Every year Belarus is visited by about 150 thousand tourists for the purpose of health improvement and treatment. Exports of medical services in 2018 amounted to $ 41 million in monetary terms, and this figure is growing every year.
What attracts foreign citizens to domestic medicine, from which countries they come to Belarus the most, how this type of tourism works, and what is its potential, Profi. ravel learned from medical tourism operators in Belarus: director of MedTravelBelarus Vladislav Androsov and director of LLC Belmedtourism Alexey Achapovsky.
V&V Medical LLC was registered in the Republic of Belarus in 2010. MedTravelBelarus unites more than 50 medical institutions in the republic: narrow-profile private medical centers, city and regional clinical hospitals, the Republican Scientific and Practical Center and the Republican Clinical Medical Center of the Administrative Department President of the Republic of Belarus.
Belmedturizm LLC was registered in 2016. The company has a number of partner clinics in Minsk and regional centers of Belarus, providing package tours, from buying tickets and booking accommodation, ending with choosing a clinic and the optimal treatment program.
Every year about 150-160 thousand foreign citizens come to Belarus for health improvement, of which 40-50 thousand people go for medical services.
According to MedTravelBelarus. om for 2017, the TOP-10 countries whose citizens visited Belarus for the purpose of medical tourism included Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Israel, Poland.
Today, Belarus exports medical services for citizens of 138 countries of the world. In Minsk alone, the increase in the export of medical services is about 20% per year.
“I would like to see medical tourism as a full-fledged industry that accumulates a large financial flow. The average checks that individual foreign tourists bring in medical tourism are high - no other type of tourist, including in the business segment or educational tourism, leaves so much money in the country. Therefore, I would like to attract more attention of our departments to medical tourism, so that the promotion of this segment is more active, ”said Vladislav Androsov.
Vladislav Androsov, Director of MedTravelBelarus:
- The current health care system of the Republic of Belarus, in my opinion, is optimal against the background of other CIS countries. In some respects, it is more attractive even in comparison with Eastern and Western European countries. At the same time, no health care system can be perfect.
From the point of view of adaptation of domestic health care to the needs of medical tourism, here, in our opinion, there are certain gaps. After all, we are dealing with a new, little-studied industry. Market expertise has not yet reached the level to effectively lobby for competent legislative initiatives that will have a visible effect on increasing the volume of exports of services.
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