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Gujarat government announced its Medical Tourism Policy in December-2006 through a press release issued by the information department in the regular fold in the evening. It says that Gujarat Medical Tourism Council will be formed for planned implementation of the policy.

It said that the policy is aimed at making Gujarat ultimate destination for people seeking medical facility world over. It claimed that a growth of 33 percent has been registered in the number of medical tourist in the state while the country has registered growth of 20 percent.

The policy is to create conducive atmosphere for medical tourism in the state. One of the objectives is to develop a medicity in Gujarat. It is to see that medical facilities in Gujarat are established in international field. One of the tasks of the policy is to plan international travel for visitors convenient and cost effective.

Under the policy the government will help insurance companies develop different packages of international standard. The policy also envisages world-class medical facilities with public participation. It will also set up standards of hospital accreditation and entrepreneurs in the field of medical tourism.

In the medicity a hospital of 2000 bed and a school of medicine has also been planned. However, no further detail of the medicity has been announced. Chief Minister will be the Chief patron of the council and it will be headed by Health and Family Welfare Minister.