Medical Tourism

What is Medical Tourism?

Medical tourism refers to people travelling to another country to obtain medical treatment and well-being procedures. It covers a wide field of health-oriented tourism ranging from preventive and health-conductive treatment to curative forms of travel. Medical Tourism is nothing new; as far back as thousands of years and beyond, Greek pilgrims travelled from the Mediterranean to various places around Gulf area and found the territory which was the sanctuary of the healing god which was the primary forms of medical tourism.

Nowadays, medical tourism is very common with millions of people regardless of status, geography, wealth or whether insured, non-insured moving all around the World to reach the proper treatment for a better conditions and lower costs.

“Tourism” concept for medical treatment in another country, in general, means tourists staying for a holiday during or after medical treatment. Patients can benefit from being in another country by sightseeing, shopping, enjoying traditional food as well as spending holidays by sea side or winter resorts.

Factors that have led to the increasing popularity of medical tourism include the high cost of health care, long wait times for certain procedures, the ease and affordability of international travel, and improvements in both technology and standards of care in many countries. The avoidance of waiting times is the leading factor for medical tourism from the UK, whereas in the US, the main reason is cheaper prices abroad.

Why Medical Tourism?

  • Cost; Treatment and surgery costs can be substantially lower-priced in abroad than the price in the UK.
  • Waiting Time; there can be quite long duration of waiting time for the treatments especially for certain procedures. The ease and affordability of international travel helps patients to be treated significantly in a shorter and effortless way.
  • Out of Insurance; medical tourism offers an affordable alternative to expensive private healthcare prices and to rising private medical insurance premiums.
  • New treatments; some medical tourism destinations offer treatments that may not be available, or accessible, at home.