Competitive Alliance to Strengthen Dominican Medical Tourism

Competitive Alliance to Strengthen Dominican Medical Tourism

The National Council on Competitiveness and the Dominican Health Tourism Association sign and interinstitutional agreement to Strengthen Dominican Medical Tourism.

For the executive director of COMPETITIVENESS, Rafael Paz, the Dominican tourism sector is one of the most competitive in the country, reason for which its diversification with specialized purpose, such as the medical sector, will increment best practices and transfer of new Technology.

“The chain of value that impulses medical tourism must be of high quality, reason for which it must count with the precise data that will allow favoring investment and to develop appropriate regulations and strategies, in the realm of a public-private alliance”, held Paz.

He indicated that, pursuant to the data from the Strategic Information Division of COMPETITIVIDAD, we have identified six priorities: an excellent and strategic geographic position, more than 25 daily flights to the United States, specialized and highly qualified medical centers; there is no waiting cycle, the services represent less costs and we have a favorable environment for recovery.”

Doctor Alejandro Cambiaso, MD, President of the Dominican Health Tourism Association, stated that this interinstitutional agreement generates an alliance that impulses public-private policies to boost opportunities and productivity of the sectors that are involved in medical tourism, as well as facilitates integration and strategic alignment of the actors.

In addition, Cambiaso stated that this agreement impulses competition-based on quality and security of the offer, in which international certifications and Accreditation, transfer of technologies and innovation play a lead role.

The agreement also includes the collaboration for the execution of institutional reforms and necessary policies that will allow the country to be more competitive in the sector, as well as the identification of the existing obstacles and the creation of mechanisms that impulse the growth of this Industry.

Also, they propose to conduct joint promotion and consolidation plans of the competitive benefits of medical tourism in the Dominican Republic, studies and publications such as the Dominican Health and Wellness Destination Guide, as well as support for the realization in September 2018 of the IV International Medical Tourism and Wellness Congress in Santo Domingo.

The individuals who were present during the signing of the agreement were: for COMPETITIVIDAD, Rafael Paz, executive director; Laura Del Castillo, technical director; and Gilberto Objío, legal director. For the Dominican Health Tourism Association, Alejandro Cambiaso, president; Amelia Reyes Mora, vicepresident; and Maité Del Toro, executive director.