What are medical tourism trends in 2022 for Germany and the world?

Medical tourism trends in 2022

Every year about 250,000 patients seek treatment in Germany. They come from 177 countries mostly from Poland, the Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine and South Arabia. Of these, 100,000 are treated as inpatients in clinics. According to estimates, planned treatments of foreign patients in hospitals account for about 40 – 45 %.

Deutsche Welle reports that the number of visitors has dropped significantly in the last few years, with fewer Russian nationals visiting Germany for such services. In 2020, the number of such patients from Russia decreased by more than 30 per cent. On the other hand, there was a rise in patients from EU states and Arabic countries.

The global medical tourism market grew from $32.02 billion in 2021 to $35.77 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.7% (1). According to several forecasts, around 4% of the world’s population will seek medical services in other countries by 2025. The credit card provider Visa reports that medical tourism is currently worth US$400 billion worldwide.

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