What is Health Tourism or Medical Tourism?
Health tourism is an attractive topic in the tourism industry as well as in the medical and beauty services industry. Since Iran History has the valuable record in the field of medicine, its developed medical technology and skillful surgerists attracted many tourists for medical purposes.
Nowadays Iran has become one of the places which attracted many people for these therapies. Travel to Iran for medical therapies purposes has increased in different fields.
Every year millions of people travel to other countries to receive better quality and cheaper healthcare services. Thailand, Mexico and India are among the most attractive tourist destinations in the world.
On average, tourist income is more than three times from traditional tourism.
According to the Medical Tourism Agency (MTA), in 2015 more than 10 million people have traveled to Asia for health and beauty services. In the Middle East, Turkey, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have had many plans to attract tourists and have made significant advances in attracting travelers.
In fact, health tourism can be defined as the process of traveling to a country outside the place of residence for the purpose of receiving medical care.
The growing popularity of medical tourism has attracted the attention of policy makers, researchers and the media. Medical tourism in the past referred to the travel of patients from less developed countries to developed countries to receive treatments that were not found on their own territory.
But today we see significant quantitative and qualitative changes in the movement of people and people travel to less developed countries from rich and richer countries to access medical and therapeutic services. This change is mainly due to low costs of treatment in less developed countries, the availability of low cost flights and increased marketing and online information for the customer about the availability of medical services.
What actually leads to the word “tourism” in the context of medical tourism is that the patient often remains in the destination after the treatment process.
Travelers can enjoy their journey through travel, day trips or other types of traditional tourism activities.
The cost of medical tourism
Tourism Therapy represents a global multi-billion dollar event that is expected to grow dramatically over the next decade.
For people who are willing to receive medical services and facilities, cost is a key factor in making decisions about receiving medical services abroad.
With the ever-increasing costs of medical and medical services in the United States and other parts of the world, many employers and insurance companies have begun to use medical tourism as a way to reduce these costs.
Every day, more countries around the world understand the importance of the economic benefits of these emerging markets and therefore provide the first-class medical services at much lower prices.
The main reason clinics and hospitals in developed countries are able to reduce their costs is directly related to the economic situation in that country.
The direct relation of GDP with the per capita income of a country is being surveyed, which indicates the level of income.
For example, the cost of surgery in countries that promote medical tourism is between 30% and 70% less than its cost compared with the US.
Quality of health tourism
The quality of services in the health care sector is composed of two main components, one of technical or mechanical quality, and the other is of a functional or usable quality.
Technology is the core of the patient’s diagnostic algorithm, while functional quality is based on the services provided in medical and medical centers (including the services of staff, nurses and, most importantly, doctors to the patient and their assistance and assistance). The quality of services in the medical tourism industry is an important part of customer engagement.
One of the main obstacles to the acceptance of medical tourism is the notion that quality medical services are not accepted in these countries.
The key to overcoming this is the use of strong marketing strategies and quality assessments through the validation of reputable and internationally recognized institutions. Such validation plays a pivotal role in strengthening trust in medical and therapeutic services.
If we look forward to validating partnerships with hospitals or health systems in industrialized countries, this confidence can be even stronger.
When they receive credentials from health and medical providers and become members of an international referral network, they can be ranked effectively in terms of risk.
Types of treatments
Different treatment categories, as well as availability, play an important role in deciding whether to receive medical treatment from the Department of Medical Tourism.
The most common types of processes that patients take for medical tourism trips include plastic and beauty surgery, dental services, organ transplantation, heart surgery and orthopedic surgery.
However, a wide range of services can be gained through health tourism, which includes basic therapies to different types of traditional and alternative therapies.
Reproductive health tourism or fertility and reproduction of outsourcing has been gaining popularity, which means traveling abroad to use alternative pregnancy, artificial insemination and other and reproductive techniques with the help of technology.
In addition to the cost, one of the other factors influencing the increase in medical tourism is its accessibility. Lack of it, or because of the inaccessibility of technology or its prohibition in the individual country, can lead to the tourism medicine.
Common examples of this can be cytoplasmic transmission or treatment through stem cells.