As Colombia’s profile continues to rise as a medical tourism destination, Proexport is launching a new campaign which will air on international media such as the Discovery Health channel. As reported in the Curacao Chronicle, Colombia is becoming a destination of choice for high complexity medical procedures, and expanding to include visitors from a myriad of destinations, including North America.
Historically, patients from the Caribbean have come to Colombia for medical tourism due to the lack of even basic services in most Caribbean nations – which is something travelers should keep in mind now that Barbados, and several other islands have launched their own medical tourism campaigns.
The growing role of Planet Hospital in Colombia
The only alarming part – appears to be the heavy participation of Planet Hospital in the world marketing of Colombian medical services. Planet Hospital, a massively successful medical tourism company, which proudly exists in a ‘no mans’ land” of ethics (according to founder, Rudy Rupak). The company also prides itself on its global forays into surrogacy and transplant tourism, both of which are highly controversal.
Selling babies… and organs
While people can continue to argue the ethics of the surrogacy baby trade, the murder of Chinese and other citizens for organ transplantation should give anyone pause. Or the fact, that companies like Planet Hospital will send potential patients to someone who isn’t even trained in transplant…
But that hasn’t stopped Planet Hospital in their quest, the ever-expanding global tourism empire has seemingly become more bulletproof in the last few months. Multiple websites, blogs and news articles that detailed corruption and casualities (as well as problems behind the scenes) at Planet Hospital have seemingly disappeared.
Now it appears Planet Hospital will be adding Colombia to it’s stables and laughing all the way to the bank.