Inbound medical tourism offers great potential to Sri Lanka with the number of foreigners seeking medical treatment here in Sri Lanka increasing, Comfort Health Care Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Managing Director Mahes Moonasinghe told the Business Times recently.
The level of treatment and the condition of the leading local private hospitals are on par with hospitals anywhere in the region. Today there are a lot of people from Bangladesh, Maldives and even Australia who wish to come here for medical treatment, he said. Along with the western medical treatment the Ayurvedic treatment is also gaining popularity overseas. There are now specific travel agents who cater to these types of travelers now, according to Mr Moonasinghe.
Adding further, he said that by June this year the company hopes to begin selling Sri Lanka as a destination for medical treatment. For this purpose all arrangements will be finalized for this company, which is a new venture. “By then we will have a fully fledged operation of sourcing medical travelers who wish to come here for treatment. Only in cases of very special needs will we be sending patients to India. Presently we are capable of handling most medical cases herein Sri Lanka. Except for a few very special cases we source the required treatment locally,” he said.