Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism and Department of Health have collaborated to introduce the first website in Vietnam aimed at promoting medical tourism.
The website was unveiled at a medical tourism conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday.
Available at dulichytetphcm.com, the website provides visitors with official information about the healthcare facilities and services on offer in the city.
Tourists to the city can enjoy medical packages for services such as dental care, gynecology, health screening, aesthetic medicine, and traditional medicine.
In addition to high-quality health professionals, medical services in Ho Chi Minh City also offer more accessibility and competitive pricing compared to other countries in the region, the municipal tourism and health departments said.
In the immediate future, the medical tourism packages will be available on an on-demand basis.
More packages are expected to be launched in the future to meet wider healthcare needs while aiming to attract both domestic and foreign tourists.
In addition to ecotourism, agritourism and inland waterway tourism, medical tourism is an emerging sector with great potential for growth in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City, especially as the Southeast Asian country has been internationally recognized for sucessfully containing the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, said Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, deputy director of the municipal tourism department.
Data shows that more and more foreign tourists are coming to Vietnam for healthcare services, with the sector valued at around US$2 billion.
In 2018, about 300,000 foreigners arrived in Vietnam for health examinations, with 57,000 receiving in-patient care, 40 percent of whom received treatment in Ho Chi Minh City.
Such figures indicate great potential for the development of medical tourism in Vietnam in the future.