Belarus attracts medical tourists

Every year 150,000 medical tourists go to Belarus says health minister Dmitry Pinevich. Numbers have been stable for several years, with most being Russian speakers.

The most popular treatments are oncology, cardiology, transplants, and stem cell treatment.

The low cost of food and lodging in Belarus, plus its central location in Europe and close proximity to the Baltic capitals, St. Petersburg, and Moscow, add to the country’s attractiveness as a health-care destination.

The number of international patients in Belarus- a figure that includes travellers and expatriates as well as medical tourists is:

  • 100,000 in 2010
  • 115,500 in 2011
  • 130,000 in 2012
  • 160,000 in 2013
  • 160,000 in 2014
  • 160,000 in 2015

The last three, and the minister’s 2016 figure are all very rough estimates,

People from over 100 countries worldwide go to Belarus for medical services. Those are mostly citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia, Syria, Germany, Israel, Italy, Cyprus, and Yemen.

Surgeries and treatment available in Belarus include cancer treatment, knee surgery, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynaecology, neurosurgery, cardiology, heart surgery, and medical rehabilitation.