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……