Health tourism in Greece is the subject of the two-day event taking place on March 28 and 29, 2017, in Montreal, Canada. The major target of the meeting is to highlight the role of Greece as a top destination on the world map of medical tourism. The meeting is co-organized by the Athens Medical Association, the Central Union of Municipalities and the Medical Tourism sector of the Institute of Science of REAR Research, in cooperation with the Greek Community of Greater Montreal.
According to data presented by the speakers, the worldwide turnover of the medical tourism market can reach an annual basis of $ 20-30 billion. This is a cost of $ 4,000 on average for 5,000,000 patients seeking medical services in other countries.
The conference was opened by Dr. George Patoulis, president of the Athens Medical Association , the Central Union of Municipalities and Medical Tourism Sector of the Institute of Scientific Research REAR, who referred to the National Action Plan for the Development of Health Tourism in Greece.
On his part, the president of the Greek Community of Greater Montreal Mr. Nikolaos Pagonis expressed the intention of the Diaspora to support this national effort.
Dr. Konstantinos Pantos, gynecologist, general secretary of the Greek Society for Reproductive Medicine, noted that IVF can attract couples from abroad and therefore contribute decisively to the development of medical tourism in Greece.
Mr. Vasilis Apostolopoulos, CEO of Athens Medical Group noted that Greece has strong competitive advantages in the medical tourism sector as there are units that can provide high class services at very good prices and attract patients from around the world.
Dr. Nicholas Kouvelas, assistant professor University of Athens Dental Division and Chairman of Athens Dental Tourism Cluster stressed the importance of quality dentistry by trained dentists.
Dr. Ioannis Datseris, Surgeon Ophthalmologist, referred to the high level of service of ophthalmology with highly skilled scientists trained in modern techniques.
Dr. Konstantinos Kouskoukis, Professor of Dermatology, noted that Greece has unlimited possibilities of growth in the field of spa tourism.