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Medical tourism: an insurer’s perspective

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24-Oct-16 The world is getting older, richer and more connected, and there are enormous variations between countries in quality of care. It is no surprise that medical tourism is more substantial every year. A related phenomenon is the rise in insurance that includes cross-border medical treatment. This is mostly ‘bottom-up’ demand from local nationals who are upgrading from a local health insurance policy. [image: IHMT / Getty Images]

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Shanghai's state of the heart facility opens

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28-Oct-16 Shanghai's first international hospital specializing in cardiovascular diseases has opened, providing a high quality health service to both expatriates and local citizens. The DeltaHealth Hospital is the first such facility in China and is being run in cooperation with Columbia HeartSource. The hospital’s first phase of 200 beds is completed and 350 beds are planned. [image: Shanghai Daily]

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Japan turns eye on medical tourism before Olympics

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27-Oct-16 The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor & Welfare announced it will conduct a survey of medical infrastructure to examine how foreign patients use the system. The purpose is to improve medical services for foreign patients before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Preliminary results show foreign patients have had trouble locating a hospital where they can communicate with staff. [image: Medical Tourism Magazine]

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Columbia China reopens orthopedic hospital in Shanghai

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26-Oct-16 Columbia China is reopening the 232-bed Shanghai Kaiyuan Orthopedic Hospital, after spending USD75 mn to acquire and retrofit it. Columbia China plans to expand through acquisitions and greenfield projects. “Shanghai Kaiyuan Orthopedic Hospital is positioned to be the Orthopedic Center of Excellence in joint, spine, minimally invasive surgeries and sports medicine,” said Bee Lan Tan, President of Columbia China. [image: Columbia China]

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