Oman Medical Tourism
Welcome to Oman
The Sultanate of Oman is a Middle Eastern country in the Arabic Peninsula. The oldest independent Arabic country, it borders the UAE to the West and the Persian Gulf to the East. The small country has established itself as an important international player regarding income per capita and tourism development. The capital, Muscat is leading the country’s tourism industry, being named the second-best city to visit in 2012 by the travel guide publisher Lonely Planet. Historically, Muscat was the principal trading port of the Persian Gulf region. Muscat was also among the most important trading ports of the Indian Ocean.
Oman in a Snapshot
- Currency – Rial
- Language – Omani Arabic
- Climate – Hot and dry summers and mild winters with occasional rainfall
- Capital – Muscat
Oman’s history is as rich as the modern day’s country culture. The Omani Sultanate was, during the 17th century, a powerful empire, with great influence in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. At the height of its power, in the 19th century, Omani influence or control extended across the Strait of Hormuz to Iran and modern-day Pakistan, and as far south as Zanzibar. During its decline in the 20th century, the sultanate came under the influence of the United Kingdom.
After years of international isolation under the rule of Sultan Said bin Taimur, Oman started reconnecting to the international climate. Sultan Qaboos Bin Said deposed his father in 1970 and opened up the country, embarked on economic reforms and boosted investments in healthcare, education and welfare.
Tourism is one of the sources of revenue for the Arabic country, and it is on the rise. Oman's attractions include a largely-untouched coastline, mountains, deserts and the burgeoning capital Muscat, with its forts, palaces and old walled city.
Why are Omani Citizens Traveling for Medical Care?
Although investments have been up in all sectors, including healthcare, many patients from Oman choose to go abroad in order to get access to treatments and therapies. Although Omani nationals have free access to the national health care system, most expatriates living in Oman choose private sector clinics and hospitals. Nevertheless, more and more citizens from Oman chosetreatments abroad due to the lack of medical professionals and modern technologies.
Where are Omani Citizens Traveling for Medical Care?
One of the main destinations for patients from the Arabic country is India. This is due to the affordable healthcare packages and highly skilled doctors in India and the ease with which Omani people can obtain the Indian visa.
Some of the most common treatments that patients from Oman travel to India for are:
- Physiotherapy services
- Blood cancer
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
- Bone marrow transplants
- Liver transplants
- Orthopedic treatments
- Joint replacement surgeries
Omani patients seeking treatment abroad are advised to research all options before choosing a medical care provider;ask questions and get as much information as possible before planning their medical trip abroad. This will help them make an informed decision and choose the best care package in accordance to their specific needs.
For any questions regarding choosing the best treatment, do not hesitate to ask us!