Medical Tourism

Nigerians spent N41 bn on med tourism


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Indian hospitals saw 18,000 Nigerians on medical visas in 2012, a trebling in numbers in the last three years. With Nigerian politicians more determined than ever to stop this loss of foreign exchange, Indian hospital groups looking long term see the future as building hospitals in Nigeria.

47% of Nigerians visiting India in the year 2012 did so to get medical attention, according to figures from the Indian High Commission. These 18,000 medical tourists spent $260 million (N42bn) in scarce foreign exchange in the process. (Around $15,000 or N2.3m) per medical tourist).

This trend results from the inequality in access to healthcare and dearth of medical facilities, which have remained major, upsets to Nigeria’s healthcare.

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