Iran is not only a beautiful destination in Middle East known for its diversity cultural and historic places and monuments, wonderful natural attractions, scenic beaches and serene backwaters. Of late Iran has gained international attention for health Tourism and is becoming a popular international medical tourism destination. What many tourists have now discovered is that Iran has a pool of experienced, trained doctors and nurses and an excellent network of hospitals that offer international standard treatments at very affordable prices. Iran destination has high potential for medical tourism development. The geographical location of Iran, existence of numerous hot and cold mineral springs in various parts of the country as well as low-cost and high quality health services in the fields of fertility treatment, stem cell treatment, dialysis, heart surgery, cosmetic surgery, eye surgery and more provide good opportunities to attract health tourists.
- Iran’s Health Tourism strategic council has produced polices, rules and regulations for international tourist healthcare service centers. Those hospitals and clinics that want to offer health tourism services to foreign citizens need to acquire licenses from both the Ministry of Health and the Iranian Tourism Organization named IPD (International patient department).
- The key target market for medical tourism Iran is the Gulf region, taking people who used to go to Europe or troubled local rivals such as Jordan. An increasing number of patients come from Oman, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan and even India.
- Iran offers medical services in ophthalmology, cardiology, kidney transplants, dentistry, urology and general surgery.