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Iran to Become a Target Country for Bahraini Medical Tourists

By Soudabeh Sadigh

The project for exchanging medical tourists between three Arabian countries and Iran has been revised and in the near future Bahraini patients will come to Iran for medical treatment.

Tehran, 31 January 2007 (CHN) -- With the aim of promoting its medical tourism, some arrangements have been made for attracting Bahraini tourists who seek medical care to Iran.

Announcing this news, Shahrokh Zahiri, member of tourism commission in Iran's Chamber of Commerce, said: "The conditions for providing facilities for attracting medical tourists from three Arabian countries including Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain to Iran have been discussed in detail. Currently, the project for attracting medical tourists from Bahrain has been approved and will come into force in a near future."

According to Zahiri, the project for attracting medical tourists from Bahrain will be performed by the private sector. He further said that Pars Hospital in Tehran has made a lot of efforts for introducing and promoting medical tourism in Iran through dispatching a team to these countries. "Based on this agreement, the patients who need heart and osteoarthritis surgeries will be sent to Tehran," said Dr. Amir Siamak Ajoodani, head of education department of Pars Hospital.

"Taking into account that there are many professional medical doctors in Iran and the low cost of medical treatment in Iran when compared to many countries, Iran can take prominent steps for promoting its medical tourism industry," added Zahiri.

Prior to this, Iran's medical tourism and water therapy potentials were introduced in Bahrain's Medical Tourism Fair to showcase its capabilities in treating medical tourists.

In the competitive market of medical tourism, Iran enjoys some great advantages; therefore, the country has taken new moves to promote and introduce its medical tourism industry.

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