Violetta Ianyshevska: “Medical tourism maintain country economy


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At the end of the last century, a trip to another country for medical treatment for ukrainians seemed something unreal. Internet just appeared and conquered countries and continents. And learn about the possibilities of treatment in foreign countries, to find the best hospital for treatment of a particular disease can be mainly on the advice of doctors or friends who have traveled abroad and have the necessary information and contacts.

Only in recent years with the development of modern information technologies the situation has changed greatly and the concept of "medical tourism" has become widely known. Though there is nothing new in this term , except the title itself. Already thousands of years ago people combined travel and treatment.

Medical tourism includes such concepts as "health tourism" - when people travel to improve health and appearance; "Diagnostic tourism" - where the main goal  is body examination (check-up), to make the correct diagnosis, to obtain the so-called "second opinion» (second-opinion); and proper "medical tourism" - when the main purpose of travel is to treat.

Med tourism  ... - the engine of national progress

Over the past decade the global market for medical tourism (MT) has already been formed and shows high growth rates. For example, revenues from the MT grew from $ 40 billion in 2004 to $ 500 billion in 2012, representing 14% of total tourism revenues ($ 3.2 trillion) as a whole, or 1.8% of world GDP. In developed countries, health care is a significant part of the economy of the state. According to the US Census Bureau, the annual income of the country's industry in 2012 was about $ 1.7 trillion. World Bank data show that spending on health in the EU can rise to 8% of GDP in 2000 to 14% in 2030.


On 29th of  September – 1st of  October in Kiev was held  successfully one of the largest events in Ukraine in the field of medical tourism - International Medical Tourism Exhibition and Conference MTEC.Kyiv.2015, which is traditionally held in parallel with the exhibition "Public Health" and Tourism market "UITM" .

Organizers of the exhibition - Premier Expo, Global Healthcare Travel Council and Ukrainian Association of Medical Tourism.

Participants of the MTEC.Kyiv exhibition were medical and rehabilitation centers, hospitals, agencies and medical tourism clusters of  Ukraine, Turkey, Germany, Israel, Croatia, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Cyprus, the Czech Republic.

Anyone within three days had the opportunity to visit the exhibition stands of healthcare companies to explore the activities of organizations, services, achievements and advantages of the treatment. The  stand of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine was working for answers to the professional questions about  health system of Ukraine.

Medical safety on the airplane board 

Medical tourism is gaining momentum and air travel is the most rapid, convenient and safe way for the patient to reach their destinations. That is why Ukrainian Association of Medical Tourism opens the section devoted to medical patient’s safety during air travel.

How to arrange the air travel without risk and negative health effects? What to consider in the trip planning? After all, many passengers have a chronic illness or certain physiological features of the body, affecting the normal flights tolerability. Even just being on aircraft may be the cause of stress for the traveler and lead a certain deviation from the norm. In this article we would like to give you some useful advices for people with chronic diseases, as well as pregnant women, especially women with high-risk pregnancies, or for women with long period of pregnancy. These advices will help to make your travel more comfortable.

The most important rule: if you have some disease - ask a question to your doctor about the medical safety of the flight for you personally.

Also remember: Passengers who have taken prescribed medication should always take its on board in their hand luggage. This is especially important if you are taking medication for heart disease, diabetes, or epileptic attacks. This rule should be binding for such passengers, despite the fact that all airplanes have medical first-aid kit with basic medicaments on board.


In September 29 - October 2, 2014 was successfully held the 2nd Medical Tourism Exhibition and Conference MTEC.Kiev.2014 - the unique event, which is held annually jointly with exhibitions “Public Health” and “Ukraine International Travel Market” (UITT). Each day was full of events aimed at tuition, searching for new partners, demonstrating their services, being in the know of world medicine achievements. The international medical tourism market, as one of the promising area is fast growing, that explains the widespread interest among participants and crowded conference rooms.

Video report of MTEC.Kiev.2014 can much more better transmit  the event atmosphere and participants can mentally come back to the end of September and call to memory how it was.

See you next year at MTEC.Kiev.2015! Join us!


 Press-release. The meeting of the Commission on the medical tourism development under the Public Council of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

April 29, 2014 Kyiv

The theme of the meeting: "The legalization of the medical tourism tour operators working" 

Participants of the meetings were members of the Commission and invited guests interested in the development of the industry. All participants joint into a working group.

There are following trends in the current Ukrainian medical tourism market: increasing the flow of medical tourists, growing interest of tourism market players to medical tourism, active opening of medical tourism departments in travel agencies. Due to the lack of comprehensive medical education, low employees qualification and quality control absents there is a high risk to patients.
All members of the meeting agreed that medical tourism is relatively new segment of tourism market for Ukraine, it is directly related to the health and life of humans, so it should be a separate legal category. 

Article 4 of the Law of Ukraine on tourism gives a classification of tourism types, one of which is “healthcare tourism", but obtaining a license forthcoming tour operator does not specify what kind of services will be provided, so medical tourism is not regulated by law.

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