Iran seems to be an ideal destination for health tourism. Every year, hoping to get better services and healthcare, patients travel to the USA, UK, and Europe, while spending millions of dollars. Iran is proud to offer healthcare services of other countries with lower costs, shorter waiting times, hospitals and clinics equipped with the latest technology and best physicians. Patients can undergo treatment, recover and enjoy a holiday in Iran for much less than what it would cost them for treatment in other countries. Medical Tourism in Iran has been patronized by tourists looking for critical medical treatment as well as by people in need of cosmetic and preventative care. Iran is an opportunity for patients to travel for medical care and take advantage of reduced cost and wait time.
Iran offers top-notch medical care in cardiology, ophthalmology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, nephrology, oncology, neurology, dermatology, gynecology/obstetrics, orthopedics, organ transplantation and otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Moreover, Iran is renowned for their hot springs and traditional medicines. Sirch (Kerman), Sar’eyn (Ardabil) and Geno (Bandar Abbas) are notable hot springs in Iran. Spas as a fantastic phenomenon has always been interesting for tourists. Every year thousands of tourists come to Iran to take bath in mineral water pools for different disease like skin disease, nervous calmative and etc. An increasing number of patients come from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan and even India. Some come as the prices are lower than at home, some come for specialist care, and many come simply because they feel more culturally comfortable in Iran than in Europe or Asia. Iran offers services in ophthalmology, cardiology, kidney transplants, dentistry, urology and general surgery. Currently 30,000 foreign patients who are most from the neighbour countries come to Iran to receive medical treatments.
There are countless reasons that make Iran the ideal destination for your healthcare needs. Here are some reasons:
The medical service in Iran is cheap while the healthcare establishments are well equipped and professional. In other words The reasonable cost of medical treatment in Iran compared to Europe and the high quality of medical facilities are important factors for attracting foreign patients to Iran. There are always those medical tourists who travel from developed and medically advanced countries seeking better affordable medical services. So Affordability is an important key factor bringing patients to Iran
The another reason is the exchange rate fluctuations. Iranian Rials’ value has dropped rapidly within the past four years and lost two – third of its value. As a result, under the new conditions, Iranian medical services are offered in one – third of their previous prices to medical tourists. This situation resulted in a flow of medical tourists into Iran mainly from its neighboring countries, especially from Azerbaijan, Iraq and the Persian Gulf countries.
Beside the beautiful landscape, historical sites and the religious shrines that attract millions of tourists to Iran each year, Iran is an example of a country that has made considerable advances through education and training, despite international sanctions in almost all aspects of research during the past 30 years. So you can even turn your trip into a holiday beside your treatment.
In addition, Iran has highly experienced and professional doctors. So the other reason is Iran’s well educated and skilled workforce in medical treatment and healthcare compared to other main destinations of medical tourism in the Middle East. Its scientific development in some medical specialties has enhanced its position in the field. For instance, Iran is among the worlds’ top five countries in biotech.
Thanks to its geographical position, the conditions in neighboring countries, economically reasonable prices and advanced medical facilities, Iran is gradually becoming a destination for Islamic and regional medical tourists.
Hospitals in Iranian cities offer medical and health care services for foreign medical tourists. Medical services in Iran are comparable with those offered in advanced countries.
Iran is one of the top five countries in the world in biotech and nine out of 15 high usage biotech molecules are produced in Iran.
Iran with its potential talent is among the 12 countries with biological medicines technology and can serve as a health tourism center.
Nowadays, with over 400 medical research facilities and 76 medical magazine indexes available in the country, Iran is the 19th country in medical research and is set to become the 10th within 10 years.
The other factor is Iran’s reformed rules and regulations in granting visas to medical tourists. In an attempt to boost its tourism sector, Iran has facilitated the regulations of granting visas to medical tourists and their companions. These regulations have long been an obstacle to Iranian tourism industry.
In brief we can say that, Iran offers a wide range of state-of-the-art treatment, through an extensive network of highly-equipped hospitals, around 850 hospitals, and rehabilitation centers at reasonable costs. An analysis of the costs of the various procedures shows that treatment costs in Iran are much lower as compared to the developed countries. Iran is also very cost competitive as compared to its regional competitors, including Jordan, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain as well as southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and India.
Iranian are known to be very good doctors; medical travelers who seek low cost rates and a chance to see this interesting country have the opportunity to be hospitalized in one of the well-established hospitals or other medical clinics and undergo cosmetic surgery; a face lift or a nose job in what is called (in medical terms) rhinoplasty.
Iranian people are known for their hospitality, medical travelers feel comfortable when touring the country. Hospitals in Tehran and Shiraz have modern equipment. There are direct flight to Iran from all major cities in Europe and the Middle East so no long journey is needed for cosmetic surgery. Delivery of medical service is quick and efficient.