

Ian Youngman looks at the new products hitting the insurance market

Advertisement

ADD AN ARTICLE

Do you have an article that you’d like to share with the medical travel industry?

Publish for FREE on IMTJ.

ADD ARTICLE

Related Articles

Communicating in a crisis

27 May, 2020

Protecting your medical travel brand from COVID-19

Medical tourism post COVID-19

12 May, 2020

What got you here, won’t get you there!

Medical travel in Europe

12 May, 2020

What is the future of medical travel in Europe?

Global travel: the ‘new normal’?

07 May, 2020

New WTTC protocols for global tourism

Dangers of ‘immunity passports’

05 May, 2020

WHO warns against ‘free of COVID-19’ certificates