Can you guess the amount of medical travelers who choose to get medical treatment in Israel each year? Isreal treated 30,000 medical tourists in 201o. Astonishing, isn’t it? This brings us down to the real question: what are the factors propelling and supporting the impressive growth of the Israeli inbound medical tourism industry?
Factor # 1—Amazing Cost Savings
Cost savings is undoubtedly one of the top factors that continue to attract medical tourists from all over the world to Israel. Israeli healthcare prices are lower than several Western and European countries. For example, orthopedic procedures cost half the price in Israel as compared to the US. The cost includes not just medical expenses but also hotel stays of weeks to rest and recuperate and airfare, and yet the patients still get to save around 25% to 35% on the cost of equivalent medical care in the United States. Besides this, In Vitro Fertilization treatment costs around $16,000 to $20,000 in the US, while the same treatment with a higher success rate costs only $3000 to $3,500 in Israel. No wonder most of the medical tourists arriving to Israel for medical care are from Eastern Europe, the US, Ukraine and Russia.
Factor # 2—Wide Range of Healthcare Treatments Available
Among the top factors for the soaring increase in the Israeli inbound medical tourism is also the wide range of healthcare treatments that Israel offers to patients. Russians mostly travel to Israel because of the unavailability of many healthcare treatments back home. Patients from all over the world medical travel to Israel to seek for procedures like bone marrow transplants, oncological and neurological treatments, heart surgeries, IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) and car accident rehabilitation. Did you know that Israel has established the most respected medical centers and hospitals in the fields of fertility treatments, bone marrow transplants, orthopedics, and oncology?
Factor # 3— High Quality of Medical Care Services
Another reason Israel is a sought after destination among medical tourists is its high quality of medical care services and state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure. The country has established the biggest medical centers and largest hospitals delivering the best in medical care. Some of the renowned hospitals in Israel that continue to attract medical tourists include Sheba Medical Center, Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Tel Hashomer, and Hadassah University Hospital. Sheba Medical Center generates approximately $33 million from medical tourism each year.