Medical Tourism Worldwide
a case study 2019 with focus on 3’rd world countries
A Canadian woman opts for elective eye surgery in India for half the price she would pay in London while her family enjoys a soothing vacation at the beach. An American woman travels to Costa Rica for a high-tech hip replacement surgery and convalesces at a nice resort not far away. An Englishwoman transports her child to Thailand for a non emergency surgery. Her national health insurance plan’s waiting time is more than one year. Elective eye surgery in India? High-tech hip replacement surgery in Costa Rica? Entrusting a child’s health in the hands of a doctor in far away Thailand?
What comes to mind when you hear about these countries? Hungry children? Mud huts? Heat and unpaved roads? In one word, perhaps, underdevelopment? Several Westerners visiting these countries – India, Costa Rica, and Thailand – are probably accustomed to Western airlines and hotels with boogie restaurants offering modern conveniences and exotic dishes infused with the Western style. It is very likely that these visitors’ interaction was limited to the barmaid, the waiter, and the local tribal dancers. People with such experiences would admit to the ludicrous due to the fact that India, Costa Rica, or Thailand possesses state-of-the-art hospitals where highly-trained medical personnel delivers exceptional services.