08 Aug '11, 12am

#medicaltourism | Bali sets sight on developing medical tourism - Straits Times

INDONESIA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - THE BALI administration is aiming to develop the island as a medical tourism destination in a bid to boost tourist arrivals and fund free medical healthcare for poor residents. Governor Made Mangku Pastika said Bali had a great tourism industry, but also untapped potential for medical tourism. 'Considering the huge population in Indonesia and the fact that there are many expatriates in Bali who go abroad to get medical treatment, why don't we develop the island's medical tourism,' the governor said early this week. To realise the target, the administration will build an international standard hospital. 'We need to have one international standard hospital that we design as a tourism hospital,' Mr Pastika said. The construction of the hospital will commence early next year, and is estimated to cost Rp 200 billion (US$28.7 bill...

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