Most of us associate traveling with either business or holiday, however there has been a third form of travel that has evolved over the past decade or so that has been growing in popularity due to its ability to satiate numerous needs simultaneously – medical tourism.

Medical Treatment When Traveling
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As the world became a smaller place due to the advent of technologies that made the world if not literally smaller than at least figuratively smaller coupled with cheaper air travel, this resulted in the training of medical professionals from countries that were often considered second or even third world countries in first world countries. Add to this the economic development of these countries of origin  during the course of a student’s medical studies – which can often exceed a decade, and you have a situation ripe for the picking.

Upon receiving their medical degrees from some of the best universities in the world, many doctors want to return to their homeland and practice medicine there. At the same time, state-of-the-art facilities have been built waiting for qualified staff to come and utilize them. As the local market may not yet be wealthy enough to ensure full-time use of these facilities, these doctors have advertised their services internationally. For a pittance of the cost of similar procedures in first world countries such as the U.S., U.K., and Australia, people can travel overseas, receive first rate medical treatment from doctors who were often trained in their home country in the newest facilities and, even after the cost of tickets and accommodation, still come out cheaper than if they had had the procedure performed at home.

As medical tourism has grown in popularity, it has become apparent that many patients not only receive similar treatment but may actually receive superior medical treatment to what they receive at home. For example, for those wishing to start a family but have yet to be blessed with children, IVF treatment in Israel is perhaps the best choice to help them achieve their dream. Israel has a first world medical system in a first world country. Jewish doctors are renowned throughout the world for their talent and Israel is full of Jewish doctors.

As part of Israeli law, every woman, married or unmarried, is entitled to two children using IVF techniques if required. Consequently, Israel has built up an expertise in this field second to none and offers its services to foreigners at prices that are substantially cheaper than most countries offering a similar service.

Medical tourism is a win-win-win for the patients, doctors, and countries. It is for this reason that it continues to grow in leaps and bounds.