Heath-related tourism is in growth in Iceland, especially relating to medical services for foreign visitors. Two private hospitals are in the pipelines, Iceland Healthcare in Reykjanesbaer and Primacare in Mosfellsbaer.
The glass tower where Nordic Smile will open soon. Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.
Both hospitals will offer specialized surgery and treatment, joint replacement, among other services. In the coming days the dental clinic Nordic Smile will open in a glass tower by the Reykjavík seaside, which will offer a new method of teeth implantation, Morgunbladid reports.
Also, the company Nordic Health Pro, which is owned by Icelandic physicians working in Iceland and Sweden, is looking into the possibility of importing patients to Icelandic clinics and even hospitals.
Patients are already being flown in from Greenland and Faroe Islands to the Landspítali national hospital in Reykjavík in accordance with agreements with the authorities in those countries.
If all these new plans will be carried through, thousands of jobs will be created in tourism and healthcare.
Magnús Orri Schram, chairman of the Association of Health Tourism in Iceland, said there are many opportunities involved in tourism surrounding the operations of private hospitals.
Patients travel between countries, require accommodation and other services. It is also common for spouses to join the patients on these trips.
Iceland is considered to have a lot to offer in terms of bathing, exercising, rehabilitation and an overall lifestyle change where the country’s nature and image fits in well with health-related tourism.
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