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Bali hopes to become the top medical tourism destination for Aussies 

How Bali plans to attract even more Aussies to the island paradise by becoming a top destination for travelers who want PLASTIC SURGERY

  • The Balinese government has injected funds to boost its cosmetics industry
  • Shift comes after tourism-dependent island struggled during pandemic
  • Island hopes to become the best place for Aussies seeking cosmetic treatments
  • Construction of a new six-storey aesthetic center will begin in the coming months

Bali is in a bid to become the top medical tourism destination for Aussies as the Indonesian government injects money to boost its cosmetics industry.

The holiday mecca felt the economic blow from its heavy reliance on tourism during the Covid pandemic, as travel bans hampered the typically steady flow of international visitors.

Now, like many other countries, the island has taken those hard lessons on board and is trying to expand its commercial interests by becoming the go-to place for plastic surgery.

The Balinese authorities have invested in a new aesthetic, wellness and anti-aging center at Sanglah Hospital, which is due to open in a few months.

Bali aims to become the top medical tourism destination for Australians

Bali aims to become the top medical tourism destination for Australians

Dermatologist Dr Ekkers said the project will enable Aussies to go under the knife for more affordable rates than at home.

Lips, eyes, chest. All plastic surgery. Anything you want,” she said A current matter

‘We want our patients to grow old nicely. Healthy inside and out.’

The six-story building will provide specialist care for a range of services, including boob jobs, botox and buttlifts.

Although the tourist hotspot already has a cosmetics industry, authorities hope the country’s investment will make it a top choice, with better treatments and procedures than those available in Thailand or Singapore.

Dermatologist Dr Ekkers said Aussies can have 'any cosmetic procedure they want' when the new aesthetic center opens

Dermatologist Dr Ekkers said Aussies can have ‘any cosmetic procedure they want’ when the new aesthetic center opens

The new six-storey aesthetic and wellness center (pictured) gives patients the opportunity to undergo specialized treatments

The new six-storey aesthetic and wellness center (pictured) gives patients the opportunity to undergo specialized treatments

Australians holidaying in Bali, however, were divided on whether or not to take the offer to go under the knife.

“I have a medical background and unless they are going to staff their hospitals with our trained staff – then not,” said one woman.

“They think water cleans everything here.”

Another woman said it “would be great” if they can introduce more aesthetic services to the island, while a third said it “should be good” if they raise their standard.

“For the people here, I think it would be a great idea,” said one man.

Australians have been returning to Bali since March, when the island reopened for the first time in nearly two years.

Tourism accounts for more than 50 percent of the Balinese economy, with official figures indicating that 700,000 local residents were out of work as a result of Covid-19.

More than 70 percent of Balinese residents work in tourism, with the 6.3 million tourists who visited in 2019 contributing USD 7.8 billion ($11,253,785,400 AUD) to the economy.

Tourism-dependent Bali suffered economically from the Covid pandemic (pictured) as travel bans left the normally bustling island deserted

Tourism-dependent Bali suffered economically from the Covid pandemic (pictured) as travel bans left the normally bustling island deserted

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