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Belize’s Path to Medical Tourism

Article Summary:

There’s been considerable buzz about whether Belize is ready to dip a toe into the field of medical tourism. While tourism is the major source of revenue for this small country, medical tourism could provide a significant boost in revenue for Belize.

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Original Article Text From Belizean:

Belize Plans Medical Tourism Industry

The tiny Central American country of Belize is making plans to offer more than Maya Ruins, sun and sand to visitors as it prepares to launch a medical tourism infrastructure a release today from the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service says.

In early August 2012, a workshop on Medical Tourism was coordinated, with the objective to create awareness of the new industry and to determine the receptiveness of stakeholders in the Belize medical care sector. The workshop was held at the George Price Center in the City of Belmopan and stakeholders from both the medical and tourism industries participated in the event. It was considered an information sharing session which allowed stakeholders the opportunity to voice their opinion on the idea of Medical Tourism.

Now, as a follow up to the first workshop, a second Medical Tourism workshop will be held at the House of Culture in Belize City, on Friday, September 7, 2012

Presenters for this session will include Mr. Massimo Manzi, the Project’s Consultant, and Executive Director of the Council for International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine (PROMED), and Mr. Tom Terranova, representative from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Among the topics under discussion, the following will be
• The Expectations of International Patients,
• Quality and Patients Safety,
• Developing a Common Vision,and
• The rules of inclusion for Belize’s Medical Tourism Industry

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