Medical tourism and its development is a global trend. According to the estimations of many experts, St. Petersburg has all chances to succeed in this direction. Thus, in April 2018, the Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development will establish the Agency for Medical Tourism (AMT).
According to preliminary information, this agency will deal not only with the involvement of Russians and foreigners citizens for diagnosis and treatment, but also with the promotion of other Russian megacities in this sphere and will assist Russian citizens, who wish to undergo treatment abroad.
The city budget for the development of medical, business and event tourism will amount 2.8 billion rubles during 2018-2023 period.
According to Andrei Mushkarev, the head of the Tourism Development Committee of St. Petersburg AMT will cooperate with the city main hospitals and clinics (federal, regional and private) and also with insurance companies.
The agency plans to work with international insurance companies as well. It should be noted that it is not being done by either state or private clinics in Russia at the moment. Attracting of investments in Petersburg and other regions is one more objective of agency.