Facts Associated with Medical Tourism
You may spend more time at a hotel than at a hospital during your medical trip.
Depending on your procedure, oftentimes you will only stay a night or two in the hospital and then spend the rest of the time at a hotel recuperating and/ or engaging in physical rehabilitation. So choose a hotel that has experience with medical tourists and understands your needs and expectations.
Your companion could make or break your medical trip. Having the physical and moral support of a companion is one of the most important ingredients of a successful medical trip, particularly during the recovery process. However, not everyone is ideally suited to being a medical travel companion. Choose your companion wisely. Right now it’s all about you. Your companion must be willing to put your needs ahead of his or her own and assist you during the recovery process. This does not mean they cannot have some leisure time to enjoy the local culture and attractions, but they should understand that their primary purpose is to provide support.
64% of patients that traveled abroad for care did not have health insurance.
Almost 83% of patients traveled with a companion.
33% of patients traveled abroad for cosmetic surgery.
Almost 90% of patients or their companions engaged in tourism activities.
Almost 85% of US patients found they received more personalized medical care than in the US
Almost 86% of US patients said they would travel again overseas for medical care
Nearly 27% of patients had previously traveled to a foreign country to receive medicalcare, most were female, all were between ages 45 and 64; the majority were White/Caucasian; all were American; all were college educated; half had household incomes between $50,000 and $100,000
Nearly 80% of the demand for medical travel is driven by cost savings.
Medical tourists spend between $7,475 and $15,833 per medical travel trip.
Out of 49 participants that had previously traveled overseas for medical treatment, 36% used a medical tourism facilitator.
A 2013 MTA Medical Tourism Patient Survey found that Latin America and Asia are the two leading regions for medical travel.
A 2013 MTA Medical Tourism Patient Survey found that Mexico and India respectively
have the highest demand for medical tourism.
Mexico has 98 hospitals accredited by the country’s Federal Health Ministry and 7 hospitals which are JCI-accredited. Mexico is most reputed for advanced care in dentistry and cosmetic surgery. Medical care in Mexico saves a patient 40% to 65% compared to the cost of similar services in the US.