The first international workshop on medical tourism was held in Almaty on the basis of SOVMINKI. The exhibition, which was previously held in Belarus, was attended by about a hundred representatives of foreign and domestic clinics, travel agents, insurance, air and travel companies from Georgia, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Russia. Since the beginning of the year, more than a hundred foreigners have been treated in SOVMINK alone, and last year there were 500 of them. Foreigners are attracted by the quality and price of medical services, which are several times lower than in Europe. They are interested in such areas as neurosurgery, arrhythmology, Parkinson’s disease, cardiology, dentistry, IVF, checkup. During the workshop, memorandums were signed with foreign partners and this is only the beginning of a new historical vector for domestic medicine.
The plans of the co-organizers of Universal Health Expert are to continue holding a medical workshop in Sovminka and make the event a tradition. The first experience showed that it is possible to develop medical tourism in Kazakhstan, all conditions have been created for this.