Guide to most popular medical tourism destinations in the world

Medical tourism is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those wishing to undergo a medical procedure/treatment albeit the extremely high healthcare costs in the US and the UK. The number of medical tourism destinations is also on the rise with many countries jumping into the market with the aim of attracting medical tourists from the West. As such, here are some of the most popular medical tourism destinations in the world that remain the preferred choices for many medical tourists.

Few most popular medical tourism destinations in the world



A highly developed nation that boasts of a free economy, Singapore is a popular medical tourism destination for patients from Asia as well as the West. The WHO ranks the nation’s healthcare system the best in Asia and sixth best in the entire world. Some of the main drivers for the country’s immense popularity among medical tourists include personal responsibility, excellent patient-physician relationship, unmatched quality of life, increased life expectancy and of course, excellent healthcare facilities at extremely affordable costs


woman undergoing cosmetic treatment

Boasting of advanced healthcare technologies, Brazil is very popular for cosmetic surgeries. The nation also boasts of having the highest occupancy of cosmetic surgeons in the world. With over 40 JCI accredited hospitals, Brazil can help medical tourists undergo plastic surgeries for at least 60% of the costs they would incur for the same procedures in the west. The cosmetic surgeons here are also considered the best in the world and can perform nearly any kind of procedure. Some even perform cosmetic surgeries on pets.

Most of the hospitals and healthcare facilities in Brazil have the JCAHO accreditation. And Sao Paulo in Brazil boasts of housing the best healthcare facilities in the world, in addition to some of the best surgeons on the entire planet. Another added advantage of medical tourism in Brazil is its close proximity to America (approximately 9 hours by flight).


India is renowned medical tourism

India is renowned for providing medical tourists the option of undergoing high end specialized surgeries for very low prices. According to the NCPA, India offers the best value for money when it comes to medical care. This means you can get the best possible medical treatment and care for the lowest price when compared to every other medical tourism destination in the world.

The nation remains the preferred destination for procedures like eye surgeries, cardiac bypass surgeries, bone marrow transplants and hip grafting/replacements., etc. Healthcare costs in India are almost 75% lesser in India when compared to the US and the UK. With over 100000 patients visiting the nation every year, the medical tourism industry in India is slated to become a $2 billion industry by 2015. Other major drivers include government regulations to ease restrictions for medical tourists, advanced medical equipment and healthcare services, highly skilled doctors and medical trainers and low language barriers.


Thailand’s medical tourism

Thailand’s medical tourism industry has grown by 16% in one year alone. And rightly so. The nation has impressed medical tourists worldwide with its range of medical procedures, extremely low healthcare costs and highly qualified medical personnel who can speak English with ease. Medical tourists flock to this wellness destination for a variety of plastic surgeries and other non-elective procedures.



Nearly half a million medical tourists visit Malaysia every year for treatments. Boasting of low healthcare costs and a well developed infrastructure (better than India), the nation has a highly skilled medical workforce that is capable of conversing in a variety of languages, including English. States like Malacca, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia are the best destinations for Indonesians as well as for Arabians.

Amazing infrastructure and affordable remedial services are the most advantageous aspects of Malaysian health tourism. Some of the most sought after procedures here include in-vitro fertilization and other physicals that could cost thousands of dollars in the US.

Costa Rica

costa rica healthcare system

Costa Rica is a beautiful country situated in Central America. It is famous for its comprehensive healthcare system named “Caja”. This exclusive package covers simple health checkups to complicated surgeries and the monthly cost ranges between $30 and $90 per individual.

Panama City

qualified doctor

It has emerged as the best medical destination, in past few years. There are four most renowned hospitals of the city and all of those are affiliated from American hospitals. The biggest strength of these hospitals is their well-qualified doctors affiliated with International Medical Associations.

The country is also quite Americanized, with the official currency being the US dollar, and most of the medical specialists being US trained. According to the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), a medical surgery in Panama would easily cost at least 50% lesser than in the USA. And though this figure is high when compared to other Asian countries, it is still a great bargain for those who wish to remain close to home.


strong public healthcare system

It is one of the most popular European countries offering efficient health tourism services. The country boasts of having a strong public healthcare system, which contributes up to 70 percent of the entire medical expenditure.


mexico has got excellent infrastructure

With the rapid growth and advancement of medical tourism, this North American republic has turned into a reliable medical hub. An excellent infrastructure, latest healthcare equipments, skilled specialists and affordable costs are the major attraction offered by the country.

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