Isfahan Healthcare City, Iran – a good model for medical travel?

The Iranian tourism minister has said Isfahan Healthcare City is a good model for the development of medical tourism in other Iranian cities, highlighting City’s use of the latest medical equipment and facilities, providing services to patients of all ages. The minister called for further collaboration between the medical centre and Isfahan province’s officials to remove obstacles in the path of attracting more international patients.

Isfahan Healthcare City embraces 36 hospital and outpatient clinics, and state-of-the-art medical facilities in an area of 330,000 square meters.

It opened in 2017 with orthopaedic, obstetrics and gynaecology clinics and healthy restaurants. It added wellness centres offering health improvement services including beauty treatment and traditional medicine. Next was a radiation centre, diagnostic and therapeutic services including PET scans, CT scans and MRI scans. After that came a hospital with 400 beds. The final phase includes a 12-storey four-star hotel. The healthcare complex also offers long-term care services for seniors and chronically ill patients.

With the cooperation of provincial officials, it is expected that this complex can attract more foreign tourists, especially Iranians living abroad.

Iran is known as an affordable destination for medical tourism and the government has made a significant effort to attract more. Experts believe that medical tourism in the Islamic Republic is a win-win opportunity both for the country and foreign patients, as they are offered affordable yet quality treatment services and the country gains considerable foreign currency.

The Islamic Republic has set goals to exceed its yearly medical tourists to two million in calendar year 1404 (March 2025-March 2026).