Medical Tourism(comes from the word Tourist) is the name given to a new health care industry. With Medical Tourism, people visit another country to get good healthcare, often at very low prices. Medical Tourism was established shortly after the year 2000.
Examples of common medical procedures done for medical tourists are surgical procedures like joint replacement, heart surgery, cosmetic surgery, dental treatment, addictions rehabilitation.
the term medical tourism can also be called medical travel, health tourism or global healthcare. it was initially developed by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of travelling across international borders to obtain health care. It also refers pejoratively to the practice of healthcare providers travelling internationally to deliver healthcare.
Countries that are popular for Medical Tourism are:
Cost Savings [change]
To get an idea of the potential cost savings from medical tourism, in Denver, Colorado, USA, a person without health insurance who needs a hip replacement will pay about US $60,000 (EUR 44751). In comparison, in Cuba, going through medical tourism firm Choice Medical Services, the same procedure costs about US $8000 (EUR 5967) or about an 80 percent savings.