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The Non-Profits Medical Tourism Association (MTA), Monterrey Health Care City (MHCC) Have Partnered Together to Create the 1st Latin America Medical Tourism and Health Tourism Congress Which Occurs April 27-29th, 2009 in Monterrey, Mexico at the Intercont

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profits Medical Tourism Association ( and Monterrey Health Care City ( have partnered together to create the 1st Latin America Medical Tourism and Health Tourism Congress, which occurs April 27-29th, 2009 in Monterrey, Mexico at the Intercontinental Presidente. Monterrey is known as one of the top destinations of medical tourism in Latin America, has several JCI Accredited hospitals and is the location of one of the first established "Healthcare Cities" in the world.

The 1st Latin America Medical Tourism Congress will feature up to 400 attendees from over 25 countries and will focus on the high quality of healthcare and advanced medical technology available in Latin America.

Poised to be one of the top destinations for medical tourism from the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean, many patients can receive equal to or in some cases more advanced treatment in Latin America than they can receive in the average local hospital, especially for advanced treatments such as stem cell therapy and cancer treatment.

Medical Tourism is the fastest growing segment of the healthcare industry worldwide and many US Health Insurance Companies have started to implement Medical Tourism in their healthcare plans. Deloitte's 2008 report on Medical Tourism estimated 750,000 Americans traveled overseas for medical tourism in 2007 and that by 2017 as many as 23 million Americans may travel internationally for healthcare. The spending for these patients by 2017 is estimated at as much as $79.5 billion dollars.

Several of the largest US health insurance companies have implemented "pilot projects" of medical tourism, including Aetna Insurance Company, Wellpoint, one of the largest Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Companies, Swiss Re Insurance Company, and USNOW, one of the leading providers of limited medical and mini-medical insurance plans. Many US health insurance companies are now positioning themselves to implement medical tourism and selecting their international partner hospitals and clinics.

In 2006, the US Census Bureau released updated figures that estimated the Hispanic population at 42.7 million -- as of 2005, about 14.4 percent of the total US population. Hispanic Americans are the fastest-growing minority group in the United States. Experts predict that Hispanic Americans will number more than 50 million by the year 2025 and could reach 102.6 million by the year 2050. Mexican Americans, numbering approximately 21.5 million, are the largest subgroup of Hispanic Americans. Millions of Hispanics from other countries in Central and South America live in the USA. Moreover, the 2008 Deloitte Report stated that in a survey, 51.4% of American Hispanics and 36.9% of non-Hispanics said they would consider traveling outside the USA for medical care.

The Latin American Medical Tourism Congress will feature advanced educational sessions on the implementation of Medical Tourism in US health insurance plans, how to create international patient departments, the high quality of health care in Latin America, the creation of healthcare cities and how to attract foreign patients overseas.

Speakers will include key government officials from Latin America including Ministries of Health, Ministries of Tourism, US Health Insurance Carriers and Providers, Health Insurance Consultants and Top Hospitals in Latin America and the US, as well as the top leading medical tourism facilitators, which are coordinating care for patients internationally.

The Congress will also feature Monterrey site tours where attendees can visit some of the most advanced hospitals in Mexico and see the advanced technology the hospitals use to treat foreign patients.

The Medical Tourism Association is the first international non-profit association made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical tourism facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment. Our Association promotes the interests of its healthcare provider and medical tourism facilitators members. The Medical Tourism Association has three tenets: Transparency, Communication and Education.

Monterrey Healthcare City is a non-profit association of the most prestigious hospitals located in the city of Monterrey and its goal is to promote its integral health services to national and international patients by announcing its specialized medical assistance within a framework of high quality, commitment, respect and warm attention. From prevention and timely diagnosis or treatment and rehabilitation, the hospitals in association with Monterrey Healthcare City provide specialized medical assistance that improves the quality of life of the patients and their relatives.

For more information on the Latin America Medical Tourism and Health Tourism Congress go to or email For more information about the Medical Tourism Association call US 561-791-2000, or go to or email

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