Medical Tourism Association – MTA

Medical Tourism Association – MTA

Medical Tourism Association

The Medical Tourism Association® is a Global Non-profit association for the Medical Tourism and International Patient Industry. The MTA works with healthcare providers, governments, insurance companies, employers and other buyers of healthcare – in their medical tourism, international patient, and healthcare initiatives – with a focus on providing the highest quality transparent healthcare. The MTA is also committed to raising consumer awareness of international healthcare options, and has specific initiatives designed to educate and increase the number of consumers who travel for healthcare. The MTA is also committed to educating consumers about their options internationally for medical treatment. You can learn more about these initiatives below.

The MTA educates consumers through its programs; such as its Health & Wellness Destination Guides and through the its #1 rated internet portal for healthcare consumers: www.MedicalTourism.Com .

Education and Training

The MTA offers educational training, certification, and other brand-development programs to hospitals, healthcare providers, and governments who actively work towards developing a sustainable medical tourism program and increasing patient volume.

WHAT IS THE Medical Tourism Association® ?

The Medical Tourism Association® also referred to as Medical Travel Association, is the first membership based international non-profit trade association for the medical tourism and global healthcare industry made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment. Our Association promotes the interests of its healthcare provider and medical tourism facilitator members. The Medical Tourism Association®  has three tenets: Transparency in Quality and Pricing, Communication and Education.


The Medical Tourism Association® seeks to provide transparency in both quality of care and pricing. Every day we see more and more that the globalization of healthcare has created a very flat world. We exchange technology, information, communication, physicians and patients. In order to ensure patient safety, it is our goal to create a transparency about the quality of healthcare that can be found in each country. With this, it is increasingly important to create a transparency in pricing as well so patients traveling overseas for care can be sure of what they are receiving without hidden costs or unforeseen expenses. The Medical Tourism Association® is also working on the Quality of Care Project, which will change the way we look at the reporting of global healthcare statistics and the quality of care available at hospitals around the world. For more information, click here.


The Members of the Medical Tourism Association® agree that communication is the key to success, particularly with respect to ensuring positive patient outcomes. The members of the Medical Tourism Association® have agreed to put competition aside and work together to resolve the issues one by one and to work together to address them as they arise. We have created a forum for communication for all of the actors in the global healthcare environment.


Although we live in a world where information is at our fingertips, there are so many people who lack the information that they can receive the highest quality of care outside of their home country. Some patients in countries like the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom have a lack of access to healthcare due to high cost and high wait times. Patients in some other regions as in some parts of Africa and the Middle East do not have access to high quality of care in their own country and need to look elsewhere. Some patients just would like to travel outside of their country for healthcare to incorporate high quality of care with a holiday and tourism. Regardless of the reason, patients need education and information to understand what they should look for in finding a provider overseas and considerations that should be taken seriously to ensure patients’ safety. As insurance companies continue to incorporate global healthcare and medical tourism options into their benefit plans and domestic healthcare providers are required to treat patients for aftercare when patients return to their home country, education is required to accomplish this seamlessly. The Medical Tourism Association® strives to provide education to anyone with any interest in this industry using various means: the media, conferences, and through the Medical Tourism Magazine and Health Tourism Magazine. The Medical Tourism Magazine and the Health Tourism Magazine are bi-monthly medical tourism and health tourism trade journals aimed at providing a wealth of information for anyone interested in or affected by the globalization of healthcare. For more information on both magazines, please click the logos below:

How is the MTA Different?

We are a True, Un-Biased, Non-Profit Organization. The Medical Tourism Association® , also known as Medical Travel Association, is the first member based non-profit association created in the medical tourism industry. The Medical Tourism Association® was not founded by any government or governmental organization, hospital, or private for-profit corporation, nor are we funded by or indirectly run or controlled by any such organizations. The Medical Tourism Association® is truly an unbiased association influenced only by the will and intent of its members.

We have Full Time Staff

The Medical Tourism Association® is the only industry organization with a full time staff dedicated to promoting the goals of its members. We are the only organization with staff and offices located in different regions of the world.

We Promote a Forum for Communication

The Medical Tourism Association® has forged strong alliances between its members. Our organization is the only association with the capability to connect members with the largest number of media contacts, insurance companies and other opportunities to grow the businesses of its members. We have monthly teleconferencing to discuss the issues common to everyone involved and creating a pyramidal structure for the growth of the industry to withstand the test of time.

We Educate

The Medical Tourism Association® focuses on education. The Medical Tourism Magazine is a bi-monthly journal that is free for anyone wishing to receive a subscription electronically. The revenues received through advertising are used to support the cost of producing the magazine and for increasing the printed distribution. Other magazines and newsletters have been created specifically to generate profits for private corporations and do not represent the industry or the interests of the industry.

Members of the Medical Tourism Association® speak internationally at conferences and other venues to educate about the issues involved in the globalization of healthcare. This includ es speaking engagements for physician groups, employer groups, consulting firms, insurance agents and brokers, and governmental organizations. Medical Tourism Association® regularly consults foreign governments about the growth of the industry in other countries, the opportunities created through marketing and the benefits of ultimately improving the quality of care within their national borders.

Certified Medical Travel Professional

Delivering an outstanding patient/guest experience on a consistent basis is not something that can be improvised; it requires in-depth knowledge of your customers’ needs and expectations. There are considerations regarding culture and language, care management, travel coordination, risk mitigation and legal and privacy issues. Whether you work in the healthcare or hospitality fields, as a Certified Medical Travel Professional (CMTP) you will possess the skills and knowledge to facilitate the seamless integration of quality, safety and service, at all touch points along the Medical Travel Care Continuum™.

CMTP includ es the following learning modules: MODULE 1: Introduction to Medical Travel MODULE 2: Medical Travel Business Models MODULE 3: The Medical Travel Care Continuum MODULE 4: Facilitation of Care MODULE 5: Payment Models MODULE 6: Marketing & Social Media MODULE 7: Managing Risks & Events “Business Health MODULE 8: The Importance of the Patient Experience MODULE 9: Best Practices in Medical Travel

  • Healthcare Management Executives
  • Healthcare Practitioners & Professionals
  • Travel Agents
  • Facilitators
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers
  • Human Resources Executives
  • Understand motivations for medical travel and key stakeholders
  • Learn about the unique needs and expectations of medical travelers
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Medical Travel Care Continuum
  • Learn about payment models, risk mitigation and marketing
  • Learn how to deliver an outstanding patient/guest experience
  • Access to Online Continuing Education Resources
  • Provides You with Professional Recognition
  • New Career Opportunities
  • Offer a Higher Level of Knowledge / Experience to Your Clients / Employer
  • Disponible en Español
  • Register today at and gain immediate access to online course or participate in a live workshop held annually at the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, or other select international venues. Contact for more information.
  • Fees: Introductory Education Program Participate: $1,500 USD, $250 annual renewal fee.
  • Pass online exam – 75 percent or above
  • Complete ten (10) hours of continuing education annually
  • Renews every year



The Medical Tourism Association® is always striving to educate and promote awareness throughout the industry. The information and research gained from conducting research and surveys significantly increases awareness in medical tourism through our findings and current information. Survey results are published through numerous media outlets including Medical Tourism Magazine, the Medical Tourism Association® website, Wellness Tourism Magazine, and Medical Tourism City, through published reports, global events and in conjunction with HealthFlights Solutions, Global Healthcare Accreditation® Program, WellHotel® and the International Luxury Hotel Association. If you are a member of the media or press and doing a story on Medical Tourism and would like to arrange an interview with the Medical Tourism Association® to obtain information, facts, etc. Please Contact US 561.791.2000 or

Below we have provided Surveys, reports, statistics and quotes that media and press are free to use in their stories as long as the proper attribution is provided:


The Medical Tourism Association® (MTA) has worked to address information gaps in the medical tourism industry through its Medical Tourism Surveys.

  • 2016-2017 Global Buyers Survey Brief – Buy Full Report
  • 2015 MTA Survey Report
  • 2013 MTA Survey Report
  • 2010 MTA Employer Healthcare Reform Survey
  • 2010 MTA Healthcare Reform Survey
  • 2009 MTA Patient Survey
  • 2009 MTA Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters Medical Tourism Survey
  • 2009 MTA Bumrungrad International Patient Survey
  • 2009 MTA hospital Survey