Health minister Mohammed Nasim on Thursday told the parliament that the government was formulating guidelines regarding receiving treatment abroad by Bangladeshi patients.
He came up with the information while responding to a starred question from Enamur Rahaman, lawmaker of Dhaka-19.
The minister said that some patients in the country go abroad every year mainly for four reasons — due to their economic solvency, love for treatment abroad, health tourism and in some cases for lack of suitable treatment facilities in the country.
To check such tendency among patients, he said, the government has equipped the country’s medical college hospitals, specialised hospitals and general hospitals with modern machinery and technology to ensure better treatment.
Besides, Nasim said that there were some modern private hospitals which were providing treatment of international standards where patients from other countries were also receiving treatment.
Under the circumstances, he said, ‘The work on formulating guidelines for Bangladeshi patients regarding receiving treatment abroad is underway.’
The minister, however, could not present the statistics on the number of people go aboard from Bangladesh for treatment and their expenditure.
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