Croatia – the new heart of medical tourism in Europe

first_imgThey may have felt that they did not need expert advice on their own doorstep, and they may have been able to devise a Croatian health tourism strategy themselves. The two-day conference, organized by Euro Events, continues today with a business workshop. Encouraging and instructive two days, as well as a great opportunity to establish contacts and discover ways in which Croatia can develop its still relatively undeveloped business opportunity. When such cross-border initiatives are fully developed, the potential for strengthening the Croatian medical tourism industry and economy will be enormous. Provided that Croatia learns how to take advantage of this opportunity. With its medical excellence, affordable prices and the excellent reputation of a safe tourist country, Croatia is potentially the EU member state that could benefit the most from this. RELATED NEWS: Coulton-Shaw is a person who knows medical tourism very well. From nothing he developed a very successful company for dental tourism in Slovakia. In addition, he is a mentor of world clinics and the author of the project Global Clinic Ranking. Several very interesting lectures were given, and Elizabeth Ziemba presented the opportunities and obstacles in cross-border buying and selling health services. It was fascinating to learn, for example, that British companies work with pharmacies in Mexico and send their employees to Mexico with hefty per diems – because of the savings on drug costs, it pays off tenfold. Or, for example, Finland has an e-prescription agreement that allows for something very similar. But we were surprised who did NOT appear at the conference. Given the various institutions that gathered a few weeks ago with great fanfare to launch the Health Spot Croatia project, the main place for the development of medical tourism in Croatia, it could be expected that these stakeholders will come to such a useful conference. This was a very exciting week for this journalist, as Zagreb offered as many as two extremely high-quality conferences on IT and medical tourism. If the technological vision of the future, presented at the Digital Takeover conference organized by 24sata, was not enough, the lectures and discussions of 22 participants from 13 countries at the Fifth Annual Medical Tourism Conference, held on the 17th floor of the Westin Hotel, almost overloaded my brain. But it was a fascinating three days. “Croatia is the new heart of medical tourism in EuropeSaid Daniel Coulton-Shaw in his introductory speech. See more about the Fifth Annual Medical Tourism Conference HERE Among the speakers were local experts, for example, Ognjen Bagatin, director of the Bagatin Polyclinic in Zagreb (and now in Split), who spoke about the problem of lack of skilled labor. It was the most dynamic of all presentations, so I will dedicate a special article to it, since what is happening behind the scenes at the Bagatin Polyclinic in terms of staff training is perhaps the only such example in Croatia. Cover photo: EuroEvents / Joe Sweet, Cleveland Clinic Hospital Irving Stackpole gave a stimulating presentation on the role of technology in patient travel and on how tele-health and tele-medicine are already changing healthcare and the relationship between patients and clinics. Both Stackpole and Ziemba will return to Zagreb on March 26 for a workshop to be held at the Bagatin Education Center. The Fifth Annual Conference on Medical Tourism was held this week and brought together a large and interesting group of speakers from the country and abroad. But there were also significant absences. They didn’t show up. I had high expectations when I read the conference program. Introductory speeches were to be given by Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić and Advisor to the Minister of Health Mate Car. It was truly a conference with a view. Below us, the city of Zagreb, which recently decided to brand itself as “Zagreb – Center of Medical Excellence”. In fact, as far as I could see, of the five key stakeholders in the Health Spot Croatia project, only the Zagreb Tourist Board appeared at the conference. There were no representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.  HEALTH SPOT CROATIA CONFERENCE ON THE SITUATION AND FUTURE OF HEALTH TOURISM HELD Among the many other options discussed over the two days, it appears that Croatia and other countries could use their potential for cross-border medical care. It is less known that EU citizens can also receive medical care in other Member States (EU Directive 2011/14, entered into force in 2013), which allows for a reduction in waiting lists and cheaper treatment. One example cited was orthopedics in the UK, where treatment is waited for three years, while private surgeries are among the most expensive in the world. The conference was also attended by one of the world’s biggest names when it comes to patient care. Joe Sweet, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s International Patient Experience Center, spoke about developing a unique approach to a high-quality patient experience. With its 66.000 employees, under the leadership of the new director, a Croat, Toma Mihaljević, the Cleveland Clinic is at the very top of medical development. Sweet explained that the clinic, in order to further improve the experience of its patients, will soon start using holograms that will show and explain to the patient his health condition. POLYCLINIC BAGATIN OPENS ITS DOORS IN SPLIT OGNJEN BAGATIN, POLYCLINIC BAGATIN: HEALTH TOURISM CAN AND MUST BE ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS ON SEASONALITY Since I am a relatively newcomer to the world of Croatian medical tourism and I live in Croatia, it is not easy for me to assess the global position of the Croatian health tourism industry. Apart from the opportunity to learn more about it from world-renowned experts, it was also an opportunity to find out what they think about the position and potential of Croatia.  Ognjen Bagatin, Polyclinic Bagatinlast_img read more

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Lilly says antibody drug cuts COVID-19 hospitalization, may seek emergency use nod

first_imgEli Lilly and Co on Wednesday said a single infusion of its experimental antibody treatment reduced the need for hospitalization and emergency room visits for clinical trial patients with moderate COVID-19.The company said it will discuss the interim results, which have not yet been reviewed by outside experts, with global regulators. The New York Times reported that Lilly Chief Scientific Officer Daniel Skovronsky said the company would talk with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the possibility of an emergency use authorization.The mid-stage study tested three different doses of LY-CoV555, a manufactured copy of a an antibody produced by a patient who recovered from COVID-19. Antibody treatments work by recognizing and locking onto foreign invaders to prevent infection of healthy cells. No drug-related serious adverse events or trial deaths were reported.Lilly said the trial will enroll 800 patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19, with the next segment testing LY-CoV555 in combination with a second Lilly antibody, LY-CoV016, which binds to a different area of the coronavirus.The antibodies, given by intravenous infusion, are also being tested for preventing COVID-19 in nursing home residents and staff and for treating patients already hospitalized with COVID-19.Several companies including Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Vir Biotechnology are also testing antibody treatments for COVID-19.Lilly’s shares were up 1.3% to $152. Topics :center_img Of the total 302 patients treated with the Lilly drug, five or 1.7%, had to be hospitalized or required an emergency room visit. That compared with 6% in the placebo group, Lilly said.”These data are not a home run but … are among the most encouraging COVID treatment data we’ve seen, particularly given this is in mild-to-moderate outpatients where there has simply been no treatment progress until now,” Raymond James analyst Steven Seedhouse said in a research note.Oddly, only the middle 2,800-milligram dose achieved the trial’s main goal of reducing the amount of virus detected in patients compared with a placebo 11 days after treatment. Lilly said most trial participants, including those given a placebo, had completely cleared the virus by day 11. Some analysts suggested that future studies may want to use an earlier time point than 11 days.Most hospitalizations occurred in patients with underlying risk factors such as obesity or advanced age. Lilly said future study would focus on people in these higher-risk groups.last_img read more

Syracuse basketball opponent preview: Visual breakdown of No. 13 Miami

first_imgMalachi Richardson – Davon ReedCreate bar charts Facebook Twitter Google+ Team ComparisonSyracuse vs. Miami Create bar charts Trevor Cooney – Sheldon McClellan Create bar charts Overview Player ComparisonAdvertisementThis is placeholder textMichael Gbinije – Angel RodriguezCreate bar chartscenter_img Related Stories Beat writers predict Miami to hand Syracuse its 2nd conference lossSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 13 MiamiWhy Syracuse’s big lineup could be a factor at No. 13 MiamiSyracuse basketball stat of the day Published on January 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Tyler Roberson – Kamari Murphy Create bar charts Dajuan Coleman – Tonye JekiriCreate bar chartsBig NumbersMiami has lost just one game all season. The loss came on Nov. 27 against Northeastern. The Hurricanes fell, 78-77, at home, but have won six straight games since then.The Hurricanes are averaging 19.4 made free throws per game. Miami is shooting 77.4 percent from the charity stripe and has made at least 19 free throws in all but two of its games this season. The Hurricanes made just seven free throws — its lowest total of the season — in the loss to Northeastern. Commentslast_img read more

Woman wins lottery after being fired from job

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisHILLMAN, Mich. — 10 days before Christmas, Michelle Sanders’ life took an unexpected and unfortunate turn. She was let go from her job at Montmorency’s register of deeds office. “I think I cried a lot. I cried for weeks,” she said. “Everybody would get up to go to school or work and I’m like, ‘what am I going to do?’ You can only clean so much and you can’t really afford to go see anybody or do anything if you don’t have a check coming in.”Much like her grandfather, Sanders likes to buy lottery tickets, and a few weeks after being fired, her luck changed. At first, this ticket didn’t seem like a winner. It was only after she entered a second chance code online when she figured out that this ticket wasn’t what she thought it was. “You can’t win if you don’t do it. So I was feeling lucky, and even though they were losing tickets, I was having a really good day.”Sanders’ ticket had won her a chance at the Michigan Lottery’s Big Spin game, with the minimum prize being $100,000. On Jan. 30., it was finally her turn to take the spin. She said her legs were trembling as she watched the wheel spin for what seemed like an eternity. Then it stopped, and she was $250,000 richer. Sanders said she already has plans for some of it including wedding her fiance, putting some towards her son’s college fund, and hopefully taking a cruise with her family later in the year.Regarding future work, Sanders said that she really misses her old job and that she is considering running for the register of deeds position in Montmorency County. “I’ve had quite a few people that will support me that I’ve known a long time and know that i can do it.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Michigan lotteryContinue ReadingPrevious Treasury Department helping taxpayers prevent identity theftNext Michigan DNR unveils new license purchasing systemlast_img read more

Brong Ahafo regional Circles chairman calls for restructuring in Kotoko camp

first_imgBrong Ahafo Regional Circles Chairman of Asante Kotoko, Kingsley Abeyie, has urged officials of the club to restructure the club and bring certain internal problems to rest or else risk being relegated for the first time.According to him, the team now plays with no sense of urgency because the players and officials are divided and that has reflected in the style of play.He also alleged the difference in winning bonuses paid to players has led to disharmony in the dressing room.“Some players are being paid more than the others because they are players of some top officials of the club. Some take GHC 400 while others are paid GHC 500 and GHC 600.”“When I saw the Kotoko team in the FA Cup game against Shion, I was just heartbroken. The team is divided. The politics in Kotoko is depressing. I don’t blame the coach for any of our plight, it is the management I will blame.”He alleged that the Kotoko team owes players some bonuses and salaries and that also accounts for the bad play of the team. “The team owes the players some bonuses and that is also contributing to the team’s woes. As players they need motivation to be able to play very well, and that is lacking in the team.”He urged the current administration to call for a stakeholders meeting for supporters to make their problems known in order to revive the sinking fortunes of the team. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Six Nations 2019: Campaign not ‘catastrophic’ for Ireland, says Joe Schmidt

first_imgHe added: “We’ve won 23 of our last 26 Test matches, we’ve finished third in the Six Nations — once upon a time that wasn’t the catastrophe that it is today for Ireland.”We’ll be the first to put our hands up and say that that’s not as good as we want to be. We’ll be first to take our hats off to acknowledge the performance Wales put in today and then we’ll reflect, rebuild and go forward.”I’d like to think the genuine supporter will still be 100 percent behind us.” Ireland was not “catastrophic” in the Six Nations, says Joe Schmidt, as he urged supporters to stick with his slumping side.Schmidt’s men won the Grand Slam in 2018 but could not defend their title this year, losing to Wales in Cardiff on Saturday as the hosts completed their own perfect campaign. Ireland was still in the running for the championship ahead of the match at the Principality Stadium, but its was way off the pace and went down 25-7, only scoring with the final attack from Jordan Larmour.But after dominating last term and beating the All Blacks in New Zealand, Schmidt hopes Ireland has earned enough credit that they will not be written off after a tournament in which he concedes they were below par.”[The media] will set the narrative,” he told a news conference. “We can only perform in those two 40-minute windows that we get and then the narrative will be whatever pundits or journalists put out there.”We would certainly encourage the genuine supporter not to lose faith with the team, that the team will definitely turn up in Japan [for the Rugby World Cup] and we’ll grow a bit from this.#GuinnessSixNationsFULL TIME SCORE – Wales 25-7 IRELAND#TeamOfUs #WALvIRE #ShouldertoShoulder pic.twitter.com/ew26O7aQMK— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) March 16, 2019″You only have to look back a year to see England went back to back in the championship and then ended up fifth. We fought our way up to third, we’re in the top half of the championship.”We haven’t been catastrophic but we haven’t been as good as we need to be and today was probably an example of that.”last_img read more

Wellington 10-and-under girls win Babe Ruth State Championship!

first_imgWinfield also played Independence in the opening round of bracket play.Independence would advance to the championship in this match up. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team were the hosts of the 2013 Babe Ruth Softball State Tournament. Trouble is the Wellington Sting wouldn’t let the trophy go anywhere.Wellington went 6-0 on its way to securing the 2013 Babe Ruth Softball State Championship.Wellington rolled through the pool play portion of the 2013 Babe Ruth State softball tournament held in Wellington this past weekend. In the Championship Game, against the heated rivals, it was back and fourth. Wellington scored one run in the bottom of the first.Independence would answer with four runs in the top of the second. That would advance the Sting to bracket play as the No. 1 seed on Sunday. Independence came back tough with two runs in the top of the 5th taking a 6-5 lead into what would be the last inning of the ball game. Team members are:Kaitlyn HainKylie AufdengardenDraven WarnockOlivia BrandMyriland FrenchAlexis PateeMykiland FrenchCalli HatfieldKierstyn CunninghamGracie RauschAiralyn Frame Wellington first played Winfield Friday afternoon winning 14-1. Later that afternoon Wellington played Lyons and came out victorious: 16-4. Wellington would plate 2 in the bottom of the 3rd, followed by another two runs in the bottom of the 4th taking a 5-4 lead. On Sunday, Wellington was up against Coffeyville in the first round of bracket play. Saturday afternoon, Wellington would play rival Independence on the way to a 13-7 victory. That was followedby Coffeyville which Wellington would handle 16-4. Wellington would not be denied on this day as they pushed two runs across plate in the bottom half of the fifth inning as game time would expire, bringing home the championship with a 7-6 hard fought victory! “Our pitching was outstanding throughout this tournament and was a huge key to our success, also our batscame to life at the most critical time of year,” said Ryan Hain. “Words can’t even explain how proud of this team I am.” Wellington won this game 14-1 and advanced to the championship game later that afternoonlast_img read more

Casinos in Florida officially reopened

first_imgCasinos all across Florida have officially reopened after being shutdown for several months due to the coronavirus.While some health officials believe that there is a risk in reopening the casinos, many casino owners stated that they have been working for weeks, to make their establishments safe for both guest and employees.“Our Safe and Sound program is really all about safety, and we truly respect the seriousness of this particular issue,” Hard Rock International Chair Jim Allen said.Upon arrival, guest will be subjected to a temperature check and will be required to wear a facemask.In addition, every other machine will be turned off to keep a social distancing standard, machines and other high-touch areas will be routinely sanitized, and some table games have been equipped with plexiglass barriers.Employees will also be required to wear facemask and follow social distancing guidelines.Governor DeSantis made the decision to allow the reopening of casinos after noting that Florida has not had as high of a spike in infections as New York and some other states even with the protest and the phased reopening of restaurants.last_img read more

Still Alive: Steelers hold on for wild 38-31 win over Packers

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell (26) leaps over Green Bay Packers’ Morgan Burnett during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Remarkably, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still in the playoff chase, thanks to a wild win at snowy Lambeau Field.Le’Veon Bell ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:28 left, then Pittsburgh withstood Green Bay’s last throw into the end zone and dealt the Packers’ playoff hopes a blow with a 38-31 victory Sunday.It’s a longshot, but the Steelers (7-8) are still mathematically in the hunt for an AFC wild-card spot. They need a lot of help.The loss meant Green Bay (7-7-1) needed Chicago to lose at Philadelphia on Sunday night to stay in playoff contention.Bell’s TD came soon after scrambling Packers quarterback Matt Flynn fumbled while being tackled by safety Troy Polamalu. The Steelers recovered at the Packers 17 and scored five plays later.Micah Hyde’s 70-yard kickoff return to the Steelers 31 gave the Packers one last chance. Green Bay got to the 1, but after a Packers penalty the game ended when Flynn’s pass to Jarrett Boykin sailed incomplete in the end zone.The Steelers overcame a rarely-seen illegal batting penalty that negated a blocked field goal, and won after a roller-coaster second half.Bell finished with 26 carries for 124 yards. The Packers’ Eddie Lacy had 15 carries for 84 yards and two scores in a game featuring two of the league’s top rookie running backs.Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dashed through the snow for a 13-yard score.It all happened in a wild second half, but those plays were overshadowed by the illegal batting call.After the Steelers blocked the kick, a scramble ensued and the jostled ball ended up near the sideline, where Steelers defensive lineman Ziggy Hood poked it out of bounds. After conferring for a few minutes, the officials gave possession to Green Bay, ruling the Steelers never controlled the ball after the block and that it never crossed the line of scrimmage of the Steelers 5.One play later, Lacy barreled into the end zone from 2 yards for a 21-17 lead.Instead of sulking, the Steelers answered quickly.Roethlisberger found Matt Spaeth for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 2 minutes left in the third. Fourteen seconds later, Allen made his leaping interception and ran untouched into the end zone.The Packers roared back with a 22-yard field goal by Mason Crosby before John Kuhn’s 1-yard touchdown run with 7:17 left tied the game at 31.But the Steelers finally finished things off with Bell’s touchdown run and the Packers’ failed last-ditch throw into the end zone.Flynn finished 21 of 39 for 232 yards and a touchdown making his fourth start in place of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has been out since fracturing his left collarbone on Nov. 4.Linebacker Clay Matthews also left following a sack apparently re-aggravating a right thumb injury that kept him out of action for four games this year. Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders left with a knee injury. He had a 1-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org___Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAPlast_img read more