Health Ministry sets plans to reduce outbound medical tourism

Health Ministry sets plans to reduce outbound medical tourism

May 02, 2021 - 14:04
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The Health Minister, Ali Al-Zanati, has reiterated that enhancing domestic medical tourism remains one of the most important goals for his ministry.

This came during his participation in an online meeting with experts concerned with outbound medical treatment programs, according to the Health Ministry media office.

The Health Minister reviewed the available opportunities, the actions needed to organize domestic and overseas treatment, and set clear lines for referring complex cases to international medical tourism.

Al-Zanati stressed the need for setting a mechanism to follow up on the patient when receiving treatment abroad and the importance of benefiting from international centers through direct communication between their counterparts in the country.

"Our citizens cannot be sent abroad to receive medical care without following up with specialists to see the patients' response to the treatment and ensure that the services provided to them meet the quality requirements," Al-Zanati said.

He indicated that they would work to transfer expertise to national health professionals and paramedics, with the view to reduce outbound medical travel costs and spend it on reviving the medical system in the country.