What is medical tourism?
Medical tourism is travel between countries to receive healthcare.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 06 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Medical tourists are people who travel elsewhere for healthcare that is lower in cost, offers a higher quality of care, is medically and legally available, and/or has shorter waiting times.
The top medical tourism destinations are Costa Rica, Israel, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey and the United States.
Cost is not the most important factor to consider. Other factors to think about before you travel include communication levels, if you visit a country where you do not speak the language fluently; …
The reasons that medical care and procedures may be cheaper in other countries include lower cost of labor and hospital maintenance, currency exchange rates, and cheaper medical supplies and equipment.
Common reasons for medical tourism include a lower cost of treatment; higher quality of care; the procedure availability; shorter waiting times; and the availability of complementary, alternative and experimental therapies.
The exact risks involved with medical tourism depend on the destination and the procedures performed, but in general include: communication difficulties, if you visit a country where you do not speak the language fluently; deep vein …
Transplant tourism is a type of medical tourism in which people travel to receive an organ purchased from an unrelated, random donor.
After some procedures, it is often recommended that you stay in the country for some time before you do any air travel, to reduce the risk of blood clots forming during the flight. In addition, talk to your treating doctor about …