Health Tourism in Iran; Identifying Obstacles for Development of This Industry


1 Health Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Hospital Management Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Eye Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

5 Director General Islamic Chamber ICCIMA, Tehran, Iran

6 Trauma Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Medical tourism plays an important role in national revenue of many countries; This industry earns about 100 billion dollars for the governments each year. However, Tourism is not developed in Iran and it is in its initial paces. As a matter of fact, the Ministry of Health recognized tourism-therapy in 2003. In addition, by doing this, rather than supporting tourism-therapy, the ministry mainly tried to create new jobs for the graduates of medical sciences. However, tourism-therapy was introduced as an independent industry in 2004 by the merger The Cultural Heritage Organization to The Iran and World Tourism. According to the planning, the Iranian government has devised plans to cover 30% of medical and health needs of the country, by the end of 4th national development program, through exporting medical products and services. Therefore, determining the obstacles in the way of optimum development of tourism-therapy industry is of great help to the country.


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