The Health and Welfare Tourism Commission Signs Agreement with Stop Loss Brokerage

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The Health and Welfare Tourism Commission of AGEXPORT in the search of entering into the market of the self-insured companies of the U.S., signed an agreement with Stop Loss Brokerage, which will promote through the Latin American Preferred Health Plan (LAPHP), exclusively created for Guatemala, medical procedures like cardiovascular surgeries, orthopedic, among others. The agreement between these two companies will benefit the country creating economical development and new job opportunities.

Keith Johnson, representative of Stop Loss Brokerage, a company dedicated to the health insurance market in the U.S., with more than 26 years of experience in the area, participated with Mr. Luis Godoy, General Director of AGEXPORT, Ruben Morales, Manager of Services Sector, Mrs. Luz Marina Hernandez, President of the Health and Welfare Tourism Commission and Mrs. Cecile Billiet, Spa Med Holiday Manager, at the signing of the agreement.

LAPHP is a health care plan that will promote the country as a destination for health, providing hospital services, cardiologists, orthopedists, dental maxillofacial surgery (not cosmetic), cancer treatments and more. This plan intends to acquire 5% of U.S. companies patients semiannually and gradually increase to 10%.

This agreement will help on the promotion of self-insurance medical treatments; knowing that these procedures are way too expensive in the U.S. market. This agreement will also supply a market that demands quality and excellent services, which year after year spends trillions of dollars in insurance. For Guatemala it is a great opportunity to demonstrate its highly competitive medical services.

According to Johnson, Guatemala has adequate infrastructure in hospitals and buildings that conglomerate the best professionals in different specialties. One of the biggest advantages is that the country has a wide variety of tourism, within short distances to visit either by road or air in the same day, as Antigua Guatemala, Atitlan Lake, among others, which are ideal to generate welfare.

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