With double-digit growth projections and aging populations in wealthier countries, destinations keen on attracting foreign patients are retrofitting hospitals and creating medical zones geared specifically for the tourist trade.
From liposuction in Athens to an eye operation in Dubai, the lucrative market in medical tourism is on the up, tempting ever more countries to look for ways to profit from foreign patient care. “Everyone wants their share of the pie,” Sanjiv Malik, director of DM Healthcare, a Dubai-based network of hospitals, said at a recent conference on medical tourism attended by more than 300 professionals here.
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