Puerto Rico Medical Tourism Corporation and the MTA announced that Caribe Hilton and Condado Plaza Hilton are the first hotel providers to be certified under the Medical Tourism Program.

Washington based Titans Global Wellness Travel has been launched by owner Alarice Vidale de Palacios as a specialist wellness travel agency.

High cost of medical treatment in developed countries has fueled the development of medical tourism, causing patients to visit other destinations for cheaper yet sophisticated treatment.

Cuba, a highly sought-after destination in medical tourism, has announced plans to expand services in many areas of health tourism. The expansion will not only be in terms of space but also attention will be given on capacity building, said Director of the Cira Garcia health centre, Joaquin Garcia, a leading health centre in Cuba.

In Caribbean Journal, an online news source, Curacao-based development consultants, Miguel Goede and Runy Calmera, cite opportunities ranging from the film industry, higher education to ecotourism and sports, and note the special advantages of medical tourism.

The number of Americans traveling abroad for medical procedures continues to increase. Patients Beyond Borders estimates that approximately 1.2 million Americans went to a foreign country for medical care in 2014, compared to 900,000 Americans in 2013.

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