Top Hospitals in Tunisia

Eco-tourism and spa-tourism have remained the pillars of Tunisian economy. In recent years, medical tourism has become the key contributor to Tunisian economy.

Tunisia offers several advantages to medical tourists looking for personal care. Proven expertise of the healthcare professionals (cosmetic surgeons in particular), competent medical staff, medicine and wellness, ultra-modern healthcare infrastructure and proximity to Europe, Africa and Middle East make Tunisia a hotspot of the medical tourism. The medical practices in Tunisia are equivalent to European standards.

Tunisia has established expertise in providing cosmetic surgery and gastric bypass surgery services. Medical tourists from France have been conventionally visiting Tunisia for the Bariatrics surgery, as it is more accessible in Tunisia than in France. French regulations require patients to consider other strategies and methods for weight loss before surgery, quoted deputy director-general of Tunisian medical clinic Clinique Pasteur. Medical tourists from Libya and Algeria have remained a substantial source, as their health systems secure the provisions of funding patient’s treatment abroad. Socio-political crisis in Libya, has damaged the healthcare structure, Tunisia is no behind in seizing the advantage of the situation.

National industry body, Global Wellness Institute (GWI), reported that, Tunisia welcomes around 5,77,300 wellness tourists spending almost US$313 Mn in 2017. GWI additionally noted that, mineral rich seawater and hot springs are popular amongst medical tourists looking for wellness treatments.

Tunisia is believed to offer 40-50% cheaper cosmetic treatments compared to Europe. Reasonable standard of living, cheaper workforce and very favourable currency exchange rates constitute the reasons behind cost-effective treatments in Tunisia compared to European nations.

Tunisia hosts 2000 basic healthcare centres, 180 hospitals and more than 100 private hospitals coupled with the good network of pharmacies and quick responding emergency healthcare services.

Cost Comparison

Face lift surgery in UK costs around US$ 10,000-11,000. Similar therapy in US costs around US$8,000-9,000. Tunisia offers the high-end face lift surgery along with neck lift without imposing much burden on the individual’s pocket. The therapy in Tunisia costs around US$3,000-3500. Such an enormous difference in the costs is attributed to number of days spent in the hospital, surgeon’s fees, instruments used during the surgical procedures, medications cost, services availed during the hospital stay and cost of emergency services if any. The more ordinary standard of living and lower manpower costs reduced the cost of healthcare expenditures in Tunisia. Tunisia has hence charmed majority of crowds from Europe for medical tourism.

Liposuction surgery in UK costs around US$5,000-5,500. The similar therapy in Tunisia costs around US$2000-2500. Apart from the cost-effective liposuction, patient friendly policies make Tunisia a favoured destination for Liposuction and other therapies.

Increasing accreditation of healthcare institutions in the country and continuous development in healthcare infrastructure will further promote the medical tourism in Tunisia. In the coming period, Tunisia with its competitive prices will challenge the monopoly of some countries in medical tourism. This robust competition to provide cost-effective quality healthcare will help reduce the burden on patient’s pocket and will achieve new heights in medical tourism!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of Tunisia / Why should opt for Tunisia as a destination for your medical treatment?
Hospitals in Tunisia are developing and trying to meet the international standards of healthcare. Although there is a basic set up in most of the hospitals for treatment in Tunisia, one can still expect scope for improvement. The Ministry of Health, along with the Government of Tunisia is making effective changes for the healthcare sector. The private hospitals in Tunisia are also undergoing a robust change to provide effective healthcare and treatment in Tunisia.

Like most other countries, hospitals in Tunisia have a private and public healthcare system. Hospitals in Tunisia include three levels of care: primary, with a network of 81 clinics and 2091 basic health centers; secondary, with 109 district hospitals; and tertiary, with 33 regional hospitals and 24 modern CHUs, according to MoS figures.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Tunisia? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety.
In Tunisia, there are no JCI accredited hospitals but 4 private hospitals are certified ISO and OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series).
Are the doctors/surgeons in Tunisia of the best quality?
The hospitals in Tunisia have seen a constant change in terms of development and technology. Most doctors that are trained in the country understand the needs and requirements of people and are able to diagnose and treat them well. There are various surgeons that fly in from other countries as well to treat patients. This was brought about due to the economic reforms and various expats residing there. The varying levels of health organizations provide reasonable means of treatment for any patient. There are also trained paramedical and emergency service staff in this country.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in Tunisia?
Patients who wish to visit Tunisia for medical purposes must contact the Embassy of Tunisia in their home country. One is required to have a valid passport. Those applicants must submit their visa application forms in person together with the following documents:
  1. A duly completed application form with one picture (within a white background).
  2. Original biometric passport and one copy. Passports should have a validity of at least one year from the date of your visa application submission.
  3. Medical certificate stating the type of illness and the treatment to be carried out. This document has to be in English or Spanish language.
  4. Letter from the hospital in Tunisia stating the appointment date and whether the treatment expenses have been already paid in full.
  5. Proof of financial means which enable the applicant to meet life needs while in Tunisia (salary certificate if working, bank statement for the last six months, property deeds, commercial license, other sorts of income).
  6. Travel insurance.
  7. Proof of accommodation (hotel reservation, etc)
  8. Applicants are advised that ALL PASSPORTS HAVE TO REMAIN at the Embassy premises while the visa application is under process (between 10 and 15 days), and therefore cannot be retrieved unless very special and urgent circumstances might arise.
  9. The Embassy has the right to require from the applicant any document that it may deem relevant in order to resolve the visa file.
What support services does MediGence provide in Tunisia?
MediGence enables you to plan and manage your medical decisions better. These are some of our services offered:
  • Expert Opinion
    We help you seek an Expert Opinion on your diagnosis and treatment from an experienced team of doctors at MediGence and specialists from a reputable hospital.
  • Hospital Recommendation
    We recommend a hospital or a healthcare institution that is best suited for you, based on your ailment and its criticality.
  • 360-degree Hospital Review
    We give you a transparent and holistic view of the hospital and its infrastructure, accreditation, facilities, and expertise to give you confidence.
  • Doctor Validation and Communication
    We share a comprehensive profile of the treating doctor and also arrange a call to clear queries regarding treatment if needed.
  • Options to Choose From
    Based on your choice of destination and other preferences, we provide you multiple options with respect to hospitals and doctors to choose from.
  • 24X7 Patient Care Support
    A dedicated patient case manager stays in constant touch with you to help you at every step of the decision-making process and resolve queries that you may have.
  • Transparent Treatment Cost and Other Expenses
    We give a clear and accurate indication of the total cost of treatment including treatment, stay, meals, and other expenses.
  • Visa Assistance
    We provide and help prepare documentation for visa approval and coordinate with the embassy to expedite the visa process.
  • Accommodation Arrangements
    We propose to you a choice of accommodation based on your preference such as long stay, short stay, or luxury properties.
Which are the best cities in Tunisia for medical treatment?
Tunis is the largest country and capital of Tunisia. This country is located in the northern region of Africa and is the best city for treatment in Tunisia.

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