Medical tourism, contrary to the general perspective, is not a modern medical recourse. The first instances of medical tourism have been recorded back to when Greek pilgrims travelled across the Mediterranean to a small territory in the Saronic Gulf called Epidauria. Now, over thousands of years later, it is slowly become the favored option, thanks to the low prices, medical expertise and professionalism of hospitals abroad, coupled with the ease of access and transport.
According to a 2014 MTI survey, Canada was ranked highest for "Country Environment" and "Medical Tourism Costs" while Costa Rica and Jamaica were ranked at the top for "Destination Attractiveness". Israel and Singapore topped the polls for "Medical Facility and Service” with the countries raking in 84.6 and 78.2 points out of 100 respectively on the survey.
To highlight conclusions one can draw from the results of a survey conducted by BMC Health Services in September 2010 and a MTA survey conducted in 2009:-
Some of the top specialties for medical travelers include dentistry, cosmetic surgery, cancer treatment, reproductive surgery and orthopedics.
Catering to an ever-increasing market base, medical tourism has emerged as an extremely popular choice amongst patients willing to go the extra mile in search of better facilities at quality, value-for-money rates.
The primary aim of every associate in the multimillion nexus that is medical tourism is setting up a global network that defies national boundaries, so as to provide the best and at the same time, the most economical treatment available from across the world and to ensure there are no hiccups along the way.