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

Francesco Briganti: First and second-pillar pension rules – a clarification

first_imgAEIP director Francesco Briganti sets out his views on the rules for first and second-pillar pension systemsIn the article entitled ‘AEIP: Dutch pension funds could ask Brussels for first-pillar status’, published on IPE on 14 November, there was some confusion over the rules applicable to pension institutions, in particular Dutch pension funds.The article, based on a response given during my intervention at the World Pensions Summit held in The Hague, might give the impression that first-pillar pension rules are preferable to those of the second pillar. This is not the case, and it is worth clarifying further.First-pillar pension rules in the EU, grounded in the Regulation 883/04 on the coordination of social security systems, aim to guarantee the mobility of workers across the EU, requiring member states to coordinate their social security systems. In brief, this means different member states recognise the contributory period spent in other member states when an EU citizen retires in their territory. This regulation does not involve or even touch upon the way a pension system is designed, whether it should be PAYG, funded or mixed, and it does not provide for a specific level of safety – i.e. solvency rules. Member states are free to design their own rules.Second-pillar pensions rules for the EU fall under the so-called ‘internal market’ competence of the European Union. This means second-pillar pension institutions are regulated by EU legislation – i.e. the IORP Directive or Solvency II, the Directive on the acquisition and preservation of supplementary pension rights, etc. The objective, rationale and design of such legislation have a different purpose than the one designed for the first pillar. The original IORP Directive, for instance, aimed to introduce the prudent principle for IORPs across the EU. It introduced the possibility for IORPs to establish cross-border activities, etc.In brief, the pros and cons of rules applicable to privately managed funded pension schemes are to be either subject to rules coming from Brussels or to rules and interference of a government, depending on whether such schemes are considered first or second pillar.Member states are free to design their own pension systems. They are, indeed, free to establish whether a certain type of pension institution should be considered as part of its first pillar – i.e. social security system – or not.The Dutch government could ask the EU for such for an inclusion, which could be normally accepted considering some features of Dutch schemes, particularly their mandatory participation deriving from a government act. It was my personal legal assessment of the topic, and AEIP has never taken any positions on whether it is advisable to be included in one or the other pillar, considering the respective pros and cons, of which AEIP is fully aware. Indeed, the Association has both members falling under the scope of the first and second pillars.Francesco Briganti is director at the AEIPlast_img read more

Ronaldo ‘too old’ for Bayern — President

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Bayern Munich President Herbert Hainer told a fan club meeting Cristiano Ronaldo would be to old to join the Bavarians. Ronaldo is under contract at Juventus until 2022 and will be 37 by the time his current deal expires. But with Bayern going into a transfer summer where they are expected to spend big, some fans have been dreaming of signing the Portugal international. And when asked about potential summer transfers at a fan club meeting earlier this week, Hainer ruled out they would make a move for Ronaldo. “Many names are linked with us by the media,” Hainer said in quotes reported by Passauer Neue Presse. “Cristiano should be a bit too old for us.” Bayern have been linked with Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, who Sport Bild reported last week is still interested in returning to Germany, and Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz. Last summer, Sane’s transfer fell through because of his anterior cruciate ligament, sustained only hours before he could complete his move. “Leroy is a great player in whom we are interested, which is known,” Hainer added. “Let’s see how he comes back from his injury.”Tags: Bayern MunichCristiano RonaldoHerbert HainerJuventusNeue Presselast_img read more