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What Are The Types Of Medical Tourism?

2021-04-17 15:29:53

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
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Dr. Fariba Azadikhah


What are the types of medical tourism?

definition of medical tourism

Medical tourism or health tourism is tourism for health. That a person travels to another country to improve their wellbeing preventing disease, or performing medical or cosmetic surgery.

In fact, medical tourism means traveling to treat physical illnesses or performing some type of surgery under the supervision of doctors in hospitals or medical centers. When people travel from one place to another place, from one country to another, to receive some form of health treatment is called health tourism.

What are the most important advantages?

lower cost: If the cost of treatment is high in one country, people travel to other countries for healthcare treatment.

New treatments: Sometimes in other countries, there are new and better treatments that do not exist in the patient's country. This allows the patient to travel to another country to receive better surgical services.

Specialized services: Sometimes some countries become more expert in certain areas than others. Like cosmetic surgeries and therefore attract many tourists.

Stay in line: In some countries, because patients have to wait a long time to receive wellbeing services, they prefer to travel to another country for treatment.

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Some problems of medical tourism

There are some Problems in this field that we talked about them here:

Treatment process and selection of medical centers:

The condition of a patient who, besides suffering from illness and anxiety, must also suffer from the stress of traveling and receiving treatment abroad, cannot be ignored. Travel has its own risks and excitement. The most anxiety that patients suffer is about choosing a treatment center, a doctor, and how the treatment process works. Therefore, health travel companies can go to a center that provides tourism health services and with the help of these centers, have access to the best doctors and hospitals.

Patient ‘s Communication with doctors:

A skilled translator can reduce patient anxiety. Communication between doctor and patient is one of the biggest challenges. They do not know each other's language and may make mistakes in the treatment process, especially in diseases that require a clinical diagnosis. The challenge that Ermateb Company, a provider of health tourism services, solves with initiatives such as a simultaneous translator.

There are three main categories in surgical tourism:

Outbound: people who leave the country of their origin to another country to get healing help.

Inbound: people from another country travels to a host country to get healthcare services.

Domestic: people travel to another city in the same country to get medical help.

Now that you are familiar with the concept of this type of traveler and its causes, we can explain the different types of medical tourism here.

Another reason might be that certain medical services that have no license or is unavailable in their native country. The main reason behind medical tourism is for surgeries or similar treatment. However, people do travel for other purposes such as dental tourism.

What are the types of medical tourism?

Bariatric surgery:

Bariatric is a hormonal surgery which includes a variety of procedures performed on individuals with obesity. It helps you lose weight by changing your digestive systems. Bariatric surgery is done when diet and exercise haven't worked or when you have serious health problems because of your weight.


Most countries do not have proper rehabilitation centers and thus, medical tourism is the only option.  Rehabilitation is a set of interventions done by professional which contributes patients to reach the highest level of independence in every day activity and enables participation in education, work, recreation and meaningful life roles such as taking care of family.

Rehabilitation interventions should be available to all. In many cases, this means starting rehabilitation as soon as a health condition is noted and continuing to deliver rehabilitation alongside other health interventions.

Therefore, Medical Tourism is the act of people traveling to other countries to seek medical treatment. Generally, this involves people traveling from less-developing countries to a country that is more developed in nature. Also, has higher medical facilities and requirements and more affordable medical services.

Diagnostics, check-ups and other treatments:

Checkups are another service of medical tourism as well. Regular check-ups can help you find potential health issues before they become a problem. When you see your doctor regularly, they are able to detect health conditions or diseases early. Early detection gives you the best chance for getting the right treatment quickly, and preventing any complications afterwards. Often a nurse or healthcare assistant, will ask you some questions about your lifestyle and family history, measure your height and weight, and take your blood pressure and do a blood test. The blood test will be done either before the check with a blood sample from your arm, or at the check. The results are really important for the final diagnosis.

8 common types of heath care tourism:

Orthopedics: For people who seek this type of service to treat their bone or muscle problems.

Dental or Dentistry: People who are looking for a service to treat their dental problems use cheaper services or dental centers with more advanced facilities than where they live.

Cosmetic/Plastic surgery: Cosmetic surgeries include: Rhinoplasty, Wrinkle removal surgery, Slimming cosmetic surgeries include arm lift, body lift, liposuction, and hip lift.

Cardiology: people could go to a foreign country to treat any heart diseases.

Fertility treatment: couples often want the best option for fertility treatments and don't want to take risks.

Eye surgery: Eye Surgery is a very risky surgery. All Countries do not have suitable facilities or experts to perform such surgeries. Thus, people have to travel to foreign countries for the best options.

Ears, nose, and throat: surgeries need modern equipment and technologies. That, people mostly travel to foreign countries to experience such surgeries.

Organ transplants: In some countries, organ transplants are easier to perform or have better and more facilities than in their own country, making patients whose survival depends on organ transplants seek such services.

Iran is the best country for medical tourism because of its equipped hospitals and clinics and have experience doctors and surgeons. At the end, if you are looking for health tourism and need more help and guidance in this area, you can contact our experts in Ermateb company via Info@ermateb.com to receive the best health services and travel without Experience anxiety and treatment with the help of skilled doctors and surgeons.

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