I spoke last night with Elizabeth Nelle, Director of the Office of Product Research and Development in the Philippines’ Department of Tourism.We spoke about the emergence of the Philippines as a player in the medical tourism field, and its progress in catching up with India and Singapore, which got an earlier start. Nelle believes that the Philippines’ low cost position, skilled medical professionals and warm-hearted people will help it succeed. If medical tourism is sufficiently successful, it could have the effect of drawing back Filipino medical workers who currently live overseas.
Of course we also discussed the recent dissing of Filipino medical schools by Teri Hatcher on Desperate Housewives!
The Philippines is hosting the 2nd annual International Medical Travel Conference next month, which will give the country the opportunity to showcase its progress in medical tourism.October 11, 2007