Iranian city to boost medical tourism

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TEHRAN – Local authorities plan to boost medical tourism in the town of Gachsaran, southwest Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province, the provincial tourism chief said.

Infrastructure has been set up in Gachsaran to facilitate the development of health tourism, Majid Safai announced on Saturday.

“There is a strong capacity for the development of the tourism industry, especially health tourism, in the city due to the airport and its quick air access to medical facilities and equipment,” said the official.

Citing an example, the official recalled a special hospital dedicated to mothers and children which offers quality services to domestic and foreign patients.

During the coronavirus outbreak, 350 foreign tourists received visas to use the medical services provided by the mentioned hospital, he noted.

Many domestic experts believe that medical tourism in Iran is a win-win opportunity for both the country and foreign patients, as they are offered affordable but quality treatment services and the country earns considerable foreign exchange.

Iran is one of the main destinations for health tourism in the region, and patients of 55 different nationalities, mainly from neighboring countries including Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman , Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan seek to use Iran’s services and facilities in this area.

The Islamic Republic has set a target of exceeding the number of annual medical travelers to around 2 million in Iran’s 1404 calendar year.

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