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Udrea: Medical tourism will rake in EUR 500 M a year from 2015

Romania could get as much as EUR 500 M a year from medical tourism as of 2015, if such tourism is promoted, Elena Udrea, Minister of Regional Development and Tourism (MDRT), told a press conference yesterday, Mediafax reports.
Ministry officials, who rely on data from the Romanian National Association of Travel Agents (ANAT) say nearly 60,000 tourists visited Romania for medical reasons, who spent close to EUR 250 M, with an average EUR 4000/capita spent on health treatments.

According to Mrs. Udrea, the most sought after have been dental, anti-aging and plastic surgery treatments.  The tourism minister suggested Romania should capitalize on the past reputation of the Institute of Geriatrics and Gerontology “Ana Aslan”, which used to bring tens of thousands of tourists to Romania.

She also said that Government will prepare in the near future a normative act under which 10 health resorts in Romania will be formally acknowledged as such. Further more, health resort infrastructure investments underway come down to nearly EUR 30 M, Udrea stated, adding that “we will try to help those willing to invest in health tourism and give them incentives,” who gave the health resort of Herculane as an example, where a major such project is in progress.

MDRT, the Ministries of Health, Education, Research, Youth and Sports, the National Health Insurance House (CNAS) and Doctors’ College Thursday signed an inter-institutional cooperation protocol on promoting and developing medical tourism.

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