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PART II: MEDICAL TOURISM WORKSHOP


 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings from The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)!!

You are cordially invited to the “Second Medical Tourism Workshop” to be held at the House of Culture in Belize City, on September 7, 2012, from 8:30a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

You are encouraged to confirm your participation with us by the 4th of September 2012 .  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Belize’s Path to Medical Tourism



Attendee/Author:  Ann Kuffner

There’s been considerable buzz about whether Belize is ready to dip a toe into the field of medical tourism. Tourism is the major source of revenue for this small country. Medical tourism could provide a significant boost in revenue for the country. But medical tourism is rife with potential pitfalls.  Recently the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (Beltraide) initiated the first step in this process. They held their first public workshop on August 3rd.  It was held at the George Price Center, in Belmopan.

The IADB hired a medical tourism expert to lay the groundwork to develop Belize’s sustainable medical tourism plan.  Their Costa Rican consultant, Mr. Massimo Manzi, moderated the recent workshop. He presented an overview of the study he’s leading.  Mr. Manzi is the Executive Director of ProMed (the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rican Medicine).  He developed Costa Rica’s highly successful medical tourism model.  He now offers his expertise to other countries to assist in developing their medical tourism models.

Mr. Nicholas Ruiz, the Executive Director of Beltraide, opened the meeting. He talked about the attractive opportunities in medical tourism.  He repeatedly noted that Beltraide is committed to developing a sustainable medical tourism approach that will benefit Belize, and Belizeans.

“The over-riding idea is that we want Belizeans to participate in this industry.” Continue reading “Belize’s Path to Medical Tourism”

Medical Tourism In Belize


For the last few years, medical tourism has been a hot topic in Belize. It seems like a no brainer for this inviting Central American country, nestled on the Caribbean Sea. This is an English speaking democracy. The government is based on the British parliamentary system. Contracts are logical and easy for North Americans and Britsh to understand. There are only 330,000 residents in Belize. It takes little more than two hours to fly here from Miami or Houston. And although local medical care is good, there are still few medical specialists in the country.

If medical tourism is nurtured, it would result in access to a broader selection of highly trained specialist doctors in the country. Medical tourism would provide a long term boost to tourism. And that would have a positive impact on the Belizean economy.

Foreign doctors are standing in line, anxious to open the first medical tourism facility in Belize. And the Prime Minister can claim bragging rights as soon as the first medical tourism group begins constructing a first world quality hospital or specialty clinic. Medical tourism will attract an entirely different group of tourists to Belize. As well as their dollars…

The Local Perspective on Medical Tourism in Belize

For those of us who live in Belize, we are anxiously waiting for medical tourism to be permitted. We understand that this is a politically loaded topic. Continue reading “Medical Tourism In Belize”

Belize’s Path To Medical Tourism


There’s been considerable buzz about whether Belize is ready to dip a toe into the field of medical tourism. Tourism is the major source of revenue for this small country. Medical tourism could provide a significant boost in revenue for the country. But medical tourism is rife with potential pitfalls. Recently the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (Beltraide) initiated the first step in this process. They held their first public workshop on August 3rd. It was held at the George Price Center, in Belmopan. The IADB hired a medical tourism expert to lay the groundwork to develop Belize’s sustainable medical tourism plan.

The Costa Rican consultant, Mr. Massimo Manzi, moderated the recent workshop. He presented an overview of the study he’s leading. Mr. Manzi is the Executive Director of ProMed (the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rican Medicine). He developed Costa Rica’s highly successful medical tourism model. He now offers his expertise to other countries to assist in developing their medical tourism models.

Mr. Nicholas Ruiz, the Executive Director of Beltraide, opened the meeting. He talked about the attractive opportunities in medical tourism. He repeatedly noted that Beltraide is committed to developing a sustainable medical tourism approach that will benefit Belize, and Belizeans.
“The over-riding idea is that we want Belizeans to participate in this industry.”
He also promised the stakeholders that the process will be transparent.

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Source: San Pedro Daily, August 5, 2012: http://www.sanpedrodaily.com/8-5-12.html

 

The First Step To Establishing Medical Tourism In Belize


Belize has once again identified another gateway to attracting more visitors, and investors to our country, which is, through the emergence of Medical Tourism. With this being said, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), will be having the first ever workshop on Medical Tourism in Belize; with the purpose of developing a country profile. This workshop will be held on August 3, 2012, from 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., at the George Price Center, in the City of Belmopan.

Mr. Massimo Manzi, the IADB Consultant, and the Executive Director of the Council for International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine (PROMED) will be the moderator at this workshop.  Topics to be discussed include, the global industry of medical tourism; key elements for a successful country strategy; and Belize’s way to medical tourism.

If you are interested to be a part of such initiative, please feel free to contact Ms. Ruby Pascascio, Projects Officer at ruby@belizeinvest.org.bz, or Ms. Florence Cayetano, Public Relations Officer, at florence@belizeinvest.org.bz for further information.

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