Medical Tourism Process

The much hyped and advertised medical tourism industry does not seem to be very organized. From the context of major markets, enough data projections had been done which portray that medical tourism is going to be a booming industry in terms of business and facility provision for the needy.More information

Lets discuss the framework of medical tourism. Medical tourism is the process of exploring beyond local areas and beyond the border of the country of living to other geographical areas of the world to seek medical care. The motive behind such interest to find medical care from exogenous regions are

– Specialized and high quality medical care

– Affordable Health care

– Timely healthcare without having to wait for a long time

There was a time when the upper Socio-economic class people traveled abroad from the under developed countries or from European colonies to other developed countries to get best quality care available in the world.

However as times have changed and in post colonial and imperial period, due to rapid developments and free economical advances, there was a turn around and developing nations developed in fields of healthcare and educations. At the same time the foreign trained healthcare workers returned to the parent countries. This brought a revolution to the healthcare delivery in the developing nations of South East Asia and other parts of the world such as Latin American countries, middle east and western European countries.

In a parallel manner there was a rising burden of healthcare costs in developed nations which gave rise to escalated costs of healthcare, stagnant economy restricting the healthcare budget and increasing participation from regulatory agencies to maintain high standard care added to long waiting time for non critical surgeries. This was again added by the growing number of aging population, popularly called as the baby boomers, who needed healthcare facility. At the same time state controlled hospitals which provided care through health maintenance organisations and preferred provider organizations could not provide care to those who were under insured or lacked any insurance.

For the above mentioned population who needed healthcare facility, but were deprived from the same perceived the developing countries which had obtained economical boom and were on a developing spree of infrastructural growth and modern healthcare facilities as a target destination to avail healthcare at a much cheaper cost than the country of living. The destinations which experienced tremendous growth in terms of tourism and later medical tourism was facilitated by the same.