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Medical tourism facts and statistics

One of the greatest shortcomings of the medical tourism industry is the lack of hard facts and statistics.

  • The data currently available on medical tourism is notoriously poor, patchy and unreliable.
  • There is no definition of a medical tourist, or an agreed method for counting them.
  • There is no coherent or standardised system for collecting and analysing medical tourism information direct from healthcare providers in different markets.
  • No one really knows the size of the medical tourism market on a national, regional or a global basis. Estimates of market size are based on speculation, exaggeration ... or poor data.

It is an industry surrounded by hype.... tales of “exponential growth”, a “booming industry” and “the next big thing” abound. See “Five Medical Tourism Myths” to get an idea of some of the challenges that we face.

The reality is rather different. It is a young, nascent industry that is underdeveloped and lacks sophistication. Whilst long established destinations for medical travellers such as the USA, UK and Germany continue to attract international patients and earn significant revenue for their healthcare providers, there is a flurry of new market entrants who are climbing aboard the medical tourism bandwagon. Around 80 plus countries now claim to be medical tourism destinations.

Limited market data

There is only limited data available on medical tourism. Anything that you read on the internet must be treated with scepticism, especially claims or estimates of medical tourism numbers and revenues.

Treatment Abroad has compiled a Medical Tourism Fact Sheet which provides some basic medical tourism statistics, data and information mainly from a UK perspective.

Our sister publication, International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ),  is  a useful resource for medical tourism, statistics, research, and white papers. You can also download recent presentations from medical tourism congresses and events.

Research and reports on medical tourism

Treatment Abroad regularly invests in research into the medical tourism market and can undertake research projects for clients on a consultancy basis.

  • We conduct a regular “Medical Tourism Survey”. The most recent research explored the experiences of over 1,000 patients.
  • We publish an annual “Medical Tourism Climate Survey” which explores the industry view of the state of the market.
  • We publish Medical Tourism: Facts And Figures, a 500 page report compiled by Ian Youngman, a specialist business writer on medical tourism and providing comprehensive background and analysis of the sector.

For more information please contact the Treatment Abroad team.

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