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The Growth of Medical Tourism in the World


A report issued by VISA and Oxford Economics, the Medical Tourism industry was valued at a staggering USD 100 billion, with a projected growth rate of up to 25% year-over-year for the next 10 years as an estimated three to four percent of the world’s population will travel internationally for healthcare and health-related treatment.

For years the medical travel industry seemed undervalued, yet VISA’s report accounts for growth factors – like some 340 new international airports over the next decade – and the medical travel market could soar to an astronomical USD 3 trillion by 2025.

In its just-released 2016 report, industry-leading journal, Medical Tourism Index™ (MTI), listed the top 41 destinations for those seeking value-added services and high quality of healthcare across the globe. In it, the similar pattern of global growth emerges: that the United States leads in terms of market share of healthcare travel spending, but Asia’s Thailand, Singapore, and South Korea continue to thrive. Both VISA’s and MTI’s™ findings expect China to overtake the US spot within the next 10 years due to the population’s demand for higher quality of care.

The findings don’t just span the global spectrum but also the age spectrum as well; VISA expects 13 percent of all international travel by 2025 to be older travelers. Meanwhile, a recent survey of 31,000 18-34 year olds from 134 countries by popular booking site TopDeck Travel found that some 88% of them travel internationally between 1 to 3 times annually and that the number only continues to grow.

“The borders to quality healthcare access have begun to disintegrate.” MTI™ Co-Authors, Renée-Marie Stephano, JD President of the Medical Tourism Association and Marc Fetscherin, Associate Professor of International Business and Marketing at Rollins College, said a joint statement. “Speculation about the medical tourism industry as a ‘phenomenon’ is over. This report and the rankings of the Medical Tourism Index™ provide a unique opportunity for investors seeking new ventures to make smart choices in destinations driving patient travel.”

The entire medical tourism and health tourism industry will descend upon Washington, D.C., September 25-28, 2016 for the 9thWorld Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress. Over 3,000 attendees from 50+ countries brought USD 1 billion in new deals last year paving the way for leaders this year to catch the next wave in partnerships and medical tourism investment.

In a conclusion, VISA said, “We believe that medical tourism is primed for accelerated growth as more of these travelers seek new treatments, as well as lower cost or higher-quality care not available in their home country.”

Source: Medical Tourism Mag

Article:  "An Investigation into Medical Students' English Language Needs."



Due to the acceptance of English in twentieth century as international language of science and medicine, a considerable body of medical research and literature has been produced in English. This dominance of English in medical accounts paves the way for emergence of a new ESP branch (English for Specific Purposes) as EMP (English for Medical Purposes).

The basic insight into this trend is to offer course design, content and materials by being responsive to target language learners' own agenda. Therefore, it is necessary to find out first what is specifically appropriate, available and applicable for the target situation and target language learners in terms of their needs. In discovering their needs, needs analysis is regarded as an integral part of decision making processes in EMP.

Without conducting a needs analysis process, using a medical English course book might not be enough for a medical student studying in an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) context like Turkey since most of the medical English course books in use are mostly addressing the needs of students in an ESL (English as a Second Language) context. Accordingly, as a part of a needs analysis process, this study aims to investigate academic English language needs of first year medical students who are attending advanced English course at the Faculty of Medicine at Karadeniz Technical University.

The data was collected via a structured questionnaire with 47 items. It covers five different parts focusing on medical students' purposes of learning English, significance of learning English, their preference of learning environment, language learning needs of major language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), their preference of assessment type. The questionnaire was administered to 169 students at the Faculty of Medicine at Karadeniz Technical University. Descriptive statistics was employed in order to analyze the data.

Source:  An Investigation into Medical Students' English Language Needs.

The IELTS and Its Flaws to Prepare Doctors


An article published in The Guardian by Ross Write describes some flaws in the International English Language Testing System when it comes to preparing overseas doctors for different dialects and colloquialisms, or a busy A&E. 

"The International English Language Testing System (Ielts) is used as a means of ensuring fitness to practice for all overseas doctors (...) but as I help prepare a group of overseas recruits as part of an NHS induction programme, I can’t help wondering to what extent the Ielts is actually fit for purpose. I listen while my trainees introduce themselves and I’m immediately struck by their grasp of the English language. Having scored the requisite Ielts score of 7.5, they all appear to possess the language skills necessary to function effectively in an English-speaking environment. However, as the course progresses, my doubts about the suitability of the Ielts as a means of benchmarking proficiency in any high-stress environment, least of all that of a UK hospital, are confirmed", states Wright.

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Source: The Gardian