The lure of medical tourism
NELLY FAVIS-VILLAFUERTE ,
Nowadays, people who have visited the facilities of the big hospital that was recently inaugurated in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City area are awed by its elegant design and structure and the modern and laboratory facilities of the hospital. Definitely, the hospital is geared for medical tourism.
What is medical tourism? Medical tourism is simply a service rendered by private hospitals in other countries consisting of affordable and quality healthcare facilities. It’s a unique combination of health and tourism services. This concept of medical tourism is not new. The first recorded case of medical tourism actually dates back thousands of years ago when Greek pilgrims traveled from all over the Mediterranean to a place called Epidauria in the Saronic Gulf, the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios. Later, spas and sanitariums came about. In our country, we have people from all walks of life trooping to our famous hot springs in Calamba hoping for cures and relief of body ailments like arthritis.