Jamaica seeks new health and medical tourism projects

 

Tourism is key to Jamaica's economy, and continues to see rapid annual growth.

Medical and wellness tourism development is part of JAMPRO's diversification strategy. The agency has been working with medical and wellness stakeholders locally to boost the sector, and the agency is now looking for investors to partner with local companies or bring new projects to Jamaica.

For several years JAMPRO has sought to attract foreign investors in this sector but issues of high healthcare costs locally, plus greater levels of violent crime and murder, have not been tackled. Progress on upgrading antiquated airports, seaports and highways is also slow.

Jamaica currently receives low numbers of medical tourists, although the government and JAMPRO projects a minimum of 15,000 medical and residential care patients by 2020, generating an annual income of (US$125) million. IMTJ believes this forecast is unlikely.  Visit the IMTJ Country Profile for more information on Jamaica’s inbound medical tourism potential.

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