Mercury Healthcare International is a family of three companies. Surgical, wellness, and health travel benefit management for group health and related support services are pooled under the Mercury Healthcare International brand together with several healthcare industry consulting practices. The company maintains a presence on six continents.
Mercury Advisory Group Brings American International Hospital Development for Nigeria & West Africa a Step Closer to Reality
Mercury Planner, Chad Reischl, MURP, LEED AP, and IGWE Dr Emeka Ilouno in Benin City
His Royal Majesty, the IGWE, Dr. Emeka Ilouno was appointed as the Onitsha (Nigeria) Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture Committee Chairman to drive the development of a healthcare free trade zone for Anambra State. He will work closely with
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experts and Nigerian and International investors to move the project forward. Currently, Nigeria and many countries in Africa use medical tourism to gain rapid access to critically needed tertiary care and diagnostic testing because advanced facilities are scarce in the region. In Nigeria, more than ₦80 billion (USD $562 million) is spent on medically necessary health travel by residents and expatriates working in the region each year.
Mercury Advisory Group consultants are assisting with pre-design planning and programming for the new 200-bed facility and will remain on the project through design and construction phases and will eventually provide outsourced hospital management and medical tourism expertise at the hospital and FTZ project. They have been commissioned to work on other similar projects in the Carribbean and in Mexico, and hope to attract other projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
African economic growth is outpacing the global average for the first time, according to World Bank, with such sub-Saharan countries as Sierra Leone, Niger and Angola leading the pack amid increased mining exports. These countries have very little in the way of comprehensive primary care accessibility, let alone tertiary healthcare access in any abundance. the report predicts that sub-Saharan economies will have grown by an average of 4.9% in 2012 (25% for Serra Leone alone) driven by iron ore shipments. The World Bank also estimated that the FDI in the region will grow from $31 billion in 2012 to nearly $49 billion by 2014.
A world-class international hospital is planned for this site in Anambra State, Nigeria
The International Finance Corp. the World Bank's private-sector lending arm plans to invest at least $4.3 billion in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, up from $4 billion in 2012. "We hope some of it will be in this project...
The International Finance Corp. the World Bank's private-sector lending arm plans to invest at least $4.3 billion in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, up from $4 billion in 2012. "We hope some of it will be in this project," says Maria Todd, CEO and Founder of Mercury Advisory Group, "because an international hospital in Anambra State would mean that the employees, executives and suppliers won't have to travel so far to obtain world-class healthcare. At present, we coordinate logistics for these companies in the sub-Saharan region to fly their workers to India, Northern Africa and Europe, as well as the USA through our Mercury Health Travel arm, if there's adequate time on elective cases. At other times, we have to arrange for medical evacuation and sometimes people die because they are in crisis, cannot be moved safely, or it takes too long to get to them and arrange travel to a destination abroad that will accept them." Todd says that Mercury Health Travel arm works only with those employees who work at companies that contract with MHI Benefits Group for medical travel. She explains that "If Mercury Health Travel coordinated medical tourism logistics with the individual consumer market seeking medical tourism, the process would be more tedious and complex, delays in access to care would be greater, and mortality would climb. That's why an international hospital for the region is so critical, she explains.
The IFC says that much of the funds will be invested in the energy and transportation sectors. The focus on these sectors is driven by the need to eliminate economic bottlenecks caused by deficient infrastructure, in order to boost competitiveness and support long-term growth.