Keith Pollard Discusses on International TravelA true pioneer in the medical tourism industry, Keith Pollard, shares his observations of the medical tourism industry thus far.

Keith is the Managing Director of Intuition Communication, which publishes the International Medical Travel Journal  (IMTJ), one of the most all-inclusive hubs of information in the global health & wellness, dental, and medical travel sectors.

Along with collecting, vetting, and redistributing international medical travel information, Mr. Pollard is an advocate for more reliable, accurate information and data within the medical tourism industry. He is vocal critic of unsubstantiated claims about international health, wellness, and dental travel. He believes there should be full transparency industry-wide.

Keith discusses medical and dental travel both into and out of the UK, and across Europe. He also reviews the UK’s private healthcare system and its challenges, including a discussion about the Future of Private Healthcare Summit, that is organized by Intuition Communication.

The recent EU cross-border healthcare directive has added momentum to the discussions among EU countries regarding access to cross border healthcare by EU citizens.

Mr. Pollard offers interesting and somewhat controversial observations about how providers should offer their services abroad. “A healthcare provider in an attractive leisure or business destination shouldn’t assume that it can attract medical travelers because the destination is well-known.” Mr. Pollard says. “And the key competitive element is not the difference in price, as is often emphasized – the issue is value, not the lowest cost. The motivators for international medical travel are far more complex”

Keith also mentions the important role that the Internet and social media play in creating awareness and interest in specific global healthcare providers. Pollard reviews the dental, cosmetic surgery and in-vitro fertilization markets, and factors that influence them.

Listen to this episode with Keith Pollard on The Medical Travel Show Homepage…