If the term sounds familiar, but seems like a term you don’t know much about; read the article to go through various aspects of medical tourism, what are the risks and benefits of the phenomenon, why people opt for it, the top countries for medical tourism, and how can you mitigate the risks associated with medical travel. In short, what medical tourism is all about.
Medical Tourism is quite a commonly used word these days. You would have stumbled upon the word in some or the other newspaper or magazine; either print or digital. If not, definitely some story somewhere about how some developing countries are making it big in the field of medical tourism.
What is Medical Tourism?
· Treatment not available locally
· Hospitals do not have the advanced technology
· Long waiting time
· Treatment too expensive in home country/state
· For privacy- to avoid spying eyes
· To recuperate peacefully away from home
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Most Popular Procedures among Medical Tourists
Medical Tourism Statistics
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Medical Tourism Countries
Top 3 countries for Medical Tourism:
India medical tourism Statistics:
Why Medical Tourism to India is so popular?There are various reasons why India is the most popular medical tourism destination in the world. Here's the list of few of them:
- Low cost of Medical Treatment
- Highly qualified and renowned doctors
- JCI accredited healthcare facilities
- No waiting time
- No language barrier
- Ease of Visa
- India’s popularity as the tourism destination
- Alternative systems of medicine like yoga, naturopathy not available anywhere else
Risks of Medical Tourism
- Infection- One of the major concerns about traveling to other country is the risk of infection. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be more common outside the United States and thus difficult to treat
- Poor quality of medication
- Communication may be a problem if you choose to travel to the non-English speaking country
- Flying immediately after surgery can increase the risk of blood clots
- Follow up care may be difficult
- Credentials of the doctor/ hospital can be of concern
What Can You do to mitigate the risks associated with Medical Tourism?
However, you can definitely make medical tourism safe and cost-effective if you take care of the following points:
- Always choose an accredited hospital
- Ask for the infection control records at the hospital
- Check your surgeon’s profile and credentials
- Make sure he/ she is a board-certified surgeon with no track record of malpractice against him/her
- Talk to the surgeon before you commit to the surgery
- Make sure you and surgeon can communicate in the same language
- Get references of the past patients he/she has operated upon.
- Choose to travel with a reliable medical tourism company. A professional medical tourism company would not only be your guide and friend in a foreign country but would help you with information, arrangements and follow up care after you are back to your country.