Fortis adjudged hospital of the year in India

Fortis Healthcare was adjudged Hospital of the Year in India and Digital Savvy Hospital of the Year at the 2016 APAC Healthcare and Medical Tourism Awards held recently at Bangkok, Thailand.

The awards event was part of the 2016 Asia Pacific Healthcare & Medical Tourism MindXchange Conference whose objective was to address the challenges and future of smart technologies in healthcare and the evolving role of healthcare service providers.

A joint collaboration between Frost & Sullivan and the Global Health and Travel (GHT) publication, it started as the premier healthcare conference in Asia. With core themes around healthcare delivery, hospital efficiencies, hospital experience and Medical Tourism, this conference provided expert insight into the main trends that are expected to transform healthcare delivery in the years to come.

The 2016 Asia Pacific Healthcare & Medical Tourism Awards instituted jointly by Frost & Sullivan and Global Health and Travel aim to give recognition to organizations in healthcare and medical tourism across Asia Pacific. The key criteria for the winners included those who have maintained consistently high standards in delivering customer value and demonstrated outstanding performance in terms of initiatives that can improve the way healthcare is delivered through leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development.

“The awards are a recognition of the values we strive for through our continued efforts towards patient-centric healthcare. We believe in challenging ourselves to bring about greater accessibility, affordability and reliability in delivering quality healthcare,” said Bhavdeep Singh, CEO, Fortis Healthcare Limited.

Currently, Fortis operates its healthcare delivery services in India, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 54 healthcare facilities including projects under development, with approximately 10,000 potential beds and 314 diagnostic centres.

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Lawmakers in Phillipines to promote medical tourism for more jobs

Incoming 1-Pacman Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero said on Monday he is helping the incoming Duterte administra-tion in crafting measures that can generate millions of job for Filipinos for the next six years.

Among the priorities of Romero is medical tourism that makes Thailand famous and now contributing USD25 billion in government’s coffer annually.

He said that they had already well-trained and internationally renowned doctors who were just waiting for gov-ernment support to open the medical tourism in the country.

“Imagine if we can get a share of at least USD10 billion worth of medical tourism from Thailand, that would trans-late to about 500,000 additional job opportunities for Filipinos,” Romero said.

Jamaica to promote medical tourism

Jamaica’s trade and investment promotion arm Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be hosting two business forums that promote Jamaica as a destination for medical tourism investments, business partnerships and dental tourism.

The Do Business Jamaica Forum on Medical Tourism will provide insight into the business opportunities within Jamaica’s medical tourism industry, which the Government of Jamaica has targeted as a key driver of economic growth.  The events follow a lecture held in Jamaica last year, and are part of JAMPRO’s strategy to promote investment into Jamaica’s growing Medical Tourism sector.

The Agency has identified medical tourism as an area with high potential for growth, as it has already attracted over $15 million euros in foreign investments through the Spanish Group, Hospiten, as well as developments such as G West in Montego Bay. Jamaica is also commonly used by members of the Diaspora to receive dental, diagnostic and non-invasive services, and provides low-cost healthcare alternatives for persons living in the United States.

JAMPRO’s President Diane Edwards said the organization has intensified its programme to target medical tourism investments due to the impact it would have on multiple sectors in the economy and its potential for wealth creation. The forums would provide the platform to reach markets that have many members of the Diaspora and a high number of travelers to Jamaica each year.

Edwards explained, “It is estimated by the OECD that 30-50 million medical tourists travel for services each year. Jamaica already has a successful tourism product and remarkable medical services, so for JAMPRO, a medical tourism industry is a natural progression for Jamaica to take. We are pushing for some off those travellers to come to Jamaica, have their medical services and still experience Jamaica. Those dollars will not only benefit medical practitioners, but other aspects of the tourist industry and overall economy such as resorts, tour operators and spas. Medical tourists are estimated to spend at least 10 times the average tourist plus are usually accompanied by a family member, which yields an additional spend.“

Dr. Jacqueline A. Watson, a member of Jamaica’s Diaspora, will be leading and making the keynote address at the forums. She is President and CEO of the Washington DC based healthcare management and strategy consulting firm, Health Concepts International LLC.

The Do Business Jamaica Forum on Medical Tourism is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Government of Canada through Compete Caribbean. JAMPRO is an agency of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Dubai hospital wins best international hospital award by Medical Travel Journal

Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai (Moorfields) was the winner of the ‘International Eye Clinic of the Year’ award at the annual IMTJ Medical Travel Awards 2016, held recently in Madrid, Spain. The awards attract entries from hospitals and clinics around the world. Moorfields won the international medical tourism award for its success in attracting international patients to Dubai.

Moorfields actively supports Dubai Healthcare City’s programme to develop healthcare tourism, which focuses on a number of key clinical areas, including eye care. Since opening the hospital in Dubai in 2007, Moorfields has treated more than 100,000 patients from over 180 countries, many from the GCC and wider Middle East region in addition to the UAE, for some of the most complex eye conditions.

Dubai’s debate over Medical Tourism Figures

The headline figures are that Dubai had 630,833 medical tourists in 2015 and targets a million by 2020. But only 296,491 (47%) came from outside of the UAE. Total revenue from both types was US$400 million. Both categories include expatriates working in the Gulf.

Dr Layla Al Marzouqi of the Dubai Medical Tourism Project openly admits that of that 630,833 only 296,491 came from outside of the UAE. The 2020 target for this sector is 500,000.

The figures only come from the 26 hospitals and clinics in Dubai that are responsible for medical tourism. This suggests that actual figures could be higher. In the future the other 2,730 health care facilities in Dubai will collect data to provide a more comprehensive picture of the actual number of medical tourists. But in Dubai there are only 31 hospitals, so the extra numbers from this mass data collection are not expected to be high.

Apollo Hospitals Medical Tourism business to expand

Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd (AHEL) is expecting its business from international patients to double in the next three years.

International patients pay a premium for treatment over the domestic charge, said company officials. At present, 10-15 per cent of revenue is from foreign patients and the company expects this to go up to 25 per cent in two years, says the management.

It would focus on select centres, including the proposed Navi Mumbai hospital, expected to open this month for international patients. It would attract more of them due to the location and connectivity to other countries, said Suneeta Reddy, managing director, in a recent earnings call with analysts.

A majority of the international patients are from neighbouring countries, Africa and West Asia. Apollo will try to expand the reach to more countries, including Britain, said a senior official. The inflow of patients from the countries where it is already present itself will see an increase during the period, he added.