Arab and African target countries for Egypt’s medical tourism sector

Egypt Independent has reported that the Egyptian Medical Tourism Foundation, a non-governmental organisation will launch an initiative to attract tourists to the country. Called “Tourism and Recovery”, it is expected to attract 250,000 tourists in 2019 and 2020, according to the online Arabic publication Al-Ahram.

The foundation pointed out that the initiative would join medical service, tourist and insurance companies in Arab and African countries to deliver treatment and health recovery in Egypt.

The foundation clarified that the initiative would be implemented in cooperation with providers of medical services in Egypt including physicians, specialised medical centres and hospitals, physical therapy centres, eye centres, radiology centres and analytical laboratories.

The article says that Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism has considered locations for launching the medical tourism project in 2019, mentioning the chemical content of the Red Sea waters and the presence of coral reefs that help to cure psoriasis.

IMTJ analysis suggests that medical tourists to Egypt rank in the low thousands, and this may have been further reduced with the political upheavals and terrorism in recent years. Medical tourists travel to take advantage of Egypt’s low prices, generally seeking cosmetic surgery, heart surgery, eye surgery and dental treatment.

For further independent analysis of the medical tourism sector in Egypt, visit the IMTJ Country Profile.