Jacksonville’s economy receives a boost through medical tourism


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Jacksonville is a great place to be in, as there is a lot to do from making a trip to the Disney World to visiting the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.  Not only is Jacksonville the destination for avid tourists but it equally doubles up as the best destination for specialised medical treatment.  Jacksonville is particularly known for its cancer treatment facilities at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute and many patients are referred there.

Of course, Jacksonville has a number of tourist attractions, such as the Gator Bowl, the golf courses and the zoo, which have given the economy a boost. However, the Woffson Children’s Hospital, the Proton Therapy Institute and the Mayo Clinic, and various other medical facilities that have famous specialists and doctors have indeed been the major attractions for those visiting Jacksonville for medical purposes.

At present, there is a legislative bill that is being floored for boosting medical tourism and it would catapult Jacksonville as a city with a high potential in terms of attracting medical tourists.  State Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, has introduced a Senate bill wherein he has proposed spending 5 million dollars in the subsequent for helping promote medical tourism.

Visit Jacksonville is the plan that would promote various types of tourism and it is estimated that medical tourism accounts for major chunk as nearly 46,000 room nights were booked across hotels last year, which brought in revenue of over $23 million.  This number is only based on the information received from 25 hotels in Jacksonville.  In fact, the Proton Therapy Institute has a long list of condominiums, apartments and houses that are up for rent on its website.

In fact, nearly 43 thousand of the approximate 100,000 patients that are treated at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville are basically medical tourists- such is the potential of the city.  However, Mayo’s definition of a medical tourist is one who lives at least 150 miles away from Jacksonville. However, it is common to sight foreign patients come with their families for treatment.

Summary:

Jacksonville is evidently a medical destination as much as it is for other types of travellers, business or pleasure.  A lot of medical conventions and meetings are held here as it is home to prominent medical institutions.  In fact, these meetings earned 28 million dollars towards revenue between March 2013 and February 2014.