USA: Medical tourism profile



Inbound medical tourism 2019 200,000
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Tourists 2019 79.6 million
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Population 2021 332.9 million
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There are wide variances in prices and now a huge demand from nationals and from ever increasing numbers of overseas patients.


Medical tourism numbers in

The National Centre for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) at Rush University is a non-profit organisation that operates the US Cooperative for International Patient Programmes (USCIPP) as a membership programme for 60 hospitals that operate in the international patient care market.


Medical tourism numbers out

422,000 Americans went abroad for medical treatment in 2017, according to the US National Travel and Tourism Office. That is up from 295,383 in 2000. Nobody knows where those figures come from.


Medical tourism promotion

The U.S. Cooperative for International Patient Programs (USCIPP) partnered with Chicago-based brand consultancy and strategic communications firm Health Brand Group (HBG) to promote healthcare in the USA in the international markets of China, Hong Kong, and Brazil. In partnership with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, HBG and USCIPP it sought to improve international access to high-quality US healthcare. This was the first time that US hospitals got together to actively promote the USA as a medical destination. The message is of quality of treatment and care, not saving money. The campaign, Choose US Health, targets patients and overseas providers who could refer patients to the USA.  By 2018 the HBG partnership had vanished without trace.

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Medical tourism news and opinion

  • Growing interest in longevity medicine

    In a new era of 21st century longevity medicine, inspired by research that has identified the lifestyle habits of the world’s healthiest, longest-lived people, the Israeli organisation Blue Zones Center has launched its first international […]

  • 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 […]

  • Private healthcare threat to Canada’s outbound medical tourism

    The quiet development of private healthcare in Canada will eventually reduce outbound medical tourism, says medical travel analyst Ian Youngman. For decades, national and provincial governments in Canada have been strongly opposed to private […]