Medical Tourism - a Flourishing Business

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Medical Tourism - a Flourishing Business


Nowadays, many people are talking about medical tourism. Not just talking about medical tourism though. More and more people are getting curious how this booming medical industry can affect their lives.What is medical tourism? Medical tourism is simply a service rendered by private hospitals in other countries consisting of affordable and quality healthcare facilities. It’s a unique combination of health and tourism services. This concept of medical tourism is not new. The first recorded case of medical tourism actually dates back thousands of years ago when Greek pilgrims traveled from all over the Mediterranean to a place called Epidauria in the Saronic Gulf, the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios. Later spas and sanitariums came about. In our country, we have people from all walks of life trooping to our famous hot springs in Calamba hoping for cures and relief of body ailments like arthritis.Today, the concept of medical tourism has metamorphosed from the simple spas and hot springs to the more wide-ranging sophisticated and hi-tech medical services reaching global proportions. Today, medical tourism is a flourishing business. More and more countries are now getting interested in it. In so doing, countries are actually promoting not only their medical competence but also their tourism industry.As the cost of health care escalates, medical tourism gets more popular and in demand. Especially with the ease and the affordability of international travel nowadays.I remember a medical breakthrough sometime in April, 2001, when a team of doctors and medical professionals successfully separated the Nepalese twins, Ganga and Jamura, who were conjoined at the head in a successful operation that lasted more than 90 hours. The medical feat was instrumental in placing Singapore on the world medical map. …

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