Health Centers in the Colombian city of Medellin declare themselves ready to respond to the increasing global demand for the phenomenon of international ‘medical tourism’.
According to the Deputy Manager of the General Hospital of Medellin – one of Colombia’s most commercially advanced cities – hospitals and clinics have been in the process of improving and adapting their services over the last two years to offer quality services at competitive prices to wealthy foreigners seeking health procedures abroad.
In a report by newspaper La Republica, the Deputy Manager claimed that among the adaptations being made is the encouragement of English tuition for employees.
Currently the Hospital has 423 beds and 1,500 staff and declared it was prepared to handle any type of health procedure – from cosmetic to oral services to lifesaving surgery.
Meanwhile, medical dental clinic PROMTA declared itself ready to receive foreigners wanting cosmetic oral procedures. Promt that their location within Medellin is ideal welcome and cater for international patients.
A spokesperson for the clinic told La Republica that all its employees are receiving English tuition and the clinic website is being adapted to the international market. At present, Promt draws patients for Europe and America and in August alone they treated 35 international customers.
In addition, Medellin’s Rosario Clinic, which up till now catered for low income patients, intends to attract wealthier clients with a new clinic located in an affluent Medellin neighborhood. The new clinic will offer its customers VIP lounges and suites they will be able to stay in.