We’ve talked about adventure travel, wellness travel, senior travel and solo travel. Today, medical travel.
- What exactly is medical tourism? Here’s the low-down.
- Countries outside the U.S. have been benefitting from medical tourism for years. In fact, at one private hospital in Spain, 25% of the patients are medical tourists. Now India is building luxe hospitals just to cater to this segment of travelers.
- Based on rankings for cost, destination attractiveness, safety and quality, Canada, the U.K., Israel, Singapore and Costa Rica are the top spots for medical tourism.
- The U.S. is getting in on the gig too. In Houston, high-end rentals are being built next to the Texas Medical Centre to give medical tourists a classy place to recover. In Florida, the state legislature even allocated $5 million to medical tourism, with half reserved for grants to promote the state as a patient destination.
- Cosmetic procedures, fertility treatments and obesity surgeries are among the most popular for medical tourists. Mostly because many aren’t covered by insurance in the U.S., and the cost is substantially lower in other countries.
- But before you go trying to save a buck on a medical procedure by traveling to a different country, read up on the risks.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, so let’s take a look at the forecast for summer travel.
We all know social media is great for spreading the word – about new products, fun activities, breaking news. So why would job hunting be any different? Whether you’re the job seeker or the recruiter, social media is a must.
- If you’re looking for a job, the first thing you need to do is clean up and lock down your social media accounts . Surveys say 51% of employers who research candidates on social media have found things that make them refuse to seal the deal.
- That said, it’s still a good idea to have a presence online. 35% of employers are less likely to interview people who stay too far under the radar.
- LinkedIn is an obvious go-to spot to look for jobs and make connections, but don’t ignore Facebook. Ask your friends for suggestions, connect with former co-workers who’ve moved on to something that interests you. It’s not always what you know, but who you know.
- Job recruiters, obviously posting a job on social media expands your reach. But even before you go searching, make a point to share things about your company via those same channels. Show your employees having fun, being a team, and acting philanthropic.
- LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are the big three for recruiting candidates, but Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube may be even better, depending on the type of company.
In honor of Mother’s Day, this Link Friday we’re talking about the fairer sex. Did you know that research shows more than 80% of travel decisions are made by women?
Happy Mother’s Day!