Official: Iran plans to boost revenue from medical tourism (exclusive)
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 15
By Kamyar Eghbal – Trend:
Medical tourism is expected to generate $5 billion in revenue for Iran over the next five years.
“We have developed a five-year plan for the development of medical tourism in Iran, which is expected to bring the country about $5 billion in revenue,” the deputy head of the association for development of healthcare tourism of Iran, Mohammad Panahi, told Trend.
Elaborating on the measures taken by the Iranian healthcare officials to provide foreigners with medical services, he said that 40 privately owned firms as well as 200 hospitals currently offer medical services to foreign nationals in the Islamic Republic.
According to the official, Iran’s revenue from medical tourism in 2015 and 2016 amounted to $1.2 billion.
About 200,000 tourists arrived in Iran from Iraq over the last fiscal 2017/18 to receive healthcare services.
Iraq, Azerbaijan and Oman respectively account for the highest number of arrivals in this sector, he added.