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Medical travel

With the increase in medical travel, rehabilitation breaks and cosmetic & dental procedures abroad, quality standardization and accreditation of facilities are of the utmost importance.

Medical Travel Awards

The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards applauds outstanding achievement in the medical travel, medical tourism and health tourism industry worldwide. Divided into 19 categories, services, facilities and destinations worldwide are judged by a panel of medical travel experts and honoured each year.

In 2019 the IMTJ winners included:

  • Best quality initiative: Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara
  • Best marketing initiative: China Medical University Hospital
  • Best use of technology in medical tourism: Dental Holiday by Smile Clinic
  • International cosmetic surgery clinic of the year: Bagatin Clinic
  • International dental clinic of the year: FMS Dental Hospitals
  • International cancer centre of the year: Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital  – Chennai
  • International eye clinic of the year: Hangil Eye Hospital
  • International hair clinic of the year: Advanced Hair Clinics
  • Specialist international patient centre: China Medical University Hospital
  • International hospital of the Year: Centro Médico Teknon, Grupo Quirónsalud
  • Health and medical tourism: Cluster of the year: Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
  • Health and medical tourism: Destination of the year: Korea Health Industry Development Institute

The Medical Travel Awards in 2020 is scheduled to take e place in Madrid in September.

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The definition of medical tourism refers to people seeking to obtain medical treatment overseas. This originated, initially, from less-developed countries where facilities were not available. With the growth and development of low cost airlines opening new gateways, technological & medical advancement and more skilled medical professionals, medical tourism has expanded. The consumer has today a wider choice.


Following Covid-19, the landscape of medical travel will change.  The medical travellers will consider choice against revised criteria such as how safe is the destination to travel to and to stay for a period of time.  The medical safety from various perspectives will be key to the decision process for medical travel. Ian Youngman looks at the future for global medical travel.

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