Mashhad City has fast gained a reputation as one of the major medical tourism destinations of west Asia and the Middle East. Mashhad’s hospitals are among the best in the region and most private hospitals have internationally recognized quality standards. Mashhad has become the chosen destination for medical travelers from all across the world due to many reasons. The cheaper cost of treatment in Mashhad, highly qualified doctors, and picturesque tourist destinations. Most private hospitals in Mashhad provide accommodation facilities to tourists. Given Mashhad’s low cost of living, the accommodation does not cost a lot to the medical tourists.
Mashhad ranks as among the top four centers of medical tourism in Iran . In 2015, about 16,000 foreign patients sought treatment in Mashhad. Many hospitals in Mashhad have set up international departments to cater especially to the international patients. The government Sector is actively promoting medical tourism in Mashhad. As a result the number of private hospitals providing quality medical care to international patients has increased over the years.
Medical and surgical procedures in Mashhad cost only 20 to 25 percent of the same in USA or UK. The official language of Mashhad is Persian or Farsi, but English & Arabic are spoken and understood by a majority of the doctors and health staff. The prices of medical and surgical procedures are a fraction of those in developed countries. For example, a breast enlargement procedure in Mashhad costs around £2,000, whereas in UK it costs between £3,500 and £5,000. A normal cardiac bypass surgery (CABG) would cost around US $6,000-6,500 in Mashhad. Thus, patients achieve a full 50 percent saving. Patients seeking a full facelift including upper and lower eye lid lift, brow lift and neck lift would have to pay out about £2,900 in Mashhad. Whereas in the UK, this procedure would cost between £4,000 and £6,000