Medical tourism in Iran: Analysis of opportunities and challenges

by ,  Tehran Times | 2011-02-01

Globalization and liberalization of trade in health services has made medical tourism feasible and continues to grow.

This industry provides new additional financial resources to health systems of the participating countries and also provides saving costs of health services since those countries are outsourcing in this area and present effective services to developing countries.

This study aims to define the challenges and opportunities of medical tourism industry in Iran and propose some mechanisms to make Iran prosper with this new Industry.

The potential opportunities and challenges of Iran medical tourism got through interview, this phase leaded to create the 5 point Likert scale questionnaire.

Data gathered from the questionnaires were answered by health services providers in private sector and was analyzed by MADM approach, TOPSIS method.

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