What is Medical Tourism?
Medical tourism (also known as medical travel or global healthcare) is
the process in which patients travel to other destinations for medical or
health and wellness services. Oftentimes these services can take the form
of a dental treatment, knee surgery, health check-up or even a trip to a
The term medical tourism may sound strange and exotic to some people;
but in fact it is a rapidly growing phenomenon spurred on by an increasingly
empowered patient base searching for quality, affordability, availability,
and accessibility in healthcare.
Some people have the erroneous impression that patients are flying
for open heart surgery to a dilapidated jungle clinic in some third world
country - followed by bungee jumping. The opposite is true. Most patients
are receiving care in high-end hospitals or clinics located in major
urban centers, and will plan their trip to allow enough time for a prudent
recuperation period before heading home.
Regardless of the reason, the common denominator in all medical tourism
related activities is that patients are traveling away from their home region
to access these services.
''Whether it is affordability, accessibility, availability or better quality, in the final analysis, patients are searching for better value."
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