New medical school promotes Japan medical tourism


Tokyo based International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW) is a private group running the first new medical school in Japan for 38 years, with Japanese students plus foreign students from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and Mongolia.

It has opened a clinic in Ho Chi Minh City in partnership with Cho Ray Hospital, the largest general hospital in Vietnam. IUHW doctors and students offer health checks to medical tourists from across Southeast Asia. IUHW plans partnerships in other countries.

Technological, language and cultural barriers make many Japanese hospitals unappealing to medical tourists.

The IUHW base in Narita, Tokyo is is near an international airport. IUHW will open a new hospital there in 2020 with 640 beds, targeting medical tourists rather than locals. It will remotely conduct medical examinations of patients in foreign hospitals.

For more information on medical tourism in Japan, visit the IMTJ Country Profile.



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