By Sanath Nanayakkare

Income from medical tourism might assist nationwide financial restoration and progress, and subsequently, we want a Presidential Job Drive that would successfully velocity up and harness the financial advantages of medical tourism, Ms. Dhammika Wijesinghe, Further Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism stated in Colombo on Saturday.

“The primary influence of medical tourism is that it brings direct international change earnings and contributes significantly to authorities revenues. So we have to spend money on the event of native infrastructure to draw international medical vacationers for remedies. This can assist generate international change income to enhance the nation’s steadiness sheet,” she stated.

She made these remarks on the one hundred and thirty fifth Anniversary – Worldwide Medical Congress 2022 – hosted by Sri Lanka Medical Affiliation, the place a session on Medical Tourism was held.

She noticed {that a} Presidential Job Drive would must be established to provide impetus to this nascent business in Sri Lanka.

“The federal government has developed a Nationwide Export Technique the place medical tourism can also be included. However now we have not been lively sufficient to implement it. That might be a waste of our endeavor made within the first place. Sri Lanka’s potential and capability for the event of medical tourism and wellness tourism is big. So past planning, we want actual implementation of the plans and that’s the place a Presidential Job Drive might play a significant position.”

“Additionally, the political management and enterprise neighborhood of the nation want to point out the world that they belief the well being system and medical providers in Sri Lanka. We have now to exhibit to the world that there’s a excellent well being system in Sri Lanka; our medical doctors are extremely certified and skilled and may remedy any illness and assist sufferers, and that they’re on par with world class specialists.”

“Solely then can we appeal to international guests right here to hunt our medical providers. Solely then will international guests resolve to journey throughout worldwide borders with the intention of receiving medical remedy in Sri Lanka.”

“There’s numerous potential for Sri Lanka to enter and set up its presence and place within the regional medical tourism market, however all related stakeholders want to come back collectively to speed up the demand and adoption of medical tourism, and make Sri Lanka a desired vacation spot for medical vacationers,” she stated.

In line with studies of truth checkers, Thailand medical tourism market is estimated to achieve US$ 5,687mn in 2022. Gross sales of Thailand Medical Tourism market are forecasted to extend at a strong 18.4 % CAGR (compound annual progress charge). Whole gross sales of Thailand medical tourism market characterize 2%-7% of the worldwide medical tourism market.

The Malaysia medical tourism market was valued at US$ 1.2 bn in 2020, and is projected to rise at a gentle CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast interval (2021-2028), with the market valuation reaching US$ 5.1 bn by the tip of 2028.