Finland medical tourists from Russia and GCC

 

In an interview with TTNWorldwide, Päivi Antila, project manager at Health Tourism Finland, says that Finland is receiving low but increasing numbers of medical tourists from the GCC region but they don’t have statistics on the exact numbers.  The country also has a long tradition of patients from Russia.  Finland is seen as especially strong in cancer treatment, demanding surgeries and orthopaedics/ sports medicine.

The Ministry of Employment and Economy in Finland funded a growth programme called FinlandCare in 2012 to 2017, and increasing medical tourism was one of the goals. Now the government has recently granted financing for continuing the work under Visit Finland (which is part of Business Finland, formerly Finpro).

Health tourism is recognised as a potential theme bringing growth to the Finnish travel sector. We are especially focusing on year-round, sustainable tourism and digitalisation in the Visit Finland strategy and health tourism goes well together with all these priorities" says Antila.

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