Experts to discuss ME medical tourism
Los Angeles, August 7, 2010
Leading healthcare experts will discuss the increasing opportunities for inbound and outbound medical tourism in the Middle East region at the 'World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress to be held in Los Angeles, California next month.
Several regional governmental authorities and private healthcare organisations will be taking part in the key event which runs from September 22-24.
Experts will focus on the international importance of the Middle East and Gulf states in this specialised and growing concern of the global healthcare sector, said the organisers.
“Medical tourism is a growing trend across the globe and is encouraging healthcare bodies to develop a highly standardised regulation system to improve and maintain the quality of health and healthcare,” said Laila Al Jassmi, CEO of health policy and strategy sector at Dubai Health Authority, which is participating at the congress.
“Gulf states such as the UAE have highly advanced healthcare services and provide a great strategic location to help facilitate healthcare travel – these are just two of reasons why Dubai is playing an increasingly important role in medical tourism,” she noted.
Regional players who will be travelling to the congress, which is the lure for such event to be held, include delegates and representatives from Jordon, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, and Lebanon.
The gathering is the largest in the annual healthcare travel calendar and aims to bring together government officials and private healthcare providers to help develop strategies that will facilitate both inbound and outbound medical tourism. The representatives will be able to share information and be briefed on the latest advances in the sector.
“The Middle East plays an important role in global healthcare travel, as states in this part of the world are making major investment and upgrading their infrastructure to provide a first class service for this sector of the healthcare market, ” said Renée-Marie Stephano, president of Medical Tourism Association and editor of the Medical Tourism magazine.
“There are many opportunities that are presenting themselves and governments are collaborating well with the private sector to maximise this potential,” she added.
Nasser Al Budoor, director of Internal Relations Health Affairs, Ministry of Health UAE and GCC Health Council member, was keen to state the benefits of the congress.
“This is our second year of participating at this event and we are impressed with the progressive topics that are under discussion,” he said.
“It is clear to see the Medical Tourism Association’s dedication to the industry and their members’ efforts in gathering stakeholders from all regions across the world to share and exchange ideas. We are encouraging more GCC healthcare organisations to participate,” Al Budoor added.
Also of great interest to the development of new healthcare infrastructure is the growing trend toward sustainability, green design and the management of healthcare facilities.
The Sustainable Healthcare & Hospital Development Conference also to be held on the sidelines of the congress will bringing together investors, architectural firms and healthcare planners to share ideas about moving forward towards more sustainable healthcare programs, critical to the Middle East and GCC and worldwide.-TradeArabia News Service