The Adonis medical group intends to preserve and develop the direction associated with medical tourism, the group’s development director Vitaliy Hyrin has said.
“This is a very promising and for me this is the most interesting direction in business development. We work with platforms and agencies. We have a representative office in various countries. This is a large area of our business,” he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
According to Hyrin, Adonis’ revenues from medical tourism prior to the COVID-19 epidemic accounted for about a third of the group’s total income.
“At the times prior to COVID-19 pandemic, it was about 35%. When COVID-19 pandemic began, we tried to maintain this direction, pushing it at the expense of other businesses,” he said.
Ukraine and Georgia could create a medical tourism cluster to promote medical services in the markets of Eastern countries, in particular, China, Paata Ratiani, the head of the Georgian Medical Tourism Council, has said.
“Georgia, together with Ukraine, can open some directions in China, open a joint clinic, or Ukrainian and Georgian clinics can be combined into one cluster,” he said.
According to Ratiani, such a cluster can be formed together with the Ukrainian Association of Medical Tourism, as well as with individual clinics.
“We can occupy our niche in all directions. Most importantly, we should work together and develop precisely those directions that have an advantage in their region. In this case, the flow of medical tourists will be enough for both Ukraine and Georgia,” the expert said.
Commenting on the development of medical tourism in Georgia, he said that in order to attract foreign patients, six large private clinics in his country created the Medical Tourism Council.
“Georgian private clinics teamed up to make Georgia a regional hub for medical tourism,” he said.