Brazil: Medical tourism profile



Inbound medical tourism 2019 5,000
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Tourists 2019 6.4 million
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Population 2021 214 million
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It was once a popular destination but poor marketing, the Zika virus, increased prices, political and economic problems and violence towards tourists have all worked to significantly reduce numbers.


Medical tourism numbers in

In 2005, according to PUC Minas, there were 30,000 medical travellers. Embratur used to claim 48,000 and 46,000 without any years mentioned; it also said that in 2006, 50,000 foreigners travelled to Brazil for health treatments, compared to 48,000 in 2005 and 30,000 in 2004. Estimates for 2007/2008 were around 60,000 but by 2009 local sources suggest it was far lower than 50,000 and probably a lot less, as other countries have overtaken Brazil.


Medical tourism numbers out

A few thousand.


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