Top 10 Medical Tourism Countries In The World

1. Mexico

Medical tourism in Mexico has been on the rise for a couple of years now. This has been fueled by a number of factors. The first of the many factors being the low-cost of the medical services provided. In addition to that, it has a number of internationally recognised and experienced doctors and nurses to its credit. Also, travelling to Mexico is very easy for Americans and Canadians because of the short distance and the availability of frequent flights to important cities.

2. Costa Rica

Healthcare is one of the best in the world and medical tourism is becoming a popular trend in Costa Rica now. This beautiful Central American country pulls in medical tourists for cost-effective treatment, majorly different types of dentistry and cosmetic surgery. The doctors are very skilled and experienced, most of them having received their training from the US. They are also very considerate towards their patients and conduct a number of follow-up visits.


Brazil, being a South American nation, with a coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, ensures easy accessibility by road, rail, sea and air. This has been helpful in pulling in a large number of medical tourists desirous of specialized treatment. It also has a large number of JCI accredited hospitals to its credit (54 to be precise).

The cost-effectiveness of treatment in Brazil is another major reason for the great influx of tourists. In fact, the medical tourists can save from 30% to 60% on the cost of  similar treatments in the US. What can be better than lazing on the warm beaches in Brazil to relax and recover after the various treatments!

4. Turkey

A lot of tourists are turning their head towards Turkey as their preferred destination for medical tourism. Turkey boasts of a high standing in international accreditation including JCI accredited hospitals.

As of Novermber, 2015, Turkey has 48 hospitals accredited by JCI, which is one of the highest figures among the most popular destinations. It provides a variety of medical treatments at very low costs. The perfectly friendly and welcoming hospital staff and a large number of specialized doctors together make Turkey an ideal medical tourism destination.

5. South Korea

South Korea is easily accessible because it is well-connected to all major air hubs across the globe. It offers a friendly and hospitable atmosphere to the tourists. The hospitals offer good quality medical services at low costs. They boast of highly educated and trained doctors and nurses who use sophisticated technologies in the deliverance of medical care. All the records are stored in electronic form which allows easy transfer of information about the health conditions of the patient. These factors together make it one of the best medical tourism destinations in the world.

6. India

Healthcare in India is as good as in any of the developed nations. You can get the services of some of the best doctors at surprisingly low costs. The unique feature about healthcare in India is the availability of traditional and effective healing systems like Ayurveda, Ayush, Yoga, Naturopathy, Siddha and Unani. It also serves as an excellent tourist destination.

7. Malaysia

The fast development of medical tourism in Malaysia can be attributed to the fact that the 13 JCI accredited hospitals here provide quality healthcare at very low costsMalaysia boasts of highly skilled medical practitioners. It is very convenient to travel to Malaysia because it is well-connected to the major air-hubs. Travelling from one city to another in Malaysia is also very easy because public transport is available in abundance.

8. Taiwan

Taiwan has a number of highly skilled and qualified doctors to its credit. It provides a variety of treatment plans like cosmetic treatment, spa treatment etc. at extremely reduced costs. Travelling to Taiwan is very easy because it is connected to all the major airports in the world.  The hospitals in Taiwan provide special care to international patients. The help desks and translators in the hospitals meet all the concerns of the patients.

9. Singapore

Singapore is the most developed country in Asia and specializes in almost all major treatments, making them available at extremely affordable costs. Most of the procedures cost nearly half of the costs of similar treatments in the US. 

The medical practitioners in Singapore can be compared to the best in the world. It has a well-developed biotechnology industry. The warm, tropical climate of Singapore makes you feel relaxed after the medical treatments. On top of that, it is a very peaceful country. There are no threats of strikes, curfews, etc. to disturb the peaceful environment.

10. Thailand

Thailand has to its credit 47 JCI accredited hospitals. These hospitals provide a range of treatments, right from cosmetic surgery to organ implants at highly affordable rates. Some of the procedures would cost nearly 1/10th of the costs of those same treatments in UK, USA, etc. They have translators available especially for foreign tourists. The doctors are highly qualified and a lot of them have acquired their degrees from the US and the UK. These factors clubbed together make it one of the best medical tourism destinations in the world.

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