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

Food Pantry Looks Toward the Holiday Season

first_imgBill Warren opens the Ripley County Food Pantry on the third Monday of each month.OSGOOD, Ind. – Shelves are stocked right now at the Ripley County Food Pantry but that will change once the holiday season arrives.The pantry opened eight years ago and has grown from serving forty people a month to now over 250 residents twice each month, pantry president of operations Bill Warren says.“We have really been blessed to have enough food to do that,” Warren exclaimed.“During this holiday season, people might spend their money on gifts or thanksgiving dinner or something and they come up short. So they come to us for food and so far we have been able to take care of that need.”In addition to food and non-perishable items, Warren said the pantry is actively accepting monetary donations to buy produce for needy residents.“Our goal is to give the first person and the last person the same amount of food,” Warren continues. “In order to do that, when I go shopping I buy food in 20 cases, whatever it is, it has to come up to 250 or I don’t buy it.”The food pantry is located at the Ripley County Fairgrounds, Bldg. 16C, in Osgood. It is open on the third Monday of each month. A mobile pantry is held on the first Friday of each month.For more information contact Bill Warren at (812) 756-2560.last_img read more

Chappell’s show: UCLA junior gets medalist honors

first_imgBehind freshman Carl Smith’s 2-under par 70, Pepperdine carded a final-round 2-over 290 to finish with a 54-hole score of 46-over 910 and in 10th place. Alabama won the event with a 54-hole total of 881 (+17). MEN’S BASKETBALL CSUN 64, South Dakota State 63: Junior Calvin Chitwood scored a team-high 18points and Thomas Shewmake made a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left that proved to be the difference for the Matadors (13-14), who won their second road game this season. BASEBALL Last May, Chappell won the NCAA East Regional title at Lake Nona GC in Orlando, Fla. As a team, the Bruins finished in a tie for fourth place at 899 (+35) with Central Florida and Alabama-Birmingham. UCLA junior Kevin Chappell won his second collegiate indvidual title in the final round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Chappell won medalist honors by firing a final round 3-under 69, despite a double-bogey at the 16th hole. Chappell’s 54-hole total of 214 was 2 under. He beat Vanderbilt’s Jon Curran by a stroke and Coastal Carolina’s Dustin Johnson, the 16th-ranked player in the country, by two shots. center_img UC Irvine 6, USC 3: Matt Cusick went 3 for 4 and drove in the first two runs for the Trojans (7-6) in the first inning at Dedeaux Field. The Anteaters got one run in the third and tied the score in the fourth, then took the lead for good in the sixth with two runs. Long Beach State 14, UCLA 1: Brady Dolan drove in the only run for the visiting Bruins (6-4) and went 1 for 3. The Dirtbags scored eight runs in the eighth inning to snap UCLA’s four-game winning streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ronaldo plays down injury fears ahead of Champions League final

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has moved to calm fears over his fitness ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.Ronaldo suffered an injury in training on Tuesday but has claimed the problem is nothing more than a dead leg.He was quoted as saying by Sky Sports: “I am fine. I had a little problem in training, a dead leg as they say here, but tomorrow (Wednesday) or the next day I will be fine. It was a minor scare, a knock.”The Portugal forward hurt his left leg when colliding with Kiko Casilla following a push from Dani Carvajal and, after receiving treatment on the field, threw a water bottle in anger as he headed for the changing rooms. His participation against city rivals Atletico Madrid in Milan on Saturday does not appear to be in doubt, though, sparing Real a fresh worry, with the club already without defender Raphael Varane due to a thigh problem that could rule him out of Euro 2016. The Frenchman may be sidelined for up to three weeks with the injury sustained in training last weekend and, with France’s campaign starting on June 10, could miss the tournament in his homeland. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, the former France skipper, told the club’s official website: “The only major drawback, and that really is very serious, is Varane.“He is now out for Saturday. He may not be ready in two or three weeks. It is less serious than we thought. He will travel but will not play on Saturday.“With regard to the selection I hope he can play the Euros. It’s a blow for him and I’m worried about him.” 1 Cristiano Ronaldo lies injured in Real Madrid training last_img read more

Timeline of Israel Adesanyas Rapid Rise to UFC Co

first_img Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Lockdown duffle bag Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Bloody Elbow Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Ranked: Greatest Women’s Soccer Players Stadium Talk The news that former Pride legend Fedor Emelianenko has chosen to return to Japan rather than signing with the UFC has got everyone in MMA talking. Bellator tournament champion Phil Davis is no exception. Davis spoke to Submission Radio about “The Last Emperor.” Must Reads Couture avoids Fedor question during fan Q&A Karim Zidan Former UFC champion Randy Couture discussed the return of Fedor and avoided a question about whether he will fight him in Japan. Coker: Kimbo won’t be Fedor’s opponent Karim Zidan Bellator CEO Scott Coker revealed that the promotion has “other plans” for Kimbo Slice than a match-up against Fedor Emelianenko. Must Reads Couture avoids Fedor question during fan Q&A Coker: Kimbo won’t be Fedor’s opponent “Well you see, that’s a business thing. Like, Fedor’s been able to make some good business decisions throughout his career. And the reason why he didn’t go in (to the UFC), or the reason why he is where he is, is entirely business. Here’s a guy who doesn’t feel the need to quote, unquote “prove” himself against whomever someone else says, ‘you need to prove yourself against this guy’. No, he’s comfortable in himself to say ‘I’ll fight whoever gets in this cage’ and he will go throughout his career that way. Which is, you know, there’s something to be said about having that chip on your shoulder and wanting to fight the best guys. But at the same time, and businesswise he’s never – well I don’t know about never, but not recently – he has not recently taken that pay cut to quote, unquote ‘fight the best guys’.”When asked if he would take a fight against Fedor, Davis was quick to assent.”Man I’d have to. I’d have to. It’s like, how could I not? I just…I don’t know. He’s a legend in the sport. It’s one thing if you lose to Joe Schmo. But if you lose to Michael Jordan, people go, ‘you know what? You did good against Mike’. You know? (laughs). There’s competing, and that’s like a fight that anybody gets up for, you get super excited for. Is he the best Fedor we’ve ever seen? Who knows? I would lean against no. But at the same time, I wouldn’t count that man out of nothing. I’m gonna come at that man like he has a weapon in his pocket. Okay? Like he’s that good.” Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Apparel King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Gloves Standard Ranked Rashguard Good Night Tee All 30 MLB Teams’ Uniforms, Ranked Stadium Talk Recommended by Sale Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Latest From Our Partners Standard BJJ Gi Born Billionaires: Don Johnson’s Daughter is One of the Richest Heiresses in America More: [Photos] Remember Him? This is Why He’s No Longer An Actor JOL White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Sponsored Content 30 Photos Taken In Iran That Will Destroy Your Stereotypes Ice Pop [Pics] Mom Gives Birth to 7 Babies. Just Wait Until you See Them 20 Years Later Direct Expose More From UFC 240: Fights to make ProMax 440 BJJ GI Gordon Ryan Competition Kit UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card Latest From MMA Warehouse Accessories Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attacklast_img read more