Australia: Medical tourism profile



Inbound medical tourism 2019 10,000
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Tourists 2019 9.4 million
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Population 2021 25.8 million
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Compared to Asia, costs are high. Low numbers of both hospital bed capacity and a limited number of skilled workers combined with a complex visa application process and low government support have led to the industry failing to compete with its international competitors.


Medical tourism numbers in

Data from Tourism Research Australia shows 10,739 people went to Australia for medical reasons in the year to September 2013.


Medical tourism numbers out

In 2013 Meredith Jones from the University of Technology in Sydney estimated that 15,000 Australians travel overseas each year to undergo cosmetic procedures. This number is still in use in 2022 for dental and cosmetic tourism combined.


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