There is story in the Nairobi Star of Hoteliers in Kenya’s Coast reporting a rise cases in cancer cases among the poor and calls for the further development of Medical tourism.
“I think this is a good idea that would not only benefit the sick but as a way of developing the country’s tourism sector . Lets take a look at medical tourism around the globe and what we could learn from…”
What is health tourism about and where can you get it?
Medical tourism involves one traveling to a foreign country in search of medical services e.g specialized surgeries, transplants etc. Medical tourism/ health tourism also refers to the travels done by a doctor when providing medical services e.g when a doctor from a foreign country comes to treat a specific patient. A lot of countries in the word have embraced this type of tourism and in fact there are medical tourism destinations that are globally recognized for their outstanding services.
Lets take a look at some of the best.
Australia is a destination for affordable cardio, neurological and orthopedic surgeries.
China has emerged as a leader in medical tourism especially in stem cell and genetic research.
Malaysia is known for its specialized Eye care center and is a medical tourism hub that boasts of being the most visited medical tourism destination by UK patients, attracting 8.5% of all UK medical tourists.
Costa Rica is widely known for its advancements in dental and cosmetic procedures. It is one of the best in the Americas.
Known for its low prices on medical procedures i.e liver,heart etc transplants. Critics claiming that Indian medical practitioners are using stolen body parts.
Israel is not only known for its world-famous therapeutic resort in the Dead Sea but for a variety of medical procedures like organ transplants, eye surgery etc.
Japan is emerging as a leader in the treatment of cancer globally.
Korea, according to Planet Hospital, is known for its treatments. South Korea has earned a reputation for spinal surgeries, cancer screening, treatments, orthopedic work and cosmetic surgeries.
Mexico is known for convenient and affordable dental procedures and surgeries like hip replacements.
Singapore is known for its world-class medical facilities that offer cardiovascular treatments etc. In 1997 (published 2000), the World Health Organization ranked Singapore’s health care system sixth best in the world and the highest ranked system in Asia.
Treatments for medical tourists in Thailand range from cosmetic, organ transplants, cardiac, and orthopaedic treatments to dental and cardiac surgeries. Treatments also include spa, physical and mental therapies. Thailand also offers the controversial sex change surgery.