Medical Tourism Association Medical Tourism Association - An International Non-Profit Organization

 

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ABOUT US
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL TRAVEL ASSOCIATION, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MEDICAL TOURISM ASSOCIATION?
The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as Medical Tourism Association is the first international non-profit association made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment. Our Association promotes the interests of its healthcare provider and medical tourism facilitators members. The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as Medical Tourism Association has three tenets: Transparency, Communication and Education.

 

 


Transparency
The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association seeks to provide transparency in both quality of care and pricing. Every day we see more and more that the globalization of healthcare has created a very flat world. We exchange technology, information, communication, physicians and patients. In order to ensure patient safety, it is our goal to create a transparency about the quality of healthcare that can be found in each country. With this, it is increasingly important to create a transparency in pricing as well so patients traveling overseas for care can be sure of what they are receiving without hidden costs or unforeseen expenses. The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association is also working on the Quality of Care Project, which will change the way we look at the reporting of global healthcare statistics and the quality of care available at hospitals around the world.

Communication
The Members of the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association agree that communication is the key to success, particularly with respect to ensuring positive patient outcomes. Last year, the Founders of the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association polled international healthcare providers and found that each provider has the same concerns with the increasing globalization of healthcare. Why should we all try to resolve these concerns individually instead of collectively? The members of the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association have agreed to put competition aside and work together to resolve the issues one by one and to work together to address them as they arise. We have created a forum for communication for all of the actors in the global healthcare environment. We have committees that work together to address issues such as legal, economic, patient financing, Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance, communication with insurance companies, media support and more.

Education
Although we live in a world where information is at our fingertips, there are so many people who lack the information that they can receive the highest quality of care outside of their home country. Some patients in countries like the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom have a lack of access to healthcare due to high cost and high wait times. Patients in some other regions as in some parts of Africa and the Middle East do not have access to high quality of care in their own country and need to look elsewhere. Some patients just would like to travel outside of their country for healthcare to incorporate high quality of care with a holiday and tourism. Regardless of the reason, patients need education and information to understand what they should look for in finding a provider overseas and considerations that should be taken seriously to ensure patients safety. As insurance companies continue to incorporate global healthcare and medical tourism options into their benefit plans and domestic healthcare providers are required to treat patients for aftercare when patients return to their home country, education is required to accomplish this seamlessly. The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association strives to provide education to anyone with any interest in this industry using various means: the media, conferences, and through the Medical Tourism Magazine. The Medical Tourism Magazine is a monthly trade journal aimed to provide a wealth of information for anyone interested in or affected by the globalization of healthcare. For More Information click here. (link to Medical Tourism Magazine page)

Our Mission
To raise awareness of the high level of quality healthcare available in various countries.
To promote positive and stable growth of the Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Industry with a strong focus on Transparency and Communication.
To provide an unbiased source of information for patients, insurance companies and employers about top hospitals, their quality of care and outcomes.
To protect the reputation of Medical Tourism from disreputable hospitals and healthcare providers which may not have the same level of quality healthcare and standards.
To serve as one voice for purposes of dealing with the government organizations and the media to protect the reputation of the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association's members.
To promote and provide a forum for communication and to increase connectivity between patients, healthcare providers, and insurance companies.
To seek out future affiliated industries and technologies that will allow international healthcare providers to operate more efficiently in the global healthcare industry.
To educate patients, insurance companies, agents, brokers, consultants and physicians from around the world about the growth of medical tourism and the globalization of healthcare.

Non-Profit Status
The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association is an international non-profit organization which has been designated for 501(C)(6) status by the Internal Revenue of the United States Government. Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code provides for the exemption of business leagues, which are not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association does not have shareholders or investors.  For a copy of the designation letter, click here.

 

The MTA believes in transparency.  As a non-profit, the MTA regularly files an annual report and a 990 Tax Return with the US Internal Revenue Service.  For a copy of the 990 Tax Return, click here.


How is the MTA Different?
We are a True, Un-Biased, Non-Profit Organization
The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association is the first non-profit association created in the medical tourism industry. Unlike other organizations, the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association was not founded by any government or governmental organization, hospital, or private for-profit corporation, nor are we funded by or indirectly run or controlled by any such organizations. The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association is truly an unbiased association influenced only by the will and intent of its members.

We have Full Time Staff
The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association is the only industry organization with a full time staff dedicated to promoting the goals of its members. We are the only organization with staff and offices located in different regions of the world.

We are Transparent
Our association is the only organization focusing on quality of care, transparency, communication and education. Everything we do is in furtherance of these goals and not to promote the interests of any private corporate or governmental interest. Unlike any other organizations, the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association performs due diligence on healthcare providers and medical tourism facilitator members which ultimately works towards ensuring patient safety.


We Promote a Forum for Communication
The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association has forged strong alliances between its members. Our organization is the only association with the capability to connect members with the largest number of media contacts, insurance companies and other opportunities to grow the businesses of its members. We have monthly teleconferencing to discuss the issues common to everyone involved and creating a pyramidal structure for the growth of the industry to withstand the test of time.

We Educate
The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association focuses on education. The Medical Tourism Magazine is a monthly journal that is free for anyone wishing to receive a subscription electronically or in hard copy. The revenues received through advertising are used to support the cost of producing the magazine and increasing the printed distribution. Other magazines and newsletters have been created specifically to generate profits for private corporations and do not represent the industry or the interests of the industry. Members of the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association speak internationally at conferences and other venues to educate about the issues involved in the globalization of healthcare. This includes speaking engagements for physician groups, employer groups, consulting firms, insurance agents and brokers, and governmental organizations. International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association regularly consults foreign governments about the growth of the industry in other countries, the opportunities created through marketing and the benefits of ultimately improving the quality of care within their national borders.

We Impact the Private and Public Sector
Many people believe medical tourism is a new phenomenon. This is just not true. People have been traveling outside of their borders for decades. The potential for this growing trend towards globalization is not designed to improve just the private sector. Raising the quality of care internationally in the private sector can have extremely positive effects on the public sector as well. The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association connects hospitals and countries with accreditation systems making the highest level of technology and healthcare information available to people from around the world in both the private and public sector.


OUR LOCATIONS

Our Headquarters are in
West Palm Beach, Florida with regional offices being created internationally.


The International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association has offices in
United States
MTA Asia - Seoul
Korea
Middle East - Dubai
United Arab Emirates.
MTA Latin America - Costa Rica

We believe having our headquarter office in the United States best positions us to further our goals of education with respect to insurance companies, employers, physician groups and patients located within the United States. From this location, we can easily access the American, Canadian and European public which includes the largest growing population of patients looking for options overseas. The regional offices in Asia and the Middle East will be organized to address Chinese, Japanese and Middle Eastern patients which are the target markets for many of our Asian members. The office in Latin American and Europe will address the growth and the concerns of the Latin American and European healthcare providers, respectively.
OFFICERS
Jonathan Edelheit - Founder and President of the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association
Previous to the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association, Mr. Edelheit was in charge of United Group Programs a large US healthcare administrator with clients such as DaimlerChrysler, Sysco, State of Florida and Idaho. Mr. Edelheit was the pioneer of medical tourism in the US and the first person to implement medical tourism into a US health insurance plan. Believing that Medical Tourism could be a solution to the US healthcare crisis, Mr. Edelheit left United Group Programs to work for the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association and to help educate the world on the high quality of care available overseas. Mr. Edelheit has been featured or mentioned in over 40 magazines from Time Magazine to Newsweek, and in February who was featured as a visionary in US healthcare for his activities in Medical Tourism by Executive Managed Healthcare Magazine, which goes out to 40,000 top US healthcare executives.

Mr. Edelheit is also an attorney and is considered an expert in US healthcare.
Jon@MedicalTourismAssociation.com
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Renee-Marie Stephano, Esquire 

COO & General Counsel of the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association
 

Renee-Marie Stephano is the Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer of the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association. Ms. Stephano is also the Editor of the Medical Tourism Magazine.

 

Having a background in international marketing and relations, health law and litigation, she provides a valuable service to the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association in these fields. Renee-Marie is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the State of New Jersey. Ms. Stephano speaks regularly at international conferences on the Legal Issues Surrounding Medical Tourism and in the United States to employer groups, insurance groups and physician associations. Renee-Marie consults international government ministries, private sector organizations and NGO's about the growth of the global healthcare industry and accreditation, providing marketing assistance to promote their countries high quality of care.
Renee@MedicalTourismAssociation.com
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Melissa Skelton
Director of Membership
Melissa@MedicalTourismAssociation.com

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Jessica Johnson
Membership Coordinator
JJohnson@MedicalTourismAssociation.com

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Prem Jagaysi - Dubai - Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Prem Jagyasi is an expert in international healthcare and medical tourism and has been involved running and managing hospitals as well as being considered a leading expert in the business of dealing with international patients.
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Guillermo Gonzalez-Prieto - Strategic Development Executive - Argentina
Guillermo Gonzalez-Prieto is a Strategic Development Executive for the MTA promoting the International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association in Argentina.
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Brad Cook - Secretary and Strategic Development Officer - Latin America
Brad Cook is considered an expert in global healthcare and medical tourism and is in charge of the International Patient Department of Clinica Biblica in Costa Rica.
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Vivian Ho Managing Director - Asian Pacific Region
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Kyungwon Jang, Ph.D. as the general director of MTA Asia
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James Bae, MHA as the Strategic Development Officer of MTA Asia
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Headquarters:
International Medical Travel Association otherwise known as the Medical Tourism Association
10130 Northlake Blvd.
Suites 214-315
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA 33412

Other Locations
MTA Asia - Seoul, Korea
MTA Latin America - Costa Rica Office - San Jose, Costa Rica
MTA Germany - Berlin, Germany
MTA Mexico - Monterrey, Mexico
MTA Middle East - Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Within Dubai Healthcare
City)


   
 
International Headquarters
10130 Northlake Blvd.
Suites 214-315 West Palm Beach, FL 33412
Phone # 561-791-2000

info@medicaltourismassociation.com

 
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