They 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 Bagatin
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