Q. : What is medical tourism?
A. : 'Cost effective' private medical care in collaboration with the tourism industry. Medical tourism is a term that has risen from the rapid growth of the industry where people from all around the world are traveling to other countries to obtain medical, dental and surgical care while at the same time touring, vacationing, and fully experiencing the attractions of the countries that they are visiting. It is like rejuvenation and clean up process on all levels physical, mental and emotional.
A combination of many factors has lead to the recent increase in popularity of medical tourism exorbitant costs of healthcare in developed countries, ease and afford ability of international travel, favorable currency exchange rates in the global economy, rapidly improving technology and standards of care in many countries of the world, and most importantly proven safety of healthcare in select foreign nations have all led to the rise of medical tourism.
Q. : Where do medical tourists travel?
A. : Currently medical tourists are traveling in large numbers to India where the quality of healthcare is equal to anywhere else in the world and yet the cost is significantly low. The country also offers numerous options for touring, sight-seeing, shopping, exploring, and yes, even lounging on sun drenched beaches.
Q. : What kind of healthcare do medical tourists obtain?
A. : Myriad options exist for medical tourists from purely elective procedure such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, orthodontics, and LASIK, to more serious and life-saving procedures such as joint replacements, bone marrow transplants, and cardiac bypass surgery, liver transplant in a safe and effective manner for a fraction of the cost that they would spend in their home countries.
Q. : What are the cost savings for medical tourists?
A. : The cost savings are enormous. For example, for the same price as a week long vacation for two in Hawaii that includes airfare and boarding & lodging, a couple can travel to India, with airfare, boarding & lodging, personal tour guide/concierge, and LASIK corrective surgery for two. The average cost of private heart surgery in the United States is $5000. That same operation with comparable rate of success and complications costs only $ 5600 in the finest and most state-of-the-art hospital in India. A liver transplant that costs $300,000 in the U.S. costs only $ 78,000 in India. Large price disparities such as these exist across the board for numerous medical and surgical procedures. And because of favorable currency exchange rates for medical tourists, the costs associated with accommodation, food, shopping, and sight-seeing are similarly very favorable.