With the medical travel market growing at a rate of 15-25% per year, the size is estimated at US$38.5-55 billion, based on approximately 11 million cross-border patients worldwide. By 2020, Dubai's medical tourism initiative projects up to 500,000 medical tourists, accounting for an annual medical spend of AED2.6 billion.
Returning for 2015, the International Medical Travel Exhibition and Conference (IMTEC) will take place from 7-8 October 2015 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
IMTEC provides a global platform for hospital groups, medical travel organisations and health services companies to increase their international presence and patient network, and gain market share in this growing industry. This event will play host to more than 100 regional and international exhibitors, and attract an estimated 2,200 attendees from across the world.
- More than 10 million people worldwide are traveling abroad for treatment, with more than 9,000 patients from the UAE alone
- GCC governments are spending between US$100,000 and US$500,000 per patient, with some cases costing in excess of US$ 1.5 million
- Travelers from the GCC and Russia account for the largest share of medical tourists in Dubai, with visitors from Nigeria and Angola also increasing
- More than US$1 billion has been spent by the Kuwait government on overseas medical treatment during 2014 - 2015
IMTEC brings together leaders in the medical tourism industry at an event designed to create maximum interaction and meeting opportunites for the entire medical travel venue chain including healthcare and government professionals, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies and many more...