Medical Tourism, whereby a traveler crosses borders and travels to a foreign country to avail themselves of certain health care services is nothing new. In fact this was not uncommon in ancient Europe where people traveled from their native land to seek healing and renewal from certain practitioners and at particular places such as health springs.
In more recent times, medical tourists have often been associated with cosmetic surgery procedures performed in exotic locations at very competitive prices...and to be fair, there are many satisfied customers as the standard of medical care is usually very high.
It may surprise you to know that besides cosmetic procedures, there is actually a wide array of common surgical and advanced diagnostic processes now available to medical travelers which has served to create the rapidly growing global healthcare industry.
Medical travelers can expect complex surgeries like joint replacement operations, knee and hip for example as well as heart surgery to be readily available from healthcare tourism service providers.
Heart Surgery procedures could likely include;Heart Bypass Surgery - having a coronary artery bypass graft (cabg)Heart Valve ReplacementAngioplasty and Stent implantation - which may include drug eluting stents if indicated
Full diagnostic work up facilities are also usually available.
The increasing popularity of healthcare tourism is being driven by the high cost of procedures in some countries, unaffordable health insurance premiums and financial hardship for certain sections of the population, and unacceptable waiting lists that significantly increase the time that you may have to wait to have your health issue dealt with.
According to the Deloitt Report on medical tourism, in excess of 750,000 Americans left their shores for medical procedures in 2007 and is expected to top six million by 2010. People from many other countries also make up the ever growing group of medical travelers.
So where do people commonly take a medical vacation?
Well, it is a global industry, so you can virtually take your pick.
Here is just a small sample of potential locations, all offering advanced procedures including cardiology carried out in high quality hospital facilities and clinics.
Hospital La Catolica
Medical Travel Stories from Costa RicaIndiaNew ZealandSingaporeSouth Korea
Healthcare Tourism typically provides safe, high quality, very affordable surgery and medical procedures for patients who have chronic (long standing), non life threatening conditions and may be very attractive to those people who have been affected by hospital waiting lists and the high cost of procedures and insurance premiums that they simply cannot afford in their own country.
Large corporates who are concerned about their healthcare budget blowing-out may also find medical treatment abroad an attractive option that could be offered in the form of medical tourism packages to their employees.
Global Healthcare Tourism; do your homework and you'll likely be pleasantly surprised.
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