In the past few years, the influx of Middle Eastern medical tourists in Asian countries has increased. There was a time when the rich and opulent Middle Eastern patients used to visit well developed, West European countries or the US for advanced medical treatments. The advent and popularity of medical tourism has changed that trend.
Now the affluent patients of Middle East visit Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and India for treatments can post operative care. These Asian countries are well equipped in offering first rated medical services and language barrier is the only difficulty faced by the Arabs. As a result, the demand for learned Arabic interpreters is on an all time high.
There are not many interpreters in Singapore, India or Thailand who can speak Arabic fluently. Most people who speak this language are not yet in the profession of interpreters. Hospitals and medical tourism providers are finding it a big challenge to bridge this gap and supply well-mannered Arabic speaking interpreters to affluent Middle Eastern medical patients. The proficiency of Arabic language is not the only criteria that apply to the interpreters. They also have to understand the culture and traditions of the Middle Eastern patients to tackle them properly.
The demand for female Arabic interpreters has also increased. Women are preferred by Arabic women and their families. According to the Arabic customs, women have to be accompanied by another woman during medical examinations. Many of the Arabic women are also not fully literate so they do not speak even broken English. This makes taking the services of a female Arabic interpreter mandatory for the Arabic women who travel for quality medical services.
At present, there are some Arab settlements in Thailand. Thailand is the number one contender in the medical tourism industry of Asia. Business survey reports show that 60% of the total number of medical tourists per year visit either Thailand or Malaysia. Most of the hospitals of Thailand have international accreditation, which makes it a popular and trustworthy medical tourism destination.
No wonder Arabic patients too are flocking to it as their first priority is high quality of medical facilities. India is also trying to raise its medical care standards and offer specialized services to medical tourists from the Middle East for capturing more market share. Kerala, a state in India, has started offering well-educated Arabic interpreters and special halal meals as per the taste of Arabic patients.
Rich and affluent medical tourists from the Middle Eastern countries are visiting Asian countries for medical treatments. The demand for Arabic interpreters has increased considerably due to this.