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Egypt turns to medical tourism

Egypt announced that construction of the largest medical city in the Middle East has begun, which is expected to boost the economy and medical tourism.
Egyptian doctor Karim Ahmed, 31, examines a patient at Al-Moniera public hospital in Cairo October 2, 2012.Egypt's doctors began a partial strike on Monday with varied demands, including making the health budget 15 percent of the state budget, and improving security conditions to protect doctors and patients from assaults, said representatives from the Doctors' Syndicate.  REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: CIVIL UNREST HEALTH) - GM1E8A21L5W01
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CAIRO — Chairman of Badr City Development Authority Ammar Mandour said in a press conference June 7 that the largest medical city in the Middle East and Africa is being built in Badr City, located 47 kilometers (29 miles) from Cairo on the Cairo-Suez road, with investments worth 20 billion Egyptian pounds ($1.2 billion).

Mandour explained that 90% of investments were made by Egyptian companies, in addition to some foreign ones, and that the medical city is expected to include 13 medical institutes with a capacity of 2,000 beds, air medical services, a university hospital, natural healing gardens and a medicinal plant nursery.

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