Croatia eyes medical tourism growth to boost economy

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Croatia eyes medical tourism growth to boost economy

Croatia eyes medical tourism growth to boost economy

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SPLIT, Croatia (Reuters) - Marin Bosotina is readying his yacht for its maiden “wellness cruise” in the Adriatic Sea where affluent, health-conscious clients will have access to a personal doctor, nutritionist, sports coach and yoga teacher.

Bosotina, who describes himself as an anti-ageing expert, wants to tap into a growing medical tourism business that Croatia sees as a future driver of a sector that currently accounts for 15-20% of its gross domestic product.

The growth in demand for medical and health tourism services is largely being driven by long waiting times in public healthcare and high costs of private care in developed countries such as Britain and Italy, as well as the general trend of aging populations.

Market Research Future (MRFR), an international healthcare research firm and consultancy, forecasts that the global medical tourism market will grow 21.4% a year until 2023.
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