Skvortsova: foreign nationals flocking to Russia for medical treatment! Numbers up by 50%

27 February 2017

In 2016, the number of foreign nationals coming to Russia for medical treatment increased by more than 50%, Russian Minister of Healthcare Veronika Skvortsova announced at the Sochi 2017 Russian Investment Forum, according to RBC reports.

“Over the past year alone, we have seen an increase of 56% in incoming medical tourism”, Skvortsova said (quote from RIA Novosti).

The Minister explained that her department was receiving requests from insurance companies in Germany who wanted German pensioners to receive treatment in Russia’s leading high-tech centres.

“We see the same from Bahrain, and from China, too. So we are not just talking about former Soviet countries. There is genuine rapid growth here”, Skvortsova commented.

It was previously reported that in 2015, medical tourism by foreign nationals contributed between RUB 7 billion and RUB 10 billion to the Russian budget.

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