It was found that during 2012, there will be overall growth of 13% in the number of international patients from within the Asia Pacific region, with the largest source countries being Indonesia, China and the Philippines, and the largest destination countries being India, Thailand and Singapore.
The number of patients travelling to the Asia Pacific region for healthcare from other regions is forecast to increase by 17% in 2013, with the largest patient numbers coming from the Middle East, followed by Europe and North America, with the lower cost of treatment and immediacy of treatment being the main draw-cards.
Several countries in the Asia Pacific region are investing in creating competitive healthcare tourism industries. The Singaporean government has been very successful over the last decade in developing both the infrastructure and marketing operations to position the country as a healthcare tourism destination. Both Malaysia and Thailand are now endeavouring to emulate Singapore's success by developing and promoting their healthcare tourism industry through significant government assistance.