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Passport Medical wins Leadership Excellence In Medical Facilitation Award at The 4th Annual World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress


Chicago, Illinois (October 31, 2011) – Passport Medical president Mark Semple accepted the “Leadership Excellence in Medical Facilitation” award from Renee Marie-Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association at the 4th annual World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress held in Chicago from October 25-28, 2011.  The award was given to Passport Medical as a top medical travel company internationally in the ever-growing medical tourism Industry.  

Medical tourism
, or medical travel, the act of seeking healthcare outside one’s home country, is a rapidly growing phenomenon. Driven by the high costs of healthcare and a lack of health insurance by many, medical tourism is projected to be a 100 billion dollar industry worldwide in the next few years.  Costs of medical procedures can be as much as 90% less than in The United States.  For example, a knee replacement surgery that can cost up to $60,000 in The United States can cost as little as $7000 in Taiwan at a Johns Hopkins affiliated hospital more resembling a 5* hotel and considered a global ‘best bet’ for joint replacement procedures.

“It’s a real honor to accept this award.  I feel that medical travel is really set to proliferate in a variety of areas in the next few years from employer self-funded medical plans to self-pay elective procedures,” said Mark Semple, president of Passport Medical.  “The reality is that only about 5% of people even know that affordable healthcare is available, with hi-tech, first world medicine in many countries around the world.” 

Passport Medical is a proud member of  The Medical Tourism Association, an organization whose aim is to promote transparency in quality, pricing, and patient safety in regards to the providing of international healthcare services.  Passport Medical is a full-service medical tourism facilitator serving the United States, Canada, and beyond.  It has aligned itself with top-rated health facilities to make timely, world-class healthcare more accessible. 

Passport Medical is at the forefront of the medical tourism industry and has sent over 800 patients abroad in the last 12 months for a wide range of medical procedures including:  joint replacement, dental care, fertility, cancer treatment, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, and weight loss.  The company recently launched individual procedure-specific websites for IVF-fertility at IVF Vacation Center, dental at Dental Vacation Center and CCSVI, which is one of their cornerstone procedures, at CCSVI Clinics.

Passport Medical is the leading medical tourism company in North America.  The company has strategic partners in Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Nicaragua, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, Taiwan, The United States, and Canada.  The company’s expertise in organizing the logistics of medical travel is relied on by their many international patients. To find out more, please visit  


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