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Health tourism in the EU: a general investigation

Mainil, T., Eijgelaar, E., Klijs, J., Nawijn, J., & Peeters, P.
Bibliographical information:
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.
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.

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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