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The What, How & Why

What is Medical Tourism
It may come as a surprise to many, but Medical tourism as a concept dates back thousands of years. Quick fact: Ancient Greece was host to pilgrims and patients from all over the Mediterranean, who visited the sanctuary of Asklepios, the God of Medicine,  at  Epidaurus in search of cure and relief.  In  the  18th century,  wealthy  patients  from  Europe  traveled  to  spas   in  the  Nile. In essence, the concept of Medical Tourism remains the same today– just that today is it is far more widespread and appeals to a larger cross section of society across continents.
In its contemporary form, medical tourism ensures delivery of world-class medical services, the cost of which would be a fraction of what one pays in Western countries, coupled with the opportunity to enjoy a vacation in the host country. And when it's all over, one will have received the requisite medical treatment, enjoyed a great vacation, and ended up with massive savings.
How it works
1) The patient contacts the Medical Provider.
2) The Patient provides the Medical Report, which consists of the a) Nature of ailment b) Local doctor's opinion c) Medical History d) Diagnosis. If required, additional information may be sought
3) The Medical Services Provider advises on the medical treatment, and provides a quotation of the approximate expenditure.
4)The Patient will either arrange for the travel on his own, or engage the services of the Medical Services Provider to make the necessary arrangements. Medical travel packages consist of a set of services that the provider will offer, which may include: medical care, air ticket and local taxi services, hotel accommodation, provision of a cell phone in the destination country for ease of communication, interpreter, travel and hotel bookings in nearby resorts during the post-operative recovery period 
Why Medical Tourism
1)The first group includes patients from developed countries who do not have, or have inadequate health insurance coverage. Many of these individuals come from Australia, Europe and Japan, with the majority coming from the United States of America.
2)The second group includes individuals, also primarily from developed countries such as Canada and The United Kingdom, who face long waiting lists for non-elective surgery and other critical procedures.
3)The third group includes individuals looking for affordable cosmetic procedures. Many of these individuals come from Australia, Europe and Japan, with a significant number again coming from the United States of America. For example, most health insurance in the United States of America covers critical care, not cosmetic care and beauty treatments.
4)The fourth and final group of medical travellers includes individuals seeking quality-assured, often specialized, care that is unavailable or in short  supply in their own countries. A significant number comes from the Middle East and Africa.
The benefits of Medical Tourism:
1) Incredible Savings: One can expect to save upto 90%, which would depend upon the country you plan to visit and the cost of the procedure back home. For example: The cost of a cardiac bypass surgery in the US exceeds $100,000. However, in India, the same surgery can be had for $10,000, at medical facilities that compare with the best the west has to offer. The cost differential is so high that even after you factor in the cost of your travel, accommodation and vacation for yourself and a travel partner, you save upto 90%!
S.No Treatment USA Thailand Malaysia India
1 Heart Bypass $144,000 $15,121 $11,430 $5,200
2 Angioplasty $57,000 $ 3,880 $5,430 $3,300
3 Heart Valve Replacement $170,000 $21,212 $10,580 $5,500
4 Hip Replacement $50,000 $7,879 $7,500 $7,000
5 Hip Resurfacing $50,000 $15,152 $12,350 $7,000
6 Hip Replacement $50,000 $12,297 $7,000 $6,200
7 Spinal Fusion $100,000 $9,091 $6,000 $6,500
8 Dental Implant $2,800 $3,636 $354 $1,000
9 Gastric Sleeve $28,700 $13,636 N/A $5,000
10 Gastric Bypass $32,927 $16,667 $9,540 $5,000
11 Lap Band $30,000 $11,515 N/A $3,000
12 Liposuction $9,000 $2,303 $2,299 $2,800
13 Tummy Tuck $9,750 $5,000 N/A $3,000
14 Breast Implant $10,000 $2,727 N/A $3,500
15 Rhinoplasty $8,000 $3,091 $1,293 $4,000
16 Face Lift $15,000 $3,697 $3,440 $4,000
17 Hysterectomy $15,000 $2,727 $5,250 $2,500
18 Lasik (Both Eyes) $4,400 $1,818 $477 $500
19 Cornea (Both Eyes) N/A $1,800 N/A N/A
20 Retina N/A $4,242 $3,000 $850
21 IVF Treatment $14,500 $9,091 $3,819 $3,250
2)No Wait-Lists: Immediate access to quality medical services is Medical Tourism's core offering to those who travel from countries that have Public Health Care Systems. There are countless cases of patients who skipped waiting lists and worsening pain, and availed of the medical care in India and in turn reclaimed their health and lives.
3)World-Class Facilities: Medical services providers in India leave no stone unturned in patient care. They offer clean, sanitized, spacious and luxurious accommodation that are of five star standards.
4)Access to Latest Technology: Indian Medical Centres have cutting edge research, on demand diagnosis, access to the latest medical devices, all of which combine into cutting edge methods in practice. 
5)Surgeon Expertise: Indian surgeons are highly distinguished, having partaken in some of the most significant ground breaking research in medicine. Their papers feature in the most prestigious publications, and lecture world over. Further, their wide experience and knowledge has helped them contribute to the progress of healthcare in USA and Europe.
6)Personalized Service: As stated earlier, Indian hospitality is unreserved. The excellent facilities on offer are matched equally by the eagle eyed, yet personable Indian medical staff. The high staff to patient ratio translates into your comfort, care and recovery. You will feel at home, the miles away from home will cease to matter!
7)Hospital Stay As Required: Medical Tourism allows for longer hospital stay without the attached heart crashing room charges. The decision to stay and recover in hospital is therefore based purely your medical needs, under the supervision of your medical practitioner.
8)Convenience: Over the years, airfares have become cheaper making international travel accessible to people across the world. With this development, along with the pervasiveness of the internet and its ability to connect people and offer information at the click of a button, your medical worries are only a flight away. You can research to your satisfaction about the hospitals and surgeons, share your medical records online with them and receive their medical opinion, schedule your travel etc.
9)Travel Opportunities: Although a holiday seems contrary to the purpose of the travel and the allied anxiety that precedes medical treatment, but post recovery holiday and relaxation at an exotic location, should your doctor permit it, can aid in your recovery and relieve you of stress.