Medical tourism is getting increasingly popular due to the the availability of high quality healthcare overseas at affordable costs when compared to domestic healthcare rates. According to Patients Beyond Borders, every year, nearly one million Americans travel overseas for medical treatments. Trends and statistics reveal that this number will steadily increase over the years. The global health tourism industry is worth around $40 billion dollars per the statistical data published by Patients Beyond Borders, which is largely due to the millions of people worldwide seeking treatment overseas. Listed below are some popular medical tourism destinations, which offer promising medical treatments for a wide range of medical conditions.
Mexico is one of the most sought after medical tourism destination. Mexico specializes in offering treatments to medical tourists in fields including but not limited to plastic surgery, oncology, gastroenterology, cardiology etc., The International Joint Commission has accredited seven hospitals in Mexico. Highly qualified doctors and medical staff, state of the art healthcare infrastructure and facilities enable Mexico to be one of the popular destinations for medical tourism. The other factor that aids in the popularity of Mexico to be a top medical tourism destination is its proximity to the United States and the significant savings to patients as the healthcare costs are only about 50% that it would cost domestically.
India’s medical tourism market has been steadily increasing over the years. Per Patients Beyond Borders, more than a quarter million people visit the country for medical tourism. Leading cities that offer quality medical treatment include Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. The main reasons that overseas medical tourists flock to India include very good quality healthcare at a fraction of the domestic healthcare treatment costs and the most popular treatments availed by medical tourists in India include fertility treatments, cosmetic surgical treatments, cardiology, oncology and transplants.
According to Patients Beyond Borders, around 1.2 million medical tourists travel to Thailand every year. Thailand is particularly famous for cosmetic surgery and Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand houses some of the best hospitals in the country. The Bumrungrad International hospital treats around a thousand international patients everyday.
The International Board of Medicine and Surgery (IBMS) connects people with distinguished medical professionals worldwide. IBMS provides quality international medical certification to physicians, surgeons, dentists, and other healthcare professionals, and Center of Healthcare Excellence certification to Hospitals, Clinics, and Specialty Centers, thereby promoting patient safety in medical tourism.