The network of health service providers, grouped in Risaralda Comfort Health, promotes tourism, health and well-being, in a task that attracts national and international market for the city and the region.
A commercial mission to Miami is planned with the Municipal Government to promote the services offered by the Cluster.
The economic development and strengthening of tourism in Pereira also go hand in hand with health, as the presence of Colombians and foreigners, attracted by health services with quality standards, is increasingly notorious.
Mayor Carles Maya and the Secretary of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Mario Lleó Ossa, met with several members of the board of directors of the Health Cluster to support the work that hundreds of their professionals do in Pereira.
At the meeting, Dr. Carlos Alberto López, Jorge Ramírez Spain, Carlos Arturo Salazar, Ricardo Gómez Ossa and the executive director of the cluster, Catherine Arango Slingsby, explained that there are many economic benefits for the city and for the region that are detached from the health services they offer.
To explain this, they said that a couple who arrives in Pereira for two weeks for a fertility treatment, for example, can leave in the city about 10 thousand dollars, represented in transport (air and land), hotel, gastronomy , tourism, shopping, specialized transport, medical equipment and the treatment itself.
As a Health cluster, Risaralda Comfort Health integrates tourism, health and wellness providers in the region, promotes cooperation between institutions, offers a unified portfolio of tourism, health and wellness providers and contributes to the international projection of the region.
“We know of the rise of health as a factor of economic reactivation, thanks to the fact that in the city and in the department we have high quality professionals; Colombians living abroad and the foreigners themselves prefer to access services of health in the country because its costs are lower than in other nations, and we as a region have a great opportunity, because at the same time with medical or aesthetic treatment, there is tourism, and of course, the economic revival of the city ”, explained the Secretary of Economic Development and Competitiveness of Pereira, Mario León Ossa.
For her part, the executive director of the Risaralda Comfort Health health cluster, Catherine Arango Slingsby, explained that “health moves the economy a lot because the value chain of medical tourism has many services involved, which implies that users spend money in the city and therefore generate economic growth and contribute to employment, for fertility treatment, a couple can invest $ 10,000 in two weeks, but there are other procedures doctors with other values, which do not stop generating income in the city “.
The health services grouped in Risaralda Comfort Health are: Gynecology, maternal and fetal medicine, human fertility, cardiology, nutrition, hotels, clinical laboratory, holistic therapies, clinics, comprehensive detoxification center, dermatology, optometry, specialized transport, thermalism, radiology and images diagnostics, tour operators, pulmonology, spa, oral and maxillofacial surgery, physical rehabilitation, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, allergology, plastic surgery, pediatric rheumatology, rheumatology, specialized dentistry and neurology.