What we now know…

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Global:
By 2013, the number of Internet-ready mobile phones will surpass the number of computers in the world for the first time.

 

Niger
Military coup last month…..one more in a current trend.


Emerging Markets
Capital inflows expected to increase 66% over 2009, to about $722 billion US, but in 2007 inflows to emerging markets equaled $1.28 trillion USD.

 

Mexico
US State Department added Durango and Coahuila, in northern Mexico to its travel alert list, which already included Michoacan and Chihuahua.

“Recent violent attacks have caused the U.S. Embassy to urge U.S. citizens to delay unnecessary travel to parts of Michoacán, Durango, Coahuila and Chihuahua ….and to advise U.S. citizens residing or traveling in those areas to exercise extreme caution.”

This is another example of the very real variables in any medical tourism equation.  Investors and operators that scoff at such notions should be avoided, like travel in Chihuahua.

 

Poland
How much did EU citizens increase their spending on medical care in Poland, 1999 vs. 1998:

      100% to 60 million zlotys

This during general downturn in total tourism counts, same period….KW

 

Poland
Poland will have to subsidize the social insurance fund (FUS) responsible for the payment of pensions and disability benefits with 350 billion zlotys within five years.

A very large shoe will be dropping soon….so too Bulgaria.


Fidelity
Ambrose Bierce, 19th century satirist defined fidelity as “a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.”

 

Caribbean
Nursing Shortage Hinders the Region’s Development

Nursing shortages across the English-speaking Caribbean limit the access to, and quality of, health services and affect the region’s competiveness.  The region is facing a rapidly growing shortage of nurses as demand for quality health care increases due to an aging population, and high numbers of nurses emigrate drawn by higher paying jobs in Canada, the UK, and the US.

Link to the World Bank report:
http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/LACEXT/JAMAICAEXTN/0,,contentMDK:22493381~pagePK:1497618~piPK:217854~theSitePK:338335,00.html

 

China
People in the country’s 60 largest cities spend 70 percent of their leisure time online. Seismic changes in the consumer market are likely as a result.

More cars sold last year in China than USA.

 

Physician Practice Use of IT on a Routine Basis for Core Tasks

Percent reporting ROUTINE

AU

CA

FR

DE

IT

NL

NZ

NO

SE

UK

US

Electronic ordering of laboratory tests

86%

18%

40%

62%

91%

6%

64%

45%

81%

 35%

38%

Electronic access to patients’ test results 

93

41

36

80

50

76

92

94

91

89

59

Electronic prescribing of medication

93

27

57

60

90

98

94

41

93

89

40

Source: 2006 and 2009 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians
The Commonwealth Fund, November 2009

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