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Medical Tourism Index

Medical Tourism Index

The Medical Tourism Index measures and compares the consumer perception of medical tourism amongst leading destinations. By sharing performance and stories of sustainability initiatives, destinations around the world contribute to improving the consumer’s perception and opportunity to seek medical travel services around the world.

The MTI Reports

We have conducted and published two Medical Tourism Indexes Reports. The MTI 2014-2015 assessed the attractiveness of 25 countries as medical tourism destinations. In 2016-2017 the MTI expanded to over 41 destinations across 5 regions & doubled the size of the sampling. There are also 6 Regional Reports who analysies the destinations against other destinations in the region.


Member Access

By purchasing the MTI report you will receive a member access to the website. With this access you can compare the data with different destinations, sort data by regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East and also have full access to the data of all 41 Destinations.

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to Reports

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Regional Reports

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Main Dimensions

The Medical Tourism Index considers three main factors as the drivers of medical tourism, and each of the three factors has a subset of items that allows a more detailed comparison in order to measure each destination’s attractiveness and brand awareness as a medical tourism destination.


Medical Tourism

Quality of Facilities
& Services

Top 5 Destinations

Below are the top 5 destinations in the 2016-2017 MTI Report based on the overall ranking number.











About the Developers

Renée-Marie Stephano, JD
Co-developer Medical Tourism Index (MTI)
Founder & President, Medical Tourism Association

Renée-Marie Stephano is president and founder of the Medical Tourism Association® and editor-in-chief of Medical Tourism Magazine® and the Health and Wellness Destination Guide Series of books. Ms. Stephano has authored several books from “Developing International Patient Centers, Best Practices in Facilitation,” to “Medical Tourism for Insurers and Employers,” and the most recent, “Engaging Wellness ~ Corporate Wellness Programs that Work.” Her articles have been published in publications all over the world. Most recently she co-authored an article which was peer reviewed and published in Tourism Management Academic Journal.

Ms. Stephano is an attorney and specializes in working with governments and hospitals to develop sustainable medical tourism/international patient programs and strategies. To that end she provides consultancy to organizations all over the world.She deals directly with ministers of health, tourism and economic development to establish public-private partnerships that support medical tourism and, at the same time, provide a benefit and return to the local community. Ms. Stephano has performed feasibility studies for cities, nations and hospitals worldwide in which she has relayed opportunities for international expansion, clinical development and affiliations and partnerships. She also consults governments in the development of sustainable medical tourism zones & free healthcare zones. Ms. Stephano is a keynote speaker at international conferences, has spoken at hundreds of events and is a featured source of reference on issues related to health, travel and tourism for media outlets around the world.

She is the founder and president of the International Healthcare Research Center, a 501c(3) organization dedicated to research in medical tourism, wellness travel and corporate wellness. IHRC is the publisher of the Medical Tourism Index (MTI).

Marc Fetscherin, PhD
Co-developer of the Medical Tourism Index (MTI)
Associate Professor, Rollins College, Department of Business

Dr. Marc Fetscherin is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Rollins College (FL), United States. His expertise is in international marketing with a specialization on marketing strategy, marketing research and branding with a specific focus on global brand management, corporate branding, human brands, consumer brand relationships, and destination branding. Previously, he was a Fellow at Harvard University as well as a researcher at the University of California Berkeley.

He taught or teaches MBA and executive MBA courses at various institutions worldwide such as East China University of Science and Technology (China), the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Jacobs University(Germany), the University of Lausanne, HEC (Switzerland) or the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He won multiple teaching and research awards. He has extensive international experience and lived and traveled to over 30 destinations. He speaks 5 languages (German, English, French. Spanish, Russian). Previous his academic career he was a consultant for McKinsey & Company and CEO of a Swiss luxury company. He was also a member of the Federal Commission ofConsumer Affairs, an advisory body for the Swiss Government.

He has published 3 books, multiple book chapters and journal articles. His articles have appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Harvard Business Review, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Market Research, International Marketing Review, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Brand Management, Journal of Product and Brand Management, Management International Review, International Business Review, or Tourism Management among others. He is in the editorial board of the Journal of Brand Management and the Journal of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. He is also an Expert for the Association of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy.

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