Medical Port’s CEO, Belén de Vicente, becomes the first portuguese Certified Medical Tourism Specialist

Belén de Vicente | Medical Port's CEO


Belén de Vicente, CEO of Medical Port, Premium Medical Tourism Facilitator, has become the first portuguese Certified Medical Tourism Specialist.

Belén de Vicente has obtained the prestigious certification from the Medical Tourism Association (MTA), a certification of expertise within the Medical Tourism field which clearly sets Medical Port apart from its competitors and reinforces the company’s understanding of medical tourism patient facilitation services, best practices in implementation & communication and the best practices in medical tourism and International patient services.

About Medical Port | Premium Medical Tourism Facilitator

Medical Port is the first truly Global Medical Tourism Facilitator dedicated to gather Portugal’s expertise in Medical Services as well as renowned hospitality for your benefit.

Our goal as Premium Medical Tourism Facilitator is to provide you with adequate alternatives for surgeries and medical treatments in Portugal. Adequate meaning cost-effective, quality driven, according to your timings and customized to your needs. We make sure the entire process is quick, smooth and trouble-free.

Medical Port ensures you a relaxing Medical Tourism experience abroad combining medical expertise from the top physicians in Portugal with great hospitality paying attention to the details that assure your well-being. With Medical Port you’ll have full access to the best medical staff in a safe and friendly environment that will boost your quick recovery.

We will be your only point of contact during your Medical Tourism experience. We’ll listen to your needs, prepare your offer, put you in contact with the physician for the pre-assessment stage, provide you with your travel plan, enroll you at your Hospital of choice, book your favorite Hotel, a translator or chauffer. We can even organize a dreamy cruise for you, a very nice way to celebrate your recovery. Whatever your needs or desires may be, we’ll make sure they’re attended to.



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Car Mechanic Dreams Up a Tool to Ease Births

It’s not a joke. A car mechanic in Argentina has invented a tool that will ease births and possibly save countless lives in the future.

The story is from The New Times and begins with the origin of his idea.

The idea came to Jorge Odón as he slept. Somehow, he said, his unconscious made the leap from a YouTube video he had just seen on extracting a lost cork from a wine bottle to the realization that the same parlor trick could save a baby stuck in the birth canal.

The video below gives us a pretty good idea of how it works. Full story here.



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Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue)

Hospital da Boavista in Oporto, Portugal

Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue in Oporto) is part of Medical Port‘s network of highly differentiated health units in Portugal and a great option for your Medical Tourism experience.

Hospital da Boavista in Oporto, Portugal
Hospital Lusíadas Porto (at Boavista Avenue in Oporto, Portugal)

Hospital Lusíadas Porto has been certified by the Joint Commission International in 2012, keeping the certification since then due to its standards of quality, safety, outstanding client care, excellence and prestige services, making it a reference for all its clients.

Hospital Lusíadas Porto at Boavista Avenue is a modern infrastructure endowed with the most advanced technology as well as a solid and experienced team of health professionals operating in areas of reference such as, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Urology, Nuclear Medicine, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, with a capacity of 18.733 surgeries per year and 54.780 inpatients.

Hospital da Boavista in Oporto, Portugal
Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue in Oporto, Portugal)

Also available is a 24 hour emergency service, for both adults and children, which includes an Observation Unit and Recovery Room (Life Support Unit).

Hospital Lusíadas Porto (located at Boavista Avenue) has over 600 highly qualified healthcare professionals. Their aim is to innovate through their actions in order to offer their clients a friendly, trustworthy and welcoming environment, achieving excellence with dedication, both ethically and humanely.

If you’re considering having surgery or medical treatments abroad, visit Medical Port’s website for more information about procedures, hospitals and doctors available in Portugal.



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Belén de Vicente interviewed for

Belén de Vicente | Medical Port's CEO

Interview with Medical Port’s CEO, Belén de Vicente, with the founder Vinay Grover, of online healthcare portal What’s the role of Medical Port as the first truly Global Medical Tourism Facilitator in promoting medical tourism in Portugal?

Belén de Vicente: The role of Medical Port has been quite important at this stage in which Portugal is not yet known as a medical tourism destination. This lack of awareness requires an approach mainly centered in “educating” potential target markets so they understand our capacity to deliver. In a short sentence, we are building the credibility and reputation of the country in this business.

Additionally, our role is also very much centered in promoting the reasons why patients should elect Portugal for their medical treatments or surgeries abroad (see question 3 on this topic) and with a much focused strategy in terms of target markets and customized packages. When you are not known you can’t pretend to have a general approach.

As compared to other nations like United States, Malaysia, Thailand and India, where Portugal stands as far as cost comparisons for most common procedures for example like Heart Bypass, Dental Implant, Knee Replacement and Lap Band/Bariatric are concerned?

Belén de Vicente: As to overall savings, and this depends very much on the country of origin, clients can save anything between 30 and 80% in some cases. As an example, a total knee replacement in the United States costs between 45,000 and 60,000$ whilst thru Medical Port a patient can do the same procedure in Portugal in internationally certified hospitals and with top physicians for a little over 20% of the lowest estimate in the US. Portugal is not cheaper in some procedures that, for example, Thailand, but other factors make it a better choice and overtake the price difference.

Why should Why should medical tourists choose Portugal for Medical Tourism?

Belén de Vicente: Portugal can offer a very attractive combination of three main components for medical tourism:

A) Quality of healthcare infrastructures and staff. In terms of comparison with other European countries, Portugal has healthcare public indicators above the average and as good as Germany or the Netherlands.

As an example, The Global Competitiveness Report tells us that Portugal ranks 10th in Infant Mortality and 30 in terms of Health and Primary Education, ahead of countries like Spain, U.S.A., Thailand, India or Mexico.

B) Hospitality. Portugal is known by its capacity to host foreigners and make them feel well. In medical tourism, an area in which trust and caring are main values, to serve the clients with these qualities is a cornerstone for the business. In Portugal the number of people speaking foreign languages is very high and in the services industry you can expect everybody to speak at least three languages.

C) Touristic ecosystem. Our country has the right weather conditions and the adequate lifestyle for a perfect recovery. The variety of settings that we can find in huge cities and in the countryside allows us to offer touristic alternatives for a huge range of interests and medical conditions – from sun and beach, to golf, to river cruises, to city tours. The main two cities of Portugal, Lisbon and Porto have been systematically winning touristic destination awards like the recent election from the magazine “Condé Nast Traveller” of Portugal as the best destination to travel in 2013.

Additionally Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world and this is an extremely important point to bear in mind when you travel abroad.

Are you offering package tours for the medical tourists to Portugal? Have they been cost effective?

Belén de Vicente: We offer package tours adequate to the medical condition of our clients and their companions. Some clients prefer to enjoy the touristic packages before the surgery with their accompanying person, others prefer a recovery package after surgery. This capacity to customize is very important as well as the capacity to understand the clients’ interests and concerns. We are able to offer packages for a different range of prices and tastes – from the basic flight and hotel alternative to the highly luxury touristic resort which can include an exclusive cooking and wine tasting activity or an individual visit to a museum guided by an artist. This flexibility is also very important and you can have all this wide range of alternatives at a very cost effective price since Portugal is one of the countries with the higher quality-cost ratios.

Can patients expect any language barrier, when they visit Portugal for their treatment. For example, how you will deal with a patient who speaks only their countries local language?

Belén de Vicente: If our clients’ language of origin is Portuguese, Spanish, English or French, the service can be provided in those languages without the need of interpreters. Most physicians and nurses we work with speak these languages. As for other languages, Medical port offers professional interpreters per request. In those cases the interpreters are trained by us in order to assure they understand the characteristics of a medical tourism setting and client. We believe that establishing a good and trustful relationship with our clients is a key success factor in this business.



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Improving your vision with Laser Eye Surgery

A quick and painless medical procedure, LASIK – or Laser Eye Surgery – has became one of the most popular surgeries made abroad because of its swift recovery, inexistent waiting-lists in the chosen country and costs-saving. The surgery is designed to treat refractive errors, improve vision, and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.

During the LASIK procedure, a specially trained eye surgeon first creates a precise, thin hinged corneal flap using a microkeratome. The surgeon then pulls back the flap to expose the underlying corneal tissue, and then the excimer laser ablates (reshapes) the cornea in a unique pre-specified pattern for each patient. The flap is then gently repositioned onto the underlying cornea without sutures.

Laser Eye Surgery has been proven to be safe and effective for most people. With careful patient screening and selection, reasonable expectations, and in the care of an experienced surgeon, most patients will be very pleased with their results. These are some of the other advantages of LASIK:

  • LASIK is able to accurately correct most levels of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism;
  • The procedure is fast, usually lasting only five to 10 minutes, and is generally painless;
  • Because the laser is guided by a computer, it is very precise and results are very accurate;
  • In most cases, a single treatment will achieve the desired outcome; however, enhancements are possible if needed, even many years after the initial surgery.

For more detailed information about this procedure visit Medical Port’s website. You can also get to know available Hospitals and Doctors in Portugal for LASIK.

If you’re considering having Laser Eye Surgery abroad, contact us for a personalized and free quote.



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