A private eye clinic group in Cebu has its sights set on medical tourists as its next major market if the government will help medical tourism players promote the province as a healthcare destination.
The Associated Cebu Eyes Specialists (ACES) eye referral clinics have treated some medical tourists but want to expand. ACES have two multi-subspecialty referral centres in Cebu City for complex and difficult eye cases - one at the Cebu (Velez) General Hospital and the other at the Perpetual Succour Hospital. A seven-member team of eye specialists runs these eye centres.
ACES want to promote their services in Australia, Japan, and Korea but are cowed by the perceived amount of investment it would be involved. An ACES spokesperson reported said tapping foreign markets would be easier with government support.
ACES doctors are willing to partner with travel and tourism agencies to accommodate more medical tourists.
The group is one of the first to effectively challenge the politicians to stop talking about medical tourism, and give real support, financial and marketing, to make what so far has been mostly empty promises, a reality.