Medical tourism goes mainstream as low-cost cardiac surgery and broader healthcare provision join dentistry and cosmetic surgery to have global impact.
Switzerland is well known destination for medical holiday with opportunity to have relaxation and treatment. Now, its also provide surgical vacation and cosmetic enhancement for its customer. South Africa & Brazil is also popular destination to get quality cosmetic surgery along side with famous destination for this like London, L.A. and Miami.
For Tummy tuck and breast enhancement, emerging destination like Dubai, Venezuela, Thailand, Jamaica and Philippines is the choice.
While main attraction would be cosmetic surgery, high quality services at low cost has been attractive packages for medical tourism.
In 2007, over 100,000 UK residents went aboard for medical treatment as below ;
43% -dental procedures
30% -cosmetic surgery
And the average spent for such trips was just under $4,000 per head. According to "FutureAgenda" the World in 2020, There is shift happening whereby India lead the way. In this case, for example Aravind Eye Hospitals had done operation on cataract aimed at making life-changing eye surgery, in fact five Aravind Eye Hospitals in India conduct over 30,000 operations a year on cost of $50 rather than usual $500.
In other case, Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital in Bangalore performing over 600 heart operations a week which is eight times the average at other hospital in India, and the highest in the world. They charge only $2,000 for open-heart surgery compared with US whereby the cost is between $20,000 and $100,000.
So, its not a surprise when over 1 million medical tourist from US flopping to India each year.
Dubai is also eyeing at being centre of cardiac surgery as well as attracting best surgeons. Medical tourism expected to be worth $500 billion by 2020.
In Malaysia, Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council an initiative by Ministry of Health Malaysia has been responsible for medical tourism.