Saudi Arabia can take the lead in medical tourism as it has superb healthcare facilities. Medical tourism consultant may suggest that religious tourism could be combined with medical tourism, thus attracting a large number of patients. Pediatric, dental and eye clinics are popular in Saudi Arabia. Cosmetic surgery and obesity treatments are an attraction here too. The cost of treatment here is much less than other countries and the quality of healthcare is high. Saudi Arabian hospitals are adept at all major specialties of medical treatments. The facilities are also well-equipped with critical care units for surgery intensive care, burns, neurosurgery, endoscopy and general surgery. The Kingdom is known for the neurological rehabilitation of handicapped people, offering both occupational therapy as well as physiotherapy. Rehabilitation for cerebral palsy sufferers is considered to be effective in Saudi Arabia. The main challenges in the medical tourism business in Saudi Arabia is the by and large neglect of the sector by the government as well as the private sector. Medical tourism is underrated here and medical tourism facilitator companies opine that Saudi Arabia has not been able to progress in inbound medical tourism. The relevant authorities could make a concerted joint effort to set up the infrastructure for medical tourism. The visa process and documentation process is quite difficult in Saudi Arabia, which deters many foreign patients. Patients who require quick diagnosis and treatment cannot wait long for a visa. Until the government realizes the importance of the revenue addition to the economy from medical tourism and relaxes the visa process, the sector will not be able to demonstrate much growth. According to the research report "Saudi Arabia Inbound Medical Tourism Market Overview, 2028," published by Bonafide Research, the Saudi Arabia Inbound Medical Tourism market is projected to reach market size more than USD 3 Billion by 2028. Saudi Arabia has established dedicated medical cities and clusters that provide a range of specialized healthcare services within a single location. These include King Abdullah Medical City in Riyadh and King Fahd Medical City in Jeddah, offering state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive medical care. The country has invested significantly in developing world-class healthcare infrastructure, including modern hospitals, medical centers, and specialized clinics equipped with advanced medical technologies. Saudi Arabia is known for its expertise in various medical fields, including organ transplantation, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, and cosmetic surgery. International patients seek the specialized knowledge and experience of Saudi medical professionals. In addition to medical treatments, Saudi Arabia offers medical tourists the opportunity to experience its rich cultural and religious heritage. Pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina are significant draws, allowing patients to combine medical care with spiritual experiences. Saudi Arabia's focus on providing halal services aligns with the preferences of Muslim medical tourists seeking healthcare that adheres to Islamic principles. Medical tourism packages often include not only medical treatments but also accommodations, transportation, and concierge services, providing a seamless experience for patients. In terms of treatment type the market is divided into Cancer Treatment / Oncology, Cosmetic Treatment, Orthopedics Treatment / Spine Treatment, Cardiovascular Treatment, Fertility Treatment / IVF Treatments, Neurological Treatment, Organ Transplant, Bariatric Treatment, Dental Treatment, Alternative Treatment, Ophthalmology Treatment, Other Treatments. Saudi Arabia has highly skilled bariatric surgeons and medical professionals who are experienced in performing various bariatric procedures, providing patients with access to specialized care. The country's hospitals and specialized medical centers are equipped with modern medical technology and facilities that can support bariatric surgeries and comprehensive weight loss programs. Saudi Arabia, like many other countries, has a high prevalence of obesity and related health conditions. This has led to an increased demand for bariatric surgeries and weight loss treatments. Saudi Arabia offers a range of bariatric procedures, including gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, and metabolic surgery. This diversity allows patients to choose the most suitable option for their needs. Many bariatric centers in Saudi Arabia adopt a multidisciplinary approach, involving bariatric surgeons, nutritionists, psychologists, and physical therapists to provide comprehensive care. In addition, Saudi Arabia has established advanced cancer treatment centers and hospitals equipped with cutting-edge technology, including state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and advanced treatment modalities. The country hosts a pool of experienced oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, and multidisciplinary cancer care teams who are well-versed in diagnosing and treating various types of cancers. The country invests in advanced medical technology, such as robotic surgery systems, PET-CT scanners, and advanced radiation therapy equipment, ensuring patients have access to the latest treatment options. The private segment in Saudi Arabia's healthcare sector is associated with state-of-the-art medical facilities that offer advanced technology, modern infrastructure, and high-quality services. Private providers often invest in cutting-edge medical equipment and facilities to provide international patients with top-tier medical care. Private providers understand the cultural diversity of their international patients and are adept at providing care that respects and caters to different cultural norms and preferences. This sensitivity contributes to a more comfortable and welcoming environment for medical tourists. For instance, few examples of private healthcare providers in Saudi Arabia that have been associated with medical tourism King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (Jeddah Branch), Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, Al Mashfa Hospital, Al Hammadi Hospital, Dallah Hospital, Bupa Arabia. In addition, If the government actively promotes its public healthcare services to international markets through marketing campaigns and collaborations with medical tourism agencies, it could raise awareness and generate interest in these services. Public healthcare institutions might emphasize preventive care, health screenings, and primary healthcare services that cater to medical tourists seeking wellness check-ups and early disease detection. Considered in this report • Geography: Saudi Arabia • Historic year: 2017 • Base year: 2022 • Estimated year: 2023 • Forecast year: 2028 Aspects covered in this report • Saudi Arabia Inbound Medical Tourism market with its value and forecast along with its segments • On-going trends and developments • Top profiled companies • Strategic recommendation By Treatment Type • Cancer Treatment / Oncology • Cosmetic Treatment • Orthopaedics Treatment / Spine Treatment • Cardiovascular Treatment • Fertility Treatment / IVF Treatments • Neurological Treatment • Organ Transplant • Bariatric Treatment • Dental Treatment • Alternative Treatment (Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Chinese or Oriental medicine, Chiropractic and osteopathic medicine, Massage, Body movement therapies, Tai chi, Yoga, Dietary supplements, Herbal medicine, Nutrition/diet, Electromagnetic therapy, Reiki, Qigong, Meditation, Biofeedback, Hypnosis, Art, dance, and music, Visualization and guided imagery, etc.) • Ophthalmology Treatment • Other Treatments (Dermatological treatments, ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) treatments, Allergy and Immunology treatments, Sleep disorder treatments, Mental health and psychological treatments, Urology, diabetology, Proctology, Vascular Surgery, etc.) By Service Providers • Private • Public The approach of the report: This report consists of a combined approach of primary as well as secondary research. Initially, secondary research was used to get an understanding of the market and listing out the companies that are present in the market. The secondary research consists of third-party sources such as press releases, annual report of companies, analysing the government generated reports and databases. After gathering the data from secondary sources primary research was conducted by making telephonic interviews with the leading players about how the market is functioning and then conducted trade calls with dealers and distributors of the market. Post this we have started doing primary calls to consumers by equally segmenting consumers in regional aspects, tier aspects, age group, and gender. Once we have primary data with us we have started verifying the details obtained from secondary sources. Intended audience This report can be useful to industry consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, associations & organizations related to Inbound Medical Tourism industry, government bodies and other stakeholders to align their market-centric strategies. In addition to marketing & presentations, it will also increase competitive knowledge about the industry.
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