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Tax increases on tobacco decrease infant mortality rates
Medical News Today
New research published in Pediatrics shows that higher taxes may have even further health benefits for the American public at large. The question of taxing tobacco and its potential positive impact on health has been debated globally for many years.

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SEOUL, KOREA. – The Korea Health Industry Development Institute today announced that Richard Jun, Chief Legal Officer of Medical Tours Korea, will be a featured speaker at its 2010 Global Healthcare Medical Tourism Conference. The conference will be held on April 14 and 15, 2010.

Mr. Jun will provide an introduction to and overview of the issues of legal liability involved in providing medical services to US patients. The session is part of a two-day event that features discussions on increasing Korea’s presence as a leading provider of medical services to the world.


How many festivals are there in Korea? According to the 2009 estimate by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, there are a total of 921 annual festivals around the nation each year. Of all the regions, the capital city Seoul topped the list, with 119 festivals, closely followed by 115 in Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), 112 in Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province) and 105 in Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province).

But these figures only include events of notable scale. Counting seasonal festivals that are held every year – snow festival, flower festival and so on -- and large commemorative events held in a particular year only, the number can easily add up to a thousand. For newcomers in Korea it may be a daunting task to know what to choose. now presents the top 10 festivals, officially recognized as such by the culture ministry. (Some of the sites shown below will be updated soon)


National Assembly ratifies S. Korea-China free trade agreement
The Hankyoreh
This legislation will include both bills supported by the ruling party that are aimed at stimulating the economy by promoting tourism and globalizing the medical industry and bills supported by the opposition party that are oriented toward “economic ...

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Woody Anderson Korean War VetWatch as the Korean War Veteran Woody Anderson (Age 76) go through a medical health, dental treatment and plastic surgery in 10 days in South Korea. It takes Harvard Medical 4 weeks and 5 hours in South Korea for the medical exam.

India Leads Global Medical Tourism Industry thanks to Presence of Advanced ... (blog)
The research report, titled “Medical Tourism Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019”, states that the low cost associated with medical procedures in Thailand, India, Mexico, Singapore, Brazil, Turkey ...

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Busan Medical Conference Los AngelesBusan officials recently held a medical tourism conference in the United States, an event that turned out to be a huge success and will likely help lure more visitors here in the long-run.

The city and the Busan Medical Industry Association held the first Busan Medical Tourism Conference from June 9 to 13 at JJ Grand Hotel, which is located within Korea Town in Los Angeles, California. A total of 16 medical institutes such as Pusan National University Hospital, Dong-a University Medical Center and Haeundae Paik Hospital as well as Koreans living in L.A., local media and medical tour agents participated in the conference. The market pioneer team introduced outstanding medical technology and tourism resources in Busan by hosting various hospital presentations and business consulting events with tourism agencies and medical experts in the United States.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger even sent a handwritten letter to the 28 participants calling for cooperation. The letter was delivered by Alexander Kim, Deputy Director for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The event was Sponsored by the Busan Medical Tourism office, and MK Health.
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Law to help drug-addicted babies signed by Obama
Chillicothe Gazette
WASHINGTON - President Obama last week signed a new federal law that helps coordinate response related to drug-addicted babies. The Protecting our Infants Act of 2015 was signed by Obama Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, ...

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The medical tourism market in South Korea is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 30% during 2010-2012, says a new research by RNCOS.

Jun 08, 2010 – After gaining its economy on semiconductors, ships and steel, South Korea is now pushing its surgeons' skills in the beauty business to carve out a new position. This is boosted by active government support, boom in cosmetic surgery and a pool of experienced surgeons. The country is looking forward to surpass Singapore, Thailand and India to become Asia's new medical tourism hub. As per our new research on the sector called “Asian Medical Tourism Analysis (2008-2012)”, the medical tourism market in South Korea is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 30% during 2010-2012.

The growth in the South Korean medical tourism industry has been well-supported by the government efforts and initiatives. For example, in February 2009, the government has reserved 5% of the total hospital beds for foreign patients. It is mainly due to quality services provided to foreigners visiting the country for treatment and to ensure that there is enough space for domestic patients also. Besides, in an effort to increase the share of private sector in the medical tourism industry, the government has allowed State-licensed clinics and hospitals to directly seek foreign patients as part of South Korea's efforts to become Asia's new medical tourism hub.

Moreover, the government’s green signal to seek foreign patients seems extremely beneficial for the industry, considering the sustainable increase in the number of foreign patients. According to another research report “Emerging Medical Tourism in South Korea”, South Korea received 25,000 foreign patients in 2008, an increase of 56% from 16,000 in 2007. The country received a large number of international patients from China, Japan and the Southeast Asian countries.

“Asian Medical Tourism Analysis (2008-2012)” provides statistical and in-depth analysis of the Asian medical tourism industry. The report also highlights various key players in the industry and this will give clients a clear picture of the Asian medical tourism market. This will help them in taking smart decisions while making investments in the market.

Moving ahead, the report discusses about the medical tourism industry in the Asian countries. We have found that countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India and Philippines are also emerging as hot spots for medical tourism. In this regard, the report provides complete information about medical tourism industry in these countries as well. It also highlights various key market trends, which are growing in line with the overall industry growth.

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