Senior World Health Organization Leader to Address Universal Coverage at Medical Tourism Association® International Ministerial Summit

Oct 17, 2013, 15:34 ET from Medical Tourism Association

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A lead official from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization will report on universal health coverage at the Global Ministerial Summit, Nov. 3, 2013, held as part of the 6th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Conference, Nov. 3-6, 2013, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas bringing over 100 nations together.

Dr. James Fitzgerald, acting Director of the Department of Health Systems and Services at PAHO/WHO, will present "2013 World Health Report: Research on Universal Health Coverage," at the educational and networking platform for ministers and leading authorities from health and government. Other speakers to address rising healthcare and insurance costs facing Caribbean nations include Hon. Dr. Faud Khan, the Minister of Health Trinidad and Tobago, on "Defining the Roles & Responsibilities for Ministers and other Government Agencies"; and Michael Singh, CEO of the Belize Ministry of Foreign Trade, on "Industry Standards for Spa and Wellness Entities in CARIFORUM Territories."

"Across the globe, it's challenging to provide access to quality health services that people need without risking financial hardship," said Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the Medical Tourism Association "The arguments for improving access and affordability have never been stronger for an emerging healthcare movement to step forward and allow reforms to take root.  Therefore, we need a platform to facilitate and discuss challenges and requirements of well-run health systems, access to essential medicines and technologies and ample, motivated health workers" added Stephano, who is also host of the congress at which some 2,000 hospital administrators, physicians, insurance executives, government leaders, centers of excellence and related tourism and travel entities will converge to discuss quality issues, challenges and opportunities in global healthcare and medical tourism.

Qualifying government officials can attend the summit at no cost by contacting (561) 791-2000, ext 804, or . Participants, sponsors and invited speakers can keep abreast of Congress updates at

Medical Tourism Association® members were recently featured in a television broadcast on "ABC's World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer," and Nightline,"

The Medical Tourism Association®'s Global Ministerial Summit brings Dignitaries together each year to discuss global healthcare, wellness, medical tourism, trade and export, and economic development. . The MTA is the non-profit trade association focused on transparency in quality and pricing, education and communication.

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