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Medical Tourism

Despite the pandemic, international medical travel is expected to reach US$ 143.6 billion by 2027.

Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is the term given to travel to another country to receive medical care.

What is the best country for medical tourism?

According to the most recent Medical Tourism Index for 2020-2021, released in July 2020, the GCC is the leading medical tourism region in the world, while within the GCC the UAE is the leading medical tourism destination.

The index was based on US perceptions of medical care in 46 destinations overseas, based on criteria that included Destination Attractiveness, Safety and Quality of Care. 

It showed Canada as the leading country for healthcare tourism globally, while the top 10 also included Singapore, Japan, Spain, the UK, Dubai, Costa Rica, Israel, Abu Dhabi and India.

How big is the medical tourism market?

The global medical tourism market, estimated by the Global Medical Tourism Industry report at US$ 66.7 billion in 2020 amid the pandemic, is expected to reach US$ 143.6 billion by 2027.

The world's second biggest economy China, meanwhile, is projected to reach US$ 31.2 billion by 2027 for medical care, while medical tourism destination Japan is forecast to grow at 8.1 percent and Canada at 10.1 percent.

What are popular procedures for medical travel?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common procedures that patients undergo on medical tourism trips include cosmetic surgery, dental care, and cardiac surgery.

The most popular procedure for an international patient is dental implants, reveals Medigo, which is mostly driven by patients from the US, Western Europe and Australia.

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