If you don’t know much about health tourism, you’re not alone. Though the concept of traveling abroad for affordable healthcare is hardly new, only recently has the worldwide health tourism industry burst into the mainstream.
And in a very big way. Though precise figures are hard to come by, the global market for health tourism is estimated in the tens of billions of dollars. In the U.S. that figure is climbing exponentially, driven by sky-high costs that increasingly lock people out of the healthcare system—and particularly out of the market for cosmetic and other elective procedures that are rarely covered by insurance.
The what’s and why’s of health tourism
Simply, health tourism refers to traveling to another country for medical care. The most obvious incentive, of course, is cost. For a major procedure like heart surgery or joint replacement, traveling abroad can literally save tens of thousands of dollars.
But there are other considerations too. Health tourists often seek out medical treatment that is not yet available, or at least not at high quality, in their home country. Moreover, procedures abroad can often be scheduled relatively quickly, avoiding wait times that can sometimes stretch into the months.
Given that most health tourists latch on to these highly tangible benefits—cost, quality, accessibility—it’s not surprising that the health tourism industry does too. Many of these tourism facilitators are essentially glorified travel agents, organizing the nuts and bolts of your trip: booking low-cost flights and accommodations, arranging transportation, scheduling treatments with reputable medical providers, managing the paperwork.
There’s a problem, though, and it’s recognizable to anyone who’s ever had a doctor with a poor bedside manner: Healthcare isn’t judged simply by how competently it’s delivered. There are countless other factors that can mean the difference between a merely adequate healthcare experience and a deeply rewarding one.
Peace of mind
If you’re interested in health tourism, it’s important to find a facilitator that goes beyond just the mechanics of booking and organizing your travel and care. You need a company that’s committed to (and equipped for) delivering a truly meaningful, even transformative wellness experience.
With Mivera, for example, you can choose treatment at one of our three picturesque sites in beautiful coastal Mexico: Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun. We’ll essentially send you on a luxury vacation, far removed from the stresses of daily life. We’ll meet you at the airport, shuttle you to your medical appointments and arrange wellness activities like yoga and meditation. You’ll have a bilingual “concierge” with deep local ties to help you find your way around town, booking tours or short hikes, recommending things to do and places to go.
Even though you’re in an unfamiliar country, possibly feeling anxious about your medical procedure, we’ll support you at every step: answering questions, lending an ear, easing your mind. Even in the middle of the night, assistance is just a phone call away.
The benefits of such personalized and attentive care are hard to overstate. There’s ample data that the human body recovers more quickly when in a state of physical and mental restfulness, whether it’s relaxing in your hotel suite, lounging by the pool or sunning yourself on the sand. You’ll feel less like a patient and more like a vacationer indulging the fantasy of a lifetime: a gorgeous tropical locale under endless sea and sky, leaving all your cares behind.