Seychelles is currently at an important crossroads whereby there is a large shift from communicable disease to non-communicable disease. Seychelles has the highest standard of living in Africa and as of 2015, graduated to the World Bank’s status as a high income country. Unfortunately the increase in living standards has brought with it the so called “lifestyle diseases” or “disease of the affluent” which are now plaguing the nation and putting extreme strain on the country’s limited resources.
The cost of treating such diseases is huge and bound to increase. This is already putting a big dent in the Ministry of Health’s resources. It is with this in mind that the Government of Seychelles is encouraging private sector investment within the medical field. The government is already spending up to ………….millions sending Seychellois overseas for further treatment. For the shrewd investor, capturing a portion of this market can be very lucrative.
Luxury medical tourism is also an avenue for the private sector to invest. Seychelles natural beauty and perfect year-round weather makes the country prime for such ventures. Seychelles possess the cleanest air in the world. Studies show that 88% of medical travellers are willing to travel internationally again for medical purposes. Additionally, complement your luxury medical tourism establishment with a hotel/luxury apartment and you have a recipe for success.
Aside from the obvious general practice clinics and hospitals, opportunities are abound in specialty fields too such as optometry, orthodontia, psychology…etc. Another side effect of our new-found affluence has been the increase in obesity. Seychelles has the unfortunate record of being the most obese country in sub-Saharan Africa. There is thus a big demand for dieticians and nutritionists. The Seychelles population has become more health-conscious. Locals are craving for more gyms, health centres, health food outlets and of course more health-related retail shops.
Investing in the Seychelles medical field is not only lucrative, but also comes with a sense of personal satisfaction. You are contributing towards improving the health of the country. At the end of the day, a healthy nation favours positively on the economy.