What Is Medical Tourism?

What Is Medical Tourism?


Millions of people travel abroad for medical
treatment – from dental work to major heart surgery – all done at a fraction of the cost
back home. Medical tourism brings in billions of dollars a year worldwide. So, we wanted
to know, what exactly is medical tourism? Well, since the mid 20th century, healthcare
costs have exploded in many developed countries, especially the United States. Some have blamed
this on the closed system of procedure and drug pricing, which does not allow for free
market competition. So when prices rise, they don’t go back down. Other factors, like
exaggerated insurance billing, malpractice lawsuits, and infrequent, but serious doctor
visits contribute to increasing costs. According to a 2011 OECD report, a procedure
like a heart bypass can cost more than $100,000 dollars in the US. However that same procedure
could run less than $4,000 dollars in Mexico. For those without health insurance or high
deductibles, medical tourism represents a viable and beneficial alternative. For Americans, the most common medical tourism
destinations include Thailand, Mexico, India and Cuba. In many of these developing countries,
medical tourism represents a lucrative and growing source of economic revenue. Countries
are actually competing for medical tourists. In Japan, the government is instituting new
policies that will help increase the number of hospitals accepting foreign patients. Worldwide,
the industry is said to be worth up to $55 billion dollars. However there are certain drawbacks. The US
Center for Disease Control has registered several safety concerns over higher rates
of bacterial infections and diseases for medical tourists. These can be attributed to less
strict sanitation rules in other countries and the presence of contagious diseases that
are otherwise rare in the US. In 2014, 19 American women, who traveled to the Dominican
for plastic surgery, contracted bacterial infections. Additionally, transplant tourism has become
a highly controversial issue. Medical tourists can obtain organs and transplant operations
without waiting in a long line, and for less money. But the World Health Organization says
the organs often come from vulnerable people. Most of the world has completely banned transplant
tourism, however organs can still be purchased on the black market. Medical tourism also presents problems for
locals who now face more competition for healthcare in their own country. Wealthy outsiders can
crowd out native citizens, and even raise the prices for certain procedures by increasing
demand. Healthcare providers, too, can be required to change their practices in order
to accommodate and cater to foreigners. A recent report on healthcare in developed
countries ranked the US last in effectiveness and efficiency. This is despite the fact that
the US spends more money on healthcare per person than any other country. Presently,
the future of medical tourism is expected to remain profitable as experts predict billions
of dollars in revenue growth for the coming years. Another unusual type of tourism? BIRTH tourism.
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100 thoughts on “What Is Medical Tourism?

  1. This is so true, i am in india and had kidney transplant. My mother donated it. It cost us about 10000 usd at most. And monthly medicines are about 140 usd. Calculate that for usa. And even if i get admitted it at most 800nusd for hospital charges etc

  2. ok yes the US may have terrible health care but if my life depended on it a $100k procedure in America is far preferable to a $4k procedure in Mexico. I'll just stay in civilisation though where you can get good health care for free.

  3. I live in Virginia but when I had to get something fix I went back to Bolivia and payed like 5% of what I could have spent in America

  4. "What is Medical Tourism ?" its when your government has failed so badly that your Citzens have to go elsewhere to have medical treatment rather than the sane option of staying at home where they know their doctor , Can understand their doctor and are near family and friends.

  5. The average hip replacement in the USA costs $40,364. In Spain, it costs $7,371. That means I can literally fly to Spain, live in Madrid for 2 years, learn Spanish, run with the bulls, get trampled, get my hip replaced again, and fly home for less than the cost of a hip replacement in the US.

  6. USA spending more money per capita on health than Canada? wtf is this, and where are these thousands americans coming to canada for free healthcare???

  7. When i need to go to the doctor i go to Mexico its far cheaper than an American doctors visit. The only difference is the language but most Mexican doctors know English since they receive many American patients as well.

  8. You guys completely glossed over the organ transplant tourism in China, which is a MASSIVE issue, largely because of where they get the organs from. They are prisoners who haven't committed any crime, they are prisoners of conscience. Which means they are people who practice forms of Buddhism, Christianity, are political dissidents or one of the many other groups whose civil rigs are abused. You talked about the Philippines , but couldn't be bothered to mention the horrific affront of e CCP who kills people for their organs so someone can get a transplant. And they have such a wide pool to draw from it usually only takes 2 weeks to get a match. Unlike the 2 years plus in the U.S. Before anyone tries to talk about organ donation, if you knew anything about the cultural norms of China and the treatment of the body after death you would know that getting Chinese to donate organs is virtually impossible. They have never had a successful volunteer organ donation program.

  9. Whats wierd is the US Actually spends just as much Taxes on Healthcare as Free Healthcare countrys.They just chare you ontop of those taxes. Thats right your paying for it twice.

  10. This video should have been named as why not to go for Medical tourism, You guys accept Cheap Chinese products but won't accept good quality Indian service. I have not seen any bad reports of Medical Tourism i India. Aneeta you should not have accepted this video

  11. considering comments are disabled on thd other video, id like to say that you mistitled the migrant crisis video. those people are not migrants, they are refugees. migrants have less rights than refugees, and migrants are not the same as refugees. refugees are fleeing for their life or from persecution and according to the UN, are entitled to recieve asylum in any nation. a migrant is someone who leaves a country or area to eeek better economic opportunities, and they are not entitled to asylum or to be even let into a country.

  12. I welcome anything to get the US government and insurance agencies to pull their heads out of their asses. The risks involved aren't that bad compared to the debt you'd pay otherwise.

  13. Right in the middle of the video a spam came across asking to buy the Wizard of Oz movie. I was nowhere near my phone when it popped up. Makes me think something is embedded or my phone was hacked. Weird. Running virus check.

  14. Boo fucking hoo for Indians, in the UK in some of the hospitals that are paid though by taxes from the UK's Public are overrun by 'medical tourists' because it's free for them.

  15. Healthcare in Tropico is universally free by default! But if El Presidente feels like it he can make it paid healthcare like the US!

  16. Not all on the internet as most people realize are true this episode sure is medical cost in the u.s. has gotten so out of control that it has no w where to go but to collapse it has no correlation to the cost and ability to pay for it to the rest of the u.s. economy it's sure to have a drastic price realignment and soon it's no longer sustainable here as it is in the u.s. at current cost

  17. Might also want to mention that many foreigners enter the U.S to get top of the line medical care and revolutionary treatment. Out of the top 100 hospitals in the world, more than 50 of them are in the U.S.

  18. The image for this video is all wrong. The caduceus (used here) is a symbol of commerce associated with the Greek god Hermes. Medicine is represented by the Staff of Asclepius, Asclepius being a Greek god associated with healing.

  19. That's really true that natives of India are experiencing some difficulties …..I guess there is need of some international organisation to regulate this medical tourism

  20. medical tourism is very dangerous it could spread disease in country that don't not have cures. there should be a medical tourism visa which state which illness you have and if the country have the hospitals, medicine and the staff to cure this disease. just an my idea not the correct idea

  21. Just met an Afghanistani guy and he was very happy with the treatment he got in India regarding his prostate enlargement removal through robotic thing.

    Its nice people are coming to my country for treatment.

    peace to all.

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  23. This can reduce prices of healthcare in US, which big health corps in US don't like. They have every incentive to spread rumors of sanitation etc. In reality, they are getting better health sanitation than in US itself, because they are their VIP patients.

  24. Who would have expected that cheap surgeries in foreign lands are dangerous? People are so selfish, they spread infections that way!

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