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Increase in Travel to China Creating New Health and Security Risks
Date:4/23/2008

New China White Paper from MEDEX Global Group Offers Tips for Travelers

BALTIMORE, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Infectious disease, poor sanitary conditions and substandard healthcare are among the serious medical concerns found in China, according to a new white paper recently released by MEDEX Global Group, a worldwide provider of international travel, security and medical insurance.

"This year, China expects 150 million foreign tourists, which is a 14 percent increase over 2007," said Bruce Kirby, CEO of MEDEX Global Group. "This paper is intended to prepare the rapidly growing number of travelers for the unexpected by arming them with well-documented, critical health information."

"What You Should Know Before Traveling Abroad: Health and Security Risks in China" captures the results from a series of 300-point, onsite evaluations of medical care and health facilities throughout China. To compile the evaluation, MEDEX experts examined a variety of factors including the country's quality of healthcare, blood supply and disease risks. The full report is available for free download at http://www.medexassist.com/travelguides.

Overall, on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the lowest rating, MEDEX gave China a score of "4". Training for doctors and nurses may not be up to international standards, and in rural areas of China, medical care is more rudimentary than in urban areas. Hospitals may not have modern equipment or even plumbing. In fact, only 28% of the population in rural China has access to adequate sanitation facilities.

The MEDEX report offers a number of health and medical-related tips for travelers:

-- In case of emergency in China, private clinics are recommended over

public hospitals. Public hospitals are overcrowded, patients will

likely wait hours and most often payment is expected in cash and prior

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