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The Health Tourism Climate Survey 2008, conducted at the weekend’s World Health Tourism Congress, in Marbella, Spain (5-6 April) on behalf of Treatment Abroad reveals that many professionals working in the medical tourism industry believe that the next twelve months will again see a large increase in the numbers of people travelling abroad for medical treatment.

Sixty per cent of respondents to the survey, made up of professionals working for a wide variety of medical tourism agencies, clinics and hospitals overseas reported that patient numbers had increased by up to 50% in the last twelve months.

Congress attendees who completed the survey provided a picture of the current market, with predictions of future growth, trends, challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

The majority of those surveyed take a very positive view of the growth of worldwide medical tourism. When asked to predict growth in patient numbers over the next twelve months 53% of respondents believe that there will be an increase of up to 50% of people travelling abroad for medical treatment with 25% of respondents believing that patient numbers will increase by more than 50%; India, Spain and Singapore are predicted to become the world leaders in health tourism over the next few years.

Respondents ranked the expertise of the doctor/dentist (84%), clinical results (68%) and infection rates (56%) as the most important factors for patients when choosing facilities and providers abroad. Low cost of treatment was much lower down the list.

The delegates at the World Health Tourism Congress come from a cross section of the health tourism industry and represent health tourism agencies, clinics and hospitals from all over the world, including Hungary, Brazil, and the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Bahrain and many European countries

Keith Pollard of Treatment Abroad says: “This survey confirms that this is a rapidly growing and highly competitive market. Patient demand for the best medical treatments, doctors and facilities is driving travel agents, operators and clinics to provide a high quality service for the growing number of health tourists.”


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Editors’ Notes

About Intuition Communication
Intuition Communication is the publisher of some of the UK’s most visited healthcare information sites including Private Healthcare UK and Treatment Abroad. - The UK’s largest online private health care guide. - the UK's leading guide to health and medical tourism, covering over 20 destinations worldwide. - a health tourism site with a specific focus on Hungary. - a health tourism site with a specific focus on Cyprus. - a health tourism site with a specific focus on Spain. - provides comprehensive information about this world famous area of medical excellence. - a searchable database of over 1,000 self help organisations and support groups across the UK that provide support, guidance and advice to patients, carers and their relatives.

About the survey

The Survey was compiled by European Research Specialists and conducted online using the Zoomerang survey system on behalf of Treatment Abroad.

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