Destinations such as Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic became the major players in the region’s medical travel business, attracting hundreds of thousands of medical tourists to the continent every year. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, it dealt a strong blow to the burgeoning industry that might take years to recover from.
At the start of 2020, Medical Data Forecast released a report that predicted massive growth of medical tourism in Europe, however, the coronavirus pandemic has upended this trajectory this trajectory
By leveraging the core drivers of health travel, especially affordability and first-rate dental care, Vietnam hopes to achieve its vision of being the dental tourism hub of the world.
Malaysia is building many centers of excellence like these and harnessing advanced technologies that will see the country be a game-changer in the medical tourism market
Belt and Road Tourism in Guilin has a unique advantage as a landmark in China and leader of reform in tourism circle. The party committee and government place a high priority on the establishment of the Guilin International tourist destination.
With an increase in social development, healthcare is becoming diversified and public hospitals are unable to fulfill the demands. MedicalMall is providing personalized medical care by replacing the old medical systems with entrepreneurial innovations.
Guangxi is on the verge of establishing one of the best comprehensive senior care services industry in the whole country. Guangxi developed the senior care services industry, national pharmaceutical industry, agriculture throughout China.
Hainan is China's largest economic zone and the island is currently under construction, covering 67% of ocean territory in China. Hainan leverages convenient transportation system, wide diplomatic networks, rich culture and strategic destination for health travel.
Genomic medicine, also known by name like personalized medicine, precision medicine, stratified medicine emerged two decades back. It has led to the development of cutting-edge drug therapies that simplify the treatment of various diseases.
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes constitute the commonest causes of employee absenteeism. Presenteeism, and reduced work performance can be minimized if employers can play a good role in preventing these diseases.
Greece is hosting the European Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress to be held in Athens from May 14th to 15th, 2018. Greece is considered a safe travel destination and the beauty of the country's landscape makes it a choice spot.
Calais hospital struck a deal with the UK's National Health Service to receive British patients for elective surgical treatment. One out of every 14 patients benefitted from the partnership recounts his experience with the endless wait for surgery.
Art is simple perfection in the execution of everyday activities – the essence of which is, presented as a humble offering. Service and duties are undertaken with a grace born from a shared understanding that the God’s demand nothing less than mindfulness.
Hearing the word Russia, the first thing that comes to mind is- the Kremlin, Mariinsky Theatre, a winning ice hockey team. Many foreigners are traveling to the country for quality medical treatments and procedures all at more affordable prices.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai have implemented health insurance mandates requiring employers to provide coverage for all treatments. Despite having only 1.5 doctors for every 1000 people in the UAE the region is actually facing an oversaturated insurance market.
French medicine is very progressive and emerged after Lyon has stunned the world by a transplant of both hands and forearms. Many remember France as a place for relaxation and gastronomic experiences, Paris is about climbing the Eifel Tower.
WorldMed Assist, a medical tourism company, helped me get an autologous stem cell transplant performed at Anadolu Medical Center. Just after 2011, I started seeing ads on my computer screen every time I logged on to search for potential new FDA studies.
The Mexican healthcare system has many challenges to overcome in order to become a truly sustainable sector. Low patient-to-doctor ratios and exorbitant out-of-pocket spending by consumers reflects problems in the system.
The MTA with ASIB Europe has developed the first Executive Market Intelligence course on Russian markets for international patients. Digital Business focusing on trends and opportunities for cooperation and business development topics.
At some point, statistics, pie charts and nonsensical committees designed to monitor a problem simply pour vinegar into ongoing wounds. While data and statistics are most certainly important, there has to be a tipping point.
Rising wealth, top-heavy population pyramid, NCDs, and cultural factors have fuelled a boom in outbound Chinese medical tourism. Many will use their new-found wealth to take advantage of plastic surgery, dentistry and wellness programs in Korea or Southeast Asia.
For decades, Tampa, the third-most populated city in Florida, has been an ideal destination for those retired from their job. Tampa is also a premier destination for tourism of all kinds; particularly, within the medical community.
Dennis Wilson was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier, but after reaching the treatment options, he decided on proton therapy. Life is too short, you've just got to get out and enjoy, that's he said after getting technology and accessibility of the center.
Halal Holidays are introducing Muslims a chance to let their hair down, spend money and relax according to Islamic values. Tourism generated by observant Muslims is widening, from the streets of New York, where the famous rice and chicken dish is in trend.
Wealthy Arabs traditionally take advantage of well-connected flights to Germany to avoid the blistering summer heat at home. They go for medical treatments like oncology, neurosurgery, cardiology, preventive care as well.
Healthcare providers in Los Angeles and those in other cities of the U.S. have had their doors open to medical tourism patients. Patients from the Middle East can be expected to spend more than other foreign nationals and cater to all shapes and sizes.
Thailand's medical tourism policy, the same strategy that attracted the patient in the first place and countless other wealthy foreigners. Some economists mentioned that Thailand's healthcare system has become a slum for the poor.
The scarce healthcare resources are spent on controlling non-communicable diseases and decreasing the maternity mortality rate. In Nigeria, medical tourism to India for healthcare generated more than $260 million in spending in 2012.
China's annual healthcare expenditure is projected to grow at an average rate of 11.8 percent a year from 2014-2018. The Chinese healthcare market is fueled by the proliferation of lifestyle diseases, changing population demographics, increased healthcare spending.
Healthcare consumers fro Latin America, the U.S., and Canada looking for medical tourism procedures are opting for Columbia. What was once a destination for drugs and violence, undergone a massive social and economic transformation.
Medical tourism is a natural fit, and Florida is serious about becoming a global destination for patients and health-seekers. The Florida Department of Health is driving the vision for Florida to become the healthiest state in the nation.
Orlando has another attraction that has its own set of stories and memories apart from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios. Florida hospitals including those here in Orlando offer some of the best healthcare in the world for the state’s increasing population.
Despite getting monetary crises rocked the European Union, medical tourism is gradually building a following in Greece. Hair transplants are becoming commonplace medical tourism procedures across the globe, as per International Hair Restoration Surgery.
Carribean countries possess developing healthcare systems with variable service lines, human resources and technology. Modern medicine relies on a combination of excellent clinicians and advanced technologies.
Japan capitalize on national technologies, methodologies, products, people to emerge as a point of excellence for medical tourism. The government has defined medical tourism as a key driver of economic growth and has promoted inbound and outbound opportunities.
Approximately 42,000 Canadians traveled abroad last year for medical purposes like saving money on dental or uncovered procedures. The Canadian healthcare system is publicly-funded, but private entities provide most of the services.
People all over the world struggle to find a model that can financially sustain children’s health, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital did it. Gertrude’s is a simple hospital, and has come as a place of hope for sick children who have no expectations elsewhere.
The costs for the medical tourism trip including airfare, lodging, transportation, meals, doctor appointments and diagnostic tests. The whole price for the tourism and medication was lower than the price of just one MRI in the United States.
Considered one of the world’s seven “Blue Zones” due to the longevity of the local population; evokes similarities to Malibu. Costa Rica’s robust medical tourism industry promises patients a land of enduring glamour.
Popularly known as a hub of Ayurveda, Kerala has captured the imagination of many as a destination for medical travel in India. High-quality healthcare services, state-of-the-art in- infrastructure, Kerala is the most advanced healthcare destinations in South Asia.
Patients around the world are no longer looking for treatments within their own neighborhood, state or national boundaries. Hospitals and clinics are marketing their efforts more to other states and other countries for specialized or affordable treatments.
The Department of Health and Human Services unleashed President Obama’s chief domestic policy initiative at the start of the year. Obamacare has enabled some Americans to afford health insurance for the first time, the Affordable Care Act was supposed to do.
Most employers confused about the Obamacare, understand that offering health insurance to their employees makes good business sense. Rising costs and evolving complexities four years into the President’s domestic healthcare policy made things clear to employers.
Faced with long lines for treatments that sometimes stretch over a year, many Canadians are choosing medical tourism procedures. Canadians feel lack of available resources or appropriate technology, a desire to return more quickly to their lives.
Jordan means a lot of things to different people, healthcare aficionados are defining the Arab kingdom in Western Asia. The World Bank ranked Jordan among the top five destinations in the world for medical tourism and first in the region.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Middle East travel crackdown leads Arabs to head towards Asia for holiday gateways. Low-cost medical treatment in Asian facilities like Bumrungrad compared to European or North American hospitals diminish the allure.
NTUH focuses on academic research and clinical practice including oocytes cryopreservation, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Many patients from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, The Philippines seek fertility treatment at NTUH.
The continuous progression of my lymphedema created great changes to my appearance, the texture of the skin, wart-like growth. I arrived at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan to receive bilateral Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer (VLNT) surgery.
Taipei Veterans General Hospital is one of the few hospitals with an independent orthopedic department, and surgical department. Taipei Veterans General Hospital developed the seasoned orthopedic medical team in Taiwan treating patients with their symptoms.
Taiwan has an international following to accommodate, one made up of people who want to taste the vibrant night markets. Taiwan is defined by the international patients seeking medical care system that boasts quality, inexpensive prices and hospitable service.
Governments and hospitals in Europe have only recently begun promoting their services on an international level. Working Americans and health insurance have been linked since the start of World War II, when the federal government capped wages.
Science Fiction Brought to Life If body part and organ replication sounds like something from the realm of science fiction. 3-D printing doesn’t have advance use in the mass production of medical devices more than just theory.
The idea of combining medical procedures with family vacations to offer “medical excellence with a tropical flair. The initiative has attracted patients primarily from South and Central America.
The Jeju City Development Center (JDC) hopes to capitalize on the lucrative Muslim population and medical tourism patients. Jeju's pristine environment with healthcare options like hip replacements, obesity treatments, wellness therapies, and plastic surgery.
Millions of Americans and Canadians cross the border to Mexico each year in search of medical tourism procedures and treatments. Medical Tourism Survey found 76 percent of patients for medical travel are American, means the majority are neighbors of Mexico.
Infertility is not in the mind, but a medically diagnosed condition known to any couple trying to achieve a pregnancy. After HIV, the World Health Organization lists IVF treatment as the highest stressor a person can deal with.
All residents in Portugal have access to healthcare provided by the National Health Service (NHS), financed mainly through taxation. Portugal's advantage of its privileged location in the old world, and beach, rural and city minutes away from each other.
Lufthansa, with its network of more than 200 destinations worldwide, is considered as a provider of state-of-the-art medical transport. Lufthansa is ideal for connecting patients to and from the U.S., India, Turkey, Middle East and Western Europe.
Travel is universally considered as something everyone loves, and the possibilities can be endless and people desire living abroad. Despite the popularity of travel, the U.S. government hasn’t adjusted Medicare offerings to include coverage overseas.
Italy recognized as a major travel destination, offers medical tourists the opportunity to combine treatment with a vacation. Currently known for cosmetic treatments, Italy is also developing a reputation for dental surgery and wellness.
The island nation known for its pink sand beaches, turquoise water now known as travelers seeking medical tourism opportunities. Medical tourism worldwide generated approximately $50 billion dollars in revenue, wellness tourism generated $106 billion in revenue.
Countries toward universal healthcare in Caribbean nations must consider historical, social and economic content. Universal healthcare refers to coverage in which all legal residents of a nation have access to basic services administered by the government.
Move over consumer electronics and fuel-efficient automobiles and make way for medical tourism, Japan has taken on added meaning. A growing demand for timely and cost-effective medical procedures and treatments, hospitals and travel agencies in Japan are ready.
Thailand attract medical tourism patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s to facilities that offer inexpensive, better care. They also serve for those debilitated by long-term memory loss while providing peace of mind to their families.
Americans without dental insurance thinking about heading south for a trusted dentist have something to smile about. Patients who travel to the Sani Dental Group, in the Mexican state of Baja can save up to 70% off similar procedures offered in the U.S.
Giving birth in the United Kingdom is like stealing candy from a baby, according to a report by National Health Service. Most of the women had to be admitted and allowed to give birth on the NHS, as their pregnancies were too close for them to fly home.
After denied in UK for medical attention, a Nigerian man suffering from cardiovascular and kidney failure found it in the UAE. Niagwan was lucky in the UAE, because he required a blood transfusion during the surgery to increase his normal red count.
The WHO calls Germany a “demographic time bomb,” almost a third of all Germans by 2050 will climb to 65 years or older. Many will need nursing care, a situation made more troublesome because nursing care is looked as a less than- attractive profession.
Russian tourism officials see the Winter Olympic Games as a golden opportunity to show off Sochi during the month of February. Exposure gained from the biggest tourism event in modern Russian history will transform the city’s image and promote health tourism.
The medical tourism industry in Israel is in good health and that, in and of itself, is a problem for government officials. Overcrowded hospitals in Israel are devoting more bed space to foreigners, many wait months for procedures and treatments.
Nigerian twins had no problem getting along, but they won’t mind living apart from each other for the rest of their lives. The girls were born with a condition called “pygopagus,” common lower spinal cords, lower gastrointestinal tract, anus, and genitalia.
The medical services market in Poland has a chance to become one of the most important players in the global market. Poland is a country of major medical achievements with outstanding medical personnel and centuries of tradition in natural resources therapies.
Las Vegas has come a long way since it first established itself as a small desert gambling town more than 100 years ago. Las Vegas has transformed into the Entertainment Capital of the World featuring top attractions, fine dining, world-class nightlife.
Expensive medical bills can completely overwhelm a family when illness strikes, an unfortunate concern Americans can bank on. Escalating medical bills are expected to push 1.7 million households into bankruptcy, making health expenses the single biggest cause of default filings.
A surrogacy boom has given hope of parenthood for an increasing number of couples from around the world who travel to India. It has become a medical tourism hub because of the availability of advanced technology, healthcare professionals and inexpensive costs.
Passage of the EU Directive on Cross-Border Healthcare did not increase or reduce these movements, but provided a formal framework. Among the developments from the directive are rules pertaining to access, safety and quality standards regarding care.
The definition of medical tourism has expanded, patients don’t have to leave the country to be considered a medical tourist. Both self-insured and traditionally insured employers are investigating strategies for reducing expenditures related to employee benefit.
Years of war and crisis damaged the health infrastructure in Afghanistan which leads to limited capacity, few trained professionals. After years of struggle and confronted with mounting poor facilities, the Afghanistan Ministry initiated to improve healthcare.
Nobody expected Obamacare to get a free ride through Congress and onto the president’s desk for his signature – and it didn’t. Perhaps 23 percent claimed to not know enough to say which is representative of the state of confusion that is Obamacare today.
Patients can find in Seoul a higher standard of care than what is available in their host countries and at one-fifth the cost. Throw in endless sightseeing opportunities that blend ancient customs with cosmopolitan culture and the price is right in Seoul.
In the U.S. and most developed countries, the quality of medical care continues to grow in the treatment of acute disease. Diabetes, diabetic neuropathies and other neuropathy associated disease states consume large portions of healthcare resources in the U.S.
In the wake of politics among Arab nations, a strong focus has emerged on the lack of quality healthcare in the Middle East. As the basic microeconomic premise suggests, increased quantity does not necessarily mean increased quality.
Coronary artery disease is caused by the plaque, a sticky sponge like substance that attaches to the arteries of the heart. Statins are a type of medication used to lower cholesterol by blocking an enzyme which is a cause of cholesterol production.
Few places on earth have as many spas, sanatoriums and clinics as the southern shores of Crimea – 2000 year old tradition. Following recent Ukrainian government activities, fiscal initiatives, renewed interest of Russian banks, Crimea is back – and with polish.
Medical tourism is the practice of patients travelling to another country for diagnostic, non-surgical or complex medical treatments. Domestic medical tourism has been in Australia for at least the past century, when patients travelled from very remote and regional areas to capital.
Indian hospitals have been struggling to compete against international hospitals to attract patients at various forums. India has many hospitals and clinics that offer treatments in nearly every medical sector including cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Suliman M. Alshuaibi Medical Attaché for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Alshuaibi is responsible for the best care for patients whether sending them out of the country or bringing someone in.
NMH commitment to sustainability has gained it Silver status in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED. Their Green Team strives for sustainability, and recently, in converting from disposable sharps containers (DSC) to a sustainable and safer reusable system.
Realizing the needs of your patients what they are looking for and why they are leaving are the steps to take for improvement. Ministers of Health, boards governments and hospitals traveled from all parts of the world to learn and share best practices.
Within the patient-competitive and ever-developing arena of medical tourism, Congress identified four cases of medical tourism. Jordan, Turkey, Colombia and Taiwan – all of which provided insight into the branding, organizing and new capacity-building efforts.
American medical centers have welcomed patients from around the world who are in search of advanced technology, surgical procedures. Domestic medical tourism within the U.S. – patients seek care across state lines or outside of their local hospitals.
Dr. Bekir Sitki Aslan is a well known specialist in cataract and glaucoma surgery and director of the eye clinic at TOBB Hospital. Dr. Aslan has access to the most advanced technologies for his specialty and has been performing live surgery sessions.
The MTA and The Ministry of Republic of Lithuania signed an agreement to promote and develop medical tourism in the Baltic nation. The Parties shall take all steps necessary to promote and develop medical tourist flows.
At this year’s Congress, Kenneth Mays, addressed issues surrounding healthcare and health insurance for expatriates in Asia. It gives us a closer look at the medical resources and benefits available to the population of long-term foreign residents in Thailand.