China: Medical tourism profile



Inbound medical tourism 2019 20,000
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Tourists 2019 142 million
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Population 2021 1444.2 million
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1990s, China has pioneered public health and universal insurance reforms that are unprecedented in scope and scale. Service capacity and use of health services have risen, while aggregate out-of-pocket spending (as borne by patients) as a share of total health expenditures has fallen.


Medical tourism numbers in

Numbers are not known but it could be around 20,000. This could be much higher when including TCM.


Medical tourism numbers out

According to the China Tourism Academy more than 2 million Chinese travelled overseas in 2017. Chinese health tourists bound for Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan or foreign countries were 2.2% of all outbound visitors in 2017.


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Medical tourism news and opinion

  • Medical travel: why we should stop focusing on increased numbers

    Medical travel analyst Ian Youngman argues that medical tourism destinations need to stop concentrating on increased numbers. Mainstream tourism countries, including regions and cities in France, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain, are limiting the […]

  • 800,000 medical tourists to Malaysia in 2022

    The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) has revealed that Malaysia had a total of 800,000 medical tourists in 2022. It is also arguing for additional funding in the new Budget 2023, tabled in late February, to do more to promote the country in […]

  • South Korea: malpractice review poses risks for medical travel sector

    Health minister Cho Kyoo-hong is set to review measures to relieve the burden of medical professionals in South Korea, including possibly enacting a special law aimed at reducing the severity of punishment doctors face for medical negligence or […]