United Kingdom: Medical tourism profile



Inbound medical tourism 2019 70,000
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Tourists 2019 40.9 million
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Population 2021 66.9 million
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There is a wide mix of public and private healthcare services. OECD and WHO surveys regularly shoot down claims by politicians that the NHS is the best healthcare service in the world.


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Medical tourism numbers out

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) estimates that 20,000 people travel abroad annually for cosmetic surgery. Surgery carried out abroad includes breast augmentation, tummy tucks and facelifts. They do not say where they get the figure from.


Medical tourism promotion

The government has never shown the slightest interest in promoting business that brings millions into the UK.

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