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Capitalizing on the success of Mexico as a medical tourism destination, the First National Congress of Medical Tourism will launch in Cancun and Rivera Maya next year. The Congress will be promoted by The Medical Tourism Association of Cancun and Riviera Maya, together with the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Cancun Hotel Association and the Riviera Maya tourism board, who will come together to celebrate the Mexican Caribbean as the new medical tourism destination in Latin America.

At the World Medical Tourism Congress, 10 hospitals will announce Cancun and Riviera Maya as the hosts of the First National Congress of Medical Tourism to be held in April of 2012. Last year alone, Cancun and Riviera Maya cared for 2,200 patients. Based on this result, the potential of this market segment during the next four years is estimated to be between 8 and 10 thousand patients.

Currently, there are 11 hospitals and clinics that treat patients as part of the medical tourism industry in these two tourist destinations, and in the next two years, an investment of 49.5 million dollars is expected, including four hospitals-clinics in the Riviera Maya. The medical specialties offered are: assisted reproduction and fertilization, holistic treatments, all forms of dentistry, various forms of cosmetic surgery, minimally invasive neurosurgery, orthopedics, eye surgery, Angelology, treatment for Parkinson’s disease, anti-aging vaccine cell therapy, various forms of bariatric treatments, cardiology and oncology.

According to The Economist, the medical tourism industry generates $20 million annually, and this amount is expected to double in coming years. To promote growth in medical tourism, Medical Travel Cancun A.C. was created in November last year, with nine medical tourist facilities in Cancun and Riviera Maya.

To read more about Medical Tourism, please visit MexicoToday.org.

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