Medical or health Tourism, a very old concept dating back to thousands of years, is where people who live in one country travel to another country to receive medical, dental and surgical care at a significant savings while at the same time receiving equal to or greater care than they would have in their own country.
Medical travel is becoming more popular, as more people realize its benefits. The main benefits of medical tourism or health tourism include getting the opportunity to travel to fantastic and alluring destination, top quality heath services to local and international patients and reaping potentially big monetary saving.
Medical tourism has been helping individuals, corporations, and insurers save time also, on the cost of healthcare through its vast network of high caliber and professional overseas surgeons and hospitals. Today a large number of individuals in the western countries are taking advantage of this popular alternative for their health care needs.
Medical tourism isn’t just about getting more reasonably priced medical care; it’s also a great way to spend your recovery in a relaxing and beautiful environment, free from the ringing phone and door bells and responsibilities that could play an important role in patient’s recovery. You will have the opportunity to spend your recovery time under an umbrella on the beach or shopping in luxury boutiques. The savings on the surgery can also allow you to bring along friends or family members to enjoy abroad and still pay less than you would have at home.
The main reasons that people travel to receive medical treatment are:
- Certain medical services are not available in their country of residence.
- Their health insurance does not cover the full cost of a procedure.
- Wait lines are too long.
- Quality of care is better in a different country.
- Costs are lower in a different country. (even when factoring in the travel arrangements)