Despite recent hurricanes, a delegation from InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital successfully continued its participation in the 10th World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress as a bronze sponsor and exhibitor of the leading event in Los Angeles, California from October 2-4, 2017.
The healthcare organisation participates in the event on an annual basis to market the destination, healthcare services, and utilise the platform as an opportunity to connect with leaders in Medical Travel, Healthcare, Wellness, Benefits and Insurance. Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital were among the few healthcare providers represented from the Caribbean region, while other medical companies originated from the Americas, Canada, Europe, Asia and beyond.
The number of persons travelling abroad to receive medical treatment is increasing by millions every year. A range of elective surgeries are performed at TCI Hospital including private cosmetic enhancement procedures, which are typically highly sought after by medical travellers. Under the Cosmetic Surgery Program, Board Certified Specialist Surgeons from the United States travel to the TCI on a quarterly basis to perform surgical procedures and conduct consultations.
These surgeries include Brachioplasty, Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction, Mastopexy, Liposuction, Fat Grafting, Abdominoplasty, Blepharoplasty, Keloid Skin Revision, Skin Grafting, Rhinoplasty, Brow Lift, Facelift and Biopsy. The formation of a successful medical tourism sector in the future can generate an alternative revenue stream for healthcare funding and create economic diversification in the TCI.
The TCI Hospital delegation consisted of TCI Hospital Chief Executive Officer – Daniel Carriere, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations – Nikira John and Visiting Consultant Coordinator – Kay Vanes Williams, all of whom are Certified Medical Tourism Professionals.
The World Medical Tourism Congress is one of the most expansive international healthcare conferences and expositions in the medical tourism industry, and attracts over 3,000 participants, 400 qualified buyers of healthcare along with industry forums and executive summits.
Canada is ranked as the top medical tourism destination overall for 2016-2017, followed by the United Kingdom, Israel, Singapore and India, respectively. These rankings are collated via the Medial Tourism Index (MTI), which measures the perception of a destination for medical tourism.