Saakashvili wants to develop "medical tourism" in Sakartvelo
According to the Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, the country's medical services should be accessible to all citizens and attractive for foreigners. As reported by "Georgia-News", this is what the president said on the eve during a visit to the diversified clinic New Hospital in the Georgian capital.
The President has inspected the-art medical machinery, which is equipped the hospital, operating theaters and dining room and also has talked to hospital staff and patients. Saakashvili was accompanied by Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia Andria Urushadze and the head of the Committee on Health and Social Affairs Gigi Tsereteli.
"Our best experts and investors have created a clinic which previously we could only dream of. This means that Georgia should not have any minor issues" - Saakashvili said.
"I look forward to the time when the citizens of Georgia will no longer travel abroad for treatment. You have seen yourself that already foreigners come to Georgia for treatment. One of the important parts of tourism is a medical tourism which must be developed in Georgia as well as, for example, in Switzerland and Austria. We have a great potential for this, since we have such highly skilled doctors most of whom speak a foreign language" - Saakashvili said, stressing the importance of development of so-called "medical tourism".
However, he clarified that it's also important that the whole range of medical services in the country was available to a greater number of citizens of Georgia.
"It is also important that health care was accessible to all citizens of Georgia. This hospital was not built to represent it on postage stamps. It was built in order to the people do not have to sell all their possessions for medical care. It is true that high level medicine is expensive, but we must work hard to deliver a large part of our society from this issue" - concluded Saakashvili.