Health roundup July 26

International News

Medical tourism is set to grow 25% year-over-year for the next ten years. Up to 4% of the world’s population will travel internationally for healthcare. For more information, an infographic showing the projected trends for 2017 can be viewed here.

If you’re searching for your next expat or holiday destination, you can use this world map to see the health risks of countries around the world. 62% of countries are listed as medium risk, with only 22% deemed low risk for health issues.

Country Updates

Employers in the Philippines are being told by the government that they must enroll all their employees in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. Despite being compulsory since 1995, only 1,828,867 people are registered in the Zamboanga Peninsula. Employers who do not conform to the law will be fined.

Can you hear that ringing sound? One in ten Americans can, with studies showing that 10% of Americans suffer from tinnitus. The condition involves the sufferer to hear constant ringing or buzzing sounds despite no noise source being present. The condition can affect concentration, with professionals recommending treatments ranging from hearing aids to cognitive behavioural therapy.

The first US human case of West Nile Virus in 2016 has been confirmed in Michigan. The individual in question has not been identified, but sources say that they are currently recovering.

Health Advice

If you’re looking for ways to stay healthy whilst traveling, the CEO of a boutique hotel website has offered ten helpful tips to make your trip as healthy as possible. Advice ranges from requesting jogging maps to the importance of wearing socks.

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Rosy Parrish

Rosy Parrish grew up in Britain and now lives in Madrid. She divides her time between teaching English, writing about expat life, and befriending dogs in the street.