Today medical tourism has become a growing industry, with countries in Asia, Europe, and South America all finding big success by offering medical care to people from various different countries.
A lot of people are looking for medical treatment outside their native place mostly because of unavailability & cost. According to Insider, around 150,000 and 320,000 Americans travel to other countries to get medical treatment every year and the number has been rising consistently over the last decade.
Here are the Top 3 Countries for Medical Tourism:-
India is one of the best medical tourism destinations in the world today as it is growing very rapidly and you will also get highly qualified doctors in India.
A report from Deloitte recently forecasts that India’s medical tourism market will grow to nearly $4 billion, almost doubling what it was just a couple of years ago. The majority of the patients head to cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
One of the reasons for such strong growth is that a number of patients are coming from surrounding countries that offer far less developed health care, such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Myanmar.
Many people from other regions such as the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and the U.S. are finding it hard to pay for treatment in their countries. For example, the Medical Tourism Resource Guide shows a heart valve costs around $15,000 in India, versus $150,000 in the U.S.
Some of the popular treatments in India consist of those for fertility, orthopaedic, cardiac and oncology problems, and organ transplants.
In Malaysia more than half a million medical tourists coming to the country every year, Malaysia ranks as one of the most health care-friendly spots for those looking for treatment outside their country.
Americans are attracted to the country’s large English-speaking population and strong infrastructure.
All the hospitals of Malaysian are known for high-quality treatments at low prices as compared to the many other countries. In vitro fertilization costs almost 20 per cent less than many other western countries here.
Turkey is one of the best and beautiful places to visit for medical tourism. This country has become one of the favourite destinations for patients from Europe and America.
Some of the top procedures here include cardiac, cancer and orthopaedic care.
The country has also established itself as one of the leading places in the world for eye treatments especially laser surgery, which costs approximately $1,100 for both eyes.
Thailand is known mostly for its cosmetic surgery, where for 20 years Bangkok’s Bumrungrad International Hospital has been treating foreign patients for years. Around 1.2 million patients came to this clinic last year alone.
More than 900 physicians across 55 specialties treat more than 1,000 international patients every day. According to the Medical Tourism Research Guide, more than 30,000 Americans visit the country each year for medical treatments.
If you are looking for a cheap option for cosmetic surgery, Brazil is one of the top destinations in the world. Approximately 200,000 foreigners went to Brazil last year for cosmetic procedures.
The cost savings is great, with prices about 30-50% below what American doctors would charge for treatment. Brazil has long been known for its Ivo Pitanguy Clinic in Rio de Janeiro, which has performed probably most cosmetic surgeries than any other place in the world.