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Medical Tourism: The Growing Number of Americans Traveling Abroad for Medical Treatment

By Kai Wade - Director of Communications & Social Media | August 18th, 2015

Despite the upbeat praises for the Affordable Care Act, Americans continue to find themselves struggling with access to affordable healthcare. It’s a confusing and incomprehensible path that has led many patients in the United States to look beyond state and national boundaries for readily accessible and affordable medical treatments.

According to the CDC, the worldwide multi-billion dollar phenomenon of medical tourism is sending 750,000 U.S. citizens across the border for health care each year.

Cultural similarities and geographic proximity are two of the most significant pieces in the development of the medical tourism industry. Prominent destinations for medical tourism include: Costa Rica, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Brazil, Turkey, India, Taiwan, Poland, Dubai, Mexico, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Substantial Savings Across the Border

Over 1 million Americans travel overseas for medical tourism procedures and treatments, including dentistry and comprehensive health checkups to hip replacements and organ transplants.

Hospitals and clinics abroad offer patients world-class services, high-quality medical care and substantial savings — in most cases nearly 70 percent compared to costs in the United States.

Increasingly, singles and couples are traveling abroad for fertility treatment. The LIV Fertility Center in Puerto Vallarta has brought together affordability in a desirable retreat destination. The leading fertility center in Mexico also has an IVF-FET Guarantee to help lift the monetary weight of IVF treatment and the uncertainties that come with it.

Why do people travel for medical care?

Most individuals who are seeking medical care abroad are looking to take advantage of the no-waiting periods and the low cost of treatment. Individuals also find modern, high-tech facilities and access to innovative treatments that have not been approved in the United States.

The top destination clinics abroad offering medical treatment were designed to be models of proficiency. With no wait times and on-demand patient facilities, those traveling overseas will find five-star services surrounded by five-star attractions.


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