The idea of travel for health improvement appeared more than 5 thousand years ago. The wealthiest people went to other countries to improve their health at healing springs. Nowadays, trips for treatment are no longer uncommon. According to the Medical Tourism Association, more than 14 million people travel annually to receive medical services.
Medical tourism is traveling abroad to receive medical assistance. Patients choose treatment abroad for the following reasons:
Patients choose another country to gain access to new methods and better quality drugs. In some cases, price becomes the determining criterion for selection. Even with the additional costs of travel and living in another country, the patient can save from 30% to 80%.
In leading medical tourism centers, doctors use new protocols with effective and gentle methods that are not always available to patients in their home countries. Often a person wants to be treated by a particular doctor after reading good reviews about him.
Large clinics that are aimed at accepting patients from abroad are tested and accredited by European or international independent organizations. The most authoritative is the Joint Commission International (JCI). She checks clinics according to 1,400 different criteria, including staff qualifications, safety, level of service, availability of new techniques. The clinic must confirm JCI accreditation every 3 years. All clinics and departments with which we cooperate have the JCI standard.