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Published on : Saturday, May 14, 2016
According to a list compiled by the International Healthcare Research Center and the Medical Tourism Association (MTA), a global non- profit association for medical tourism and international patient industry, the Philippines has been placed ahead of countries such as Japan and France.
Medical tourism in the Philippines caters to approximately 80,000 to 250,000 patients or clients annually.
According to MTA, clients of the Philippines for medical tourism come from East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan), Sri Lanka, the Pacific Islands (Guam, Palau, Marshall Islands, and Micronesia), Australia, North and South America, Europe and the United Kingdom, and the Gulf States.
It also noted that Filipino expats and overseas Filipino workers likewise prefer to have their medical procedures done in the country.
Canada emerged as the top medical tourism destination worldwide followed by UK and Israel which came second and third, respectively.
MTA is non-profit association represents healthcare providers, governments, insurance companies, employers and other buyers of healthcare.