40% rise in international patients to Russia

 

The article quotes Alla Kanunnikova, marketing and commercial activities director at Medsi: "We have noticed a growing interest in Russian medicine from people living in CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries and outside it". She added that Medsi centers handle nearly eight million medical cases a year – only five percent of which involve foreigners, but their numbers are on the rise.

The article says that most patients come from China, and are interested in in vitro fertilization (IVF) and orthopedics.  Others come from Germany, Bulgaria ‘and other countries’.

The article says that, according to official estimates, medical travelers can add up to 13 billion rubles (US$200 million) annually to Russia’s economy. However, bureaucratic red tape and obstacles in getting visas impede the development of this sphere, Russian health officials have said.

Last year, Crimean authorities proposed the implementation of visa-free entry for foreigners seeking treatment in Russian medical institutions. They suggested granting 30-day stays for patients and, if a person needs more time for treatment, they could apply for a special six-month visa through an accelerated and simplified procedure.

The article claims that medical tourism in Russia has been growing for several years. In 2017, some 110,000 foreigners received treatment in Russian medical centres, while in 2016 the figure stood at 86,000. That year, the number of foreigners arriving for treatment increased more than 50%, with most patients seeking dental procedures, reproductive medicine, orthopaedics, and brain surgery.

No source of this data was given in the article.

For a more detailed analysis of the medical travel sector in Russia, visit the IMTJ Country Profile.

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