A Center for Wellness and Medical Care in Asia

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A Center for Wellness and Medical Care in Asia


MEDICAL tourism is thousands of years old. In Ancient Greece, patients and pilgrims came from all over the Mediterranean to the sanctuary of Asclepius, the healing god. In Roman times, patients in Britain took to the waters at a shrine at Bath, a practice which continued for two thousand years. In the 18th century Europeans traveled to the spas of Germany and the Nile. Today, the number of people from all over the world traveling to other countries not only as tourists who come for sightseeing and shopping but also to get medical, dental, and surgical services has increased. The high cost of healthcare in industrialized countries, the improved standards in foreign countries, and the lower costs of air travel have made medical tourism a popular trend.

Medical tourism combines both health care, travel, and leisure, and revolves around the idea of drawing a patient away from a daily routine to relaxed surrounding in an exotic location. It is also generating large earning for countries like Thailand, India, and Malaysia. Its impact on the businesses of various state tourism boards and the private sector, which includes travel agents, tour operators, hotel companies, and other tourism enterprises, has made it a segment with tremendous potentials for future growth. …

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