Medical tourists from different countries travel for health purposes to those countries that have quality health services at reasonable prices. So they spend extra money on travel, health care and accommodation in places of care. Medical tourism is an old concept because thousands of years ago people traveled for medical purposes or for spiritual treatments in different countries. Many factors are taken into consideration when choosing a destination for medical tourism such as high health services and costs, pending certain procedures, availability and convenience of international travel, the latest quality and technologies used in the treatment.
Some of the most popular places include Europe, Japan, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Costa Rica. These places are famous for the quality of their health services, technology and the expertise of doctors. The hospitals of Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, Cuba and Turkey are famous for cosmetic surgery treatments. Surgeons from South American countries such as Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and the Argentine guide plastic surgery thanks to their experience and knowledge. Plastic surgery is very common in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States. Slovakia, Belgium and Poland are entering the healthcare sector.
A large number of Americans go abroad for healthcare, although healthcare facilities are also available in the United States. There are many intermediate companies that provide assistance in medical tourism. These companies offer comprehensive health care at reasonable costs. There are several commissions and companies that deal with the quality and standards of hospitals available for medical tourism. Countries like Malaysia, Thailand, India and Costa Rica have many infectious diseases compared to North America and Europe. So medical tourists have to stay for some time in the country they choose for health care because traveling immediately after surgery can create many complexities. Tourists with respiratory and heart problems avoid long flights and combine their vacation trips with medical visits.
North American places
The quality of healthcare in Canada is not inferior to that of America, but medical tourists can save 30 to 60 percent of their costs compared to America. Medical tourists can save up to 80 on health services in Costa Rica compared to the United States. Costa Rica is famous for cosmetic surgery, dental surgery, weight loss and orthopedics. Knee replacement surgery is very inexpensive, so patients travel to Costa Rica for medical tourism. Patients from all over the world travel to Cuba for the best quality of health services and the excellent reputation of their doctors. Medical tourists in Europe and Latin America travel to this destination because of its situation and save up to 60-80 percent compared to fares in the United States. Cuban hospitals are known primarily for cancer treatment, cosmetic surgery, joint replacement, eye surgery and addiction rehabilitation. The Cuban government has taken many steps to increase revenue from medical tourism and patients from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom visit Cuba for medical treatment. The Dominican Republic is a very popular destination for hip replacement, bariatric surgery, plastic surgery, knee replacement, eye surgery and all other medical treatments. Medical tourists can save 50 to 75 percent compared to costs in the United States. Mexico’s plastic surgery and dentistry health services are appreciated by the world. The costs of these treatments are from a quarter to a fifth of the American costs. The quality of health services in Mexico is very high and medical tourists are satisfied.
Quality health services, location and dollar as the official currency are the reasons why Panama is famous for its medical services. Panama’s medical professionals are trained in the United States and use the latest technologies to provide quality health services. Medical tourists can save over 50 percent of their healthcare costs compared to Europe and the United States. Dental implants, assisted reproduction, cosmetic dentistry, plastic surgery, cardiology, orthopedics and pneumology are popular procedures in medical treatments. Brazil’s surgeons have gained worldwide fame in cosmetic surgery.
South American places
Orthopedic surgery, cosmetic surgery, transplant surgery, eye and cardiovascular surgery are popular procedures in Colombia. Health services in Colombia are cheap and foreigners can get human organs from Colombia. Colombia’s doctors are experienced and have worked in many countries in Europe and the United States.
China has gained popularity in stem cell treatments. Medical professionals from India are famous for hip resurfacing, cardiac surgery and areas of advanced medicine. Treatment costs in India are very low, which is almost a tenth of the United States treatment costs. The health service in Malaysia is also very popular and Malaysian doctors are trained in hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom. New Zealand is a popular medical tourist destination for fertility treatments and non-active surgical procedures. Doctors are trained in hospitals in the United Kingdom and the United States. Healthcare costs are very low compared to the United States. Thailand is popular in organ transplantation and cardiac surgery at lower prices.
In addition, British and Canadian medical tourists do not wait long and travel to Germany for medical treatment. New tumors and spinal surgeries are well cared for in Germany at lower prices. Dental services in Ukraine are provided at lower costs. High-class materials and equipment are used in dental clinics and hospitals. There are many places suitable for medical tourism but a medical tourist chooses based on his choice and convenience.