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Medical Tourism Market Size, Share and Analysis By Healthcare Services (Medical Treatment, Wellness, Alternative Treatment), By Service Providers (Public, Private) and Geography Forecast till 2021-2028

Region : Global | Report ID: FBI100681 | Status : Ongoing



Medical tourism is primarily driven by consumers in developed economies such as USA and EU-5 with extremely high cost of healthcare looking for more affordable options and patients in developing economies such as China seeking better quality of healthcare services. For example, a coronary angioplasty, which costs around USD 30,000 in the U.S., can be performed at a fraction of that cost (USD 3,000-5,000) in a reputed hospital in India. Additionally, increasing support from tourism departments across the world has contributed to the growth of the medical tourism market. 

Medical tourism is also driven by the growth in number of healthcare facilities getting international accreditation, which encourages the hospitals to adopt the latest technologies and equipment, focus on providing higher standards of care and ensure higher levels of patient safety.

  • The Joint Commission International has accredited more than 1,000 healthcare facilities globally at present

As the medical tourism market is gaining significant popularity, several governments have developed policies to assist in promoting their country as a destination for medical tourists. In 2005, Malaysia set up the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) under the ministry of health to develop strategies to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of healthcare services and develop the country as one of the leading medical type of tourism destination.

  • The number of medical tourists in Malaysia has almost doubled from 0.64 million in 2011 to 1.22 million in 2019

  • The revenues generated from medical tourism in Malaysia has more than tripled from USD 126 million in 2011 to USD 410 million in 2019

The major medical tourism destinations by regions are India, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore in Asia Pacific; Brazil & Mexico in Latin America; UAE, specifically Dubai in the Middle East and countries such as Hungary, Poland, Turkey in Europe.

  • The number of medical tourists in Dubai reached over 350,000 in 2019

  • India had around 0.7 million international visitors, who had arrived on a medical visa in 2019

  • Based on the data shared by Thailand’s National Statistics Office, Thailand had around 3.3 million tourists in 2017, who used the country’s healthcare and wellness services

Impact of COVID-19 on the Medical Tourism Market

The medical tourism market is expected to take a long time to recover from the impact of the pandemic due to the lockdowns and travel restrictions associated with it.

  • In a survey conducted by ‘Pharmaceutical Technology’, more than 50% of the respondents said that the medical tourism industry will take around 1-3 years to recover to the pre-pandemic level

Although many countries have started opening up their borders for foreign travelers including medical tourists, the recovery is expected to take some time. Based on the data published by The World Tourism Organization, the number of international travelers were down by more than 80% in Q1 2021.


By Healthcare Services

By Service Providers

By Geography

  • Medical Treatment

    • Cardiac Procedures

    • Oncology Procedures

    • Orthopedic & Spine Procedures

    • Dental Procedures

    • Others

  • Wellness

    • Cosmetic Procedures

    • Rejuvenation Procedures

    • Others

  • Alternative Treatment

  • Public

  • Private

  • North America (USA and Canada)

  • Europe (Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Spain, Czech Republic and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Rest of APAC)

  • Middle East & Africa (UAE, South Africa and Rest of MEA)

  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and Rest of LATAM  

Key Insights

The report will cover the following key insights:

  • Number of Medical Tourists – For Key Medical Tourist Destinations

  • Inbound Medical Tourists by Country/ Region of Origin – For Key Medical Tourist Destinations

  • Overview of Healthcare Infrastructure - For Key Medical Tourist Destinations

  • Average Price of Selective Procedures - For Key Medical Tourist Destinations

  • Government Initiatives to Promote Medical Tourism (Visa Approvals, Access to Medical Treatment for Foreign Patients, etc.)

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Tourism Market

Analysis by Healthcare Services

Cosmetic or plastic surgery accounts for the largest proportion of the global medical tourism market.

  • Around 90% of the Chinese outbound medical tourists travel abroad for treatment for infertility or cosmetic procedures

  • Dubai Health Authority (DHA) stated that majority of medical tourists traveled to the city for cosmetic procedures

Regional Analysis

Asia Pacific accounts for the largest share of the global medical tourism market due to favorable destinations such as Thailand, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Philippines. Also, China contributes heavily to the medical tourism market in APAC as there are around 1 million outbound Chinese medical tourists every year and most of them travel to surrounding countries for treatment.

The distribution of medical tourists in Thailand by region of origin as follows:

  • East Asia – 58%

  • Europe – 16%

  • Middle East –10%

  • South Asia – 6%

  • Others – 10%

Key Players Covered

The report will include the profiles of key players such as Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok Chain Hospital, KPJ Healthcare Berhad, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited; Fortis Healthcare Limited; Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Asian Heart Institute, Asklepios Kliniken GmbH, Rashid Hospital and others.

Key Industry Developments

  • Countries such as Russia and the U.S. are encouraging vaccination tourism. Has plans to create a vaccine tourism scheme to attract visitors from abroad whereas various states such as Florida, Arizona and Texas in the U.S. are offering free vaccines to international tourists.

  • In June 2021, the European Union approved the vaccination passport scheme and with this, medical tourism will resume in the region from July.

  • In June 2021, Abu Dhabi took the decision of ending quarantine for all international travelers including medical tourists from July.

Medical Tourism Market Size, Share and Global Industry Trend Forecast till 2026
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