|Medical Tourism Draft Proposal Ready, All On Board|
|The consultations on medical tourism have been going on for the last three months. And now the consultant has come up with what’s called a draft sector strategy – which means consultation is finished – and now the work comes to crafting the policy document. The various stakeholders held a final consultation followed by a press conference in Belize City today – and here’s what they said:..
Mike Singh, CEO – Trade and Investment
Massimo Manzie, Consultant
“Altogether makes the competitiveness positioning that we are finding as the value offer for Belize.”
Dr. Peter Allen, CEO Ministry of Health
“There are always challenges and just as there are great opportunities there are also risks. The last few months we’ve been doing our best to take a back seat and listen to everybody’s comments – listen to what everybody is saying and how everybody would like to see this industry develop so that we can come up with a strategy which is truly Belizean.”
Dr. Joel Cervantes, BMDA
“As medical and dental experts our wish is definitely to be involved. We know as Belizean doctors and dentist that we can’t do all the work, we know we don’t have all the expertise; we know we have some people among our ranks that are very well qualified. We also know that many doctors, many dentists have stayed behind with respect to their growth at a professional level have not upgraded. What this means by having medical tourism come to Belize is that across the border the standard of medicine practices here both for locals Belizeans and for our foreign guests who are going to come to Belize is going to be better. Definitely the Belize Medical and Dental Association is on-board and you probably are going to hear more about this in the future.”
The draft proposal will now be taken for further feedback – and the final proposal should be ready by the first week in November.
Source: 7 News Belize