This Article is From Jul 13, 2015

Gujarat to Be Developed as Medical Tourism Destination: State Health Minister Nitin Patel

Gujarat to Be Developed as Medical Tourism Destination: State Health Minister Nitin Patel

Gujarat government will soon announce a new medical policy, With a view to develop Gujarat as a medical tourism destination

Ahmedabad: With a view to develop Gujarat as a medical tourism destination, the state government will soon announce a new medical policy, a minister said on sunday.

"Gujarat government is in the final stages of framing a new policy to develop the state into a medical hub, which will increase medical tourism. Our aim is to increase various medical facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, medical colleges and super-speciality hospitals. We will announce the policy in near future," state Health Minister Nitin Patel said on the sidelines of a function in Ahmedabad.

"To give a boost to medical tourism in the state, we will provide subsidy for construction of facilities in this regard. Under the policy, we will also provide subsidy for purchasing specialised medical equipments," Mr Patel said.

The government will provide subsidy to those wanting to set up hospitals and medical colleges. "We will provide administrative as well as financial help for setting up such facilities in the state under this new medical policy," he said.

He added that the Health Department is in talks with state Finance Department to finalise the quantum of subsidy and other financial benefits to be given to hospitals and colleges.