Medical Tourism: Travel To Be Healed
An old, but still booming industry
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Health tourism, also called medical tourism - patients going to a different
country for either urgent or elective medical procedures - is fast becoming a
worldwide, multibillion-dollar industry.
The reasons patients travel for treatment vary. Many medical tourists from the
United States are seeking treatment at a quarter or sometimes even a 10th of
the cost at home. From Canada, it is often people who are frustrated by long
waiting times. From Great Britain, the patient can't wait for treatment by the
National Health Service but also can't afford to see a physician in private
practice. For others, becoming a medical tourist is a chance to combine a
tropical vacation with elective or plastic surgery.
And more patients are coming from poorer countries such as Bangladesh where
treatment may not be available.
Medical tourism is actually thousands of years old. In ancient Greece, pilgrims
and patients came from all over the Mediterranean to the sanctuary of the
healing god, Asklepios, at Epidaurus. In Roman Britain, patients took the
waters at a shrine at Bath, a practice that continued for 2,000 years. From the
18th century wealthy Europeans travelled to spas from Germany to the Nile. In
the 21st century, relatively low-cost jet travel has taken the industry beyond
the wealthy and desperate.
Countries that actively promote medical tourism include Cuba, Costa Rica,
Hungary, India, Israel, Jordan, Lithuania, Malaysia and Thailand. Belgium,
Poland and Singapore are now entering the field. South Africa specializes in
medical safaris-visit the country for a safari, with a stopover for plastic
surgery, a nose job and a chance to see lions and elephants.
China Health Tourism
The terms Health Tourism and Medical Tourism are still new in China, although
the country has been known for its rich history of traditional oriental medical
techniques. The country has great potential to be the world number one health
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