Kuwait ranks last among Arab coun­tries in med­i­cal tourism

Global Med­i­cal Tourism In­dex cov­ers 46 coun­tries

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 24: Kuwait ranked last in the Arab world and sec­ond-last glob­ally on the Global Med­i­cal Tourism In­dex is­sued by the In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter for Health Care Re­search for the year 2020/2021, re­ports Al-Anba daily.

The in­dex cov­ered 46 coun­tries and cities around the world, in­clud­ing 12 Arab coun­tries and cities. The clas­si­fi­ca­tion is based on three main cri­te­ria for med­i­cal tourism des­ti­na­tions.

They are:

1. Stan­dard of qual­ity and ser­vices of health­care fa­cil­i­ties – Kuwait ranked 43 in this cri­te­rion.

2. En­vi­ron­men­tal des­ti­na­tion stan­dard – Kuwait ranked 43 in this cri­te­rion.

3. Med­i­cal tourism in­dus­try stan­dard – Kuwait ranked 45 in this cri­te­rion.

In to­tal, Kuwait re­ceived 54.84 points.

The re­port stated, “Kuwait is a tourist des­ti­na­tion in the Ara­bian Gulf re­gion and has a cul­tural her­itage dat­ing back to an­cient times. It has the sixth largest oil re­serves in the world.

Valu­able

The Kuwaiti di­nar is con­sid­ered as the most valu­able cur­rency in the world. Kuwait thus has the fourth high­est per capita in­come at the global level.

The Kuwaiti gov­ern­ment funds about 80 per­cent of the health­care sys­tem. Its in­fras­truc­ture is one of the most mod­ern in the re­gion, as it pro­vides med­i­cal ser­vices through 92 pri­mary care cen­ters that cover all parts of the coun­try. It has a strong care pro­gram that pro­vides free health­care fa­cil­i­ties for cit­i­zens. This des­ti­na­tion en­joys a strong so­cial wel­fare pro­gram that pro­vides free health­care and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices as well as job se­cu­rity to its cit­i­zens. This costs the gov­ern­ment about $18 bil­lion an­nu­ally.

At the Gulf level, the Emi­rate of Dubai main­tained its ad­vanced po­si­tion as the lead­ing Arab des­ti­na­tion for med­i­cal tourism for the sec­ond year in a row, and ranked sixth in the world with a to­tal of 71.85 points. It was fol­lowed by the Emi­rate of Abu Dhabi in sec­ond place in the Arab world and ninth in the world with a to­tal of 70.26 points.

On the Arab level, Egypt achieved a prom­i­nent po­si­tion on the in­dex, com­ing in fourth place in the Arab world and 26th in the world with a to­tal of 64.81 points. Morocco and Jor­dan also scored good points and were ranked 31st and 36th re­spec­tively.

At the global level, Canada ranked first with 76.47 points, fol­lowed by Sin­ga­pore and Ja­pan in sec­ond and third places with 76.43 and 76.23 points re­spec­tively. Iran ranked last in the 46th place with 44.83 points.

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