Medical tourism sees prospective future

Published on : Thursday, March 16, 2017

medical-tourismMedical tourism is worth billions of dollars every year and is expected to grow up to 25% annually over the coming decade. Medical tourism has grown into a healthy travel sector as people shop beyond their borders for everything from dental work to plastic surgery. A growing middle class often from countries without quality healthcare, opt for medical tourism. However, medical tourism isn’t limited to a few countries, nor to people from wealthy countries traveling to less expensive ones. Countries like the United States, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, Spain and Germany see both inward and outward flows, with patients looking for healthcare that is either unavailable or too expensive in their countries.

For example, a lot of Germans go to Poland or Croatia for dental care because it is cheaper. On the other hand, lot of Russians and Arabians go to Germany because of high-quality hospitals there. Medical tourism offers range from dental care through to plastic surgery, reproductive medicine, cancer or heart treatments, rehabilitation and preventive examinations. However, there is also the risk of “over-diagnosis” aimed at swelling the bills of patients. Medical tourists are also often concerned with security in destination countries. Hence, patients should opt for medical facilities in Amsterdam or Frankfurt than Istanbul or Antalya as Turkey currently has political tensions.

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