New opportunities in Medical Tourism for Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica – The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is set to stage the first in a series of lectures on Medical Tourism in Jamaica. Dubbed #DoBizJa Medical Tourism Lecture Series, the sessions aim to increase the number of local investors in the sector, while highlighting the opportunities available for local medical practitioners for this untapped market. Discussions will be led by Dr. Jacqueline A. Watson, President and CEO of the Washington DC based healthcare management and strategy consulting firm, Health Concepts International LLC.

The event will be held at the Caribbean School of Medical Sciences Jamaica (8 Waterloo Road, Kingston 10) on Wednesday, December 16 at 4:00pm. According to the Corporation’s president, Diane Edwards, “The health and wellness tourism sector is a multimillion dollar industry globally, and the lecture series will provide an opportunity for practitioners to gain further insight on low hanging fruit for Jamaica and the region.”

“We recognize the importance of this sector and its potential to provide bona fide benefits to the local medical community and tourists seeking medical care. This sector has evolved organically in Jamaica over the past few years, already attracting over $15 million euros in foreign investments through the Spanish Group, Hospiten, as well as developments such as G West in Montego Bay. We see this interest as an opportunity to discuss the inner workings of Medical Tourism and get feedback on its potential for development,” she explained.

The National Service Sector Strategy developed by the Jamaica Coalition of Services Industry (JCSI) identified health and wellness as one of the priority sub-industries for export. Since the development of the expansion plan, efforts have been made by the Government to attract new medical facilities in an effort to establish Jamaica as a medical destination within the next five years. The strategy projects a minimum of 15,000 medical and residential care patients and an annual income of US$125 million by 2020.

While the lecture series will act as a public education forum for interest groups, JAMPRO is also actively seeking investments for the sector and is prepared to advise the practical first steps for start-up facilities. Medical Tourism presents a lucrative option for local practitioners who wish to expand their existing practices.

The #DoBizJa Medical Tourism Lecture Series is being presented in collaboration with the JCSI and the National Commercial Bank (NCB). To register for this forum or to learn more about medical tourism in Jamaica email mmarius@jamprocorp.com .

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JAMPRO
Published Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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