Top 5 Medical Tourism Destinations in the World

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Medical tourism refers to the practice of traveling abroad to obtain health care. And in the past decade, Asian countries consistently top the list of medical tourism in the world.

According to health experts, affordable yet effective health care services, treatments, and surgeries are the reasons why 85% of patients travel abroad to receive health care.  The most common medical treatment that triggers “medical tourism” is cosmetic surgery, followed closely by orthopedics, cardiovascular surgery, and cancer diagnosis. Below are the top 5 countries that receive a lot of medical tourists each year:

1. Thailand

On the top of our list is Thailand, which receives 1,200,000 medical tourists every year! Thailand is extremely popular for its cosmetic surgery and rehabilitation treatments. In fact, the country offers the cheapest, most effective rehabilitation treatments in the world. Most patients travel to Thailand to take advantage of the affordable rates while also maintaining their privacy. An average rehab service in Thailand costs about $1,000. This is cheap considering the same service costs $30,000 in the US.

2. Mexico

Mexico consistently receives over a million medical tourists every year. Studies show that Hispanics from Arizona, California and Texas flock Mexico for dental work and weight loss surgery. These services cost 15% to 50% less than in the US. For example, liposuction in Mexico has an average cost of $1,500. In the US, the average cost for liposuction is $3,000 and up. The same studies found that more than 70% of medical tourists are from Arizona, California, and Texas.

3. United States

Each year, the US receives more than 800,000 patients from around the world. This is an incredible feat considering the high cost of health care services in the country. Usually, the patients require very complicated or high tech procedures. The United States has one of the best health care facilities and professionals in the world. So despite the high costs, patients with severe medical conditions flock the country. The Procedure that’s high in demand in theUS is plastic surgery.

4. Singapore

Singapore receives more than half a million (610,000) medical tourists every year. Usually, the patients are stricken with cancer. That’s because Singapore offers the most sophisticated cancer diagnosis, treatments and services in the world.

Survey says, Singapore is home to the most technologically advanced cancer facilities and treatments because the country invests in health care. In fact, the government released $300 million to fund a biotechnology research center. This shows the government’s commitment in making Singapore a top destination among medical tourists around the world.

5. India

Rounding up our list is India, which hosts 400,000 medical tourists per year. The country is popular for its orthopedic and cardiac procedures. Most of the medical tourists are African cancer patients seeking cancer diagnosis and treatment. In addition, India is renowned for its coronary artery bypass surgeries, which attract western patients. The orthopedic and cardiac procedures in India are 90% cheaper than in The US. The average cost for a procedure is $30,000 in India compared to $300,000 in the US).

However, it’s worth noting that most hospitals in India are not internationally accredited. Only top private hospitals in the country offer excellent services in the aforementioned procedures.

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