Medical tourism booms in Mashad, Iran


The number of foreign nationals visiting Mashhad for medical services jumped 50% in the first half of the current Iranian year (started March 21) compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the Department of medical tourism from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences. .

23,000 medical travelers from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Tajikistan received medical services from Mashhad hospitals in the first half of the year, representing a 50% increase from one year to the next.

66% were women and 33% were men, who received services from licensed medical centers for eye care, heart care, gynecology, obstetrics, orthopedics and cosmetic surgery.

Last year (1,400), Mashhad received 24,300 foreign medical travelers who were hospitalized or received outpatient treatment.

Iran has enormous potential to become a medical tourism hub.

Data compiled by the Ministry of Health suggests that the Islamic Republic receives an average of one million medical tourists each year.

The country’s experts say that in order to successfully promote medical tourism, it is necessary to recognize the strategic medical tourism status of each province in the country, provide specialized personnel and high-quality services, improve infrastructure and that the authorities support and promote the medical tourism industry.

The Islamic Republic has set a target to increase the number of annual medical travelers to around two million in calendar year 1404 (March 2025-March 2026).


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