Medical tourism booms in 2017

Published on : Wednesday, March 15, 2017

itb-berlinThe experts at Berlin’s ITB travel fair believe that Medical tourism has grown into one of the strongest sectors in travel as people shop across the borders for dental work to plastic surgery. This year, for the first time, at the halls of the German capital’s congress centre special space has been created to accommodate the emerging sectors. Already health tourism has become a billion dollar industry and it estimates to grow up to 25 percent annually in the coming years as per a recent study by Visa and Oxford Economics.

Huge credit goes to the internet as a middle class from countries without high-quality healthcare, “know that there are treatments out there for them,” said Julie Munro, president of the Medical Travel Quality Alliance. People from wealthy nations travel to lesser ones for affordable treatments as now medical tourism have become a widespread concept. United States, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, Spain and Germany see both inward and outward flows, as patients try to avoid long waiting lists which are either unavailable or too expensive in their own country.

To quote Thomas Boemkes of marketing firm and ITB partner Diversity Tourism, ‘’ For example, you have a lot of Germans going to Poland or Croatia doing dental care because it is cheaper. But also a lot of Russians and Arabians coming to Germany because we have high-quality hospitals and care they don’t have in their countries. We work with travel agencies and offer complete packages.’’

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