2013 MTA Medical Tourism Survey Report 

The practice of traveling to a foreign country to attain medical services continues to grow as a global phenomenon. Patients around the world are seeking international healthcare solutions to address prevailing issues with cost, quality, and access. The Medical Tourism Association (MTA) has worked with The George Washington University to address information gaps in the medical tourism industry through its most recent 2013 Medical Tourism Survey. The Medical Tourism Association is also committed to raising consumer awareness of international healthcare options, and has specific initiatives designed to educate and increase the number of consumers who travel for healthcare.

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The Medical Tourism Association (MTA) has worked to address information gaps in
the medical tourism industry through its 2013 MTA Medical Tourism Survey.


The purpose of the 2013 MTA Medical Tourism Survey was the following:

  • Obtain empirical data on medical tourism through probability sampling.
  • Verify the drivers and deterrents of demand.
  • Affirm treatments in demand.
  • Analyze the economic implications of the medical tourism industry.
  • Confirm destination countries in demand.
  • Identify factors influencing choice in travel, destination, and activities.
  • Segment medical tourists.
  • Establish important areas for further research.


  • Selection of 500 sampling units from a total population of 860 website registrants.
  • Survey interview was a self-administered online survey questionnaire scheduled
  • between April 8, 2013 and April 19, 2013.
  • Collected 49 completed questionnaires, representing a 10% response rate.


  • Nearly 80% of demand for medical travel is driven by cost savings.
  • Cosmetic surgery leads all other treatments, representing 38% of demand.
  • About 92% of total spending on medical travel per patient is less than $30,000.
  • Medical tourists spend between $7,475 and $15,833 per medical travel trip.
  • For 6 million patients, medical travel may contribute $45 - $95 billion to global GDP.
  • Latin America and Asia are the two leading regions for medical travel.
  • Mexico and India respectively have the highest demand for medical tourism.
  • Almost 76% of patients with a future interest in medical travel are American.


  • Medical tourism has become a viable healthcare alternative for patients in the U.S.
  • There may be new demand trends for treatments and destinations in medical travel.
  • There are untapped niche target market opportunities within medical tourism.


  • Collaborate with stakeholders to conduct annual global market research.
  • Institute policies to expand various markets within medical tourism industry.
  • Collaborate to develop healthcare hubs as a part of regional economic integration.



International Healthcare Research Center

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The Medical Tourism Association has partnered with the International Healthcare Research Center on all future research projects. The International Healthcare Research Center , a 501(c)3 nonprofit research center, focuses on market research, trends and analysis and providing actionable intelligence for the Medical Tourism, International Healthcare and International Health Insurance Industry.

The International Healthcare Research Center does its own independent research as well as partner with Third Party Research Organizations and Educational Institutions.

Types of Research

  • International Patient Experiences & Outcomes
  • Buyers of Healthcare Research in the area of Insurers, Employers, Governments and Facilitators
  • Government Research
  • Patient Demographics
  • Trends & Analysis of International Patient Care
  • Global Health Insurance Research
  • Hospital Research
  • Researching Healthcare Issues with Local Populations and understanding Health, Wellness and Population Health Management that can positively affect the health and wellbeing of individuals.


The Medical Tourism Association™ is always striving to educate and promote awareness throughout the industry. The information and research gained from conducting these surveys significantly increases awareness in medical tourism through our findings and current information. Survey results are published through numerous media outlets including Medical Tourism Magazine, the Medical Tourism Association™ website, Health Tourism Magazine, and Medical Tourism City, through published reports and at global events.

The International Healthcare Research Center has been designate as a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service. Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code provides for the exemption for educational and scientific organization which are not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. The International Healthcare Research Center does not have shareholders or investors.


2011-2012 Research and Analysis

The International Healthcare Research Center has launched a comprehensive worldwide research project in Medical Tourism as part of its 2011-2012 Strategic Initiatives for Market Research and Intelligence. This Comprehensive Research project will better help stakeholders in the industry better understand the opportunities, challenges and obstacles. It also is imperative to provide insight for those in the industry to understand exactly what is going on in the industry in order to have actionable information in order to move in the right direction. Without understanding what is happening with every type of industry participant, one cannot make intelligent decisions in the industry.


This survey, measures results from

  • Hospitals
  • Governments
  • Medical Tourism Facilitators
  • Insurance Companies
  • Employers
  • Buyers of Healthcare
  • Providers
  • Tour Operators and Hotels
  • Other industry participants.

The survey will measure the “pulse” of the medical tourism industry and provide insight into where it is headed in the future. This medical tourism research survey is critical to the industry, by providing the market intelligence for industry participants to make informed decisions. This is the most comprehensive survey and research done in the medical tourism industry to date.


Past Medical Tourism Surveys and Research Reports

  • MTA Patient Survey ~ May 1st 2009
  • MTA Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters Medical Tourism Survey ~ May 1st 2009
  • MTA Bumrungrad International Patient Survey ~ May 1st 2009
  • MTA Hospital Survey ~ July 1st 2009
  • MTA Employer Healthcare Reform Survey ~ June 2010
  • MTA Healthcare Reform Survey~ July 1st 2010


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