In this article we decide to talk about health tourism in Iran. First of all, let to talk about the term of health tourism. There are different definitions for health tourism.The World Tourism Organization (WTO) specifically defines health tourism as:
“Use of services that improve or increase the health of an individual (using mineral waters, weather, or medical interventions) which takes a place outside of a person’s residence and take along more than 24 hours.”
In a simple word health tourism, which is known also as medical tourism, too, refers to persons travel to the purpose of improving health or receiving medical treatment and even fitness.
Health tourism in Iran
The motivation of travelers for treatment and receive medical interventions in Iran is very high, So that Statistics show in 2015, health tourism has made over $500 million for country.
Although, these reports show people who travel to Iran with a medical motivation, but travelers who travel to Iran for plastic surgery and other medical treatments will not be registered on the Ministry of Health. Even, there are doctors and hospitals that hospitalize foreign patients without registering information. As a result all of this indicates that, share of medical tourism in Iran is about 1% in the world.
The main benefit of Health tourism in Iran is the cheapness of services compared to other countries, especially in European and American countries. Although, India is currently having the first Place in offering the cheapest services, but with the entrying of Iran to the Health tourism market according to better facilities and professional medical services, iran will have the ability to attract tourists more than India.
Iran has achieved the most advanced technology, knowledge and modern medical facilities, accordingly Iran becoming one of the world’s important medical centers in recent decades.
Also,today, Iran’s name can be seen along with countries like America, Canada and European countries in the field of treatment.
The medical field of Iran has a wide network of hospitals equipped with modern facilities, so includes a range of new medical treatments.
Health Tourism in Iran and Medical Capabilities
In order to provide health services, Iran has various capabilities in different fields. This will help development of medical tourism in Iran. Some of the capabilities of Health tourism in Iran, combined with scientific potential and other components of tourism, include:
- An expert and well-known international medical staff
- Availability of well-equipped and advanced hospitals and clinics in the zone
- Appropriate prices for treatment and medical services compared to other countries
- Significant success in specialized medical fields such as infertility treatment, cardiovascular surgery, plastic surgeries, and eye surgery …
- Unrivaled geographic location and climatic variation in different parts of the country
- Existence of hot springs, mineral waters, freshwater lakes and saline …
- Historic, cultural, nature, tourism and pilgrimage attractions
- powerful culture and beliefs in hospitality
- traditional medicine knowledge
Health Tourism in Iran and Main Medical Services
A wide range of medical services in accordance with international standards and the latest medical achievements is provided as Health tourism filed in Iran. Some of them are as follows:
- Diagnostic services
- Check-up services
- Outpatient treatment services
- Surgery and hospital services
- Post-treatment follow-up
- rehabilitation services
- Auxiliary treatment services (mud therapy, use of mineral water, etc.)
Medical tourism in Iran & Services
The Iranian medical community has significant skills in cardiovascular diseases:
Open heart surgery, Angioplasty, Irregularities and slow heart rate, Angiography of the heart.
Plastic and cosmetic surgery
Iran also, is one of the most privileged countries in the field of cosmetic surgery. Some of the most common cosmetic surgeries in Iran are:
nose surgery, abdominal surgery, Breast implant, facial lifting, Hair Transplant.
In the field of infertility services, Iran’s medical community has significant capabilities. Some of these services include:
IVF, ICSI, IVI
Ophthalmology is one of the most successful parts of Iran’s science and medical technology. The most notable examples are:
Cataract, Strabismus, LASIK, Glaucoma, Refractive Errors
In the field of orthopedic capability there is a significant level of Iranian orthopedic physicians:
Hip Dislocation, Dislocated Knee Symptoms, Arthritis
Different Organ transplantation in parts of the body according to the latest international standards and the use of modern technologies also, is done in iran.
This is one of the important strengths of the Iranian medical society knowledge.The most notable examples are:
Kidney, Liver, Cornea, bone marrow
In the field of Otorhinolaryngology, the following can also be noted:
Treatment of Deafness, Cochlear implant, Audiometry and hearing aids.
Various surgeries in Iran are done by specialists, including the following:
Neurosurgery, colon and Rectal Surgery, Types of fractures, Types of burns, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Iran has many capabilities in treating many other diseases, which can be summarized as follows:
Neurology, Nephrology, and Dialysis, Dermatology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Metabolism, neurology and psychiatry.
Para clinical services
Para clinical services in Iran also have considerable standards, which include the following:
Laboratory, Sonography, Radiography, Mammography, Ecocardiography, Electrocardiography, angiography, Electroencephalography, endoscopy, Bronchoscopy, Colonoscopy, MRI, Scan, CT scan, Audiometry, Physiotherapy, nuclear medicine.
Iranian Health Tourism Attractions
One of the most important attractions of medical tourism in Iran, is Hydrotherapy. Also it is very popular in health tourism. According to statistics, about 45 million tourists in the world use Hydrotherapy as their treatment. Iran, with more than 1000 known mineral springs, is one of the most attractive countries in the zone.
Hydrotherapy uses for improving skin lesions, joint pains, sciatica, strengthening muscles, warming up and increasing the moisture content of the body.
Mud Therapy in health tourism, has a good place. Iran, also with having convenient facilities such as the shores of Urmia Lake or the hillside of Taftan Mountain, is ready to be a tourist destination in this field.
Urmia Lake Sludge has many Minerals, Especially Chlorine, Sulfate, sulfur, iodine, iron and organic materials. IT is one of the high-grade Medical Sludge in the world. For this reason it can be one of the good destinations of medical tourism in Iran.
Salt Therapy and Speleotherapy
One of the attractions that recently has attracted international tourists is speleotherapy and salt therapy. The main properties of salt therapy, as follows:
for the treatment of respiratory diseases, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and common colds. Iran with having several salt domes, can become one of the hubs in this field of Health Tourism.
Persian medicine dates back to about 3000 years ago. In traditional medicine, all the elements in nature, such as herbal, mineral, and animal, are used for treat diseases. Also, herbal therapy is one of the traditional medicine subcategories.
In Iran, about 8,000 Herb species are known, which 1800 to 2300 species of them, have therapeutic effects, therefore, Iran could be the new hub for Traditional medicine in the region and even the world.
Capacities of Health Tourism in Iran:
Iran’s Natural Attractions for Health Tourism
Iran has taken good steps in attracting health tourists in recent years. Due to having natural resources and skilled physicians and modern medical services.
Health tourism capacity in Iran includes:
Health tourism in Iran with Natural Attractions
Hot springs and mineral waters
Iran has 40 regions and 350 mineral water springs. These springs dispersed mainly in the two mountains of Alborz and Zagros. Mostly the spa springs of Iran are located in 4 districts of Ardabil, Larijan, Hormozgan and Ramsar.
The most important spa area in Iran is Ardabil.There are 100 mineral water springs in Ardabil province, which 22 of them are being exploited. Only in Sarein is 11 springs near each other. In this area, there are many supplies and services for public use of the spa springs.
Hot springs are, One of the most important attractions of medical tourism in Iran.
As we said, one of the attractions that has recently attracted international tourists is Speleotherapy. Breathing in the space of these domes can be effective in the treatment of diseases such as bronchitis, heart disease, hypothyroidism, and so on.
Some of the most important salty attractions of health tourism in Iran include:
- Salt Mountain or Jashk salt dome (Dashti), bride of the mountains of the world, One of the largest, most active and beautiful salt domes in the Middle East.
- The Konar siah salt dome in the south of Shiraz
- Madar salt dome in Hormozgan
Chlorotic water of Urmia lake is very effective in the treatment of some diseases. The most notable examples are:a
Delayed Stabilization on Fracture, rheumatic diseases, neurological diseases and various diseases of women. Also, Urmia lake mud have many properties and abundant healing effects.
Health Tourism in Iran with Unnatural Attractions
As we said on top, Iran has high capabilities in the fields of infertility treatment, stem cells, dialysis, heart surgery, cosmetic surgery and ophthalmology.
- Tehran city, as the heart of Iran, due to has international doctors and well-equipped hospitals, is one of the main destination for medical tourism in Iran. Health tourists travel to this city for medical services in cases such as infertility, dentistry, ophthalmology, cell therapy and skin.
- Mashhad city, is one of the major destinations of health tourism in West Asia and the Middle East, because hospitals in Mashhad are among the best hospitals in the zone.
- Kish island, is one of the most desirable destinations for tourists. This city has Relatively high levels of life and services with specific climatic conditions in 9 months of the year, also Hospitals and health tourism sites, have turned this city as one of the health tourism centers in Iran.
- Yazd city, is one of the most important infertility centers in the Middle East and even in the world.
Therefore, if you are planning to receive treatment outside of your country, we recommend to you choose Iran. you can experience modern health tourism in Iran.
You can be treated by experienced physicians in the most well-equipped hospitals in Iran, as well as visiting historical monuments and attractions.