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  • Why is the Caribbean not a top destination for medical travel

    Caribbean beach

    Caribbean beach ©Trish Hartmann/Flickr

    The list of the top 10 destinations for medical travel in the last years start with Brazil, Costa Rica, South Korea, Malaysia and goes on without mentioning any country from the Caribbean.

    Despite the fact that they educate many great doctors in the region, these countries still don’t really get their slice of the cake that made up more than 10% of the global GDP of 2013 and which is fashionably called the medical travel industry. Let us see why is the Caribbean not a top destination – or at least not yet…

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  • Medical travel in the Caribbean

    Patient at the dentist

    At the dentist ©^@^ina (Irina Patrascu)/Flickr

    When it comes to medical services abroad, for US patients it is most convenient to travel to nearby places such as Mexico or the Caribbean. In a few years medical travel in the Caribbean will be blooming because of the new investors that come to its countries to build new hospitals.

    Let see what are the advantages of visiting the Caribbean for a medical procedure and what can the exotic islands offer you what it’s not all about vacations and having fun on one of the sunny beaches.

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  • Insurance providers and medical travel

    At the doctor for eye examination

    Eye examination at the doctor

    Nowadays medical tourism is accepted on a mainstream level thanks to numerous factors including rising medical costs in the US, cheap but high quality facilities appearing worldwide, from Mexico through India to Vietnam and people becoming more open-minded about connecting an exotic vacation with a -let’s say – hip replacement.

    But what do insurance providers have to say about that? With these very fast changes they also have to change their policies and services to accommodate the new needs of their clients.

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  • Under the knife – medical costs abroad

    Inside a Bangkok hospital

    Inside a Bangkok hospital ©Jude Adamson/Flickr

    The frustrating growth in medical costs in the US over the last decade or so have brought a boom in medical travel. Many of the procedures are so incredibly expensive that not even insured Americans can afford them.

    But less sophisticated services are also a lot cheaper abroad leading people cross the borders to go under the knife. There are well equipped, modern facilities with qualified physicians and personnel all over the world, so why not?

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  • What exactly is medical tourism

    Inside a health clinic

    Inside a health clinic ©spheroVision/Flickr

    The term medical tourism refers to the practice of traveling – within one’s home country or abroad – to receive different kinds of medical services and health tourism, medical travel and global healthcare are all concept going hand in hand with it.

    People have more and more options worldwide to get a limitless number of medical services from cosmetic dermatology to heart surgery and vitro fertilization – actually, even alternative medicine and wellness travel are included into the medical tourism category.

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  • Latin America as a medical tourism destination

    Medicine costs

    Medicine costs ©Images_of_Money/Flickr

    This very interesting segment of the travel industry called medical tourism was created by high and rising health care costs in the United States. According to the organization called Patients Beyond Borders, medical travel is a circa $40 billion year business in a year…

    A main – if not the biggest – destination for medical tourism is Latin America for more reasons and we are trying to shed a light on these specific reasons below. You have anything to add? Please let us know in the comment section.

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