Dominican Republic Looks to Reinvent itself as a Health Tourism Destination

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With a view to positioning the Dominican Republic as the main medical tourist destination in the Caribbean, important organizations in the health area joined in a strategic alliance. For the first time, the main health tourism centers of the country are aligned with the common purpose of strengthening their national brand and increasing the competitiveness, quality and safety of their services.

An agreement was signed by doctor Alejandro Cambiaso, president of the Dominican Association of Health Tourism; Milagros Ureña, general director of CEDIMAT; doctor Julio Amado Castaños Guzmán, president of the Board of Trustees of Plaza de la Salud General Hospital (HGPS); doctor Rafael Sánchez Español, president of the Board of Directors of Santiago Metropolitan Hospital (HOMS); doctor José Natalio Redondo, president of the Rescue Group; doctor Amado Alejandro Báez, president of the Centers for Global Health and International Medicine; and Amelia Reyes Mora, president of AF Comunicación Estratégica, as the coordinating communication agency.

The aforementioned institutions will promote Dominican health options at the Global Medical Tourism Congress of the Medical Tourism Association (MTA), to be held from September 27 to 30, 2015, in the city of Orlando, Florida.

About the Global Medical Tourism Congress

This initiative represents the top global health tourism event, during which the Dominican Republic will present itself as a health and welfare destination to more than three thousand representatives of a dozen other countries, as well as self-financed companies, international insurance, forums, ministerial summits and business meetings.

The Dominican Republic has state-of-the-art technology, excellent centers and health professionals. Representatives of these organizations understand that the time has come to participate at the international level with a quality offering of fair-priced services for companies or people who demand these attentions.

International experts say that large health buyers make volume referral agreements with consolidated destinations, not with small providers scattered. For the first time Dominican Republic will be present at this great event, participating in the development of an important health tourism market.

Health tourism represents more than 60 billion dollars a year worldwide. Its requirements in terms of quality standards drives the Dominican Republic to strengthen the security of its services, pursue international accreditation and encourage the transfer of technology. These initiatives will favor both Dominicans and the international community.