Latest IMTJ report takes the temperature of the medical travel market

 

The IMTJ Medical Travel Climate Survey 2019  from LaingBuisson analyses perspectives of the international medical travel market, from the point of view of those involved in the sector in over 30 countries. 

Quantitative and qualitative data was collected between September to November 2019, from international patient departments, medical travel agencies and facilitators, clusters, training, consultancy, and accreditation businesses.  The online survey asked them to give their view on the current state of the medical travel market and their thoughts on the future.  The feedback from the 2019 survey was also compared against the results from a previous IMTJ survey from 2016, which provides some insight on whether the market is changing.

One finding from the report was that respondents believe that the most important factors for a medical traveller in choosing a healthcare facility are: the expertise and qualifications of the doctor/dentist, followed by the cost of treatment, and comments and ratings by other patients. Interestingly, in the IMTJ Medical Tourist Survey 2019 that’s not what the patients say. Cost is MUCH less important to patients. 

For a few more nuggets of wisdom from this latest report, read the latest blog from IMTJ Editor-in-Chief, Keith Pollard. 

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