Published on : Saturday, January 28, 2017
Health tourism or medical tourism is a very popular concept now. Throughout the world, people travel abroad for surgeries and other medical treatments. They also avail of general wellness tourism for the body and mind and visit spas. Many people choose to get treatments in other countries apart from their home countries due to long waiting lists or high costs. For instance, open heart surgery in the UK costs around $70,000, $150,000 in America and $3,000 in India’s supreme hospitals.
In countries like Australia, governments save huge amounts of public money by offering full reimbursements to patients infected with acute joint arthroplasty, which is nine times cheaper in foreign countries. National Health Service of the UK save money in the same way and lowers the burden on the waiting list. These patients, who are also medical tourists, face severe complications like embolisms causing from lengthy flights.
It has also been seen that after their departure from the said country, the medical condition can jeopardize the continuum of care followed by absence of profound malpracticing of laws in some destination hospitals as well. As a result of which, health tourism acts as a major life saving measure for many patients with hazardous medical conditions with speeding treatment and lowering costs back home.