Dental Tourism

Dental Tourism

Medical Tourism:

Medical Tourism is a term that describes overseas travel for medical, cosmetic or dental health care. Medical outsourcing, health tourism, medical travel or health travel are all terms used to describe this phenomenon. In medical tourism, citizens of highly developed nations bypass services offered in their own communities and travel to less developed areas of the world for medical care. Medical tourism is fundamentally different from the traditional model of international medical travel where patients generally journey from less developed nations to major medical centers in highly developed countries for medical treatment that is unavailable in their own communities. Depending upon the need, the medical trips are to surgery centers overseas for medical or plastic surgery, or to overseas hospitals and clinics for advanced medical diagnostics, recuperation care or dental care.

The medical tourist usually chooses to have the surgery or procedure done overseas to:

  • · save on medical costs;
  • · avoid long wait for medical services in their home country;
  • · get better quality medical care or diagnostic services ;
  • · even protect their privacy;

For some medical tourists, combining a vacation with the medical procedure is the attraction. For most, though, vacationing and leisure tourism is secondary.

Most the medical tourists are from the US, Europe, Canada, Japan, and the Middle East. The future of medical tourism looks very bright with some countries registering about 30% annual growth in tourism related to healthcare. Medical tourism is surely a part of the next level of globalization……

The Global Healthcare Marketplace:

The international healthcare marketplace emerged in the late 19th century when patients from less developed parts of the world with the necessary resources to do so began to travel to major medical centers in Europe and the United States to have diagnostic evaluation and treatment that was unavailable in their own countries. The situation is very different in the medical tourism model, where patients from highly developed nations travel to less developed countries, bypassing medical care that is offered in their own community but is inaccessible or undesirable to them.

For patients from highly industrialized nations, the primary reason to have medical services in less developed countries is attractively low cost. Such cost-conscious patients choose to accept the inconvenience and uncertainties of offshore healthcare to obtain service at prices they can more comfortably afford. A patient from the United States is likely to be a middle class adult requiring elective surgical care who has no health insurance or who has inadequate coverage. The other group pursuing medical tourism are people seeking cosmetic surgery, dental reconstruction, fertility treatment, gender reassignment procedures, and other treatments not covered by health insurance. The common feature in both groups is that their resources are adequate to purchase healthcare in low-cost medical tourism destinations but insufficient for them to comfortably have the same services in their local market.

For patients from countries where a governmental healthcare system controls access to services, the major reason to choose offshore medical care is to circumvent delays associated with long waiting lists.

Patients also travel to offshore medical destinations to have procedures that are not widely available in their own countries. Some patients, particularly those undergoing plastic surgery, sex change procedures, and drug rehabilitation, choose to go to medical tourism destinations because they are more confident that their privacy and confidentiality will be protected in a faraway setting. Finally, some patients have medical care abroad for the opportunity to travel to exotic locations and vacation in affordable luxurious surroundings.

The primary reason that medical centers in developing countries are able to provide healthcare services inexpensively is directly related to the nation’s economic status. Indeed, the prices charged for medical care in a destination country generally correlate with that nation’s per capita gross domestic product, which is a proxy for income levels. Low administrative and medicolegal expenses for overseas

On October 4th, 2012, posted in: Services by
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