Medical Tourism Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Global Medical Tourism Market is segmented by Treatment Type (Cosmetic Treatment, Dental Treatment, Cardiovascular Treatment, Orthopedics Treatment, Bariatric Treatment, Fertility Treatment, Ophthalmic Treatment, and Other Treatments) and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base year: 2020
Fastest growing market: Asia Pacific
Largest market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 8.5 %
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Market Overview

The global medical tourism market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 8.5% during the forecast period. The factors associated with the growth of the market include higher treatment cost in developed countries, availability of the latest medical technologies, growing compliance on international quality standards, high quality of service, health insurance portability, and advertising and marketing of the medical tourism.

The cost of undergoing medical treatment in a developed country is very high. It is estimated that although the treatments are of reliable quality, the procedures tend to be on the expensive side. Along with this, the major healthcare products are also quite extravagantly priced. This scenario places a big burden on the healthcare systems, worldwide, accompanied by the additional rising costs of litigation during recent times. Healthcare practitioners need to be aware of both the direct and indirect costs and consider how the implementation of prevention protocols may offer cost savings in the longer term. People in developed countries cannot afford the huge expenditure associated with medical treatments. Not all medical bills are covered by insurance companies, which makes the patients turn to countries abroad. Countries in Asia, the Middle East, and South America provide high-quality medical services at a much lower rate, as compared to the developed economies. There are companies that cater to all the medical and non-medical needs of the tourist during their travel.

Scope of the Report

As per the scope of the report, medical tourism is an improvement of the healthcare system, which provides quality medical care to people seeking treatment. Patients travel to other countries for obtaining good medical treatment.

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Key Market Trends

Fertility Treatments Segment Expected to Have Highest CAGR

The fertility treatments segment of the medical tourism market is believed to show the fastest growth over the forecast period. The segment is expected to record a CAGR of 9.7% over the forecast period. Fertility treatment is one of the most common treatments for which medical tourists elect to travel across international borders. Fertility tourism or reproductive tourism is one of the fastest-growing areas.

About 20,000 to 25,000 couples annually seek assisted reproductive technology services abroad. An estimated 4.0% of European Union citizens receive treatment in other countries. Fertility treatment procedures are regulated in most European countries.

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Asia-Pacific Currently Dominates the Market

The Asia-Pacific region currently dominates the medical tourism market and it is expected to continue its stronghold for a few more years. This region is expected to increase its market share in the future, owing to the raised preference of medical tourism across the developing countries of this region. China holds the majority of the market in the Asia-Pacific region. This is due to the lower cost of the treatment in China and the better healthcare services provided.

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Competitive Landscape

The global medical tourism market is moderately competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. However, with technological advancement and quality service provision, mid-size to smaller companies are increasing their market presence by introducing new products with fewer prices. Companies, like Healthbase, Apollo Hospitals, KPJ Healthcare, and Klinikum Medical Link hold the significant market share in the medical tourism market.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 High Treatment Cost in Developed Countries

      2. 4.2.2 Availability of Latest Medical Technologies

      3. 4.2.3 Growing Compliance on International Quality Standards

      4. 4.2.4 High Quality of Service

      5. 4.2.5 Health Insurance Portability

      6. 4.2.6 Advertising and Marketing

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Ethical Concerns

      2. 4.3.2 Epidemic Outbreaks

      3. 4.3.3 Issues with Patient Follow Up and Post-procedure Complications

      4. 4.3.4 Medical Record Transfer Issues

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s Five Forces Analysis


    1. 5.1 By Treatment Type

      1. 5.1.1 Cosmetic Treatment

      2. 5.1.2 Dental Treatment

      3. 5.1.3 Cardiovascular Treatment

      4. 5.1.4 Orthopedics Treatment

      5. 5.1.5 Bariatric Surgery

      6. 5.1.6 Fertility Treatment

      7. 5.1.7 Ophthalmic Treatment

      8. 5.1.8 Other Treatments

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. France

        2. Germany

        3. United Kingdom

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Middle East & Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa

      5. 5.2.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Medretreat

      2. 6.1.2 Healthbase

      3. 6.1.3 Apollo Hospitals

      4. 6.1.4 KPJ Healthcare Behard

      5. 6.1.5 Klinikum Medical Link

      6. 6.1.6 Euromedical Tours

      7. 6.1.7 BB Health Solutions

      8. 6.1.8 Cosmedic Travel

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Medical Tourism Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Medical Tourism Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

MEDRETREAT, Healthbase, Apollo Hospitals, KPJ Healthcare, Klinikum Medical Link are the major companies operating in Medical Tourism Market.

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