Bali boasts a reputation for its excellent wellness services thanks to the serendipitous environs, exclusive yoga centres, Bali-traditional therapeutic massage, jamu traditional medicinal herbs and healthy cuisines. Enter the second decade of the third millennium, the Island of the Gods seeks to take a part in the action as Asia continues to lead in the world's medical tourism scene. Adorned with classy medical clinics and international medical centres, Bali medical tourism is a possible market boom for the archipelago as medical tourism itself is fast becoming a trend in this part of the world. A recent study reports that medical tourism represents a worldwide, multibillion-dollar phenomenon that is expected to grow considerably in the coming years.
The living postcard and paradise that feels like a fantasy is now one step closer to become a prominent medical tourism destination. Sanur, the idyllic seaside that stretch southeast of the Island of the Gods, will soon swank with a new hospital equipped with fine world-class facilities. Rp 199 billion (US$14.95 million) of the provincial annual budget has been secured for the construction of the island’s first international hospital; another Rp 200 billion reserved for state-of-the-art medical equipments. With construction under way since early 2015 the International Bali Mandara Hospital will be ready to accommodate its first patients not later than mid 2017.
Dr. Ketut Suarjaya, chief of the Bali Provincial Health Service informed that the new hospital will be able to accommodate 176 inpatients. A therapy centre for the pensioners is also part of the plan. As many senior citizens and retirees from across the world decide on spending their time in Bali, the hospital is expected to provide a geriatric quality service specially designed for the elderly. To meet the demand for alternative medicine, the hospital will also contain health spa facilities, a traditional herbal treatment centre and an acupuncture therapy service.
As a modern medical centre International Bali Mandara Hospital is also designed to house an integrated cancer treatment centre with facilities for radio-diagnosis, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine. To maintain quality and safety the hospital coordinates with the National Nuclear Energy Agency [Batan] and the Drugs and Food Monitoring Agency [BPOM] as well. The cancer treatment facilities are expected to be on par with the Dharmais Hospital in Jakarta and Dr Hasan Sadikin General Hospital in Bandung.
Strategically located on Jl, Bypass Ngurah Rai, Denpasar, Bali Mandara Hospital would be equipped with high-standard facilities, including amenities for bariatric surgery, the surgical procedures performed on the stomach or intestines to induce weight loss. “So, people can have liposuction and cosmetic surgery here at this new hospital,” said the senior physician.
Bali, one of the most beautiful islands in the world is fast becoming a haven for tourist to undergo cosmetic surgery. Taking time between their idyllic days on the Island of the Gods, many of these tourists decide to undergo a wide-range of cosmetic surgery, from facial contouring, liposuction, tummy tuck, and nose-job up to variants of reconstructive surgery. In fact Bali has become the prime location for health tourism in Indonesia long before Jakarta the capital.
For Australians to undergo aesthetic surgery in Bali is significantly cheap. Including flights and accommodation, still it is less expensive than undergoing cosmetic surgery in Australia. The circumstances intrigue travellers from Down Under to take advantage of their yearly vacation to loll and relax, and encounter cosmetic surgery at the last paradise on earth six hours flight from home.
It seems like a wonderful vista, isn't it? Getting a facelift here, getting a tummy tuck there before getting tanned in one of Bali's beaches.