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Govt to promote state as medical tourism destination



Stating that the adoption of disruptive innovative practices is the need of the hour, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, on Saturday, said that the  government will work with private facilities to promote Goa as a medical tourism destination.

“For medical tourism, you ought to have a proper setup, I have been the world over at different locations to check on the best of the facility for medical tourism. Goa government is serious and over the next six months, we will have a framework in place to work in a true sense with the pioneers who have actually brought medical tourism to the country,” Rane said speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the inaugural of Goa Institute of Management’s 2nd annual healthcare conference, held at a starred hotel in the city.

He said that technology is needed to reduce the future cost of treatment and added that the government will concentrate on setting up facilities for treatment as well as rehabilitation.

“Goa has tremendous potential, we will work with the private sector to make it happen. Also, there is interest being shown by institutions internationally. They want to work with us in creating a medical tourism hub in the state of Goa,” he said.  

Rane said that the health department has a digitisation plan in the state for the  healthcare sector.

He said that the patients’ medical history and the data regarding their visit to the health centres will be recorded and made available to doctors, who will examine them during their next visit.

“We will train nurses to collect data. They  will have a dashboard wherein even the information regarding the medicines prescribed to them will also be available,” he explained. 

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