Medical tourism has now become a recognized industry. According to industry estimates, the worldwide medical tourism industry is growing by 25% every year. Due to these facts, The International Medical Travel Journal has started annual award ceremony to recognize best treatment centers around the world.
The International Medical Travel Journal awards were given to different categories. Malaysia won the “Destination of the year 2016” award while the UAE’s Burjeel Hospital of Advanced Surgery won the “Specialist international patient center 2016” award.
Following are the top 5 medical tourism destinations of the world.
If you are looking for quality treatment, good environment, and lots of sightseeing, Malaysia is your destination of choice. Malaysia has always welcomed tourists, and coupled with high medical standards, it hosts more than 700,000 people for medical reasons every year.
In addition to cost-effective treatment, a proximity to the US is an important factor in the popularity of Mexico as a medical destination. According to Patient Beyond Borders estimates, between 300,000 and one million people visited Mexico for medical treatment. More than 50,000 Americans visited Mexico for dental work alone.
India’s medical tourism market crossed $4 billion in 2015. More than 300,000 people head to India for different medical procedures. These procedures include critical surgeries as well as optional cosmetic procedures. New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Bangalore are the popular cities for medical treatments including fertility, organ transplants, orthopedics, cardiac and oncology.
Thailand is popular for its fine cosmetic surgery procedures including gender reassignment. Around one and a half million people travel to Thailand for medical related reasons each year. Thailand is a popular tourist destination as well. So, it is easy to have your treatment and vacation at the same time.
Brazil is gaining popularity as a medical tourism destination, especially for cosmetic surgery related procedures. Rio de Janeiro is said to be the “king of plastic surgery.” Around 200,000 people visit brazil for medical treatment every year.