New hospital aims to attract medical tourists

 

A new hospital in the South American country of Colombia is targeting medical tourists. It is in Piedecuesta, very close to Bucaramanga, a city in North Eastern of Colombia.

The International Hospital of Colombia has 1,192 beds and offers surgery, outpatient, diagnostic support and therapeutic services. It has the only robotic pharmacy in Latin America, with top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment, and airtight surgery rooms. The hospital has a ten-year partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre on cardiovascular medicine and oncological treatment.

In recent years Colombia has been slowly developing as a medical tourism destination, held back by the lack of modern facilities. For the past two decades Colombia has treated international patients seeking ophthalmology, cardiology, odontology and oncology.

According to the Immigration Department, there were 10,243 medical in 2015. This was a 6.4% increase over the previous year. Between January and May 2016 there were 5,682 medical tourists and a predicted annual total for 2016 of over 12,000. Most patients are from the Dutch Caribbean islands (Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St Maarten), the USA, Venezuela and Ecuador. The International Hospital of Colombia seeks to attract more medical tourists to Colombia.

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