Sri Lanka start-up in medical tourism bid with Durdans

Jan 11, 2013 (LBO) – Healing Journey, a leisure sector start-up is offering medical tourism services as Sri Lanka attracts more foreign visitors after the end of a 30-year civil war, officials said. Ceylon Tours managing director Suren Ediriweera says competition from India is high but medical tourists going to India can usually only visit one city, but those coming to Sri Lanka can have a varied experience in a short time.

Patients can choose pre-medical and post-medical tourism services.

Padmaperuma says Ayurveda, a form of traditional medicine found in South Asia could also be provided to visitors.

Healing Journey has tied up with Sri Lanka’s Durdans Hospital and Ceylon Tours to provide the service to international clients.

“Medical tourism is the choice a patient makes to travel outside ones are of resident to obtain medical treatment and healthcare,” Sanjaya Padmaperuma chief executive of Healing Journey said.

“This has not developed in Sri Lanka. There is an opportunity.”

The firm has started marketing its services through its website, Healingjourney.lk.

Medical tourism arbitrages the differential pricing for medical services in Asia and Latin America whe