• 05 JUN 15
    Medical Tourism In Spain

    Medical Tourism In Spain

    Recent decades have witnessed a quantitative increase in people mobility as people travel around the world not only to be attended in exotic holiday resorts. The recent trends have more to do with price, quality and the range of services offered.

    Healthcare services are increasingly popular and many countries are seeking to attract these medical tourists to boost their industry. Spain is one of the emerging destinations on the international medical tourism market due to its touristic assets and highly professionalized healthcare services.

    The private healthcare industry is grouping all private medical centers and companies providing healthcare services to patients. During the last few years, this completely liberalized Spanish market has seen an increasing demand due to its many advantages such as: the possibility to avoid long waiting times for certain procedures, top quality patient attention and comfort in very modern and relaxing facilities. Another of these drivers for patient mobility is a wider variety of alternatives and approaches to treatments that are not always covered by the public system of their home countries (dental procedures, aesthetics and wellness or fertility programs are some of these services).
    Both the services lists published by the medical tourism providers and the data deriving from the surveys conducted by the OECD, Deloitte and McKinsey firms, show that the services most demanded by the medical tourists are:
    • Fertility treatments
    Plastic surgery and aesthetics
    • Cardiology.
    • Urology.
    • Traumatology.
    • Odontology.
    • Physiotherapy.
    Dietetics and natural therapies.
    • Anti-aging and aesthetics.
    • Wellness: spas and nature-based therapies
    • Care for dependent patients, rehabilitation support programs and services in residences

    In Spain, some healthcare services like organ transplants, obstetrics and vaccine programs are not included in the catalogue of services offered to the medical tourists.
    Why? Because the relationship between the obstetrician and the patient is based on a long-term follow up. As for the vaccine programs, they are controlled and managed directly by the Health Authorities in every country. According to the Spanish Organ Transplant Authorities (Organización Nacional de Transplantes), transplants can only be performed for Spanish patients or foreign residents legally established in Spain. Both the WHO and the European Council have ruled against the possibility of any “Transplant tourism” flux where patients travel to be transplanted organs that can be traded, or where the professionals, structures and medical centers attendance of foreign patients can be detrimental for their own national patients. And though Spain is the first country in the world to provide organs donors, many Spanish patients are appointed on the waiting list to be transplanted and some of them even die before they can be attended (depending on the type of transplant needed and on patient’s particular history).

    The main medical tourism areas in Spain:

    The major part of the medical tourism services are gathered in some Spanish geographical areas or hubs mainly located in:
    • Traditionally touristic areas where the presence of foreign patients has generated an important demand in healthcare services (Mallorca, Alicante, Costa del Sol).
    • Large cities: Madrid, Barcelona.
    • Areas located next to natural frontiers: Badajoz
    • Areas with highly specialized centers: Navarra, Asturias.

    Complementary services:
    Apart from the healthcare services, any touristic program can be offered to the medical tourists, when bearing in mind both the patient needs and the possible effects of these activities on the healthcare treatments performed; actually, a patient with reduced mobility or post-treatment pain will probably not be able to participate in any touristic activity.

    The main touristic services complementing the healthcare offer range from accommodation, gastronomy, entertainment, cultural and natural activities or sports.

    Based on : Medical Tourism in Spain Survey – eoi (Estudio Turismo de Salud en España)

Department Patient Care
Xanit International Hospital

I really appreciate and thank all the staff at Vithas Xanit International Hospital.  They certainly helped to make my stay in hospital more relaxing, and less painful than usual, in spite of my illness. I feel that I have just come out of a charming small hotel rather than a large hospital.


Medical Specialities

  • Hair Transplantation Unit

    At Vithas Xanit we offer the most advanced technology for hair transplantation surgery and for non surgical treatments. We attend both men and women, suffering from any capillary loss, either on the scalp or in any other body area (beard, moustache, eyebrows or eyelashes).

  • Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Unit helps patients to feel good about themselves.
    The latest medical technology and our doctors and surgeons’ perfectionism are key factors in terms of patient satisfaction with the results of their cosmetic surgery or treatment. Liposuction, breast enlargements, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks are among the most applied treatments.

  • Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Our dentists carry out your dental surgery and/or dental treatment quickly and efficiently.
    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, we guarantee high quality dental treatments such as dental surgery (dental implants, sinus lift) or cosmetic dentistry treatments (dental crown, dental bridge, veneers, dentures, etc.).

  • Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic surgery quality and prices vary from country to country and Spain combines the best of both worlds.
    The most requested health tourism orthopedic surgeries are hip replacement and knee replacement. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, these procedures are performed using arthroscopy and Minimally Invasive Techniques (MIS).

  • Heart Surgery

    Heart Surgery

    Our Vithas Xanit Cardiology Area is an international benchmark for heart diseases. It boasts cardiologist and specialist heart surgeon on conditions such as arrhythmia, implanting pacemakers, angioplasty, heart bypass, repair to the aortic valve and mitral valve, heart valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair.

  • Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity is considered to be one of Western countries’ major health issues and consequently the demand for bariatric surgery is on the up, particularly concerning gastric banding and gastric bypass
    Our surgeons have been widely trained in this area, with over 20 years’ experience in all bariatric surgeries. They are all done by laparoscopy.

  • Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    The General Surgery and Digestive System Service at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional can boast the most advanced technology and latest generation equipment for treating a wide variety of digestive pathologies such as in gallbladder. This service offers advanced laparoscopy surgery as the main way of tackling most surgical pathologies.

  • Urology – TURP

    Urology – TURP

    The Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional Urology service employs European Board of Urology-certified urologists. This unit offers patients the latest diagnosis techniques, treatments and procedures. At our International Hospital, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is the most frequently used technique to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

  • Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Venous insufficiency is a chronic pathology that affects one in three adults. It is characterised by a deficient blood return in the lower limbs.
    Our International Hospital medical team has wide-ranging experience in sclerotherapy with micro-foam, varicose vein removal with endovascular laser, ambulatory phlebectomy and the C.H.I.V.A technique, among others.

  • Spinal Surgery

    Spinal Surgery

    Slipped discs and spinal stenosis usually affect the lumbar and cervical spine and the spinal surgery most requested by our international patients is laminectomy, as well as arthroplasty of the intervertebral disk and spinal fusion.

  • Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Our international hospital uses a new femtosecond laser, the most technologically advanced refractive surgery system currently available. It can correct long-sightedness and refractive defects such as short sightedness, astigmatism or hypermetropia in a single operation.
    The most popular ophthalmology surgeries among our international patients are laser eye surgery, glaucoma and cataract surgery.

  • Imaging Diagnosis

    Imaging Diagnosis

    Radiology and nuclear medicine are medical specialties that focus on the diagnosis of diseases through the interpretation of images. They provide fundamental information for the Medical Check-Up Unit. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internationalthese two specialities are integrated into a single service in order to provide the maximum reliability and diagnostic coordination.

  • Medical check up

    Medical check up

    Evolving health concepts, greater longevity and technological developments mean that it is increasingly important to detect and make an early diagnosis on diseases and prevent them.
    Therefore, periodic health check-up is the most efficient and secure way of controlling your health.

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Various conditions might lead to a hysterectomy or uterine ablation: uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, adenomyosis.
    This surgery can be traumatising for women and so the psychology department at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional helps women through this process.