Thursday, 19 September 2013

Definition of beauty across the Globe

Do you looking for Cosmetic Surgery? Are you planning for Constructive treatment in abroad? Then what is your ideal beauty, tall, slim, big breasts, long hair or black eyes…..?? Please have a look on measurement of beauty across the globe
·         Iraq The most popular cosmetic surgery in Iraq is rhinoplasty - reshaping the nose.
·         Afghanistan Eyelid lifts are one of the most popular surgeries among Afghan women.
·         China The average height for a woman is 5ft 2, yet some are going through painful surgery to lengthen their legs as height is a sign of status and success.
·         Tibet Most popular operation is nose surgery. Usually Tibaties person’s face is flat compared to Asians.
·         India Since it has been published in Media that Zero figure is popular, Tummy tuck/ Abdominoplasty is become popular.
·         Iran Rhinoplasty to make noses smaller and upturned is very popular just like its neighbor country Iraq.
·         Nigeria the most common procedures for Nigerians are Breast lift and Breat Reduction.
·         Thailand & most Asian countries If you’re white-skinned you’re considered rich, as it means you don’t work in the sun all day. As a result, skin-lightening creams are big business.

Sources: *British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons **ISAPS

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Citrullinaemia is successfully treated in India.

A four year old boy Rishi suffering from Citrullinaemia was successfully treated with a complex liver transplant procedure in India. His mental and physical growth was retarded by Citrullinaemia a condition which is rare in the world and seen in one only about 60,000 children across the globe. Citrullinaemia is characterized by a deficiency of enzyme ASS1 in the liver, which metabolises protein.

Rishi’s Father Shirish donated a portion of liver to perform the liver transplant. According to Indian law only blood relation can donate their organ. To stop illegal organ transplant, Indian Government has come up with a 1994 law that criminalizes organ sales. The Human Organs Transplant Act, 1994 has laid down certain rules and regulations that are to be followed while conducting organ transplant.

“The child was unable to metabolise proteins ingested in the daily diet. Rishi suffered from mental slowness, recurrent vomiting, poor feeding and chest and intestinal infections. For four years, the child survived on a low protein diet with medicines and imported essential amino acids formulae which cost Rs 30,000 per month,” Dr A S Soin, chief surgeon at the Medanta Liver Institute in Gurgaon said.

“After the transplant, the child is now on a normal diet and mentally sharper than before. For the first time in his life, after transplant, he drank milk and ate a chocolate”, said Dr Neelam Mohan, director, paediatric hepatology.

Doctors said that there is no drug therapy which could be used for this disorder. 

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Future of Medical Facilitators in India A General Discussion

Different medical tourism agencies/ facilitators joined hands for the development of Indian Medical Tourism both traditional (Unani, Aurvedic) and regular. More than 70 medical facilitators were gathered in Okhla, New Delhi on August 21, 2013 and discussed on the topic of “Future of Medical Facilitators in India”. This general discussion was called by Al-Shifa Medico Facilitators a partner entity of OAS EXIM Pvt. Ltd., Abdul al-Hafiz Group, Marlin Safe Med Journey and Al-Rahman Medical Tourism Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Obaid-ul-Allah (MD of OAS EXIM Pvt. Ltd.) enlightening the need of Al-Shifa, said it would provide the shelter for both patients as well as facilitators and control the cost of surgical procedure. He further said that their goals are to provide high level quality care within affordable price that’s why they will only deal with those hospitals which fulfill JCI and NABH criteria.

Mr. Abdul al-Hafiz (Abdul al-Hafiz Group) also addressed the gathering and described the nature of work of Al-Shifa. He said that few medical tourism agencies were not upto the marks and exploiting the patients. I think Al-Shifa is real eye-opener for many medical facilitators and guides them to deal with foreign patients.

Mr. Md. Afzal Siddiqui (Marlin Safe Med Journey) explained the objective and goal of Indian Council of Medical Facilitators and Interpreters (ICMFI). He said that all these efforts to protect the reputation of Indian Medical tourism from disreputable hospitals and healthcare providers which may not have the same level of quality healthcare and standards. ICMFI makes us able to demonstrate a depth of Indian options many hadn’t seen before.

Participants of this programme actively shared their views and nominated a group of ten people to tackle their concerns. In this function, Mr. Safder Imam, Mr. Abdullah, Mr. Imdad Rabbani, Mr. Shifa Mr. Ateeq and Mr. Afaq along with 70 medical facilitators were present and assured to strengthen the Al-Shifa. 


Sunday, 21 July 2013

Best Points from ICTT2013 for Medical Tourism Facilitators

Last month I participated in India’s first travel technology conference and exhibition organized by ATTOI at the Leela Hotel, Kovalm, Kerala. It was really lovely experience to meet some well-known figure and learn new ideas from them like Mr. Adam Franklin, Mrs. Selina Power, Mrs. Sheila Scarborough, Mr. Bicky Carlra, Mrs. Nisha Jha and organizing committee. No doubt Mr. Adam’s Top 15 international travel technology tips- ICTT 2013 and Nisha’s blog ICTT Conference are very interesting and informative, but I am here only to raise those points which are best fit for Medical Tourism.

1. Art of Listening and responding; Ms. Sheila Scarborough learnt very simply art of listening which is very important part of Medical tourism. Medical tourism agencies are nothing but bridge to fulfill the gap between healthcare providers and patients. At this point we only identify the problems when we listen carefully and convey to the doctors. It is not possible to provide special care and attention to each and every patient without knowing his problem. Apart from that we should also appreciate the good comments and feedbacks. She said we are asked all the time about responding the negative stuff, but the real problem is ignoring the good things that people are saying.

2. Number game is nothing; Mr. Chad Wiebesick’s advices for Medical tourism industries are not to worry about number game. Only numbers doesn’t play a role to judge ROI on the web. Major thing is their engagement, age group and their ability to avail your product or services. If children/ minors are active on your social page then you are not going to benefit from them or very low as they make ready their parents to avail your services. So use networks where your audience is at.

3. Blogging Flourish your marketing; Mr. Adam Franklin appointed that blog is fuel to flourish your business and marketing strategy due to fresh and unique contents. Medical tourism bloggers should write about general issues, medical procedures, new trends in the industry and safety measure pre/ post surgery instead of boosting yourself. It is not a matter that how long or big blogs are.

4. Attract, Interact and Convert; Mr. Suresh babu advises the Medical tourism industry to use long word keywords as search option because it brings more traffic compare to 1-2 keywords. Medical tourism is also work as a chain system as one happy patient recommends another one, so need to interact many people and converts them into prospective client.

5. Do proper research; Medical tourism industry need proper research for knowing the potential market for their services and what will attract more people to use this service. Medical tourism which mostly depends on inbound patients needs proper information about target country, their healthcare system and method of response by government. It is interesting to know that some country provide free healthcare to its citizen and if we spent our potential to those countries its only west of time and energy.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Is Medical Tourism Company or Agent safe in India?

If you are planning to visit India for medical treatment, you can arrange your treatment plan without any support. Hiring a Medical Tourism Companies is totally depend on your choice, your condition of health and proficiency to deal with all issues related to journey, accommodation, fooding and treatment. If you were in India before or you can communicate with hospital/ healthcare providers easily then you should arrange all things without any support otherwise you should seek support of medical tourism company or agents which are certified/ member of Medical Tourism Quality Alliance or Medical Tourism Association.

If you are elderly, disabled, an inexperienced traveler or not in the best of your health, you should hire medical tourism company for handling everything for you. They won’t charge much more, for handling your case and arranging all your needs, if you select reputed and certified agency.

This is true that Indian Medical Tourism providers are always ready to assist you and happy to take care of your all needs very carefully and professionally. Some medical tourism agencies provide 24/7 assistance during your stay in India, including those you may not have expected.  

You can choose as and when need basis payment plan in India form reputed companies, means you will pay for each and every expanse by cash/ card, but it is not a good deal. Taking whole package for treatment/ surgery will give you mind relaxation along with you 10-30% saving. Indian Medical tourism companies follow the guideline set by Indian government and American Medical Association. 

In 2008, American Medical Association issued nine guidelines for people seeking medical care outside the United States. 
• Medical care outside the United States should be voluntary.
• Financial incentives to go outside the United States for care should not inappropriately limit diagnostic and therapeutic alternatives or restrict treatment or referral options.
• Financial incentives should be used only for care at institutions accredited by recognized international accrediting bodies.
• Local follow-up care should be coordinated and financing arranged to ensure continuity of care.
• Coverage for travel outside the United States for care must include the costs of follow-up care upon return.
• Patients should be informed of rights and legal recourse before traveling outside the United States for care.
• Patients should have access to physician licensing and outcomes data, as well as facility accreditation and outcomes data.
• Transfer of patient medical records should be consistent with HIPAA guidelines.
• Patients should be provided with information about the potential risks of combining surgical procedures with long flights and vacation activities.
Mohammad Afzal Siddiqui

Thursday, 27 June 2013


Do you know more than one language? Are you curious about the medical Interpretation?  Considering expanding your services from literal translation to healthcare interpretation but don’t know how to get started? Here are some ideas to set you on the right course.

Step #1. Start with Hospitals and Healthcare providers
In the beginning, focus on the health and wellness industry and connect with local hospitals, healthcare providers. You can also include in this list alternative programs like Unani, Ayurwedic and naturopathy. Then consider marketing in partnership with them. In fact co-operation with each other builds your recognition among the foreigners who are unable to understand local languages. You can also collaborate with medical tourism facilitators who deal with global patients.
Step #2. Learn Medical Terminologies
Medical interpretation is different from daily conversation so familiarize yourself with basic medical terminology. Keep in mind that medical terminology needs proper research, continuous practices and correct delivering so you can assure clients that they will receive quality services. You should also understand the basic anatomy and physiology along with common procedures.
Step #3. Understand the ethical issues
Medical Interpretation is one of the most responsible services. Code of ethics prevents the patients’ rights on the other side “it presents a standard of behavior that will improve medical interpreters’ professionalism and their ability to serve clients”. International Medical Interpreters Association has set code of Ethics, find this . Remember one misinterpretation can claim lives.
Step #4. Prepare Internet Strategy
Use the internet to promote yourself and differentiate your services from the competitors. There are many web portals which provide web listing free of cost in the column of “Find an Interpreter” or like that. Your name and contact details will show for those who are looking for medical interpreters. You can also invest in paid search advertising in order to attract traffic to yourself.
Step #5. Have a plan
While moving into the medical interpretation, take it slow. Don’t jump into most complicated medical procedures initially and start with easy procedures. Before moving into more complicated but lucrative parts of business, learn about the interpretation and educate yourself about specific procedures. You can also earn certificates in medical interpretation from reputed institution.