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Research study on Health tourism in the EU

Period:2017
Client:European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, Transport and Tourism
Product:Mainil, T., Eijgelaar, E., Klijs, J., Nawijn, J., & Peeters, P. (2017). Research for TRAN Committee - Health tourism in the EU: a general investigation. Brussels, Belgium: European Parliament, Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies.

Report abstract
This study defines and explores health tourism and its three main components: medical, wellness, and spa tourism. Health tourism comprises around 5% of general tourism in the EU28 and contributes approximately 0.3% to the EU economy. Health tourism has a much higher domestic share than general tourism does. Increasing the share of health tourism may reduce tourism seasonality, improve sustainability and labour quality, and may help to reduce health costs through prevention measures and decreased pharmaceutical consumption.

Read a review/summary of the report by the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) here.

A french translation of the report has been made available by the European Parliament: Étude réalisée pour la commissionTRAN–Tourisme de santé dans l’Union: enquête générale

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