Medical tourism is definitely on the rise, and there are more than a dozen countries in the world right now that have adopted the trend. There are medical tourism destinations all over the world right now, from Asia to South America to Europe; there is no shortage of medical destinations. There are lots of agencies that have been set up in order to promote affordable healthcare to foreign visitors who arrive from developed economies, where medical treatments have gone through the roof.
Medical tourism is in high demand today due to the fact that tourists can acquire quality medical treatments at just a fraction of the cost that they will have to pay for the same treatments in their home country. There are currently lots of countries that have taken the medical tourism industry by storm and more are due to follow suit. So if you are looking to get on board medical tourism today, here are some of the hottest medical tourism destinations in the world right now.
It is estimated that Mexico draws the most medical tourists in the entire world right now. There are nearly 1.5 million medical tourists that visit the country for medical treatments every single year. The country benefits from its close proximity to the United States and each year, nearly 750,000 Americans cross the border in order to take advantage of affordable dental and medical treatments.
Mexico specializes in weight loss treatments and surgeries as well, and cities near the US border, such as Tijuana, Juarez and Monterrey boast of some of the best hospitals for medical treatments. The average American can save nearly 40%-70% on medical treatments in Mexico.
The medical tourism market of India is growing at a rapid pace and by the end of this year it is expected to reach $4 billion, which is up from $2 billion 4 years ago. The country receives nearly 500,000 visitors annually for medical treatments and the larger cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Mumbai attract the majority of medical tourists.
Most of the medical tourists that come to India arrive from countries that have less developed medical healthcare, such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Middle East, Pakistan, Africa, and Central Asia. The most popular medical treatments in India are related to cardiac, orthopedic, oncology, organ transplants, and fertility. A heart valve treatment in India is likely to cost only $15,000 compared to $150,000 in the US.
Another major player in the medical tourism industry is Thailand, which is famous for its meticulous cosmetic surgery procedures. Nearly 1.2 million medical tourists arrive in Thailand, most of them from South Asian countries for affordable dental and healthcare. Bangkok is home to one of the best known medical tourist hospitals in the world, the Bumrungrad International, which has been seeing medical tourists for the past 20 years. The hospital has over 1,000 international patients every single day and has over 900 physicians across 55 specialties!
The medical treatments in Thailand will cost only about 50% to 60% of the same treatment in the United States, which is why a high percentage of medical tourists are from America.