Health tourism in Iran

Iran is one of the beautiful and tourist-friendly countries that has become an exceptional destination for the people of the region due to its brilliant medical history, unique historical attractions, special ethnic and geographical diversity, well-known and advanced health centers. The tourism industry in Iran has become one of the most prosperous industries in the last decade and many people travel to Iran every year for recreational, educational and medical purposes. One of the common types of tourism is called health, in this article we will introduce it and perspective of health tourism in Iran.

Definition of health tourism in the past and present

Health tourism in Iran

Health tourism is not tourism and health, it is tourism for health. It means a person travels to another country for improving their health, performing medical or cosmetic surgery or receiving other health and wellness services!

It is clear that medical care in another country is directly related to tourism activities. Because the patient has entered a new cultural environment and wants to visit the city and tourist attractions and have fun and buy souvenirs.

The World Tourism Organization defines health tourism as:

Using services that improve or enhance a person's health and morale (using mineral water, weather or medical interventions) and lasts for more than 24 hours outside the person's place of residence.

What is a visa in field of Health tourism in Iran?

According to international definitions, a trip in which a person or persons travel from one place of residence to another for the purpose of treatment is called health tourism. A visa issued to a traveler for health tourism is also called a medical visa. Health tourism, which has now become one of the most lucrative industries in the world, includes a variety of treatments including modern medical treatments, traditional medicine, and mineral water.

What are the most suitable city in field of Health tourism in Iran?

Mashhad: With increasing in the number of Iraqi pilgrims to Mashhad, this city became the first Health tourism city; because the Iraqi pilgrims realized in addition to the pilgrimage, they could also use the advanced medical services and clinics of Mashhad.

Tehran: Tehran is another city in Iran that with its countless medical centers and specialized and advanced clinics, attracts many medical tourists from the Persian Gulf and Europe.

Shiraz: With migration of many people from Shiraz city to the Persian Gulf countries such as Oman and the UAE, the flow of people to this country also increased to Shiraz who travel to this beautiful city for medical purposes.

Ahwaz: Ahwaz is one of the suitable city in field of Health tourism in Iran. The Iraqi people are the most frequent travelers to Ahwaz for medical purposes, and it has a common language and culture with Iraq as well as the Arab countries. So most Iraqis and Arabs choose this city to treat their illnesses

Iran's competitors in the field of health tourism in Iran

Health tourism in Iran

Iran's competitors in the field of health tourism are many, including Brunei, Hungary, Spain, Costa Rica, Japan, Britain, Lithuania, India, Cuba, China, Jordan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. . In the field of cosmetic surgery, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Turkey and Costa Rica are notable people from all over the world. Belgium, Poland, as well as South African countries are working to attract health tourists.

IPD standards

Health tourism in Iran

IPD stands for International Patient Department, which is a license for hospitals and clinics that can treat international patients. IPD standards include:

-Estimating the approximate cost of treatment and inform the traveler before traveling

-Doing all the work related to the admission and treatment stages of the patient

-Coordinating financial, physician, operating room, etc. issues for the patient

Coordinating out-of-hospital activities such as translation, hotel reservation, patient reception at the airport as well as recreational activities for the patient.

Introducing IPD centers in Iran

The number of IPD centers in Iran is very large, and in the following, we will introduce some important units in the leading cities of health tourism in Iran.

-IPD units in Mashhad include Imam Reza Hospital, Musa Ibn Jafar Hospital, Bint Al-Hoda Hospital, Akbar, Javadalaimeh Hospital and Pasteur hospitals Hospital.

-In Tehran, there are units include Hazrat Sedigheh Zahra Hospital, Farabi Hospital, Shariati Hospital, Tehran Heart Center, Yas Hospital and Rouin Tan Arash Hospital.

-In Shiraz, we can also mention the units of Dena, Kowsar, Boualisina, Ordibehesht and Khodadoost hospitals.

Also, Ahvaz, two hospitals, Apadana and Aria, have IPD units.

Government custodians of health tourism in Iran.

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