TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Surabaya Mayor Eri Cahyadi said the city government, together with Airlangga University (Unair), is developing a mobile application for medical tourism services. The app soft launch event took place last Monday.
“This joint product will provide information on hospitals, medical services and their costs, as well as tourism, hotels, restaurants and various other facilities,” Eri said in Surabaya on Tuesday, September 28.
According to him, Surabaya has great potential to provide the best health services in the city and in eastern Indonesia. “With this service, it will automatically boost the economy, tourism, hotels, restaurants and more in Surabaya city,” Eri added.
He explained that around 70 percent of Indonesians seek medical treatment abroad, and most of them are residents of Surabaya. When in fact, Indonesia’s medical treatment is also competitive.
“From there, I realized that we really have the resources. We have great health workers, big hospitals, so it’s our job now to integrate all of these services. If it can be done in Indonesia, especially Surabaya, why should we go abroad for treatment? Said Eri.
The mayor of Surabaya expressed optimism that his camp could realize the medical tourism services. He assured that the service would be available immediately after the launch event of November 10, 2021.
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