Author: International Medical Travel Journal
Published: March 2014
Report summary: Medical Tourism Climate Survey 2014
One of the greatest challenges faced by those who operate in the medical travel sector is the lack of reliable and accurate information about the market. Much is said and written about the size of the market, about the exponential growth and how “global healthcare” is going to transform the world. But there is often little hard fact, and very few statistics to support what is claimed.
The Medical Tourism Climate Survey 2014, carried out for the International Medical Travel Journal, canvassed the views of over 280 clinics, hospitals and medical tourism businesses in 60 countries about the current market for medical tourism and their expectations for the future.
The report highlights the continuing widespread optimism about the future of medical tourism, with travel for cosmetic surgery and cancer treatment expected to be the biggest growth areas. The results suggest that not only is the market currently growing but that it will continue to do so for the next five years or more.
- 48% of
clinics, hospitals and medical tourism agencies reported growth in
international patient numbers over the last 12 months.30% saw no increase and 11%
experienced a decline.
expect their international patient numbers to grow over the next 12
- Over 50%
expect annual growth of more than 10% pa in the medical tourism market over the
next five years.
- Over the
next five years, cosmetic surgery is seen as the biggest growth area for
medical travel (cited by 55% of respondents), with cancer treatment (54%),
infertility treatment (40%) and dental treatment (38%) also expected to
experience significant growth.
asked to name the most popular destinations, in terms of patient numbers, the
respondents selected Thailand, India and the USA.
asked to name the leading destinations in terms of quality and range of
services provided to international patients, the respondents ranked the USA,
Thailand and India the highest.
- About the respondents and their organisation
- The current international patient market
- The international patient market in the future
- Impact of political changes on medical travel (Obamacare and EU Directive)
- International research panel - participation
- Services offered by providers
- The medical tourism business of the providers - size and service offering
- Marketing to medical tourists - media and spend
- Appendix: Results in detail