Carthage, Tunisia has become a popular destination for spa-goers and medical spa patients who want to take enjoy affordably-priced procedures overseas. Tunisia is now officially a part of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). As of March 2010, Tunisia is represented by a National Secretary, Dr. Bouraoui Kotti. Dr. Kotti is a certified doctor by the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and is also a member of the French Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
Dr. Kotti tells Tunisiaonlinenews.com that the membership will boost Tunisia’s image as a medical tourist destination. Medical tourism is currently one of the country’s primary sources of currency. Dr. Kotti explains, “The high level of Tunisian plastic surgeons and the cost of surgery, which remain cheaper than in Europe make Tunisia an attractive alternative to India and Thailand, for those who want to avoid long-haul flights.”
Tunisia has become an attractive medical tourism hub for many European travelers, as well as patients from regions of Libya, Algeria, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali. Western patients represented only about 18% of the total number of foreign patients heading to Tunisia for treatment. The majority of patients were entering the country for different types of cosmetic surgeries, including plastic surgery.
In a survey published in “African Busines”, medical tourism represents approximately 5% of the country’s export services, bringing in about 175 million Euros per year. The average patient spent approximately 4000 Euros for surgery, which is the equivalent of about $4,890 US dollars. Popular procedures include breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, facelift surgery and blepharoplasty. Tunisia’s modern and private hospital structures, and affordable package options for “holiday surgeries”, will continue to fuel this sector of the economy.
More information about medical tourism and cosmetic surgery abroad can be found here.