Headline Iran university targets medical tourism

 

Islamic Azad University (IAU) is planning to host health tourists at its 11 hospitals across the country. 10% of patients visiting hospitals in the provinces of West Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan, Khorasan Razavi and Fars are foreign tourists seeking quality healthcare in Iran. Equipping more clinics and hospitals and preparing university hospitals to provide high quality medical services to foreign tourists would definitely help boost development.

Dr. Seyyed Ali Abtahi of IAU says, “Medical tourism is the most profitable and stable branch of tourism in Iran. Iran’s high medical standards and affordability help draw many from regional countries."

Iran’s health tourism revenues were $1.2 billion in the Iranian year ending March 2016, according to the Association for Development of Medical Tourism Services.

Those from Muslim countries are particularly attracted to Iran, as they feel safer and more confortable than in Asian countries offering similar services.

Iran’s ultimate goal is to earn $25 billion a year through tourism by 2025, $2.5 billion of which will come from medical tourism.

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