Medical Tourism: What It Is, Which Countries Offer It And All You Need To Know About It

by Shreya Rathod
Medical Tourism: What It Is, Which Countries Offer It And All You Need To Know About It

Almost everyone travels for pleasure but there are few who have to travel to another country for better medical treatment. Though in the past, this meant a person from a less developed or under-developed country would travel to medical centres where they can benefit from better medical services. But now, it can mean travelling to a country that offers better medical facilities at cheaper or more reasonable prices. Here’s everything you need to know about medical tourism.

What Is Medical Tourism?

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Medical facilities differ from country to country and so does the cost of healthcare. To avail better medical facilities at an affordable price is what this tourism is all about. In formal terms, the process of travelling outside the country of residence in order to receive medical treatment is called medical tourism. 

Is It Becoming A Trend? How?

Earlier medical tourism was a rare phenomenon and only a few people with urgent need of medical treatment opted for this. However, in recent times, the cost of healthcare is rising and it is almost impossible to have a minor operation without taking out a loan. And that is why there is a shift in patient mobility as everyone wants to access affordable medical treatments. This has given a tremendous rise to the trend of ‘medical tourism’.   

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Which Countries Are Offering Medical Tourism?

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Some countries in the world offer medical services with advanced technologies. These countries have invested in their healthcare sector and have made it a priority. Some of these countries are:

  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • Japan 
  • Spain 
  • United Kingdoms
  • Dubai
  • Costa Rica
  • Israel
  • Abu Dhabi
  • India

What Are The Treatments Included?

In this tourism, some of the common types of medical treatments are included. Among them are elective cosmetic surgery, organ transplantation, cardiac surgery, dentistry and orthopaedic surgery. However, you can obtain various other treatments through medical tourism, whether it is an essential or alternative treatment. One of the most popular treatments is related to reproduction. Several patients travel to other countries for a surrogate pregnancy, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and other reproductive technology methods. 

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This is everything you need to know about this type of tourism. 

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