Medical Tourism – where folks travel to other countries to obtain medical care – has always intrigued me both as an economic and travel subject. I’ve generally heard glowing reports about folks who have travelled to Thailand for procedures like lasik and colonoscopies which are done there for a fraction of US costs in hospitals that are like resort hotels. As US health costs continue to skyrocket and continue to be far more than the cost of comparable care in other countries, the idea of combining fun and health becomes more and more appealing. I’m even considering this idea for my trip to Vietnam in January.
Surprising to me was this report about the Medical Travel Industry which suggested how common it is for folks to travel to the USA for care. The report also suggested that currently there may be some exaggeration of the number of people travelling overseas for care since some statistics include emergency and expatriat care in foreign hospitals.
Thanks to a blogging contest sponsored by the good folks at the Tourism Authority of Thailand I’m going to put some time into this topic, hoping to get better informed and maybe even be chosen to participate in the “fam tour” where bloggers will travel to Thailand to see several cities and facilities that represent this new and rapidly growing approach to medical care.
I’m starting a new page called “Medical Tourism” and will be adding to that content over the next few months.