There is no doubt that the medical tourism industry is on the rise. In the past, medical travel was simply travelling to obtain medical care and treatments that were not available where they were.
Today, many medical tourists are going overseas in search of quality healthcare and medical treatments for a variety of factors:
- medical procedures are often much more affordable
- reduced wait times
- highly-specialized treatments that are not available in their home country
- higher quality of care
This year more than 20 million people will travel to another country for medical treatments according to Patients Beyond Borders.
The top 10 countries most visited by medical tourists for their accredited hospitals, quality and affordable healthcare are:
It’s no surprise why there is a large volume of medical tourism trips to these countries. Besides reduced treatment costs, many hospitals in these destinations have a strong history of achievement and a commitment to quality healthcare. This is due to a high level of skill with internationally-trained doctors and experienced medical staff as well as excellent infrastructure and medical facilities.
For example, Singapore is one of the most developed countries in the world. It is one of Asia’s top medical hub due to its state-of-the-art facilities and offers excellent medical services in specialties such as oncology and cardiology. It is even leading the charge in stem cell therapy, where they are trialling the use of stem cells from bone marrow to treat diseases such as leukemia
Countries such as Malaysia and Thailand have governments and private sectors that are actively promoting medical tourism. As such, they have dedicated medical tourism packages for foreign patients where assistance with accommodation, obtaining a visa and logistics such as airport pickups and dropoffs, can be provided. Medical tourists can fully benefit from their excellent healthcare systems and enjoy their tourist attractions with greater ease.
Today the procedures that are most popular with medical tourists are:
- Cosmetic surgery (eg breast augmentation, facelifts and liposuction)
- Dentistry (eg dental implants, dentures, crowns and whitening)
- Cardiology/heart surgery (eg bypass and valve replacement)
- Orthopaedic surgery (eg joint and spine surgery, hip replacements, knee replacement)
- Oncology (eg alternative cancer treatments)
- Scans, health screenings, diagnostics, check-ups and other treatments
You can search for hospitals that have international accreditation by organizations such as the Joint Commission Industry (JCI) from the United States. The JCI only award hospitals, laboratories and medical facilities when they meet their exceptional world-class standards. By choosing internationally accredited facilities, you are ensured the best quality of care will be given. Start your search by clicking here.
It is important to note that most travel insurance only covers medical treatments in the event of an accident. We highly-advise that you research health insurance companies that cover elective or overseas procedures. Get a quote today.
This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.