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HCMC releases medical guidebook

Released at: 14:14, 25/05/2018

HCMC releases medical guidebook

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Bilingual Medical Tourism Guide introduces healthcare services in the city.

by Le Diem

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, in cooperation with the Department of Health, has released a Medical Tourism Guide as a part of developing medical tourism and contributing to diversifying tourism products in the city.

In Vietnamese and English, the 60-page-guidebook provides basic information on healthcare services in the city, with addresses of 14 popular hospitals and medical centers, hotlines for questions on tourism and medical information, and information on well-known destinations, hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers, etc.

Healthcare facilities registered to be listed in the guidebook and were selected after meeting the 24 criteria stipulated by the Department of Health relating to facilities, medical staff, check-ups and treatment, and prices, according to the Department.

Many hospitals offer advanced treatment in areas like organ transplants, robotic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, endoscopic surgery, obstetric and gynecological ailments, and dentistry, among others.

Over 10,000 copies of the guidebook will be distributed to tourist information centers, travel agents, hotels, and hospitals in the city.

With a number of public and private hospitals and a relatively low cost of treatment, at about 40 per cent of that in other regional countries, Ho Chi Minh City has already attracted a large number of international visitors for healthcare purposes and therefore has potential in medical tourism, according to the Department of Tourism.

The two departments will add more hospitals and medical centers to the guidebook in the future to provide even more options. The city will also focus on promoting medical tourism in neighboring markets such as Cambodia and Laos.

Vietnam attracted some 80,000 foreign tourists last year who came for healthcare checks and treatment and spent $2 billion, half of whom did so in Ho Chi Minh City, which earned $1 billion.

International arrivals to the city totaled nearly 6.4 million last year, an increase of 22.8 per cent against 2016. Total tourism revenue was approximately VND116 trillion ($5 billion), up 12.6 per cent.

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