Health care providers say they’re getting ready to start sending their patients to honeymoon sites as part of an effort to boost tourism and bolster local economies.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday that it is working to bring in new honeymoon services that will help boost the economy by helping to bring visitors to the resorts.
It said the honeymoon packages, which include meals and activities, will start to roll out in July.
For the first time, the CMS said it will start offering honeymoon tours through travel agents like Expedia and Priceline, with plans to expand the service to other tourism venues as well.
The agency said the trips will be affordable, offer quality care and be offered in locations that have strong health care systems.
“We know honeymooners are more interested in their health than they are in their holiday,” said Carol Anderson, the agency’s acting administrator for the Southwest.
“Honeymooners, as part, want to experience things that are a bit different than they would normally have.”
The agency also said it is partnering with health care providers and other tourism organizations to expand honeymoon tourism to other states.
“Health care providers are working to reach out to local and state tourism organizations,” Anderson said.
“We are trying to find a way to create a honeymoonside that will make our economy work.”
Health care experts are also preparing for an increase in the number of people who visit hospitals.
One of the primary challenges for many hospitals is that they have not been able to keep up with the demand for health care services, said Paul A. Lohman, a professor at George Washington University School of Public Health.
That means they are turning to travel and tourism companies, who are able to bring people to more hospitals, he said.
“They’re going to want to go and they’re going on vacation, and they want to be able to stay there for longer periods of time,” Lohmans said.
The CDC’s Lohms said he is not worried that the increased number of visitors could lead to more visits to the hospitals.
“I don’t think we have a lot of evidence that this is actually a big driver of health care spending,” Lofmans said, noting that the overall number of visits to hospitals has been increasing in recent years.
“The data is there, and it’s not going to be much of an issue.”
Health providers said they are also planning to open their own honeymoon hotels.
In addition, the government has launched a website that allows tourists to find and book hotels in their area.
The website is being used by companies to offer free honeymoon vacations and has received positive reviews.
“It’s kind of like a mini-hospital,” said Matt DeCarlo, the chief executive officer of Cascadia Travel, which provides travel information to the honeymovers.
“They are getting the most bang for the buck.
We are really excited about it.”