Kenya: Medical tourism profile



Inbound medical tourism 2019 5,000
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Tourists 2019 2.05 million
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Population 2021 56.0 million
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While Kenya is building more hospitals and some healthcare professionals making bold claims about the number of medical tourists they may in future attract from other African states, the reality is that thousands of Kenyans go overseas for treatment.


Medical tourism numbers in

According to the Ministry of Health Kenya gets 3,000 to 5,000 medical tourists from other African countries.


Medical tourism numbers out

According to the Ministry of Health 10,000 Kenyans seek medical treatment outside the country each year.


Medical tourism promotion

Kenya is developing a framework for medical tourism that aims at positioning Kenya as a destination for specialised healthcare services appealing to both Kenyan and international clients. As overseas investment is vital then 2022 is a probable start date.

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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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • What exactly is Health Tourism?

    Can you, and should you, promote your offering as a ‘wellness’ service? From a marketing point of view, the critical issue is the expectations of the consumer and the provider’s ability to meet or exceed those expectations.  And there are […]