The 5 Most Popular Medical Tourism Destinations

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Medical tourists are a growing population in pursuit of premium, quality healthcare with the greatest discounted cost when compared to American, Canadian, and European standard healthcare. Medical tourism offers several benefits in addition to inexpensive treatment. Hospitals and medical centres with immediate access to 5-star, luxurious accommodations await in exotic locales. Most physicians practicing in medical tourism destinations speak flawless English and most likely completed medical residency education in the United States. Access to the most advanced equipment and technology along with impeccable attention to pre-operative and post-operative care is the norm.

As well as offering a wealth of medical treatments at first class standards, there are also many options for dental tourism services abroad, a growing market in the current climate. All medical tourist destinations offer relaxing environments perfect for recovery, thus the most favourable destination will likely depend on the treatment desired. Advice given by doctors will dictate the appropriate level of activity while recuperating, therefore, many resorts and spa attractions are available. Ancient ruins, historical sites, and shopping opportunities are also available for exploration per the approval of a healthcare provider.

1. Panama

With its close proximity to the southern border of the United States, Panama affords less expensive travel making it an attractive American medical destination. Procedures here are generally 50% less than the cost in the U.S. Marooned islands, deserted beaches, and more populated resorts provide respite from open heart surgery, bone marrow transplant, or joint replacement surgery.

2. Brazil

Brazil is most popular for cosmetic and plastic surgery offered at one third to one half of the expense of the same procedures in the United States. This country has the most practicing cosmetic surgeons per capita in the world. Rhinoplasty, facelifts, tummy tucks, and breast augmentations are frequently performed procedures. Currently, fertility treatments are rising in popularity as well. Recovery could be consumed with touring San Paulo’s historical sites or sipping healthy tonics on a secluded beach.

3. Malaysia

Modern, first-rate medical facilities can be found in Malaysia. The world’s tallest twin towers, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, host medical suites where neurosurgeons use state-of–the-art techniques to treat epilepsy. Malaysia is popular for providing a wide array of services including preventative medical treatments. An exercise stress test, complete blood analysis, and bone density scan can be packaged for a fraction of the cost of a preventative battery of tests in the United States.

4. Costa Rica

The adventuring medical tourist may find Costa Rica promising. While recovering from cosmetic dentistry or cosmetic surgery, one could wander through ancient cities, journey to a volcano through a cloud forest, or enjoy a butterfly observatory. Costa Rica is known to have reduced waiting periods for access to care which may account for 15% of all tourism attributed to medical tourism in this country. If an expedition is not on the agenda post-surgery, numerous sandy beaches are readily accessible for rest and relaxation. Avid shoppers will enjoy favourable currency exchange rates.

5. India

Many American trained physicians practice medicine in some of the best hospitals in the world in India. Cardio-vascular, orthopaedic, and transplant procedures often take place here for a fraction of the cost when compared to the U.S. Patients who seek treatment in popular cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore would most likely enjoy the relaxing benefits of yoga.

Whatever the desired experience and treatment, medical tourism offers favourable options for relaxation and recovery combined with a vacation abroad.

Bio: Richard is a freelance writer who enjoys working his way round topics such as health, travel and eco living. He would welcome your visit at @thefreshhealth.

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