Every year lots of people from around the world come to Iran for medical treatment. In following, I mention 7 reasons why Iran is an excellent destination for medical tourism:
1. Historical Reputation in Medical Services
The history has recorded lots of Iranian well-known physicians that could treat different diseases and made innovation in medical history. In addition, there are lots of books and booklets from these physicians that had remarkable impacts on medical services improvement. Some scientists such as Bu Ali Sina and Zakaria Razi are among these physicians that are very famous in whole world. These capabilities handed over generation by generation to current health experts in Iran.
2. Highly Qualified Health Professionals
Iran has 51 medical schools that provide high quality education services and train approximately 3000 doctors and lots of other healthcare experts annually. In addition, some of these professionals have followed their education at top universities around the world. As a result, there are lots of knowledgeable, internationally well-known and well-trained doctors, surgeons and nurses in Iran that can deliver state-of-the-art medical services.
3. Advanced Hospitals
The country has over 850 governmental and private hospitals nationwide that lots of them are very advanced and follow high quality standards. Also, they are equipped with modern medical equipment and facilities that can provide medical treatments in various specialties. Although because of sanctions Iranian hospitals cannot be accredited by JCI, but all of them are accredited by Iranian Hospital Accreditation System and some hospitals are accredited by ACI.
4. Affordable Prices
Beside high quality services, the cost of medical services in Iran are highly lower than all advanced countries and even most of medical tourism destinations in the region and whole world. Also, tourism services such as transportation and accommodation are very affordable in comparison to other countries.
5. No Waiting List
As mentioned, there are lots of hospitals and clinics in Iran and also lots of specialties in various areas. As a result, and in contrast to some countries, patients can take their treatments in Iran without any waiting list.
6. Alternative Medicine
There are lots of knowledgeable doctors in Iran that use traditional medicine to treat different diseases. Also, Iran has plenty of hot water fountains, mineral water fountains, and sweet and sore water lake in various geographical regions. These capabilities can be used for treating several diseases by low cost and without side effects.
7. Tourism Attractiveness
Iran possesses lots of historical, cultural, natural, and pilgrimage attractions for all people and its diverse climatic and unique four season weather encourage lots of tourists to visit Iran every year. Most importantly, Iranians are known for their national and traditional beliefs on hospitality. Visiting Iran leads to an excellent experience for tourists that come Iran for any reason.
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