Focusing on medical tourism
The Dominican Republic is exploring the idea of opening a medical care free zone. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce sponsored the first Medical Tourism Congress that looked at local successes in medical tourism and in manufacturing of medical instruments in free zones to see possibilities for synergies. Today, medical goods are the leading Dominican free zone export.
The Dominican Republic also has several high quality care hospitals and clinics nationwide. The country has already attracted a steady flow of patients seeking real savings compared to medical services in the United States and Europe in dentistry, plastic and general surgery. Bariatric surgery operations for foreigners are also common here.
As reported in Hoy, the conference focused on the possibility of increasing medical tourism in the Dominican Republic.
The country offers the potential of medical care with a recovery in more pleasant surroundings and good weather, said Luisa Fernandez, director of the National Export Free Zones Council in her presentation at the meeting.
Currently a multi-billion dollar foreign market, deregulated healthcare markets are expected to grow rapidly over the course of a few years.
Luis Manuel Pellerano Amiama, president of the Las Americas Free Zone, urged for attention to be paid to this sector. Promoters say that the Dominican Republic could become a regional gateway for customers and patients who would receive world-class healthcare and enjoy first class medical and wellness services. Promoters say that there are significant business opportunities for local and international investors, regional businesses and the global healthcare industry in doing business in the local medical free zone with a world-class cluster of healthcare professionals and service providers.
Source: DR1. Hoy.com.do
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