The country of Vietnam is experiencing rapid growth. A booming economy with more than 6% annual economic expansion, increased tourist visits, and rapid development of infrastructure projects. It’s good news as it catches up to other Asian Tiger nations in the region. Now, Vietnam is starting to develop itself as a Medical Tourism hub as well.
The Ho Chi Minh City (HCM) Department of Tourism released a bilingual handbook which is a guide to the medical tourism options in the city. Ten thousand copies have been printed with the names and contact info for 14 health facilities including HCM City International Hospital, HCM City Heart Institute, University Medical Center, and the Traditional Medicine Institute among others.
Per its statistics, there were 80,000 tourists who came to Vietnam for health checks and treatment and spent $2 Billion. In HCM City alone there were 40,000 health tourists. The tourism department plans to promote the offerings in nearby markets such as Cambodia and Laos which have traditionally been markets for Thailand.
Vietnam has a number of quality public and private hospitals with capable doctors and low cost treatment and can be a good option for visitors traveling to the country for vacation and who want to tie in a Health Screening at the same time. For most visitors, Vietnam requires a Visa so check with their consulate in your country before planning your trip to this emerging medical tourism destination.