Jamaica’s medical talent pool prepared to take on health and wellness tourism market

Published on : Wednesday, February 8, 2017

medical tourismJamaica has a vast medical talent pool which is now ready to play a role in the nation’s health and wellness tourism market, President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards said.

 

“Jamaica’s private dental and medical sector provides services at relatively lower costs than the United States of America, but with similar quality of care,” she said while addressing the launch of the Zierlich International Dialysis Centre in Montego Bay on February 2.

 

Edwards said that currently Jamaica boasts many internationally acclaimed practitioners and “a highly recognized medical school at the University of the West Indies.”

 

She pointed out that JAMPRO’s interest in medical tourism was first piqued in the 1990s as the globalization of healthcare, improved medical technology and demand for cheaper services made it a fast growing international sector with high rates of consumption.

 

Edwards said the government capitalized on consumption trends, by leveraging the already thriving tourism industry to attract visitors to use local medical services.

 

“Jamaica has subsequently been ranked by the 2014 Medical Tourism Index as the second most attractive medical tourism destination,” she noted.

 

Edwards said that, as Jamaica advances the development of a burgeoning medical tourism sector, JAMPRO has been keen on attracting more investments into the health care sector to increase innovation and services for Jamaican and international patients.

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