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Medical Tourism Climate Survey 2013

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Author: International Medical Travel Journal

Published: March 2013

Pages: 92

Cost: €350


Report summary: Medical Tourism Climate Survey 2013


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 2013, carried out for the International Medical Travel Journal, canvassed the views of  over 400 clinics, hospitals and medical tourism businesses in 77 countries about the current market for medical tourism and their expectations for the future. 

The report highlights widespread optimism about the future of medical tourism despite the economic downturn, with travel for cosmetic surgery expected to be the biggest growth area. 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.

Key findings

  • 60% of clinics, hospitals and medical tourism reported growth in international patient numbers over the last 12 months. 23% saw no increase and 17% experienced a decline. 
  • 80% expect their international patient numbers to grow over the next 12 months. 
  • 49% 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 56% of respondents), with dental treatment (43%), cancer treatment (43%) and infertility treatment (40%) also expected to experience significant growth. 
  • When asked to name the most popular destinations, in terms of patient numbers, the respondents selected India, Thailand and the USA.
  • When 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 Singapore the highest.


Report contents

  • Introduction
  • Executive summary
  • Methodology
  • 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
  • Other comments by respondents
  • 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