The concept of Health Tourism is not a new one. The first recorded instance of Health tourism dates back thousands of years to when Greek pilgrims traveled from all over the Mediterranean to the small territory in the Saronic Gulf called Epidauria. This territory was the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios. Epidauria became the original travel destination for medical tourism.
Spa towns and sanitariums may be considered an early form of medical tourism. In eighteenth century England, for example, patients visited spas because they were places with supposedly health-giving mineral waters, treating diseases from gout to liver disorders and bronchitis.
Health tourism providers have developed as intermediaries to unite potential medical tourists with provider hospitals and other organisations.
Gozo is also offering its professional medical service to establish itself as a health tourism destination.