Mexico Dental Tourism to receive 56 Thousand patients this year

Dental tourism in Mexico will report this year an impact of about USD $372 million, seven percent more than in 2016, say experts from the sector.

This was highlighted by the announcement of the Dental Implant Week for Low Resources Patients, an event held in Mexico City from May 22 to 27, with the support of the Mexican Association of Oseointegration (COMO).

The president of the Mexican Association of Dental Industry and Trade (AMIC), Raquel Tirado Perez, said that “medical tourism with all procedures will generate in 2017, $3.69 billion dollars.”

She pointed out that the economic pledge for “dental medical tourism will be one thousand $1.37 million dollars.”

The specialist mentioned that this year is expected the arrival of about 56 thousand patients from the United States, Canada, as well as Central and South America.

In recent years this sector has reported an average growth of seven percent with the care offered to foreign patients, which is of great benefit to Mexico, she said.

She remarked that a foreign patient obtains savings of up to 90 percent in dental procedures performed in Mexico, compared to the costs of their home nations.

Tirado Perez mentioned that Nuevo Leon is the second entity in the country with the most important impact from dental medical tourism, which this year is expected to exceed $100 million.

For its part, the director of COMO, Diana Laura Bernal, reported that in the Week of the Implant fifty patients were attended with bone regenerations with equine bone and collagen membrane.

The patients were attended by specialists certified in dental implantology, she said.

Also she reamrked that in a private practice the cost of dental implant and bone regeneration ranges from $900 to $1,500 dollars, while under this program it only costs 3 thousand 180 pesos, about $150 dollars.

The technique that was used is the one applied in Italy, where the largest number of implants in the world is made with more than 200 thousand per year, while in Brazil and Argentina it is 100 thousand annually.

Indian Medical and Wellness Tourism Policy

The NDA government will roll out India’s first Medical Tourism and Wellness policies on June 21, National Yoga Day, this year. To incentivise medical tourism and traditional Indian wellness programmes, the government has decided to get hospitals and wellness centres to register with the ministry’s website and to also notify costs at which procedures or packages will be offered by them.
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Speaking to TOI, on the chief highlight of the policy to be unveiled on National Yoga Day , MoS tourism (independent charge), Mahesh Sharma, said, “India has the ability to be a world leader in offering health services at very competitive prices. To bring in greater transparency, our aim, through this policy, is to get hospitals and wellness centres to register with us. They can then put out their rate charts, the details of the procedures they offer, and their success rates to allow tourists to choose what suits them best.”

Medical Tourism Network in Abu Dhabi

Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) signed an agreement to establish a medical tourism network for international patients travelling to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for healthcare and treatment services.

Through this agreement, HAAD and TCA Abu Dhabi aim to develop an integrated and comprehensive network of best-in-class service providers for international patients seeking specialised medical treatment and expertise in Abu Dhabi.

The network will also ensure that patients and their families are provided with holistic services while they are being treated in the Emirate. All organisations interested in joining this network are being invited to contact HAAD for registration through http://www.haad.ae/admt.

The entities registered under the medical tourism network will offer international patients a variety of complementary services that they may need throughout the duration of their stay. Example members include: healthcare facilities, on ground transportation agencies, airline travel and tourism companies, as well as retail outlets throughout the country.

In addition, members could be a variety of organisations from other sectors in Abu Dhabi that would help the planned network achieve its goals. Furthermore, the network will be developed with integrated operational standards that work in tandem with the Ministry of Interior’s unified visa system.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Asma Al Mannaei, director of the Healthcare Quality Division at HAAD, and Sultan Al Dhaheri, acting executive director, tourism sector, on behalf of TCA Abu Dhabi.

Those admitted into the planned network will be selected primarily based on their performance in the Abu Dhabi Quality Index Programme (JAWDA) – launched by HAAD in 2014.

The programme will drive the emirate’s medical tourism objectives, acting as a dedicated initiative, supporting the development of healthcare offerings within the Emirate, forging closer links with the industry and providing administrative support to these partnerships.

Top 10 Destinations for Dental Tourism

India

India’s Dentists are world class and know globally for Dental Tourism.Some of the famous treatments are Dental Implants,Dentures and Dental Aesthetics.

Mexico

Hop on a plane for treatment in a resort town like Cabo San Lucas, Cancun or Puerto Vallarta. Or, take a short drive across the border for excellent care at a discounted price. Most frequent visitors: Americans, Canadians.

Thailand
Thailand boasts some of the largest and most modern dental hospitals in the entire world. Tens of thousands of dental tourists have been successfully treated by expert dentists in a tropical locale. Most frequent visitors: Australians, Americans, Canadians, New Zealanders. Some of Thailands top rated clinics include Bangkok International Dental Center and Sea Smile Dental Clinic in Phuket.

Spain
Dentistry has always been more affordable in Spain. Now, Spain’s economy is undergoing severe deflation, pushing down the price of dental care even further. Most frequent visitors: English, Irish & Germans.

Turkey
Standing at the gateway between the ancient and the modern, dental tourists have discovered the cultural gem of Turkey while receiving dental care from skilled professionals.

Czech Republic
Premier dental care for an affordable price, right in the heart of historic Prague. Fly in to Prague on a low-cost-carrier airline for less than the price of a filling. Most frequent visitors: English, Swiss, Germans & Austrians.

Dubai
The Emirates have tailored the entire city of Dubai to cater to the needs of all travelers, dental tourists included. Enjoy the lap of luxury in the middle east while saving thousands on dental care. Most frequent visitors: Americans, Germans, Swiss, English & Austrians.

Philippines
The Philippines is an exotic tropical destination with excellent dentistry for a reasonable prices. Enjoy renowned hospitality while you receive your care. Most frequent visitors: Americans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis.

Poland
World class dental care just a quick plane or train ride from Western Europe and Scandinavia. Most frequent visitors: Germans, Austrians, English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegians.

Costa Rica
Enjoy the renowned natural beauty of Costa Rica while receiving treatment from friendly, experienced, American trained dentists. Save money of dental care while experiencing the trip of a lifetime. Most frequent visitors: Americans, Canadians.

Hungary
Hungary is Europe’s premier destination for dental tourism, with world renowned dentists, state of the art facilities and highly skilled dentists. Come see why patients from around the world have made Hungary the most popular European dental destination. Most frequent visitors: English, Irish, Germans, Austrians, Americans, Danish, and French.

Kenya to host mega conference to boost health tourism

Kenya is set to host a mega conference next week to explore effective ways of making nascent health and medical tourism a vibrant socio-economic sector, organizers disclosed on Wednesday.The conference themed, “Making Kenya the preferred health and medical tourism destination” being spearheaded by the Vision 2030 delivery secretariat is scheduled for May 22.

Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat Director General, Dr. Julius Muia has said a review by the secretariat in 2013 through a health tourism situational analysis shows the country has a huge potential for health tourism market.

“Therefore, there is need to look into areas of development within the health and tourism sectors to capture the opportunities in this growing industry, Dr. Muia told reporters in Nairobi.

Development of innovative tourism products and boosting quality and access to universal healthcare services are key deliverables under the Vision 2030 national dream.

Approximately 10,000 Kenyans travel abroad for health related reasons and spend between 7($6 million) – 10 billion shillings ($9 million) annually with a vast majority travelling to India.

The common services that these Kenyans go out to seek for are Oncology, Nephrology, Cardiology and heart procedures, and elective surgical procedures.
However, Kenya has over the last few years shown potential for robust growth in medical tourism market with foreigners from Eastern and Central Africa as well non-African health tourists have shown appetite for the destination.

“Eastern and Central Africa is the main source of foreigners seeking health and health related services in Kenya. A smaller number comprising non-African health tourists choose Kenya due to the diversity of tourism destinations and experiences,” added Dr. Muia.

About 3,000-5,000 foreigners visit Kenya every year for health and health-related reasons.

Fast-paced lifestyles, on the back of rapid growth of middle income population in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa is also presenting an increasing demand for wellness tourism products.

Key International actors have also been invited to deliberate and strategize on making health and medical tourism a vibrant socio-economic sector in Kenya.

Health Care and Medical Tourism in India and Asian Countries

 

South Korea’s Medical Tourism

Medical tourists surpass 360,000

The number of foreigners visiting Korea for medical purposes jumped 23 percent in 2016 from a year earlier, the government said Thursday.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the number of medical tourists increased to 364,189 last year from 296,889 in 2015. Meanwhile, revenue from them surpassed 860 billion won ($760 million), a record high.

Korea’s medical tourism boom seems unaffected by the Chinese government’s retaliation over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system here.

China accounted for 35.1 percent of the visitors with 127,648, followed by the United States with 48,788 (13.3 percent), Japan with 26,702 (7.3 percent), Russia with 25,533 (7 percent) and Kazakhstan with 15,010 (4.1 percent).

When it comes to expenditures per patient, the United Arab Emirates, which accounted for 3,562 of the visitors, was the highest with 12 million won, followed by Thailand (5.2 million won) and Kazakhstan (4.2 million won). The ministry said 284 patients spent more than 100 million won.

Contrary to popular belief, plastic surgery wasn’t the biggest attraction for them, accounting for only 11.3 percent or 47,881 of the total patients.

Internal medicine accounted for 20 percent, followed by plastic surgery and dermatological treatments (11.1 percent). Demand grew especially for dermatology, gynecology and medical checkups.

The increased demand for dermatological treatments is attributed largely to Japanese visitors, while Russians and Mongolians seeking to treat infertility is the main reason for the increased demand for gynecology, the ministry noted.

More than half of medical tourists chose Seoul. About 78 percent received treatment in the capital or cities in Gyeonggi Province, down by 2 percent compared with 2015.

For hospitals in non-metropolitan regions to share the fruits of medical tourism, the ministry has tried hard to promote them over the past few years. The ministry reckons more medical institutions in various cities will benefit from the trend in the coming years.

The ministry’s ambition is to increase the current number of medical tourists to 1 million by 2020.

Past numbers show the goal isn’t far-fetched. Amounting only to 60,201 in 2009, medical tourists soared to 122,297 in 2011 and 266,501 in 2014. The revenue made in 2009 was about 54.9 billion won.

The ministry believes there is still a great deal of potential for growth.

Ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which will begin on Feb. 9, the ministry plans to put more effort into promoting the country’s quality medical services.