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Medical tourism a “pot of gold” for the island – Puerto Rico Daily Sun – 18/12/10

There are 78 comments on the www.prdailysun.com story from Dec 18, 2010, titled Medical tourism a “pot of gold” for the island – Puerto Rico Daily Sun – 18/12/10. In it, www.prdailysun.com reports that:

By Raul Colon: The medical tourism industry on the island could generate billions of dollars annually if the government is serious about promoting it.

That’s according Dr. Osvaldo Font, one of the leading physicians in the nascent field of anti-aging treatment.

Medical tourism has been in the front of public discussion this week as Gov. Fortuño signed into law a measure that would promote the island as a medical destination.

It has been estimated that a medical visitor to the island spends an average of $350 daily in expenses.

The news of the law was a welcome sign to many doctors who believe Puerto Rico is an untapped tourist market.

“Every month I receive at least three patients from the United States and they stay here, on the island, during their treatment. I also received patients every month from other locations including Europe and Latin American,” Font said.

Font argues that not only his patients stay on the island during their treatment, which could last between four to six weeks, but that most of them come with at least one family member, which should generate added revenue for the economy.

“Our patients and their families, while in treatment here, tend to visit the island, shop at our malls and dine in our restaurants. That’s why there’s a need to move forward with the promotion of this sector,” Font said.

The practice of anti-aging medicine is one of the most profitable in the industry as it attracts hundreds of thousand of visitors, mostly to Europe, every year.

Font and several other physicians interviewed by the Daily Sun believe that that practice alone could generate $2 billion annually in tourism-related revenue.

The main attraction is the cost of the medical practice in Puerto Rico. For example, on an average, a face lift-up through plastic surgery in the U.S could cost $50,000. The same procedure in the island averages less than $20,000.

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#1 Dec 18, 2010
I could not agree more that medical tourism is a “pot of gold” for the island of Puerto Rico. It is perfectly located and has fantastic climate for the elderly seeking medical help.

I am a senior citizen and lived in Sarasota, Florida, from December 1979 to January 1993. During my first month which was around Christmas, it actually snowed and was freezing cold in Sarasota. During my three years in Florida, too many days were freezing cold during the fall and winter months, rained every day in Spring and was uncomfortably hot and humid during the summer months.

I love the weather year round in Puerto Rico. It’s wonderful weather. Puerto Rico's friendly people – young, middle age and old – make me feel young again and alive. At eighty-two years of age, I am receiving wonderful medical attention at a reasonable price in Puerto Rico. I am in the perfect location for an old person to feel young, healthy again.

Not only should Puerto Rico consider developing medical tourism, it should develop Puerto Rico as a leading center for medical research. Not only does Puerto Rico have the perfect climate and location, it has a tremendous resource of professionals trained in the medical areas.

Since: Jun 08

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#2 Dec 18, 2010
Upfront Yankee wrote:
I could not agree more that medical tourism is a “pot of gold” for the island of Puerto Rico. It is perfectly located and has fantastic climate for the elderly seeking medical help.
I am a senior citizen and lived in Sarasota, Florida, from December 1979 to January 1993. During my first month which was around Christmas, it actually snowed and was freezing cold in Sarasota. During my three years in Florida, too many days were freezing cold during the fall and winter months, rained every day in Spring and was uncomfortably hot and humid during the summer months.
I love the weather year round in Puerto Rico. It’s wonderful weather. Puerto Rico's friendly people – young, middle age and old – make me feel young again and alive. At eighty-two years of age, I am receiving wonderful medical attention at a reasonable price in Puerto Rico. I am in the perfect location for an old person to feel young, healthy again.
Not only should Puerto Rico consider developing medical tourism, it should develop Puerto Rico as a leading center for medical research. Not only does Puerto Rico have the perfect climate and location, it has a tremendous resource of professionals trained in the medical areas.
Yes Puerto Rico needs to expand it's horizons, both in the medical and technological fields, but in all areas of education and communication as well too as in it's advancements of tourism's to help make it's a tourist paradise with more reasonable prices that are more competitive with everyone Else's so that Puerto Rico can continue to be the ever expanding capital of tourism itself in the entire Caribbean..
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#3 Dec 19, 2010
Medical tourism has yet to be developed, ever since the first administration who conceived the idea, decided to invest in the Medical Center's hotel.

Our island serves as a "service center" (in every which way) to the Western Caribbean, all the way down to South America.

But, the colonial administration does not have the finances to maximize and exploit the (decades old) idea.

Marketing, construction, etc. needs tons of money...which the colony does not have and has been unable to raise.

Jorge de P.Rico
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#4 Dec 19, 2010
Sorry, Eastern Caribbean...
TPMP 35

Bronx, NY

#5 Dec 19, 2010
Dave-Lopes wrote:
<quoted text>Yes Puerto Rico needs to expand it's horizons, both in the medical and technological fields, but in all areas of education and communication as well too as in it's advancements of tourism's to help make it's a tourist paradise with more reasonable prices that are more competitive with everyone Else's so that Puerto Rico can continue to be the ever expanding capital of tourism itself in the entire Caribbean..
We certaintly do. However, even now with all of the island's limitations. PR still serves as an medical oasis too many in the Caribbean.

Do not forget our cardilogy hospital that was inagurated not that long ago. That is a step in the right direction.

TPMP 35
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#6 Dec 19, 2010
The colony needs tons of money (which it currently lacks) for any development (even legal infrastructure revisions to stimulate private enterprises).

A change in status will provide a much needed legal infrastructure to launch any planned developments.

Jorge

Since: Jun 08

Plantation

#7 Dec 19, 2010
TPMP 35 wrote:
<quoted text> We certaintly do. However, even now with all of the island's limitations. PR still serves as an medical oasis too many in the Caribbean.
Do not forget our cardilogy hospital that was inagurated not that long ago. That is a step in the right direction.
TPMP 35
I agree, but we need much more professionals and investments in Puerto Rico so that we can continue to be the capital of the caribbean that having everything one needs without having to fly out to the US or Europe or South America to get whatever one need...We can do it if all our present and future Puerto Ricans continue to get a higher education that can help them fulfill those areas that need their practical knowledge ad profession the most, and Puerto Rico will become the most advanced in availability of all products than most nations south of our border...Yes this little 105 mile long and 35 mile wide island truly can do it if everyone got involved on making this become a reality as it already has but we still have a ways to go...
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#8 Dec 19, 2010
Dave-Lopes wrote:
<quoted text>I agree, but we need much more professionals and investments in Puerto Rico so that we can continue to be the capital of the caribbean that having everything one needs without having to fly out to the US or Europe or South America to get whatever one need...We can do it if all our present and future Puerto Ricans continue to get a higher education that can help them fulfill those areas that need their practical knowledge ad profession the most, and Puerto Rico will become the most advanced in availability of all products than most nations south of our border...Yes this little 105 mile long and 35 mile wide island truly can do it if everyone got involved on making this become a reality as it already has but we still have a ways to go...
Dave,

Puerto Rico is a territory of the nation of which we are citizens of...the U.S.(which is the most advanced of most nations in all the Americas).

Regardless if "...everyone got involved on making this become a reality..." the current colony lacks all the needed resources to "make this become a reality".

Since: Jun 08

Plantation

#9 Dec 19, 2010
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
Dave,
Puerto Rico is a territory of the nation of which we are citizens of...the U.S.(which is the most advanced of most nations in all the Americas).
Regardless if "...everyone got involved on making this become a reality..." the current colony lacks all the needed resources to "make this become a reality".
Not if all gotr involved on bringing as much foreign investments into Puerto Rico as possible, It has a perfect climate, beautiful beaches, wonderful gasping green mountains and a courteous friendly people to go with it. Puerto Rico must think big and not continue to be brain washed that it cannot grow and expand it's horizons to bigger and much better things....Puerto Rioco is only limited by the limited minds that run....We need people with a mission and with vision to see over and beyond the day dreaming of the lazy ones and work hard and smart to get far...I can be done if we just don't talk about it alone but get the whole island involved through a series of advertisements in both the Island and around the world of how great Puerto Rico is for private and corporate investors so that more jobs and opportunities for people to grow and stay in Puerto Rico will become more and more a reality rather than a pipe dream with no steam...

Since: Jun 08

Plantation

#10 Dec 19, 2010
Correction:

Not if all got involved on bringing in as much foreign investments into Puerto Rico as possible, for it has a perfect climate, big beautiful beaches, big anf wonderful gasping green mountains and a courteous friendly people to go with it. Puerto Rico must think big and not continue to be brainwashed that it cannot grow anymore nor expand it's horizons to a bigger and much better things because the island is too small....Puerto Rioco is only limited by the limited minds that run it....We need people with a vision and with a heartfelt mission to see over and beyond, the day dreaming of the lazy ones, and work hard and smart to get very far...It can be done if we just don't talk about it alone, but get the whole island involved through a series of advertisements in both the Island and around the world of how great Puerto Rico is for private and corporate investors so that more jobs and opportunities for people to grow and stay in Puerto Rico will become more and more a reality rather than a pipe dream with no steam to keep all running smoothly and successful...
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#11 Dec 19, 2010
Dave-Lopes wrote:
<quoted text>Not if all gotr involved on bringing as much foreign investments into Puerto Rico as possible, It has a perfect climate, beautiful beaches, wonderful gasping green mountains and a courteous friendly people to go with it. Puerto Rico must think big and not continue to be brain washed that it cannot grow and expand it's horizons to bigger and much better things....Puerto Rioco is only limited by the limited minds that run....We need people with a mission and with vision to see over and beyond the day dreaming of the lazy ones and work hard and smart to get far...I can be done if we just don't talk about it alone but get the whole island involved through a series of advertisements in both the Island and around the world of how great Puerto Rico is for private and corporate investors so that more jobs and opportunities for people to grow and stay in Puerto Rico will become more and more a reality rather than a pipe dream with no steam...
Puerto Rico's colonial finances are in dire need of repairing.

Everything you have mentioned costs money, even reviewing the current legal infrastructure to allow investment (be that national or foreign).

The colonial administration is trying to cut expenses thru privatization (for ex. the international airport, to name one).

A new vision and mission are all there. Our people voted for a change.

Its all a matter of time, now.

But, one thing is for sure, there are no lazy Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico.

“America la bella!!”

Since: Jan 07

que Dios te bendiga

#12 Dec 19, 2010
Y que se puede hacer para ayudar a Puerto Rico? seria fenomenal que pudieran tener Medical Tourism. Cuba lo tiene y son unos Comunistas descarados. Hoy por hoy alguien va a PR a Plastic surgery por ejemplo?
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#13 Dec 19, 2010
Marie in Miami Fl wrote:
Y que se puede hacer para ayudar a Puerto Rico? seria fenomenal que pudieran tener Medical Tourism. Cuba lo tiene y son unos Comunistas descarados. Hoy por hoy alguien va a PR a Plastic surgery por ejemplo?
Cuba lo tiene pero ¿a qué costo?

Acaban de despedir a medio millón de empleados públicos (y nadie se atrevió a chistar).

Aquí, cuando el gobierno colonial actual se encontró con un déficit de $3.2 billones de dls.(y sin dinero, siquiera para pagar la nómina del primer mes de administración); al coger prestado y tener que ajustar la nómina estatal y despedir a 7 mil empleados nombrados ilegalmente (durante los meses veda, en que no se pueden hacer ningún tipo de transacción)...las huelgas que se suscitaron nos costaron a los contribuyentes millones de dls. y nos siguen costando (a razón de $4 millones diarios, en la UPR, en los casi 70 días de protesta y paralización en éste año 2010).

En una sociedad pluralista, las prioridades son bien diferentes que en una totalitaria.

Jorge

“America la bella!!”

Since: Jan 07

que Dios te bendiga

#14 Dec 19, 2010
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
Cuba lo tiene pero ¿a qué costo?
Acaban de despedir a medio millón de empleados públicos (y nadie se atrevió a chistar).
Aquí, cuando el gobierno colonial actual se encontró con un déficit de $3.2 billones de dls.(y sin dinero, siquiera para pagar la nómina del primer mes de administración); al coger prestado y tener que ajustar la nómina estatal y despedir a 7 mil empleados nombrados ilegalmente (durante los meses veda, en que no se pueden hacer ningún tipo de transacción)...las huelgas que se suscitaron nos costaron a los contribuyentes millones de dls. y nos siguen costando (a razón de $4 millones diarios, en la UPR, en los casi 70 días de protesta y paralización en éste año 2010).
En una sociedad pluralista, las prioridades son bien diferentes que en una totalitaria.
Jorge
Jorge el gobierno de PR siempre ha actuado mal con sus ciudadanos. Son una partida de ladrones y eso se tiene que acabar. Los favoritismos de los politicos ha destruido a PR., economicamente. Yo hoy estaba mirando el show de Chucho ASvellanet, por casualidad y hasta la TV alla no abanza, Esta paralizada en los anos 70. Me equivoco?
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#15 Dec 19, 2010
Marie in Miami Fl wrote:
<quoted text>Jorge el gobierno de PR siempre ha actuado mal con sus ciudadanos. Son una partida de ladrones y eso se tiene que acabar. Los favoritismos de los politicos ha destruido a PR., economicamente. Yo hoy estaba mirando el show de Chucho ASvellanet, por casualidad y hasta la TV alla no abanza, Esta paralizada en los anos 70. Me equivoco?
El gobierno de PR (en justicia) ha hecho lo que le ha permitido el dueño de la colonia.

Mira, cuando P.Rico pasa de ser una colonia militar a una civil (hacia el 1903); los gobernadores civiles (Anglos) nombrados por el Presidente se dedican a saquear la isla, invirtiendo en el monocultivo de la azúcar y favoreciendo a los grandes intereses de Wall Street y sus magnates en la adquisición de tierras y leyes que los favorecían (por ej. leyes en contra del bienestar de los trabajadores)...de ahí las grandes huelgas cañeras de los años '30.

En ese interím, el gobierno de EEUU, al permitir que los puertorriqueños (al menos) retuvieran el control de la Cámara de Rep....mantenía la apariencia de gobernar civilmente (aunque con mano de hierro, por ej. las masacres contra puertorriqueños que se atrevieran a protestar).

Las leyes que se aprobaban en esos años (hasta los '40's) eran leyes que estrangulaban a las diferentes clases de la isla (ricos y pobres, por igual) para favorecer a los grandes intereses de los diferentes estados (por ej. la desmantelación del ferrocarril circunvalando la isla, para favorecer la industria del auto en Michigan).

Cuando se le otorga a la isla la elección de toda la legislatura, se nombra al 1er gobernador puertorriqueño y se permiten las elecciones para gobernador por los puertorriqueños; es que comienzan a cambiar las leyes (por ej. la ley de los 500 acres, para terminar con la tenencia de grandes latifundios en manos de inversionistas de otros estados (Anglos).

A grandes rasgos, esa ha sido la historia que se ha vivido en la colonia de P.Rico.

Luego llega el bipartidismo (luego de la firma en EEUU de los derechos civiles), en que los puertorriqueños nos cuestionamos si (realmente) tenemos todos los derechos que tienen otros ciudadanos en los estados.

Y ahí comienza otra etapa...que esperamos que culmine con la eliminación de la colonia.

El show de Chucho es un buen ejemplo de las rémoras del P.Rico del PPD (el P.Rico colonial). Pues, se graba en la emisora de tv del gobierno (que durante el apogeo del gobierno propio colonial, sirvió para educar al pueblo). Su misión siempre fue educativa.

la existencia de un canal del gobierno es una obsoleta pues le cuesta demasiado al erario y no puede competir con Univisión (dueña del canal 11 local); Telemundo (dueña del canal 2 local) ni con la SBS (dueña del canal 4 local).

Por otro lado, al estar las televisoras principales en manos que no son puertorriqueñas, la crisis de la tv viene a ser (mas o menos subsanada) mediante la existencia de una tv local....

Esa disyuntiva permea en toda nuestra vida actual en la isla...

Si desmantelamos la colonia,¿cuánto será el costo de dicho desmantelamiento?(en términos sociales, etc.) y cuánto nos costará la transición.

Pero, ya la transición comenzó desde 1995, cuando se derogaron los incentivos de impuestos a las empresas de otros estados (que era la base de la industria manufacturera en la isla) y base económica que mantenía a la colonia.

Jorge

Since: Jun 08

Plantation

#16 Dec 19, 2010
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
Puerto Rico's colonial finances are in dire need of repairing.
Everything you have mentioned costs money, even reviewing the current legal infrastructure to allow investment (be that national or foreign).
The colonial administration is trying to cut expenses thru privatization (for ex. the international airport, to name one).
A new vision and mission are all there. Our people voted for a change.
Its all a matter of time, now.
But, one thing is for sure, there are no lazy Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico.
As long as Puerto Ricans look on what they cannot do rather than concentrate on what can they do, not much more will be done to continue Puerto Rico's progress forward that will supersede it's financial burdens and hardships that can create new businesses and new jobs on the island from those same and new financial hardships with given new opportunities to help turn them around from losses to gains, from a cursing into a blessing...We are only limited, not by what we don't have, but how we think, and how we as Puerto Ricans think and act can determine whether we will continue to swim forward or we just continue to sink downward....We must think positive and go forward building confidence in our people by creating the much needed lucrative opportunities that our Puerto Rico can do it, will do it, and must do it before it will actually accomplish it goals......And goals can only be accomplished when they are set and acted upon....Talk is cheap action is not, but action speak much louder than words...For where there is No cross there will be no crown....
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#17 Dec 19, 2010
Dave-Lopes wrote:
<quoted text>As long as Puerto Ricans look on what they cannot do rather than concentrate on what can they do, not much more will be done to continue Puerto Rico's progress forward that will supersede it's financial burdens and hardships that can create new businesses and new jobs on the island from those same and new financial hardships with given new opportunities to help turn them around from losses to gains, from a cursing into a blessing...We are only limited, not by what we don't have, but how we think, and how we as Puerto Ricans think and act can determine whether we will continue to swim forward or we just continue to sink downward....We must think positive and go forward building confidence in our people by creating the much needed lucrative opportunities that our Puerto Rico can do it, will do it, and must do it before it will actually accomplish it goals......And goals can only be accomplished when they are set and acted upon....Talk is cheap action is not, but action speak much louder than words...For where there is No cross there will be no crown....
In fact, we, Puerto Ricans, have been changing our destiny (as a people) within our limits....

We have made great changes and continue to do so.

Since: Jun 08

Plantation

#18 Dec 19, 2010
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
In fact, we, Puerto Ricans, have been changing our destiny (as a people) within our limits....
We have made great changes and continue to do so.
I sure hope so Jorge, but what is this "we?" I thought you were Dominican?

I know, I know Jorge, you are whatever you want to be and we have no rights to ask you for any reason why? But it would be nice to know that we are dealing with a real posting one track minded person who has all of his marvels all together...don't you think Jorge?
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#19 Dec 19, 2010
Dave-Lopes wrote:
<quoted text>I sure hope so Jorge, but what is this "we?" I thought you were Dominican?
I know, I know Jorge, you are whatever you want to be and we have no rights to ask you for any reason why? But it would be nice to know that we are dealing with a real posting one track minded person who has all of his marvels all together...don't you think Jorge?
In justice, who has all its marbles together?

“Natural selection created apes”

Since: Jun 10

Religion made them human

#20 Dec 19, 2010
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
El gobierno de PR (en justicia) ha hecho lo que le ha permitido el dueño de la colonia.
Mira, cuando P.Rico pasa de ser una colonia militar a una civil (hacia el 1903); los gobernadores civiles (Anglos) nombrados por el Presidente se dedican a saquear la isla, invirtiendo en el monocultivo de la azúcar y favoreciendo a los grandes intereses de Wall Street y sus magnates en la adquisición de tierras y leyes que los favorecían (por ej. leyes en contra del bienestar de los trabajadores)...de ahí las grandes huelgas cañeras de los años '30.
En ese interím, el gobierno de EEUU, al permitir que los puertorriqueños (al menos) retuvieran el control de la Cámara de Rep....mantenía la apariencia de gobernar civilmente (aunque con mano de hierro, por ej. las masacres contra puertorriqueños que se atrevieran a protestar).
Las leyes que se aprobaban en esos años (hasta los '40's) eran leyes que estrangulaban a las diferentes clases de la isla (ricos y pobres, por igual) para favorecer a los grandes intereses de los diferentes estados (por ej. la desmantelación del ferrocarril circunvalando la isla, para favorecer la industria del auto en Michigan).
Cuando se le otorga a la isla la elección de toda la legislatura, se nombra al 1er gobernador puertorriqueño y se permiten las elecciones para gobernador por los puertorriqueños; es que comienzan a cambiar las leyes (por ej. la ley de los 500 acres, para terminar con la tenencia de grandes latifundios en manos de inversionistas de otros estados (Anglos).
A grandes rasgos, esa ha sido la historia que se ha vivido en la colonia de P.Rico.
Luego llega el bipartidismo (luego de la firma en EEUU de los derechos civiles), en que los puertorriqueños nos cuestionamos si (realmente) tenemos todos los derechos que tienen otros ciudadanos en los estados.
Y ahí comienza otra etapa...que esperamos que culmine con la eliminación de la colonia.
El show de Chucho es un buen ejemplo de las rémoras del P.Rico del PPD (el P.Rico colonial). Pues, se graba en la emisora de tv del gobierno (que durante el apogeo del gobierno propio colonial, sirvió para educar al pueblo). Su misión siempre fue educativa.
la existencia de un canal del gobierno es una obsoleta pues le cuesta demasiado al erario y no puede competir con Univisión (dueña del canal 11 local); Telemundo (dueña del canal 2 local) ni con la SBS (dueña del canal 4 local).
Por otro lado, al estar las televisoras principales en manos que no son puertorriqueñas, la crisis de la tv viene a ser (mas o menos subsanada) mediante la existencia de una tv local....
Esa disyuntiva permea en toda nuestra vida actual en la isla...
Si desmantelamos la colonia,¿cuánto será el costo de dicho desmantelamiento?(en términos sociales, etc.) y cuánto nos costará la transición.
Pero, ya la transición comenzó desde 1995, cuando se derogaron los incentivos de impuestos a las empresas de otros estados (que era la base de la industria manufacturera en la isla) y base económica que mantenía a la colonia.
Jorge
Instructive, coherent, useful, objective... Nice piece.
Buena descarga.

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