Spain: Medical tourism profile



Inbound medical tourism 2019 140,000
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Tourists 2019 83.7 million
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Population 2021 46.7 million
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Spain’s private healthcare system is high quality and around a third of Spanish hospitals are independent. Spain has many excellent private hospitals and clinics.


Medical tourism numbers in

Thousands of visitors arrive in Spain every year to undergo health treatments in Spanish hospitals, clinics and medical spas, but assessing numbers is not easy.


Medical tourism numbers out

Only a few thousand leave Spain in search of medical treatment, perhaps less than 5,000.


Medical tourism promotion

Spain’s international tourism fair FITUR 2021 included a new section Fitur Health to promote the growing segment of medical and health tourism.

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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 […]

  • UK medical travel abroad increases

    Although there is subjective evidence showing an increase in the number of people from the UK seeking treatment abroad, numbers are not known. There is no official source of data on outbound UK medical tourism, but the Office for National Statistics […]