HCM City eyes boost to dental tourism

Update: June, 26/2017 - 18:00
Visitors at an exhibition on dental and travel services at a dental tourism fair held at the Independence Palace in HCM City on Saturday. – VNA/VNS Photo An Hiếu
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — Dental tourism has been identified as one of HCM City’s five main medical tourism products, according to its Department of Tourism.

Every year Việt Nam gets around 100,000 medical tourists from many countries, including the UK, France, Australia, the US, and Cambodia, Bùi Tá Hoàng Vũ, the department director, said.

Dental care, cosmetic surgery, traditional medicine and acupuncture, screening for diseases, and artificial insemination, which are keeping pace with regional standards, are promising medical tourism products, he said.

But dental care in Việt Nam costs only half or a third of the cost in neighbouring countries, he said.

On Saturday the department in co-ordination with the Department of Health organised the first ever dental tourism fair at the Independence Palace.

“It is a great opportunity to introduce new dental tourism products to domestic and foreign visitors,” Vũ said.

Nguyễn Đức Minh, director of the HCM City Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology, said the city has more than 3,000 highly skilled and experienced dentists, or more than 50 per cent of the total number in the country.

With its potential, the city could attract more tourists who combine travel with dental care as well as promote the Vietnamese dental brand to compete with countries like Singapore and Thailand.

The fair also featured an exhibition on dental and travel services and dental technologies.

At the event the HCM City Odonto-Stomatology Association unveiled a dental tourism club that will bring together Vietnamese and foreign experts in the field. —VNS