Doctors update St. Maarten minister De Weever on medical tourism plans


PHILIPSBURG--Health Minister Cornelius de Weever met recently with a group of doctors who are interested in working out of The American Clinic (TAC) to develop medical tourism in St. Maarten.

The doctors met with De Weever while on a familiarisation trip to the island. Specialists in emergency care, cardiology, orthopaedic surgery, spine surgery and anaesthesiology, among other areas, the doctors "were very pleased with what they have been introduced to on the island," it was stated in a press release on Sunday.

They also will do volunteer work in the community and are looking forward to the project getting started.

De Weever and Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications Minister Franklin Meyers signed a letter of intent (LOI) with The American Clinic BV in December 2011 for a medical tourism project in St. Maarten.

"With the establishment of the medical tourism project, there will be several advantages for the island," it was stated in the release. "One is that medical tourism would support tourism to the island, while broadening and strengthening the economic base of the country.

"In addition, by having this project in St. Maarten, it would create revenue for the island, as well as employment. Moreover, the investors are committed to establishing medical tourism on the island and are prepared to make a substantial investment in this project, to achieve the aim and objective of the LOI."

The timeline TAC has anticipated is on schedule, the release stated. "At the present moment, they are busy finalising the architectural drawings."

De Weever was quoted as saying he was pleased with the progress the group was making and was looking forward to the next phase of the project.