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The Benefits of Health Tourism

Travel and stay healthy.

By Elena WillsonPublished 5 years ago 3 min read

You must have noticed that the option of recovery abroad is being more and more widely discussed, so it feels as if health tourism is another invention of the new era. Quite the contrary, ancient Greeks had been traveling to destinations for improving their health long before you started contemplating a similar journey. The reason why everybody is talking about solving their health issues abroad is because there are so many advantages to having certain medical procedures done outside your home country. Here we bring you only a few of them.

You are on a vacation.

Basically, your recovery will be more stress-free if you do what needs to be done miles away from your hometown. When you are on a vacation, there is no boss to count your days till your predicted full recovery or pressure you into coming to work even before you are fully healed. If not directly, at least you are bound to feel a pang of guilt subconsciously, and we all know stress does not aid the healing process.

Also, depending on your family, recovering from a simple procedure can take longer because you’ll be pushing yourself to do the same tasks as always. Being away certainly has its many benefits. In addition, maybe the country you are traveling to also offers various options for quicker recovery, such as a spa with healing mineral water, or some other location in nature, i.e. a mountain resort.

It’s cheaper.

The medical expenses in your country are the main reason why you have been putting off visiting the doctor. Basically, it wasn’t possible to pay for a vacation and fix your medical problem in the same year. That is, until you have found out about health tourism and its perks. As an illustration of this point, let’s take a look at one of the most complicated operations, such as sex reassignment surgery. While its cost in the US varies from €10,000 to €20,000, it is easily done in Serbia for only €3,000.

The Quality

Naturally, low price wouldn’t be that appealing a factor if the quality of the treatments abroad did not match the ones you have in your own country, or even exceed it. Originally, the type of advertising for countries involved in health tourism was just the word of mouth, and only eventually did it embrace other marketing strategies. Therefore, its popularity is based on the satisfaction of its patients above all, which is the best possible recommendation.

The Secrecy

One of the best reasons for having a procedure abroad, for example in the field of plastic surgery, or any kind for that matter, is that no one has to know what you were doing on your days off. You can simply come back from your vacation looking invigorated and youthful, and the environment will assign that to your good rest, and not the recent eyelid surgery or liposuction.

What is more, you are able to take care of certain illnesses and conditions that you’d rather keep to yourself and the closest family members, without any unnecessary questions from the side. Privacy is fully guaranteed.

The Speed

Another significant advantage of health tourism is the immediate access to procedures. It is usually much quicker to book a treatment abroad than to wait for the same one in your own country. Patients are given an opportunity to be treated as soon as possible. Often they are on the list immediately, and sometimes after a few months. Either way, you always plan your vacation in advance, so this is not an issue.

Opportunity to Travel

Last but not least, there’s a fair chance you would never have considered visiting certain countries if it weren’t for their medical expertise. Thanks to highly trained medical professionals, you are choosing your next travel destination in their country. Your medical state can actually be a great excuse to visit a country you’ve never been before and have a vacation of a lifetime.

Therefore, you have every reason to book your next holiday destination based on the medical staff working there and the best options for your recovery. You can finally have the highest quality service at a reasonable price and deal with all of it without any hassle.

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