Medical tourism on the rise in Armenia, surgeon says

Medical tourism on the rise in Armenia, surgeon says

Armenia has seen an increase in the inbound tourism flows to the country for medical reasons especially during the summer season, an Armenian surgeon said at a news conference on Saturday.

Plastic surgeon Hayk Yenokyan, Associate Professor at Department of Maxillofacial Surgery of Yerevan State Medical University, said that the medical tourism gradually becomes an accomplished sector in Armenia, as evidenced by the increase of tourism flows for the purpose registered annually.

“While only Diaspora-Armenians visited Armenia to receive medical services in the past, now foreigners arrive in the country for the purpose as well. People from Sweden, Denmark, Middle East, Iran and even the UAE arrive in Armenia for medical tourism,” the surgeon noted.

Dr. Yenokyan informed that the plastic nose surgeries continue to be the most popular procedure in Armenia. “Our foreign partners already accept that the Armenian surgeons surpass many in terms of the nasal surgery. You become more skilled when you perform the same operation multiple times,” he said, meantime underscoring the competitive prices in Armenia.

“The plastic operations are much more affordable in Armenia compared to the U.S.,” the doctor noted.

Psychologist Lilit Khachatryan, present at the discussion, said that the tourists also seek psychological counseling in Armenia, namely people from Israel, Belgium, England Russia and the U.S. sought support in the country.

The specialist also added that psychological counseling is more expensive in Armenia compared to many cities in Russia, however it is more affordable to compare with the U.S. or Europe.