Minister examines medical tourism

The minister for health and the Leader of Government Business travel to Los Angeles this week on a fact-finding mission to establish if Cayman can position itself as a destination for medical tourism.

Health minister Mark Scotland will travel with Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush to the second annual World Medical Tourism and Global Health Congress, which is expected to attract 2,000 delegates, from Monday to Wednesday this week.

‘It is more fact finding than anything else. We were invited to attend. There seems to be a large conference with all the players in medical tourism,’ said Mr. Scotland.

‘The way the health care system in the United States is going… it is obvious that medical tourism outside the US is going to grow. I think our health care industry sees that for themselves. There are a lot of new facilities opening up here,’ he said.

New facilities that have recently opened on island include a holistic centre called the Da Vinci Centre for Wellness and Alternative Therapies, the KY Imaging diagnostic centre and a new cardiology centre.

The organisers of the conference stated Cayman had ‘tremendous potential and opportunities in developing inbound medical to the US’ and that patients from the Cayman Islands who need specialised medical treatment will travel to countries such as the United States and within Latin America to receive high quality medical care.

Mr. Scotland said patients from Cayman had a history to going overseas for treatment, but now the time was ripe to try to attract people to come to Cayman for medical procedures.

The government has received proposals that included building a cardiology centre to a ‘fully fledged hospital’, according to Mr. Scotland.