Medical tourists flock to Spain

Each year Spain attracts a huge number of medical tourists due to low treatment costs and cheap airfares.

Spain’s healthcare system – ranked as the 7th best in the world by the World Health Organization – attracts an increasing number of medical tourists due to its advanced medical technology, low treatment costs and improved healthcare infrastructure. The country is particularly popular for cosmetic surgery, obesity surgery, eye surgery, dental care, organ transplants and neurosurgery. According to a new report from Timetric, medical tourism in Spain is expected to grow significantly towards 2016. The main drivers for the growth in medical tourism are the broad range of low cost yet efficient medical services, combined with the ease of obtaining a visa for medical treatment in the country. According to the report, Spain will emerge as a leading medical tourist destination, providing various options and alternatives for medical tourists in the future.

 Even though the economic instability in Europe has affected the country’s inbound tourism, Spain continues to be a popular tourist destination. According to Timetric the volume of domestic tourists is expected to increase at a CAGR of 2.87% by 2016. This trend is driven by the growth of low-cost airlines offering affordable flying options, discounts offered by tour operators, as well as the popularity of festivals such as La Tomatina and San Fermin. The most popular tourist destinations in the country include Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Ibiza and the Costa Brava, which are known for their natural beauty, architectural masterpieces, museums, festivals, events, beaches and nightlife. Besides medical tourism, other popular tourist markets on the rise include wine and culinary tourism as well as health and wellness tourism.