JCI, Chicago Illinois, November 5 – Medical tourism statistics revealed an anticipated growth of the industry from about $40 billion in 2004 to $100 billion by the year 2012. The estimate was made by the Confederation of India and the McKinsey Company. Among U.S citizens, liposuction ranks number two in offshore cosmetic procedures.
Asia as a Favorite Medical Tourism Destination
“Why travel abroad to get medical treatment?” I ask this question Raina (real name withheld) an aspiring commercial model who admitted she had just undergo rhinoplasty in Bangkok. “Having just had a head start in my career, I would say that my primary objective was to seek lower costs as my primary consideration” The aforementioned statement is just one of the contributing factors to the steady rise of offshore medical procedures in Asia.
Singapore and Thailand are gaining prominence in medical tourism. Singapore health care system was ranked 6th best in the world and 1st in Asia by World Health Organization. While Thailand on the other hand fully equipped their hospitals with linguists medical staff which is very convenient and helpful to medical tourists.
Tyra Sinclair a resident in Maine, who had just returned from India, underwent a chin reduction liposuction in Bangkok. “Before undergoing this procedure, I inquired several beauty clinics online and my operation will cost me US$100, 00, that is a whopping difference from US$12,000 I paid way back in India. One thing more what makes Bangkok the best choice was their beautiful beaches, now that’s what we call a package” Sinclair candidly added.
It was another case for Mr. Weiss, retired postmaster, who underwent hip surgery in Phyathai Hospital in Bangkok. “My insurance does not cover the surgery my doctor advised me to undergo, my daughter accompanies me to go to Bangkok, and in return she had her liposuction done there too”.
Medical tourism gaining popularity is a result of the consumer’s patronage. But certain precautions must be practiced all the time to ensure the consumer right, and that is a safe medical and cosmetic procedure.
By Jullian Guilliard, release-news.com