Medical Tourism: Cost Savings, Vacation, and Quality Care

Beach PhotoWith its turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and moderate climate, the Caribbean has long been a North American tourist destination, attracting people from all over the world. Given that there are an estimated 42.5 million residents from 29 richly diverse Caribbean countries and territories with more than 7,000 islands, there is also a good deal of tourism within the region. While the Caribbean is world famous for luxurious accommodations, gorgeous natural surroundings, and unsurpassed hospitality – residents have not had access to a wide array of medical care options close to home. Before Health City Cayman Islands opened its doors, there was only one hospital in the Caribbean accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) – Doctors Hospital in the Bahamas.

Health City Cayman Islands – a top-rate tertiary care facility, has treated Caymanians, people from other Caribbean islands, and travellers from outside the region. Countless patients have benefited from the premier care administered by the hospital’s renowned specialists – and many have received lifesaving operations. In fact, the hospital performed a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) procedure on a 49-year-old Caymanian in August 2014, followed by another LVAD operation a few months later – believed to be the first such heart operations performed in the Caribbean. Health City has unlocked a gateway to an exciting new frontier in medical tourism. When complete, the state-of-the-art facility will be one of the largest healthcare complexes in the entire region for cardiac surgery, cardiology, orthopaedics, paediatrics, endocrinology, pulmonology, and other specialties.

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