A low-cost medical treatment
Each year more tourists travel to other countries to receive a higher quality and more affordable healthcare and medical treatment rather than their own country. These types of trips, which nowadays known as "medical tourism", have grown significantly in recent years. Iran has great potentials in medical tourism and it can develop its role and place in the world and the region.
There are also many advantages in medical tourism in Iran, the most important of which is the provision of low-cost health care services. In the last few years, many countries have been ranked among the most popular destinations for health tourism, the main reason for their popularity has been the provision of complex medical services at a lower cost than tourists' countries of origin. Every year, millions of people pass international boundaries to take cheap and specialized medical and healthcare services.
Iran is one of medical tourism destinations. Despite the cost, private healthcare in Iran is still fairly cheap in comparison to other neighboring countries especially Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Turkey, Kuwait, Oman, India and Pakistan.
The practice and study of medicine in Persia has a long and prolific history. In recent years, some experimental studies have indeed evaluated medieval Iranian medical remedies using modern scientific methods. These studies raised the possibility of revival of traditional treatments on the basis of evidence-based medicine.
Iran has a lot of great professors and well-known physicians and the Iran's healthcare sector is ranked high among Middle East countries. Currently, the best doctors in European and American countries are Iranian doctors who work in the highest academic positions. More over Iran’s well educated and skilled workforce in medical treatment and healthcare are in high levels compared to other main destinations of medical tourism in the Middle East. Its scientific development in some medical specialties has enhanced its position in the field.
Today, we can use virtual spaces; technology which we had not in the past. For instance, Patients can put their test results in these spaces to show their physician, and it does not require a frequent referral by the patient to the clinic to know the test's response; therefore, this is in the best interest of the patient and the physician, it also makes the patient's access to the doctor simpler.
Top ranking in treatment
Specialized hospitals and equipment have made Iran health status to be distinct from other neighboring countries. Iranian health team has a strong academic background and is well-known in the worldwide. In addition, Iranian physicians are highly skilled in the treatment of diseases and surgeries such as plastic and cosmetic surgery, skin and beauty services, infertility and gynecology, dentistry, neurology, cardiology, and ophthalmology, and have a global ranking in the treatment of these diseases.
For example, Iranian ophthalmologists are known not only in Iran, but also in the world in the field of ophthalmology and eye-care. Every year, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) test is held among the young graduates of this field in the world, and Iranian physicians hold top-levels and are recognized as the best in the world. Also, Iran ranked 4th in the world in rhinoplasty and ranked 10th in cosmetic surgeries in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.