Medical tourism to grow strongly in coming years

Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2013

Medical tourism would continue to grow strongly in the years ahead due to the driving forces already mentioned, predicts Professor Helmut Wachowiak, of the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef (IUBH), near Bonn, Germany.

“The market will grow strongly, especially given the ageing population in developed economies,” he commented at Pisa forum.

The sector could also prove to be an important jobs generator in many destinations.

However, he warned that legal and ethical issues could also play a more prominent role in future given that some treatments or activities might not be legal in the patient’s home country.

“This particularly applies to activities such as ‘reproductive tourism’ where surrogate mothers in Third World countries sign away their children or organ transplants involving donors from poor countries,” he said.

In future, successful medical tourism destinations would need to offer high quality services, quick availability of treatment and competitive prices as well as being attractive destinations for accompanying persons, he added.

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