Medical tourism in MASHHAD
Mashhad, this second most populous city in Iran and the country’s Spiritual Capital in the northeast of the country, is in itself a historic city and was a major oasis along the ancient Silk Road connecting with Merv in the East. This city with temperate climate is close to the borders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan and being a major tourist attraction by itself, has always been welcoming to foreigners from all around the world. But MASHHAD is specially perfect for practitioners of Islam. Mashhad was chosen as Iran’s Capital during the reign of Nader Shah Afshar and many active galleries and historic museums with over 70,000 rare and invaluable manuscripts from various historical eras. There are some six million historical documents in the Astan-e Quds Razavi Complex central library. With that, MASHHAD is not only a great destination for those who want to enjoy the religious aspects of this city while tending to their medical needs, but also can be a great pleasure for history fans too.
The city has gained a very well reputation as one of the major medical tourism destinations of west Asia and the Middle East. Patients get the opportunity to travel to this historic and religious destination, and also take advantage of top quality and cost saving health services. Emam Reza Hospital, the largest referral center in MASHHAD with many departments such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Maternity, General Clinic, Laboratory, Radiology, Dentistry, Animal Autopsy and many more is equipped with state of the art technology and modern tools.
MASHHAD boasts some of the best hospitals in the region and most of its private hospitals top the chart with internationally recognized quality standards and provide accommodation facilities. MASHHAD with it’s cheaper cost of treatment, highly qualified experts and doctors easily ranks among the top centers of medical tourism in the country . In 2014 alone, the city saw some 14,000 medical tourists who came looking for treatments in MASHHAD. The cost of medical services and surgeries are very low compared to those in most developed countries.
Holy Shrine of Imam Reza with it’s old-plated dome and seven courtyards, one of the most extensive cultural and artistic treasuries of Iran, is located in MASHHAD which attracts 20 million of tourists and pilgrims both within IRANIANS and foreigners every year. While in MASHAHD don’t forget to check out Shandiz with its outstanding gardens, Torghabeh, tomb of Ferdowsi too.