We've always held a firm belief that while going abroad for essential yet expensive medical procedures is a good solution to the U.S. health care crisis, plastic surgery tourism is almost always a risky exercise in vanity.
Getting medical care abroad is a growing trend fanning out across the world and destinations should know what their medical fortes are if they plan to be part of welcoming this rising wave of medical tourists.
Medical tourism can have its dark side, as well, a shown by several recent deaths in the Dominican Republic related to plastic surgery and tourists who died after procedures.
Baja California has a solid record providing medical care -- dental, plastic surgery, hip replacements -- mainly for American medical tourists with crap insurance. Some clinics don't do as well as the others.
Bumrungrad hospital in Thailand is perhaps the shining star of affordable, foreign hospitals for medical tourists seeking treatment although most foreign hospitals aren't at the same caliber yet and may not always be a cheaper option than U.S. hospitals.
While Thailand has legitimate medical services for people with real needs, it's vanity that it's betting on the most. Recent deaths on the plastic surgeon's table and one of the most ham-fisted tourism promotions -- also plastic surgery related -- hasn't swayed the desperate.
The combination of quality medical care and generous visa policies is a smart move by Dubai authorities.
Well, medical tourism is a lot more interesting (and helpful) than indoor skiing in the middle east.
Yes, the TSA may be hassling potential patients, but Houston and other U.S. medical tourism destinations are also dealing with competition from other destinations with advanced medical care.
Chinese tourists are fueling tourism growth worldwide, but medical tourism is particularly lucrative since visitors are likely to spend more and stay longer than the average tourists.