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S.f. Medical Examiner Lags In Ruling On Deaths

Medical Tourism: The Future of Healthcare?

Medical tourism is a growing industry, enticing millions of Americans to travel abroad in search of cheaper health care. It?s transformed into a billion dollar industry attracting both patients and healthcare providers alike. But as the industry grows in popularity, critics warn that the cheap price can come at a much greater cost. Elyce Kirchner reports. 20, 2012, Childs went into a closet in his North Beach apartment, taped up the door, mixed a set of chemicals and inhaled the fumes - "the worst day of my life," Neal said. Since then, Neal said she's been harassed by student loan collection agencies that are trying to find her son and won't accept an incomplete death certificate. Every call is painful, she said. "I get up in the morning thinking of my son. I go to bed at night thinking of my son," she said. "Every single day, I check the mail wondering if I've got the death certificate. Every time there's a big envelope in the mailbox, my heart beats faster. "I have been through so much hell with this," she said. "I want this stuff over." Ellen Huet is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Source: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-medical-examiner-lags-in-ruling-on-deaths-5006771.php

MEDICAL TOURISM AND INSURANCE PROVIDERS Joe Harkins of the Medical Tourism Association said that this years conference was the largest to date, and with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, he anticipates that interest in the industry will only continue to grow. Obamacare is a big topic, theres uncertainty in whats next and people are turning to medical tourism, said Harkins. The bottom line is to get care if its cheaper if its quality you cant lose. Its an argument that has U.S. companies like Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United Group Programs exploring the idea including medical tourism as a part of their coverage. Healthcare has really gone global; theres no reason that it needs to stay in your back yard, Harkins said. The low costs abroad has more and more patients comparison shopping for medical procedures: RISKS OF MEDICAL TOURISM But as with domestic healthcare, medical tourism doesnt come without risks. Its a fact that plastic surgeon Dr. Barbara Persons is all too familiar with. I see a patient about every two weeks that has some issue, Dr. Persons told NBC Bay Area. At her practice in Lafayette, Dr. Persons regularly performs corrective surgery on patients returning home from a medical tourism trip gone south.
Source: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Medical-Tourism-The-Future-of-Healthcare-233414371.html

Naperville setting zoning for medical marijuana businesses

Suburban Chicago arrest photos "I would be much more comfortable having a pharmacy sell this than 'Jim & Bob's medical marijuana shop,'" he said. For a standard pharmacy to dispense cannabis, according to state rules, each employee working behind the counter would be required to be licensed and certified for the new service. The proposed Naperville zoning adds the 'primary purpose' restriction. Commissioner Patricia Meyer asked whether cultivation centers are intended to be indoor facilities. "They're going to have to be indoors," answered Kristen Foley, senior assistant city attorney. "Based on the fact that dispensaries may only sell marijuana that is grown in the state of Illinois, the growing season will have to be longer than what it is outside." "I was concerned that we won't be seeing what looks like a farm," said Meyer. "We won't see fencing and barbed wire that looks like a prison." With the passage of the medical marijuana act, Illinois joined 19 other U.S. states and the District of Columbia that have removed criminal penalties at the state level for medical use and cultivation of cannabis. One proponent who lobbied diligently for the legislation was Dan Linn, executive director of Illinois NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). "It is good that more municipalities are discussing this matter, as it helps to eliminate the stigma that medical cannabis patients are criminals and continue to be treated that way," Linn wrote in an email. "Patients should not be forced to go to an industrial park to get their medicine.
Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/naperville_lisle/ct-medical-marijuana-zoning-naperville-tl-1128-20131128,0,1882812.story

Hansen Medical to Present at 25th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference

EST Hansen Medical to Present at 25th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Nov 25, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Hansen Medical, Inc. /quotes/zigman/103548/delayed/quotes/nls/hnsn HNSN +0.54% , a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced that Chief Financial Officer, Peter J. Mariani, is scheduled to present at the 25th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference. The conference is being held December 3-4, 2013 at the Palace Hotel in New York, NY. Hansen Medical is scheduled to present on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Hansen Medical will provide a live webcast of the audio presentation. Interested parties may access the live webcast by visiting the investor relations section of Hansen Medical's web site at www.hansenmedical.com. A replay of the webcast will be available at the site after the presentation. About Hansen Medical, Inc. Hansen Medical, Inc., based in Mountain View, California, is a global leader in intravascular robotics, developing products and technology designed to enable the accurate positioning, manipulation and control of catheters and catheter-based technologies.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hansen-medical-to-present-at-25th-annual-piper-jaffray-healthcare-conference-2013-11-25

Concord Medical Signs MOU with Shanghai New Hongqiao International Medical Center and GE Healthcare to Establish a Medical Imaging Diagnosis Center

Under long-term arrangements with top-tier hospitals in China, Concord Medical provides radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging equipment and manages the daily operations of these centers, which are located on the premises of its hospital partners. The Company also provides ongoing training to doctors and other medical professionals in its network of centers to ensure a high level of clinical care for patients. For more information, please see http://ir.concordmedical.com . Safe Harbor Statement This news release may contain "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should" and "will" and similar expressions. These forward looking statements are based upon management's current views and expectations with respect to future events and are not a guarantee of future performance. Furthermore, these statements are by their nature, subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance and results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors. Such factors include: the number of new radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers opened; the increase in the number of patients in existing centers; the establishment of specialty cancer hospitals; changes in the healthcare industry in China, including changes in the healthcare policies and regulations of the PRC government; technological or therapeutic changes affecting the field of cancer treatment and diagnostic imaging; and possible effects on consumers and hospitals, hospital construction, and suppliers, as a result of inflation and the Chinese government's policies and actions to control inflation. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.sec.gov .
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/concord-medical-signs-mou-shanghai-100000494.html

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