TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Surabaya Mayor Eri Cahyadi said the city government, in collaboration with Airlangga University (Unair), is developing a mobile application of medical tourism services. The soft-launching event of the app was held last Monday.
“This joint product will provide information about hospitals, medical services, and their costs, as well as tourism, hotels, restaurants, and various other facilities,” said Eri in Surabaya, Tuesday, September 28.
According to him, Surabaya has great potential to provide the best health services in the city and eastern Indonesia. “With this service, it will automatically drive the economy, tourism, hotels, restaurants, and others in the city of Surabaya,” Eri added.
He explained that about 70 percent of Indonesians seek medical treatment abroad, and most of them are residents of Surabaya. While in fact, Indonesia’s medical treatment is also competitive.
“From there, I realized that we actually have resources. We have great health workers, great hospitals, so it is our duty now to integrate all these services. If that can be done in Indonesia, especially in Surabaya, why should we go abroad to seek treatment?” Eri said.
The Surabaya Mayor expressed optimism that his side could realize the medical tourism services. He ensured that the service would be available immediately after the launching event on November 10, 2021.