For most people needing medical care, the last thing on their minds is travel but a growing number of American & European medical tourists are setting out for Eastern Europe, India, Thailand and Latin America for everything from dental work to breast implants to major heart surgery. Rising health care costs in the US & Western Europe push people to seek medical treatments elsewhere, while medical facilities in developing countries have not only caught up to western standards but also in many ways exceeded them. These tourists are usually surprised to find brand new facilities and equipment as hospitals and medical tourism hubs around the world join in the fierce competition for this fast growing market.
Six reasons to be a medical tourist
While price is the major factor that first leads patients to look overseas for health care, there are a number of other benefits that often escape notice, though the price difference remains the prime motivator for most people. Medical tourism has its perils, however, and the aspiring tourist should be familiar with possible problems and have a good idea about which hub is right for them long before planning the details of a trip.
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