The reasons patients seek care
At medical travel and medical tourism destinations is not only the cost savings. The growth of medical travel and medical tourism has many additional reasons not only for the underinsured individual but also for implementing the new tag word called Consumer Directed Health Care or CDHC.
Although executives are certainly aware that some patients bypass their local hospital, clinic, or ambulatory surgery center in their own town and are on the way to the airport to have a care in other cities, via Consumer-Directed Health Care.
They may be somewhat surprised to learn that an increasing number of patients are traveling to a wide variety of destinations around the world for medical, surgical, and dental care.
The Three Main Reasons Patients Seek Care at Medical Travel and Medical Tourism Destinations:
- Lower costs.
- No insurance/inadequate insurance.
- Particularly patients from the United States.
Popular Procedures in Medical Travel and Medical Tourism
- Plastic and cosmetic surgery.
- Cosmetic dentistry/extensive dental reconstruction.
- Bariatric surgery and subsequent body contouring.
- Orthopedics/hip and joint replacement.
- Cardiac/heart surgeries.
- Gender reassignment procedures.
- Treatment of infertility.
Additional Reasons for the Increase of Medical Travel and Medical Tourism
- Avoid waiting lists.
- Countries with National Health Service.
- Particularly patients from Britain and Canada.
- The procedure is not available in their home country.
- Newly developed procedures not approved by regulatory agencies.
- Stem cell therapy.
- Joint resurfacing.
- Artificial disc replacement (multi-level).
- Procedures are unavailable or restricted by society and/or the legal systems.
- Organ transplantation.
- In-vitro fertilization with donor eggs.
- Tourism and vacations.
- Luxurious accommodations and excellent service.
- Exotic vacation destinations and tax advantages.
- Privacy and confidentiality of the patient.
Additional information on Medical Travel and Medical Tourism destinations.