Unlicensed brokers are Iran’s biggest issue

The Head of Medical Tourism Department at the Ministry of Health has been quoted in the Tehran Times saying that the biggest problem for medical tourism in Iran are brokers who provide services to medical travellers without having required licenses.

Saeid Hashemzadeh, the Head of Medical Tourism Department at the Ministry of Health, suggests using digital platforms is one way of solving this issue, adding that the hospitals and foreign patients must be able to communicate as directly as possible. For example, if the health centers’ websites clearly explain their types of services and their cost, the brokers’ activity will be automatically reduced.

“Currently, we are trying to develop a set of principles for facilitator companies, active in the field of medical tourism and if the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization help us, the principles will be carried out more extensively,” he is quoted as saying.

“Iran has set its goals to exceed its yearly medical travelers to around 2 million in [calendar year] 1404. We have the potential to be top medical tourism destination in the region, but at present we are among the top three leading destinations of such tourists in West Asia,” Saeid Hashemzadeh notes.

The article states, according to Saeid Hashemzadeh, infertility treatment, cosmetic surgeries, Maternal–fetal medicine, cardiovascular diseases treatment, ocular and general surgeries, orthopedics, cancer treatment and organ transplantation are the type of services mostly sought by patients traveling into the country.

For a more detailed analysis of the medical travel sector in Iran, visit the IMTJ Country Profile.