View Poll Results: Will the DR become an important destination for medical tourism?

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  • I think it can happen, but they need to work on some things.

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  • I think it will not happen, but it could if they work to achieve it.

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    Default DR A Medical Tourism Mecca?

    Despite the fact that I'm perfectly aware that the DR1 forums suffers from nay-sayer-ism, I think it might be interesting to see what DR1ers think about the possible new tourism niche the DR might be carving out in the next few years.

    The video is about an hour long and in Spanish, but some of the points exposed in the presentation are:

    - 80% of US population that travels for medical purposes, or that have medical issues that can be attended to for less outside the US, live in the eastern states. The DR is less than a 4 hour plane ride from the eastern US and is one of the better connected in terms of flights.

    - New private hospitals designed specifically for medical tourism might be built in various places of the DR. The guy mentions Mexico, which receives more than 1 million medical tourists a year, and Costa Rica, which with 3 hospitals geared towards medical tourists is already producing US$800 million a year. He mention that there is aready a private investment of this sort currently in the works for the Punta Cana area.

    - DR might be standardizing what is allowed as standard medical practices and might put in place a local certification system, in addition to improving the quality of medical care so that Dominican hospitals can receive favorable accreditation from a developed country, the guy mentioned Canada.

    - The guy also enphasizes the need to rank Dominican hospitals, precisely because 'Americans love to rank things.' He even mention how US hospitals are constantly ranked, but that its mostly nonsense because most US hospitals are marginally different from each others, but Americans love that type of stuff.

    - He mentions the need to control the 'few bad apples' that due to malpractice affects the entire Dominican medical profession.

    - He even says that he met with a few expatriates from Sosua and gave them a questionaire of sorts, and that's how he became aware of the opportunity. He said that Puerto Plata would be ideal for the creation of several elderly care homes (retirement homes), because according to him Dominican hospitality is simply not match by what is offered in elderly assited living in the US. Add to that the lesser costs compared to the US and the opportunity speaks for itself.

    He said a lot more things, but that's what the video is for.

    So, do you think the DR will become an important player in medical tourism?

    What needs to be done in order to make the country successful as a medical destination?


    The video was filmed at the Funglode office in Santo Domingo this past February 2015.


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    there has been few articles about it recently:
    El Caribe » La medicina turística puede potenciar la economía de la República Dominicana
    República Dominicana busca turismo de salud
    Afirman el turismo de salud avanza en República Dominicana - DiarioLibre.com
    Turismo de Salud genera 60,000 millones dólares al año en República Dominicana | AlMomento.net
    República Dominicana lista para el turismo de salud

    i think that as long as the tourist opt for real, legit hospitals like HOMS and clinica union in santiago or cedimat and corazonesunidos in SD it is possible. one needs to have a procedure in a regular hospital that has means of emergency services in case something goes wrong. because we all know what happens when you have a surgery in back alley slaughterhouse.

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    The quality of service is poor the price is excellent. In the us the quality is excellent but the price is highhhhh!

    One tooth implant is costing m 10,000 but it will be excellent. I chose good quality over cheap price.

    There is a huge market for cheap services. Some will die getting that service. (And dv8 will report those).


    Conclusion, If you have the money go to the us; here take your chances.

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    we have two plastic surgeons in the family so i happen to know lots of their clients - virtually every woman in the family. good work and relatively inexpensive. i say relatively because you could find a cheaper offer. all ladies are happy and none had complications. when it's my time to fix, pull, nip, tuck, alter and tailor my fading beauty (broadly speaking, of course), i will have no fear to go under the knife here. at worst, donP will kindly post my obituary and i trust he will not misspell my name.

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    I'm strongly recommending a "tummy tuck, lipo suction, breast implants, and a butt lift for MY WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    THAT should tell you SOMETHING about the quality of plastic surgery and all medical procedures here!!!!!!!!!!

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    With Edgar Contreras, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommeyers View Post
    The quality of service is poor the price is excellent. In the us the quality is excellent but the price is highhhhh!

    One tooth implant is costing m 10,000 but it will be excellent. I chose good quality over cheap price.

    There is a huge market for cheap services. Some will die getting that service. (And dv8 will report those).


    Conclusion, If you have the money go to the us; here take your chances.
    ive had both here surgery and dental work....surgery was really needed and was fine a pin in my bone near my knee...doesnt evan ring the bells at airports or courthouses...the other dentists.....both good...the surgery here u might need a guide and a walk thru...dental just stick with the advts here and you wont have a problem...need a filling???ez go to any dentist here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommeyers View Post
    The quality of service is poor the price is excellent.
    Wrong... again! Why throw everybody in the same box, when it's clearly not the case.
    Of course, many clinics and doctors in the USA offer excellent medical care, some of the best on the planet.

    But...

    In my experience, the level of personal service here can be excellent, if you do your research and go to the right clinics. You'll be treated like a human, as opposed to a number or a "next!".

    I can go to a dentist in Germany and have an implant done costing me the 5000 euros. It will be excellent quality, latest materials and guaranteed. Or I can go to the dentist that trained the German doctor here in the DR, have the same procedure, quality, materials and guarantee at a fraction of the 5,000 euro price.

    Take you pick...

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    I've been to doctors recommended by native Dominicans and they have been excellent. I would rather see doctors like the ones I visit in the DR than the ones I see here in the US.

    The problem is one of consolidation. If there was a database of the best doctors in every town with all their pertinent information, their practices would benefit from the extra traffic and the information would be accessible to any foreigner with a computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berzin View Post
    I've been to doctors recommended by native Dominicans and they have been excellent. I would rather see doctors like the ones I visit in the DR than the ones I see here in the US.

    The problem is one of consolidation. If there was a database of the best doctors in every town with all their pertinent information, their practices would benefit from the extra traffic and the information would be accessible to any foreigner with a computer.
    There is a fairly good site for medical tourism information. In english and spanish.

    Health Centers « Dominican Association of Health Tourism

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