Treatment And Travel
As medical care becomes more expensive in the United States, many Americans are traveling abroad for non-emergency procedures such as hip replacement, cosmetic surgery, or even heart surgery. Some 1.9 million Americans are expected to travel abroad for medical care in 2019. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of respondents to a Medical Tourism Association survey who traveled abroad for health reasons did so because they were uninsured or to find specialists. Americans also travel for elective procedures insurance doesn't cover. Cosmetic surgery and dentistry are particularly popular tourism choices, because they are rarely covered by health insurance. Cost is a big factor in deciding whether to seek care abroad as international hospitals could save Americans 50% to 80%, a significant benefit even factoring in travel costs. Medical tourism is a rapidly growing business, with new facilities, travel agencies, and accreditation emerging all the time. Medical travel agencies help make appointments and arrange follow-up care, in addition to planning flights and accommodations. Some travel agents even specialize in particular treatments and destinations where the procedure is offered. It's a good idea to look at hospitals that have been accredited by the Joint Commission International, which evaluates hospitals and medical centers based on proven standards, and the ability to ensure patient safety and quality of care. Here's a look at 15 popular health destinations and medical treatments commonly performed in each country.