The simplification of the visa regime, in particular the reduction of terms of consideration by the embassies of the issues of visas for medical tourists, can increase their flow to Ukraine by 10%.

This opinion was expressed by President of Ukrainian Association of medical tourism Violetta Yanyshevskaya.

“The number of medical tourists in Ukraine could rise by 10% if we simplify the visa procedure. If we create favorable conditions and other factors, the flow may increase at times,” she said during a press conference in Agency “Interfax-Ukraine” on Monday.

According to her, the amount entering into Ukraine of medical tourists in 2016 amounted to about 55 thousand patients, among them citizens of Israel, Italy, Spain, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan. Most often, foreign patients come to Ukraine to receive rehabilitation, dental services, plastic surgery, cell therapy, cardiac surgery, treatment of ophthalmic diseases .