Guatemala Unveils Plan to Boost Medical Tourism

The plan seeks to increase from the current 500 patients per year to 5.000 by 2012.

Monday, February 28, 2011

"To achieve these goals it is necessary to generate public-private partnerships and for the state to promote medical tourism as a priority," said Claudia Del Aguila from Agexport.

The initiative also foresees 20.000 patients by 2015 and 75.000 in 2020. If goals are met the country could generate revenues of about $ 870 million over the next decade.

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