Medical tourism is a complex event, which, first of all, includes the study and booking of medical procedures.
Outbound medical tourism can be of different types, but it can be grouped into the following four categories:
Diagnostic – a person travels to another country to use a state-of-the-art and high-precision equipment to undergo a thorough examination of the body, take laboratory tests, and consult with specialists. All these diagnostic measures are designed to identify and determine the nature of the disease.
Therapeutic – a tourist goes abroad to get a specific treatment for a disease he or she has. Therapeutic technologies can be very diverse: surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, apparatus therapy, and so on.
Rehabilitation – the direction of tourism, which helps to return the lost functions of the body, resulting from injuries, stroke, coma, paralysis and other pathological processes.
Alternative recovery — in medicine, alternative medicine is classified as an additional treatment method, which is not currently considered an integral part of common medical practice. However, this direction is very popular and has a lot of fans. In many countries there are centers practicing Buddhist teachings, yoga and other techniques that are significantly different from traditional methods. In this case acupuncture, massage and phytotherapy are often used.
The range of the most popular medical services in the medical tourism market:
- Alternative medicine
- Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery)
- Cardiology (heart surgery)
- Cosmetology / Plastic surgery
- Ears, nose and throat (ENT)
- Eye Surgery (Ophthalmology)
- General diagnosis
- Infertility Treatment
- Oncology treatment
- Organ transplant
- Stem Cell Therapy
The changing technological and economic conditions of the global medical tourism industry has led to the creation of many opportunities for both patients and healthcare organizations.