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Medical Tourism Market is Expected to Reach USD 32.5 Billion Globally in 2019: Transparency Market Research

October 3, 2013

ALBANY, New York, October 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Medical
Tourism Market (India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, Turkey,
South Korea, Costa Rica, Poland, Dubai and Philippines) – Global Industry Analysis, Size,
Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019,” the global medical tourism market was
valued at USD 10.5 billion in 2012 and is estimated to reach a market worth USD 32.5
billion in 2019 at a CAGR of 17.9% from 2013 to 2019.

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Medical tourism is defined as an act of travel of patients from their home country to
other destinations for availing medical services. Rise in healthcare costs in developed
countries coupled with the availability of high quality medical services at a low cost in
developing countries have given a boost to the medical tourism industry. These medical
services range from elective procedures such as cosmetic surgeries to complicated
surgeries such as cardiac, orthopedics, neurosurgery and others. Significant growth in
this industry is due to economic developments in developing countries that in turn has led
to the growth in the medical industry and quality of medical services. Rise in the
healthcare expenditure in developed countries coupled with in the growing elderly
population has also contributed to the gowth of the medical tourism across the globe.
Economic crisis in the U.S., increased the number of uninsured population, consequently
further triggering the growth of this market. Recently, there are approximately 50 million
uninsured Americans that are willing to travel abroad for affordable and quality medical
care. Globalization and improved communication technology act as a catalyst to boost the
growth of this industry.

The development of medical tourism industry is based on several factors such as
reduced cost of procedures, long waiting time and high demand for cosmetic surgeries.
Medical travel is not only witnessed for intricate procedures but is also expanding due to
growing demand for cosmetic and dental procedures since these are usually not reimbursed
under regular health insurance policies. Patients travelling abroad can save from 30% to
90% on a procedure, including their travel expenditures, as compared to the medical costs
in their own countries. Long waiting time is another factor which has substantially
boosted the growth of this industry. Patients based in Canada and U.K travel to low cost
destinations for their treatments in order to avoid long waiting periods in their own
countries and receive timely access to serious ailments.

Medical tourism industry is dominated by the Asian region that has captured the
maximum share of the market. This region is highly competitive owing to the presence of
technologically advanced medical specialties, less stringent government regulations and
attractive locations. Thailand and India are recognized internationally for their high end
medical services and receive patients from across the globe. Singapore is renowned for its
healthcare infrastructure and receives patients primarily for complex medical procedures.
Thailand, India and Singapore accounted for approximately 60% of the total revenue of the
Asian region in 2012. The Latin American countries such as Brazil and Mexico attract
maximum number of patients from the U.S owing to the geographic proximity and cultural
similarities. Similarly, growth in Turkey is witnessed on account of growing demand of
cosmetic surgeries.

However, a paradigm shift in the market is seen owing to strong competition among the
players of this industry. Malaysia is poised to have a significant growth in this market
and is likely to emerge as a fastest growing country in terms of medical tourism with a
CAGR of over 25% from 2013 to 2019. This advent in Malaysian medical tourism market is due
to cost advantage over Thailand and Singapore. Moreover, rise in popularity of Malaysian
region is attributed to many factors such as advanced healthcare infrastructure, highly
skilled professionals, visa benefits and others. Additionally, robust government support
for promotion of Malaysian medical tourism has propelled the growth in this nation.

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Moreover, increase in the government initiatives and growing inclination of private
sector hospitals towards medical tourism is further supplanting the growth of this market.
Key healthcare providers in this industry include Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd.,
Bumrumgrad International Hospital, Bangkok Medical Center, Prince Court Medical Center and

The Medical Tourism market is segmented as follows:

        - Medical Tourism Market, by Geography


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