'Medical tourism' in Belgium on the rise

11th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

11 August 2006, BRUSSELS — The number of foreigners entering Belgium for medical treatment in hospital has sharply increased in recent years, a survey of Flemish hospitals has indicated.

11 August 2006

BRUSSELS — The number of foreigners entering Belgium for medical treatment in hospital has sharply increased in recent years, a survey of Flemish hospitals has indicated.

The survey — carried out by the Flemish VLD — also indicated that 'technical' disciplines, such as cardiology, plastic surgery and ophthalmology are popular.

A large majority of general and university hospitals that participated in the survey said they had admitted foreign patients in recent years for 'planned' medical care.

The figures also indicate that various Flemish hospitals have a good reputation abroad for specific medical disciplines or treatments, newspaper 'De Morgen' reported on Friday.

The VLD said the current situation is an opportunity and wants to give 'medical tourism' a chance to develop further.

But the VLD is also conscious of not placing the healthcare of Belgian residents at risk.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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