02 Oct '11, 12pm

#Singapore medical tourism booming - hit an ~S$940 million, jump of ~S$200 million compared to yr before

SINGAPORE: Tourism receipts from medical travellers last year hit an estimated S$940 million, a jump of about S$200 million compared to the year before. In 2009, S$732 million in tourism receipts were generated from medical travellers. Some hospitals have expressed optimism this figure would increase further. Currently, it sees some 8,000 patients a year, of whom about 90 per cent are foreign patients. One of the foreign patients was Setiawan Djody, who was listed by the Rolling Stones as one of Asia's top guitarists. But his rockstar status took a plunge after he suffered from liver cirrhosis due to excessive alcohol-consumption. In 2009, he sought treatment at the Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation (ACLDT). It was through word-of-mouth and the centre's track record that made Singapore his choice destination. "There is an integrated system in Singapore. The...

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