Thursday, June 29, 2006

Could this be the beginning of something new?


I just visited a beacon of "medical tourism" in Lebanon. It felt great. Stepping inside the building was almost like stepping into a five-star hotel! The hospital is a block away from the Gefinor Rotana Hotel, and a five-minute drive from Le Phoenicia Intercontinental - two of Beirut's top hotels.

I should hand it to the owners though. At first, I was somewhat skeptical of the relatively obscure location of the building. But considering where it is situated relative to the aforementioned hotels, and the expected clientele, I doubt they could have found a better spot!

So now, I guess, when a Khaleeji princess or prince needs hospital treatment, they fly in, and admit themselves into the "five-star" Clemenceau Medical Center. Of course, their family flies in with them and get rooms at the Gefinor Rotana hotel, that is just two-minutes away, walking distance (or the Phoenecia - depending on what suits their tastes).

Family members take turns visiting their sick sibling, parent or child. While one or two are continuously present in the hospital, the others go shopping, head to the beach, or even go skiing. At the end of the trip, everyone's happy: the khaleejis for getting better and having a blast, the Medical Center for the paying client, the doctors because of increased employment opportunities and the Hotel, as well as other enterprises that benefited from the visiting family.

There, my friends, you have "medical tourism." Now the question is: can Lebanese milk it for all its worth? The potential is there, but we'll have to wait and see.

Coming soon:

9 comments:

Doha said...

Gosh, the building looks great. The last time I was around the area, it was still under construction.

Raja and I both graduated from Hopkins, so seeing Hopkins actively partner and collaborate with the medical field in Lebanon makes us only feel good.

Raja said...

:-)

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the Hopkins associated hospital has had a very rough start. I believe that they have lost seven babies in a short period of time and I understand that the facility is even under investigation.

Raja said...

Anon 11:00 AM must be affiliated with AUH. Or maybe Georgetown.

Raja said...

wait wait... I know! Anon 11:00 AM is a Zionist spy conspiring to destroy whatever potential for medical tourism Lebanon currently harbors!

Damn You Israaaa'eeeel!!!

Fares said...

Syrian Dead Canaries

Defending Lebanon and the Syrian prisoners...

Comments of support or debate are welcome...

Anonymous said...

You're from Hopkins? I went there to visit a friend last year! I can't say that I love the city though...

Vox said...

You're from Hopkins? I went there to visit a friend last year! I can't say that I love the city though...

Raja said...

yeah... can't argue with you there man.