Medical Tourism has leaped forward In recent years, and we have seen a real push at both the private and government level to attract tourists who have an interest in making savings on medical treatments by having them in lower cost economies.
If you are from a country with high treatment costs like. the USA or Hong Kong then going to a cheaper economy can save tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.
After significant research we have identified a list of the top 5 countries that specialize in medical tourism facilities:
Brazil is the first name that comes to our mind when it comes to medical tourism, specifically for Plastic Surgery. The country has an image-conscious culture that increases national demand for cosmetic procedures.
The next logical step was to market these service overseas. Procedures are done in hospitals with highly qualified doctors. The first JCI accredited hospital was Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paolo.
Mexico is famous for providing medical tourism packages to Americans, they specialize in Dentistry. Numerous dental practitioners receive countless customers all year round, so now we know the secret behind the beautiful American smile.
Most of the facilities are government run which means they have very low fees. All the facilities, medicines and equipment that are found in other parts of America are available at a fraction of the cost in Mexico.
The Czech Republic should be your choice for healthcare in the European Union. Prague is one of the best value destinations in Europe.
Teeth whitening, cosmetic surgery, and other procedures are available at an affordable rate. The facilities and treatments are world class.
Thailand has built a solid reputation for low-cost healthcare and excellent service. Bangkok is home to the world famous Bumrungrad Hospital, which provides low cost comprehensive health check-ups to tourists from all over Asia and the Middle East.
Thai hospitals boast ultra-modern equipment that can get any surgery done, and Thailand is a haven for reasonable cost Surgery and after care. A perfect destination to live a healthy life.
Malaysia has built medical facilities that can compete with any others in the Region. They see the largest medical tourism inflows in Asia. Their aim is to provide the best treatment at the best price. Treating everything from burns to heart disease.
IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) facilities are available at one-fifth of Western prices.
Any one of these countries can provide quality treatment from qualified doctors at a fraction of the cost. Asia boasts a number of destinations including Korea which has become famous for the “Korean Look” plastic surgery.
Outside of Plastic surgery many older patients are now booking health related surgery overseas particularly where waiting lists at home are too long, or costs are too high. On my travels I have been hospitalized in Thailand (Hernia) and Taiwan (stomach issues)and received excellent, low cost care.
If you are really on a budget then do check out our Blog on 7 Kickass ways to save when you travel