Medical tourism is one of the most popular kinds of world tourism. Foreign medicine doesn’t stay in one place; it develops in leaps and bounds. The international market offers a wide range of services: from the simplest therapeutic procedures to the most complex surgeries.
An opinion exists that only very wealthy people are able to afford treatment overseas. In fact, the cost of therapy, diagnosis and rehabilitation is about the same, whether provided by foreign or domestic hospitals. However, treatment offered by clinics abroad is often much more effective.
Whichever country, clinic and specialists you choose, in the world of high-tech medical treatments, your possibilities are almost boundless. Germany, USA, Israel and South Korea are among the most popular medical travel destinations at the moment.
The question is where to go for treatment? Which treatments and procedures are most in demand around the world? To help you make an informed choice, we have prepared a comparative analysis of the most sought-after medical services according to quality and price.
In terms of quality of medical services, the world leader here is undoubtedly Germany. For therapeutic and rehabilitation procedures, surgeries and state-of-the-art technology such as Gamma-Knife, Germany offers the best money can buy. Medical tourists predominantly travel to Germany for treatment in areas such as cardiac surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and urology. Prices are quite high in Germany, but they certainly match the service standards! For instance, a course of leukemia treatment that includes chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant and rehabilitation costs around 150,000€.
From a medical tourism perspective, Germany is universal: you can receive any and even the most complex surgery there.
Israel is renowned for its achievements in oncology, infertility, bone marrow transplants and orthopedics as well as ophthalmology and cosmetology. Prices here are much lower than in Germany and the USA, but the quality of the medical services offered is still very high. For instance, a course of radiation therapy for oncological diseases (20-30 procedures) in an Israeli clinic will cost around $30,000.
The USA is undoubtedly the leader in cosmetology, dentistry, plastic surgery, and oncology (with the use of innovative techniques like Cyberknife, Gamma Knife and proton therapy) as well as cardiac and neurosurgery. Medical clinics in The States are not the cheapest, but they offer a high quality service. For instance, a visit to a therapist will cost about $300, an emergency call (without hospitalization) will cost no less than $1500. This is why travelling to European and Asian clinics for treatment is becoming more and more popular among Americans.
Clinics in Thailand, China and South Korea in particular are recommended for cosmetology and other aesthetic surgery procedures, such as breast augmentation surgery, rhinoplasty, lifting, botox, liposuction and hair transplants. Health improvement programs such as detox and weight loss courses are also becoming increasingly popular. Rhinoplasty in Thailand will cost you around $1500, while a face lift comes to around $3000, but while cosmetic surgery at an Asian clinic costs much less than it does in Europe or the USA, the end result will perhaps not be as satisfactory.
Now you have comprehensive information about the cost and quality of medical services around the world, you can choose the country and clinic that offers the best treatment for your health issue.
Author: Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova
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