Medical Port at the Medical Travel Summit 2017

Medical Port CEO Belén de Vicente was a guest speaker at the Medical Travel Summit in Croatia, an event organized by the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ).

The Medical Travel Summit in an event for senior-level professionals working in the medical travel sector and international patients market. Through different panels, guests were invited to share their knowledge and best practices for the future, while addressing the main concerns of this industry.

Belen de Vicente at IMTJ
Photo credit: IMTJ

Belén de Vicente, from Medical Port, presented her experience at the workshop about facilitators. The workshop was moderated by Elizabeth Ziemba, an expert in the industry. Belén de Vicente talked about the added value that medical travel facilitators bring to the parties involved (insurances, clients and healthcare units) as well as upcoming challenges. The knowledge and expertise gathered by Medical Port along its 5 years of operation were also presented.

According to Belén de Vicente “The presentation generated genuine interest among the attendance because in a market that is clearly a niche – against all the forecasts from the international consultancy companies and the American Medical Tourism Association – the experience of the few ones that have been able to sustain and grow their business is extremely relevant”.

The event took place in Croatia from 25 to 27 April and welcomed hundreds of people.

Better safe than sorry: you may want to consider an STD screening

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), usually known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are infections that spread mostly through sexual contact. The most common are chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis, but there are many more, like HIV and Hepatitis B.

a doctor holds a notebook. the text says "stds: when was the last time you got tested?"

Holidays mean fun and a needed relaxing period from a long work year. However health does not take a time out. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that everyday over one million of STDs are acquired worldwide. A great part of STDs has mild or no symptoms. Thus, many people are not aware they are infected and contribute to the spreading unwittingly.

If left untreated, STDs can lead to other serious conditions, beyond the infections itself. For instance, gonorrhea and chlamydia are the main causes of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility among women. In men, the most common consequence is an infection in the prostate, prostatitis, but can also lead to infertility.

Practicing safe sex, using male or female condoms is a great practice to reduce the risk of contracting an STD but does not eliminate it at 100%. If you are sexually active with multiple partners, you should check your status regularly. During your next check-up, ask to be also tested for STDs.

We will be talking more about STDs throughout the month of August. Stay tuned and remember that prevention is the key!

Medical Tourism is a growing trend among Americans

Every year it is estimated that more than 750, 000 American residents travel outside the country to seek medical care abroad, according an article of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The choice of travelling outside the country of residence for medical care can be for several reasons. Some decide based on price, based on the reputation of the doctor, the reputation of the hospital facilities, the geographic proximity, or particular connection to the country. The article adds: “The most common procedures that people undergo on medical tourism trips include cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and heart surgery.”

A common concern among those who travel for medical care is safety. The role of those who plan and organize medical care abroad, like a medical tourism facilitator, is to ensure people receive the best medical care.

Maintain a clear communication is essential to keep the client confident.

One of the ways to ensure the medical care is safe, and follows international standards is the international accreditation from Joint Commission International. This organization has been accrediting hospitals all over the world since 1994 to ensure consistency, safety and standard rules for medical care. Hospitals and clinics that receive this accreditation follow and maintain strict standards for patient safety, minimizing the risks of medical procedures. A JCI seal of approval means the patient will return home the best way possible in the least amount of time.

Medical Port partnered Hospital Lusíadas Porto and Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa that are accredited by Joint Commission International.

This partnership is a guarantee that our clients will receive the best care they need and the course of their treatment is under the supervision of top professionals. The international accreditation by JCI ensures that patients will be treated with the same quality standards, as they were back home in the United States, in a welcoming and private environment.