A group that promotes medical tourism and a company that provides insurance for international medical tourists will join forces at a November conference in Las Vegas.
In conjunction with the World Medical Tourism Congress, scheduled Nov. 3-6 at Caesar’s Palace, its organizer, the Medical Tourism Association, and Bupa, a health insurance provider that operates in 190 countries, will jointly produce the inaugural Bupa Global Providers Summit.
Among the topics to be discussed at the summit that will take place alongside the medical tourism congress are:
• Bundled pricing and affordable health care
• Collaboration between payors and providers
• Hospital performance and quality programs.
“It’s critical that hospitals and clinics work together with insurers to establish transparency for the benefit of educating health care consumers,” Dr. Jose Quesada, Bupa medical director, says in a statement.
This will be the sixth annual World Medical Tourism Congress, one of several meetings that have been launched in recent years focusing on the growing trend in which patients travel to countries other than their own for more affordable medical procedures.
“Creating transparencies by bringing together both health care consumers and providers in an educational forum is our core mission,” says Medical Tourism Association President Renee-Marie Stephano in a statement.