Medical Tourism is the one of the fastest growing segments in the healthcare industry globally. The desire to visit a new place and enjoy the sights while being treated has boosted the growth of medical tourism. Treatments for cardiovascular ailments, cancer, orthopaedic procedures, dentistry, reproductive problems, cosmetic surgery, complete health screening including scans, ultrasound etc are available at very cheap rates in countries which cater to medical tourists. Some of these procedures include plastic or cosmetic procedures to improve their physical looks as well as their mental perception of themselves.
Medical tourism has turned into a $5.5 billion market annually in India as of 2018. The industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds and is continuing to surpass expectations set for sales each year. By 2020 it is estimated that India will be taking in $7-8 billion annually from medical tourists procedures performed there each year.
Top Medical Tourism Hotspots
|Established Destinations||Specialized Treatment Offered|
|Costa Rica||Dentistry, Gynaecology, Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Bariatrics|
|India||Fertility, Cardiac and Oncology, Organ Transplants|
|Israel||Bone marrow transplants, Heart Surgery, Neurological treatments|
|Malaysia||Dental, Cardiac, Cosmetic plastic surgery|
|Mexico||Weight loss treatment and surgery|
|South Korea||Cardiology, Spinal Treatments|
|UAE||Ophthalmic, Cardiac, Cancer and Orthopaedic care|
As “healthcare” becomes an increasingly diversified concept, more and more diversified medical practices are popping up all around the world driving medical tourism to new heights. The most common medical procedures and common medical diagnostic tests have become almost unaffordable in the West are moving to developing countries where people can afford proper treatment with or without insurance.