A Beginner’s Guide to Medical Tourism

medical-tourismWhat Is Medical Tourism?

As the United States heads closer to primary season, one of the most talked about issues will certainly be healthcare. One candidate wants to create a universal single payer system that is similar to Medicare. Others want to abolish the Affordable Healthcare Act altogether. One thing that all candidates can agree on is that Americans spends too much on healthcare. Medical debt is one of the biggest causes of bankruptcy in this country. Therefore, more Americans are going to different countries to have medical procedures performed. Last year, this number totaled nearly a million.

Globally, eight million people travel each year for a medical procedure. The leading drivers of this migration, which is otherwise known as medical tourism, are healthcare costs and treatment availability. Some treatment programs that have been developed in other countries are not available – either because of regulations in place or because there aren’t any doctors or facilities in place to perform the procedure. Depending on the country the procedure is performed in and where the medical tourist lives, a patient may be able to save as much as 75% on their medical costs.

Where Are International Health Travelers Going?

More than thirty countries cater to the medical tourist. Here is a list of the most traveled countries for medical tourists:

  • Costa Rica,
  • India,
  • Israel,
  • Malaysia,
  • Mexico,
  • Singapore,
  • South Korea,
  • Taiwan,
  • Thailand, and
  • Turkey

What Procedures Are Being Performed?

Depending on the country and the medical facility being used, there are a wide variety of healthcare options available that medical tourists can take advantage of. Many of these procedures are prohibitively expensive and may not be covered by insurance, depending on the patient’s home country. Here are some of the most commonly performed procedures medical tourists seek:

  • Alternative cancer treatments,
  • Cosmetic and reconstructive treatments,
  • Dentistry,
  • Spine surgery,
  • Fertility and reproductive procedures,
  • Cardiology, and
  • Weight loss surgery

Advantages of Choosing the Hope4Cancer® Institute

In its news section, Dr. Subrata Chakravarty, Chief Science and Technology Officer of the Hope4Cancer® Institute, wrote about some of the benefits medical tourists can experience by going to Mexico and, specifically, the Hope4Cancer® Institute. First and foremost, it has a number of treatment options not found in the United States (Rigvir Virotherapy). Mexico’s laws allow for the existence of alternative cancer treatment facilities, which gives patients the opportunity to access non-toxic, affordable treatments that are not allowed in the United States.

Additionally, the Hope4Cancer® Institute is located right in Playas de Tijuana. It is a beautiful, safe community right on the beach by the Pacific that provides the perfect environment to relax and heal. It is only a few minutes’ drive from the San Diego/Mexico border, making it easily accessible to medical tourists in North America and across the globe.

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