Asbru aims to bring medical tourists to Iceland

1183622_knee_replacement_-_side_viewThe Asbru Innovation Centre – the knowledge and entrepreneurial community being formed at the old NATO airbase next to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport – will host a new international health services centre. That is the goal of a new Term Sheet jointly signed recently by the Keflavik Airport Development Corporation (Kadeco) and Iceland Health.

The idea of an expert international health facility at Asbru fits excellently with Kadeco’s recent work to develop a health village concept whereby businesses working in health related industries are clustering together to exploit synergies.

The company behind the idea, Iceland Health, aims to boost specialist treatment options and begin substantial medical tourism in Iceland. Iceland Health’s initial product offering will include joint surgery and obesity surgeries, including important post-surgery rehabilitation. Obesity services will also include a range of behavioural treatments against obesity.

Iceland Health will run its operation in close partnership with top experts from Scandinavia and the UK. To this end, important personnel have already been recruited for the project.

Iceland Health’s medical facilities at Asbru will also benefit from the support of a professional advisory council. The advisory council already has confirmed members including: Otto Nordhus, chest wall surgeon; Bjarni Sem, heart surgeon and Leif Ryd, orthopaedic surgeon. The council will also include obesity and rehabilitation experts.

The largest clients at the Iceland Health centre will be Scandinavian and UK authorities, as well as large Scandinavian institutions unable to fulfil their obligations to authorities with regard to the volume of required operations and therapy.

A majority of the remaining clients will be people from the UK and Scandinavia unfortunate enough to have been forced to wait longer than three months for essential medical treatment.

Iceland Health’s initiative will make Asbru the biggest medical tourism facility in Iceland. Asbru is already home to several innovative companies in the health and wellness sector. More information can be found at:


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