Study questions SA as destination for medical tourism

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A study claims [b]SA[/b] is among the least attractive destinations for patients seeking medical treatment in foreign countries. But the [b]Medical Tourism Association of SA[/b] has rejected the findings, saying only Americans – who would not traditionally travel as far as SA for medical treatment – were surveyed.

SA was ranked 23 out of 25 countries – [b]Canada, the UK, Israel, Singapore[/b] and [b]Costa Rica[/b] the most attractive destinations for medical tourism. The [b]Southern African Migration Project[/b] last year found SA was increasingly favoured by [b]Africa’s[/b] elites and middle-classes for quality private care for surgery.

And according to [b]Mediclinic[/b], the world’s sixth-biggest hospital group, the number of medical tourists to SA has more than doubled in six years. It states on its website that, of the 9.2m tourists visiting this country each year, more than 500,000 do so for medical reasons.

Full report in The Times

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