Chinese hospitals seek medical tourists

 

An online network for hospitals is turning the Xinjiang Uygur region of China into an attractive destination for medical tourists from Central Asia.

The system allows patients seeking treatment overseas to consult Chinese doctors and book flights, airport pickups, accommodation and city tours.

Doctors in Kazakhstan are sending patients to China as the region has much better facilities than at home.

The Xinjiang People's Hospital has handled 6,000 cases involving patients from Central Asian countries since the start of 2015, including 305 where the patient has travelled to China for hospital treatment.

The platform of the Urumqi health commission is an open and free platform developed by the health commission and Shanghai-based Winning Health Technology Group. It connects 19 hospitals in Urumqi, 17 hospitals in Kyrgyzstan, two in Georgia and seven in Kazakhstan.

The authorities are aiming to promote the platform to another 40 medical institutes in Xinjiang next year and sign up 100 more hospitals in cities across Central Asia.

Doctors in Central Asia send patients information to China before their consultation. The consultation process is free, and the treatment fee is the same for both Chinese and foreign patients.

The authorities are working with government departments to solve issues involving medical insurance and visas, since most people now travel as tourists.

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