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Medical Tourism (Volume 4)

MEDICAL TOURISM (VOLUME 4)

 

 

By

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Medical Tourism (Volume 4)

Copyright © 2016 by Word Chapter

 

 

 

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Marketing Strategy for Medical Tourism in India

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Medical tourism affords individuals the opportunity to get top class medical treatment across the globe and with the increasing competition in the field, medical tourists are now presented with a wide array of choices to make and the choice would most favor those that offer treatment at the lowest possible cost.

Indian GDP has a thing to say about her medical tourism

India is one of the fastest growing medical tourism destinations and the reason is because they offer the lowest cost possible for surgeries and healthcare when compared to medical tourism heavy weights like the US and Thailand. Medical tourism contributes six to eight percent of India’s GDP which is a good figure for any nation.

Medical tourism agents needs action plan to grow

The growth of medical tourism in India is directly linked to the action of the medical tourism agents. They help in advertising the county’s medical prowess while also helping interested medical tourists to acquire visa, help them through travel bookings and if possible, pick them up from the airports. They also arrange emergency insurance and travel insurance.

Implementation strategy is crucial to the success of medical tourism

The success of any medical tourist agent cuts across a number of sectors which includes sale strategy, strategic alliance, marketing strategy, product development and internet strategy. All the fields would need to be properly accounted for if the entire process is to be hitch free for intended medical tourists.

Government policies greatly affect medical tourism in any country

Regulatory bodies like FDA, PCI and the rest of them usually make laws that affect the in or outflow of medical tourists in a country. Others are international civil aviation organization (ICAO) and their major role has to do with the regulation of flights. If there is a disagreement between two nations, ICAO of both countries can stop flights from coming in or going out into the other and as such, medical tourism is hampered.

Little can be achieved if more is not invested

The importance of funds in the growth of medical tourism is one topic that cannot be over flogged. The simple reason is that new medical equipment are being manufactured on a daily basis and any country that is serious about building a brand in medical tourism would need to keep up by purchasing these equipment.

There need to be a committed man power involvement

Starting from the house keeping to the temporary staff and the commission based staff, all of them needs to exhibit a high sense of commitment if the industry is to make a head way. Medical tourism industry is one sensitive industry that has zero margins for error. If the odd news keeps filtering out, you soon lose your clients.

Publicity is twice as important as service

If you render a good service, the beneficiaries will always promote your service as they go out but that is not entirely reliable because the number of people they can reach and interact with will always remain limited. However, with good media publicity, you are bound to rake in citizens from all over the world – but you need to match your words with action or you may lose them more quickly than you found them.

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Medical tourism is a shot at cheaper healthcare.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Patients now have a wide choice on the place to get help from.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism has contributed tremendously to India’s GDP.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The low cost of treatment in India attracts patients there.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourist agents through their actions spike the growth of medical tourism.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism agents advertise and assist patients in getting their visa and other necessary documents.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The way their business plans are executed is very crucial to the industry.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The action of regulatory bodies can make or mar medical tourism in some countries.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Good healthcare services will attract more patronage through word of mouth testimonial.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A powerful publicity will help sway the choice of many.

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The Benefits of Using a Reliable Medical Tourism Agency for Medical tourism to India

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Medical tourism in its simplest term is the journey people make to other countries in search of high quality and affordable healthcare. Medical tourism in modern times goes beyond just traveling to obtain health but incorporates the culture and the natural sights to be explored. Hence, it is tending more towards tourism than just medical.

Lower cost tops among the reasons why people travel

The major factor that influences the cross border travels in search of healing is the cost. The cost of treatment for illnesses would vary from one country to another. The cost is usually lower in developing countries than in developed countries.

People are drawn to better healthcare services

A good number of people who emigrate from their countries to other countries for healthcare do so under the belief that they would get better treatment there than in their home country. The policies of some countries prohibit some forms of treatment and people in need of such treatment would only have the choice of traveling to countries where they are not.

Medical tourism in India has exceeded expectations

From a slower growth in the eighties, India medical tourism out of the blue began a rapid climb that sees the country as one of the top medical destination in the world. The Government of India has not relented in the past decade in making sure that India grows beyond leaps and bounds with introduction of surgeries that were not previously carried out there.

Medical tourists are moving from the developed countries to the developing ones

One would expect that the normal trend would be movement of citizens of developing countries to developed countries in search of healthcare but the trend is going in the reverse. Since the healthcare service provided in the developing countries is almost or equal to that found in their countries, they would prefer to save the excess money they would have spent in seeking for healthcare in their countries by traveling to developing countries.

Medical tourism agents lessens the stress of medical tourism

The thought of traveling to another country to seek medical care can be destabilizing. The job of medical tourism agents is to help you plan the journey from booking with the concerned medical professional to obtaining a medical visa and having a decent accommodation on arrival in India. Therefore, the first step to medical tourism in India would be to hire a good medical tourism agent.

The vast knowledge of medical tourism agents helps you get the best deal

Due to the fact that these agents have a vast knowledge in the field, they can help you get the best deals on medical treatment. They can also help you make projections on how long you may stay. Likewise, the financial implications and the knowledge of all these vital information will help you to have hitch-free experience.

Medical tourism agents have access to special discounts

There are often special medical discounts that come up every now and then and medical tourism agents are usually aware of them. Going through them will link you up to such discounts which are not usually available to the general public and recurring cost can be minimized.

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Medical tourism is the travel across border to seek for healthcare.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Nowadays, medical tourism is more about relaxation and sightseeing.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Lower cost of care is the major cause of travel.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Others travel to get better healthcare.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Civilized nations are moving to developing nations for healthcare because of lower cost.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Government policies has a direct impact on medical tourism across the globe.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Indian medical tourism sector grew at an expedited rate.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The government of India has a hand in the accelerated growth of her medical tourism.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism agents play mediatory role in planning for medical tourism.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Alliance with a good agent will save you lots of hassles on getting to the country.

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Different Medical Tourism Insurance Products

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Medical tourism has come to stay. Year in year out, there is a large efflux of people from one region or the other seeking health care or several other health procedures. Some countries now rely on medical tourism as a huge part of their revenue spinner. However, when there is an accident, the need for insurance comes to play.

Insurance companies will cover the risk

Life is full of risk and the next minute cannot be guaranteed. Insurance companies try to protect against risk and unforeseen events by offering a monetary equivalent to what has been lost. Health insurance is an emerging part of medical tourism. In the future, companies that have insurance cover would outsmart their competitors because medical tourists would readily fall for them than those without insurance cover.

Insurance companies are willing to bear part of the medical cost

There are emerging insurance companies that are willing to bear part of the cost of a medical tourist. This is in line with the agreement of the American Medical Association. This will be a great relief to medical tourists and probably a source of excitement considering that the sector was previously uninsured. A company like Blue Cross has already began thinking of pilot programs that will cover a portion of medical travel insurance.

Medical tourism insurance will soon have a policy backing

Gradually, the market of medical tourism is moving from under and uninsured to a level where it would be acceptable by the United States health insurance policy. When this height is attained, health tourism will be embraced by a larger proportion of the population. Some insurance will cover air tickets, accommodation and tour with an attendee.

Insurance companies are partnering with hospitals

The growing trend on medical travel may be linked to the money saved through insurance cover which is estimated at twenty billion dollars yearly. Some procedures are cheaper in some countries. For example, a heart bypass surgery which costs about a hundred and thirty thousand dollars in the United States would only cost you above six thousand dollars in India. While some insurance companies are offering insurance directly to their clients, others are partnering with hospitals to deliver their services.

The number of medical insurance companies is on the rise

What used to be a no-go area is currently witnessing an influx of companies willing to offer medical tourism options and some of them are offering treatment oversea as a cost option.

Medical insurance offer comes with a clause

For medical tourism insurance to apply on a patient, the planned treatment must be done in a hospital or clinic that has been duly accredited.The patient must also not travel or book a trip against the advice of the doctor and the trip must have duration of less than one hundred and twenty days. Some insurance company also provides full cover for an attendee.

European Union members are to have health insurance cards

There is a reciprocal health insurance agreement among nations in the European Union. To key into the benefit of this policy for European Union members going to another European Union country, they will need to present their European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC).

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Health tourism was a sector that was totally uninsured in the past.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The number of health insurance companies is steadily on the rise.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism is a major part of some nation’s GDP.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Insurance companies evaluate the risk in monetary terms

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p<>{color:#000;}. American Medical Association has agreed that insurance companies should bear a portion of health tourism risk.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Companies providing insurance cover would have more clients in the future.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There is a move to make medical tourism a part of United States Health policy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Some medical procedures are cheaper in third world countries like India.

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p<>{color:#000;}. To be covered by medical tourism health insurance, the hospital has to be totally accredited.

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p<>{color:#000;}. European Health Insurance Cards will give members of the European Union access to health tourism insurance.

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Key Points to Note about Medical Tourism

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Medical tourism is almost as old as civilization itself but the practice keeps getting interesting tweaks with the passage of time. Not everyone can afford a medical tourism just as everyone cannot make sense out of the practice, but for aspiring medical tourists, the question racing through their minds are often related to those of what to expect from the expedition.

Survey is the best way to pool people’s experiences and opinion

The more the respondents of a survey, the better inference can be drawn. Medical tourism survey has been carried out severally in the past and the results obtained often have varying opinions. The purpose of a medical tourism survey is to access a community of people who have gone through medical tourism and try to find out their experiences.

A few procedures dominate in the industry

There are a number of procedures covered in medical tourism one or more of which health travelers would seek on their journey. Of all the diverse surgeries, a survey revealed that cosmetics, obesity and dental procedures dominate the market followed by infertility and orthopedics. Majority of those who travel for medical tourism settle one of the above mentioned.

The duration of stay depends on the type of treatment

Normally, some procedures are faster than others and the patient would be back on their feet with or without the necessity of follow up care. From a survey carried out some time ago, it became clear that Orthopedic took 14 days, 13 days for Dental, Cosmetic surgery would last for 12 days or more, Infertility took 9 days to deal with and Obesity was 6 days. The days could also vary from one health center to another and from one country to another.

Medical tourists often confront scary experiences

Majority of the respondents to the medical tourism survey did not hide the fears they faced about traveling to a strange land for treatment. To some, the eventualities were enough to stop anyone from making the journey.

The satisfaction level is individual dependent

Not everyone would be satisfied with their medical tourism experience. However, it was found out that the dissatisfaction level was greater among those that travel for cosmetic surgeries than those seeking treatment for life threatening ailments. This revelation is something that the industry can improve on.

Dissatisfaction in cosmetic surgeries is tied to over expectation

No procedure is without significant flaws and this is one basic truth many of those that go for cosmetic surgeries fail to bear in mind. For example, someone going for rhinoplasty may have a particular shape of nose in mind and when the procedure is done, they would realize that the nose does not suit their face and then blame it on the doctor rather than their indecision and over expectation.

A higher percentage travel with a relative than friends

Traveling with a relative is always better than with a friend because there are times a legal document would need to be signed which a friend may not be able to cover. The current statistics says that 42% travel with relatives against 17% that travel with friends. As an intending medical tourist, you should have this in mind.

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Medical tourism began a long time ago and can be equated with civilization.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Some people may consider medical tourism as wanton display of luxury.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Intending medical tourists are mostly preoccupied with expectations from the journey.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Survey helps to collate the experiences of people on a particular topic.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism survey has brought a lot of revelations.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Majority of medical tourists seek cosmetics, obesity and dental procedures.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Duration of stay will depend on the procedure, hospital and country.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism is neither as rosy as it sounds nor as perilous as rumor goes.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Dissatisfaction is more among those that seek cosmetic surgeries.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Higher percentage of medical tourists travels with their relatives.

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Reasons behind the Increasing Demand of Indian Medical Tourism

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The world demand for medical tourism is on the increase and this can be monitored by the volumes of movement of people from one country to another in search of health. The reason for this is diverse and varies a lot from one individual to another. However, some countries are seeing more visitors than others and one country that is on the forefront is India.

Indian hospitals are highly specialized

Unlike some countries where multiple treatments are given in one hospital, in India, it is a little different. Indian hospitals are highly specialized and some procedures are unique to some hospitals. In other words, instead of carrying out multiple procedures, a variety of hospitals specialize in only one type of procedure.

Treatment in India is cheaper than in the West

Several researches into the cost of various procedures around the globe have placed treatment in India as one of the cheapest. Procedures in India have been shown to be at a high discount when compared to the US. Because of this, people will chose to save some of the money they would have used in treatment in their country and travel to India where they would get a discount.

India has a gathering of highly trained professionals

Majority of the doctors that practice in India obtain their training in several countries across the globe which gives them the knowledge of the use of cutting edge technology in the treatment of diseases. They are also in tune with the current techniques in the treatment of emerging diseases. India also employs the best brain in the world to boost their treatment potentials.

The Indian environment supports recovery

The serenity that is peculiar to many Indian cities is perfect in aiding recovery. Besides the care and love that you would be shown as a patient, India also has a lot of natural sights that will lift your spirit and promote your healing from the inside. When you are mentally calm, that is when you heal faster.

Up to date technology will aid better treatment

India’s technological advancement is unprecedented. With the help of the Indian government, most of the hospitals that offer medical tourism are able to acquire the latest technologies in the area of healing.The success of the procedures carried out in India can be tied to this very factor.

Procedures are carried out almost immediately after visit

Some hospitals will keep you on a long wait before procedures are eventually carried out. This does not happen in India. The hospital you intend to have your procedure done will communicate with you effectively with you and required papers effectively scrutinized so that upon visit, your procedures commence almost immediately. This helps you to plan your travels more efficiently and be sure there would be no much alteration.

Health is combined easily with tourism

India has remarkable sights, especially temples which will please the eyes. The effectiveness of India’s medical system means that in a short time you will be back on your feet and the remaining time on your visa can be used exploring the city.

Traditional methods of treatment are still in vogue

India is one of the few nations of the world that has preserved their traditional means of healing. Another example is China. Before the inception of modern medicine, such forms of treatment have been used and have proved effective and when the modern medicine fail, they can always fall back to homeopathy.

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Medical tourism has blossomed over the last century and is now a norm among both the affluent and the middle class.

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p<>{color:#000;}. India has preserved her traditional means of treatment.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Treatment in India is among the cheapest in the world.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Indian hospitals are specialized for different procedures.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The preciseness of carrying out procedures will help you plan your travel efficiently.

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p<>{color:#000;}. India has a lot of traditional sites that can be explored while getting healing.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Majority of Indian doctors got their training abroad.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Why one person is opting for medical tourism may vary significantly from the reason of another person.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Indian hospitals are up to date in new medical technologies.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The low exchange rate of rupee to US dollar also helps US citizens save money by travelling to India for procedures.

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Affordable Medical Tourism in Croatia

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The main reason why people seek medical tourism is to get treatment from advanced technology, quality service, quicker access to medically necessary procedures and lower cost of care. Croatia is one of the growing medical tourism destinations in the world. There are many reasons behind the gradual increase in popularity for medical service in Croatia.

Croatia medical tourism has a number of goals

Croatia medical tourism agents have helped to promote Croatia as a medical tourism destination. This has made them become a major player on domestic market. The Croatian medical tourism first understands patient’s need. They identify healthcare providers and match patients to preferred healthcare providers.

Croatia is a preferred destination for a number of reasons

Croatia is extremely competitive healthcare destination for safe and affordable treatments. They have state of the art facility, equipment and expertise in building a growing reputation for the best service that still beats medical or health costs from throughout Europe and North America.

Several treatments can be carried out in Croatia

Dental treatments, eye treatments, cosmetics surgeries and orthopedics are some of the treatments that are available in Croatia medical hospitals. Other treatments that can be obtained are sports medicine treatment, gynecological treatments, spa and rehabilitations.

Medical bills in the US become unbearable without health insurance

Over 250 million US citizens are limited to health access by their lack of health insurance. For about 50 million that have no health insurance at all, the medical bills can be staggering. One way to escape these stringent policies for patients is to seek medical tourism to Canada.

Some of the outbound tourism markets have limitations

Some happenings in the neighboring countries have acted in favor of Croatia. For example, UK has a long waiting list for patients. The price of treatment is high and there is also a limitation on insurance coverage. Canada has high prices and patients have to wait a long time on the list.

Four key factors determine the trend in medical tourism industry

The medical tourism market is under the control of four major determinants which are acceptability, affordability, availability and accessibility. High rate of successes recorded by a country’s medical tourism increases their acceptability among different nations. Affordability is currently the strongest draw that stipulates the direction of movement of medical tourists.

The step to getting treatment in Croatia is easy

Before the patient leaves their home country, they must have completed an evaluation form and supplied the destination hospital with his or her diagnostic tests. The medical specialists would review the case and offer travel and accommodation options. Upon arrival, they would be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to the hospital.

The growth in medical tourism in Croatia witnessed a decline after 2010

The major reason for the decline was due to supply capacity constraints in foreign countries. As more countries began to tap into the huge potentials of medical tourism, the total number of medical tourism seekers began to be split among the different countries.

The price of medical tourism in Croatia varies

The economic opportunities in medical tourism are favorable to some countries and amounts to economic lose to others. As more US citizens begin to travel abroad for healthcare, US healthcare providers are witnessing loss of revenue. The price of medical tourism in Croatia covers estimated airfare for patient and companion and prices will vary based upon many factors (which includes hospitals, doctor’s experience, and exchange rates of currencies and so on).

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People seek medical tourism for better treatment.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Affordability is a driving force in medical tourism.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Different medical procedures can be done in Croatia.

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p<>{color:#000;}. US citizens without health insurance are forced to travel to save cost.

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p<>{color:#000;}. High price and waiting time in other countries favor Croatian medical tourism.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Patients would need to submit their medical details to the destination country.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Croatia medical tourism agents help to promote the country as a medical tourism destination.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism in Croatia is affordable.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There was a decline in Croatia medical tourism in 2010.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Quicker access to medical tourism can be achieved in Croatia.

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Evaluating Turkey Medical Tourism Using IVF as Case Study

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Medical tourism happens when individuals travel with the sole aim of getting healthcare usually in the form of elective treatment. The distance may be short (between neighboring countries or intercontinental. Hitherto, the flow of patients is multidimensional meaning patients from developed nations to developing nations and vice versa.

The medical tourism market in 2005 was impressive

According to Tourism Research and Marketing (TRAM), the global medical tourism market witnessed a total of nineteen million trips in 2005.The total value of the entire trips stood at twenty billion dollars. The subsequent growth is unprecedented as some nations are already witnessing double digit growth in medical tourism. Projections put medical tourism at 4 percent with 40 million trips as of 2010.

Turkey was a major medical tourism destination for the UK citizens

According to a survey carried out on medical tourism in 2007 by Medical Tourism Survey, it was estimated that fifty thousand UK medical tourists spent about one hundred and sixty one million pounds on medical tourism annually and Turkey was their preferred destination.

JCI accredited hospitals are more in Turkey

JCI is a body that accredits hospitals for medical tourism. World over, the number of JCI accredited hospitals is highest in Turkey. A breakdown of the accreditation is as follows; 28 hospitals, 3 Genetic diagnostic centers, over 4,000 inpatient beds and 957 ICU beds, 179 operating theatres and 2,000 employed physicians.

The expertise of Turkey is diverse

Turkey has expertise in vast medical processes including organ transplants such as liver, kidney and pancreases, robotic surgery, bone marrow transplant, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and so on. The benefit of going to Turkey for medical tourism is beneficial in that they have hospitals that are of high quality and the cost is significantly low compared to US and UK.

Seeking medical tourism in Turkey has its advantages

Besides lower cost of treatment, another draw that makes Turkey stand out in medical tourism is the fact that technology is employed in the treatment of patients. The treatment arrangement is also convenient in that the hospital manages the transportation and accommodation of the patient. The time of waiting before treatment is also minimal.

Certain factors translate to lower cost of treatment in Turkey

The cost of labor which is the prime factor that pushes up the entire cost of treatment is lower in Turkey. Also, there is lower facility cost, less third party payment, less malpractice liability and the hospitals are financially strong not to overburden the patients with bills. The aforementioned factors make Turkish hospitals highly efficient for invitro fertilization (IVF).

Invitro fertilization begins with the stimulation of the ovaries

Over the past thirty years, the process of invitro fertilization (IVF) has remained the same. The ovaries are stimulated to produce large quantities of eggs which are then harvested into tubes containing liquids that serve as culture medium. Sperms of high quality and quantity are then introduced. The resulting embryo after 2 to 5 days is then transferred into the uterus of the would-be mother.

Large number of couples seeks IVF abroad

Turkey ranks seventh in the IVF market. It is estimated that 20,000 to 25,000 couples receive in vitro fertilization abroad annually. The main reason why people travel abroad for IVF is as follows; prohibitions, regulations, lower cost, less waiting time and lesser visit to the hospital. For example, egg donation, surrogacy and sex selection is prohibited officially in Turkey therefore it is not an IVF destination.

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Medical tourism is seeking treatment outside your home country.

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p<>{color:#000;}. IVF procedure has not changed in 30 years.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Treatment in Turkey is cheaper.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Turkey uses ultramodern technologies in healthcare.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Turkey has the highest JCI approved hospitals in the world.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Turkish hospitals are affiliated to prestigious medical centers worldwide.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There has been an increase in the number of medical tourists since 2005.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Movement of medical tourists is unidirectional.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Different medical procedures are carried out in Turkey.

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p<>{color:#000;}. IVF cannot be carried out in Turkey because of prohibitions.

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Reputation of Medical Tourism in India for Total Cure

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Medical tourism is meant for both health and relaxation. India is becoming a hub for medical tourism, offering value to treatment by offering the lowest cost. The term was brought to life by travel agencies as a means of describing the growing trend of people moving across borders to obtain healthcare.

Medical tourism provides a relaxing recovery

Staying far away from home allows the patient to move their mind away from factors that can cause them stress. It helps the individual attain a relaxed mental state. A distressed mind leads to increased metabolism resulting in more wear to body cells and tissue, hence, reduction in healing process.

Hospitals are making huge investments in equipment

Countries like India which aims to attract western patients spend a lot of money on equipment their hospitals to bring it to same standard as the one in the home countries of the patients. The improved technology, coupled with the low cost serves as an effective bait to lure the desired population into the country.

Package options will help you decide where to start from

As an intending medical tourist, one can easily get caught up in the confusion of deciding the right step to take in getting treatment abroad. Package deals can be a perfect start and a time saver. The available surgical options are usually cosmetic and dental surgeries. However, as the medical tourism market continues to grow, surgical options are opening up to include heart surgeries, orthopedic and knee replacement surgeries.

Patients will not feel like they are in the hospital

Some of the hospitals designated for medical tourism in India are built like luxury hotels and the services rendered in them also mimic those of five star hotels that the patient may soon forget that they are in the hospital. Psychologists have shown that the less a patient feels that they are bed ridden and helpless, the more easily they would walk the path of recovery.

Get your budget right

The cost of medical tourism is an encompassing one cutting across mobility, accommodation and the actual cost of treatment. To avoid being stranded, it is paramount that a patient embarking on medical tourism get their calculations right. The best way to skip this hurdle is work with a medical tourism agent. These agents serve as mediators between the doctor and the patients. They book a meeting between the patient and the doctor and also secure their accommodation then relay the exact cost of the entire expedition to the patient.

Language spoken by the destination countries should be put into consideration

Some of the countries that have made a mark in the medical tourism market include Portugal, New Zealand, Mexico, Thailand, Jordan, Singapore, Colombia, Brazil, Malaysia, India, Germany, and Spain and so on. Among all the mentioned countries, India by far offers the cheapest cost for treatment. Besides the quality of healthcare and cost, another factor that should be closely considered would be the language. Inability to understand the language of the host country may mean increased cost in the form of hiring a translator.

Free mindedness will help you to enjoy the cultural heritage of the host country

All the nations of the world have cultural heritage that are peculiar to them. Cultures tend to affect every facet of human life, the way they act, the food they eat, attitude towards strangers and so on. You have to bear these in mind when travelling to a foreign land. You have to be free minded to accept their uniqueness and never expect them to behave like people in your home country.

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The culture of your host country will determine their attitude towards you.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism is a term coined by medical tourism agents.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cost and quality of healthcare greatly affect the choice of destination country.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Top medical tourism destination countries are scattered across the continent.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism hospitals often look like luxury hotels.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Relaxation has been found to hasten recovery.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Reduction in brain activity leads to a reduction in metabolism.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It is important to get your budget right before embarking on medical tourism.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Language barrier should be put into consideration.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Equipment in medical tourism hospitals is constantly upgraded.

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The Prospect and Possibility of Medical Tourism in Greece

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History would not forget it overnight that Greece is the birthplace of medical tourism. Medical tourism was traced back to Greece. Medical tourism then was a form of religious practice where people traveled from far away for temples to obtain healing. The practice grew from there to what is now known as the modern medical tourism.

Ancient Greek religious sites dates back to 10 centuries BC

Greece is significant to medical tourism for a number of reasons. Some of the monuments such as the giant gold statue of Zeus – one of the Seven Wonders of the World has become a UNESCO heritage sites. Greece is still the place where Olympic flame is still lit.

Greece lost out in medical tourism drive

As the medical tourism sector grew, many countries began to invest heavily in equipment and infrastructure to aid healing. Greece lost out because their government failed to invest in the industry. As years went by, those that would normally visit Greece began to opt for other countries.

Travel can be bad for health

Recent research by Columbia University study of business travelers found that frequent and extensive travel can be detrimental to the health of the patient by increasing cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The path to obtaining healing is diverse

Healing can be nature based or spiritual. The nature-based healing includes forest therapy, mountain resorts, eco-village and hiking. The spiritual forms of healing usually focus on nature retreats, yoga and meditations. Greece is endowed with some of the natural geographies that promote healing spiritually.

Detox programs leads to general cleansing

Nutrition is one of the ways of ensuring healing. Eating healthy food is a pre-requisite to ensuring good health. Detox programs are usually organized to cleanse the body of toxins. Detox programs makes use of herbs and fruits and some other natural products which are either applied on the body or taken orally depending on the aim of the program. Some of these detox materials are readily available in Greece.

Proactive health is the key to optimal state of well-being

Actions can either be proactive or reactive. While the former aims to prevent the occurrence of disease or health problem, the latter focuses on treatment. The reactive health tends to treat and cure illnesses, tends to be corrective and the state of wellness is episodic. The proactive health on the other hand is holistic and maintains an improved health.

Europe is leading in spa revenues

While Asia has the highest number of spas, Europe is still leading as the continent that grosses the most revenue from medical tourism in the form of spa. Europe’s revenue from spa is currently placed at over twenty nine billion dollars per annum. Out of all the continents, Africa ranks the lowest in revenue from spa – because they have very little amount of them.

Greece is diversifying their medical treatment options

Greece as of recent time has begun to diversify the treatment they provide. Health procedures like cosmetic surgeries, dentistry, sports and fitness and so on are currently being offered in Greece. The tide seems to be against Greece because many other countries have become highly developed that patients now prefer them to Greece. If the government of Greece can increase the funding for ultramodern equipment and infrastructure, there is a possibility that they will catch up with the trend. They can also employ the power of social media marketing to attract more global patients.

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Greece is the birthplace of medical tourism.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Some of the artifacts in Greece are UNESCO heritage site.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism in Greece used to be a religious practice.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Greece lost out of medical tourism because of lack of investment.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Too much traveling can be bad for health says a report.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Many of the monuments in Greece can provide healing and relaxation points.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Being proactive is a better wellness approach.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Europe is still the highest grossing in medical tourism.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There are many parts through which healing can be sought.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Detox program is the total purging of toxins from the body.

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The Impact of Social Marketing on the Medical Tourism Industry

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As the field of medical tourism begins to get saturated because of more countries getting on the train, there has been a need for every participant to up their campaign and marketing strategies in other to attract more patients. It would amount to a colossal waste of resources if ultramodern equipment and infrastructures are put in place with no patients to use them on.

Social media are providing a powerful marketing channel

Technological explosion has increased the number of social media users. People spend a good amount of time everyday surfing the web particularly social media now. The craving is even more between the ages of twenty and forty. A research by Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project and the California HealthCare Foundation shows that sixty one percent of adults look online for Health information.

Social media is providing an avenue for communication among people

According to Dave Evans, social media involves a natural, genuine conversation between people about something of mutual interest, a conversation built on the thoughts and experiences of the participants. Many people are using social media as a means of keeping in touch with family and friends.

Few marketers have been able to tap into the full potential of social media

There are different social media and each of them is unique in their own way. The popular ones are Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and so on. Only a few marketers have been able to capitalize on these social media to build their brand and attract patients from across the globe while the rest are still trying to figure it out.

There is a clear difference between traditional media and social media

The traditional media is limited by geography. It also have limited time frame, spread and is a one way communication and is usually very costly. The social media on the other hand has been able to overcome some of these limitations by having an extensive geography on unlimited spreading. Facebook sometime in 2015 announced that one billion people were online in a day.

Attending workshops on social media is important

There was a workshop in 2010 congress where attendees were taught the basics of digital and social media. They also received a framework for developing their own social media strategy. As a medical tourism marketer, such workshops should be among your top priority because the world is going global and the traditional forms of marketing may not yield the desired result anymore.

Internet users contribute in social media marketing

It has been shown that twenty percent of internet users who have looked online for health information have actively contributed in reviews, comments and updates on the various medical tourism websites. This information has been critical in helping intending medical tourists make up their mind on which country to visit.

Health information seekers use the Internet to connect with others

Those seeking health information usually take their search online to connect with other consumers and see what they say about treatment or medications they have undertaken. Going online also helps medical tourists get emotional support. There is also the likelihood of getting recommendations and opinions about hospitals and other treatment centers to visit.

Social media optimization focuses on a specific target

There are two online methods of website optimization. Social Media Optimization is a methodization of social media activity with the intent of attracting unique visitors to website content. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the other means of social media marketing.

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Two types of social media marketing are currently in use.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Social media marketing has a wider reach.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It is due to the social media marketing, medical tourism is getting more popular.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Traditional marketing is limited by geography.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Medical tourism field is becoming more competitive.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Social media marketing is a powerful marketing strategy.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Learning the basics of social media will help marketers tap into the benefits.

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p<>{color:#000;}. There are various social media for various purposes.

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p<>{color:#000;}. People share ideas on social media.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Social media optimization helps the marketer to focus on a target audience.

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Medical Tourism (Volume 4)

  • ISBN: 9781370382064
  • Author: Word Chapter
  • Published: 2016-09-13 00:35:10
  • Words: 7100
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