Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 10/2011

Travelling for health: The potential for medical tourism

Ana Nicholls

October 2011

Economist Intelligence Unit


• Market size: Medical tourism is not new, but it is growing.
• Global shift: The flow of travel from developed to developing world.
• Marketing: How developing countries are targeting the industry.
• EIU ranking: Why some countries are better placed to benefit than others.
• US, Europe and Asia trends: The effect of healthcare reforms, budget
cuts, and growing wealth.
• The barriers: The need to harmonise standards and regulations.