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Medical tourism gaining popularity

  • Burhanuddin Abe

    CONTRIBUTOR

JAKARTA   /   Sun, April 18 2010   /  02:37 pm

A tour is all about pleasure. Even when one is not in the best of health a tour can be helpful, especially since domestic medical services are not on a par with those offered abroad. Indeed, the medical tour has become another important element in traveling. People from highly developed countries also go on medical tours to countries less developed that their own. This is because such countries now have the sophisticated and high quality hospitals and medical equipment. Moreover, the services provided in some Asian countries cost less than in countries like America. Due to the high quality of services that are less costly, numerous patients travel to Asia to be treated in countries such as Thailand, Singapore, India and Malaysia. According to the Deloitte Centre, some six million American citizens will visit such countries for medical purposes this year, while the figure for 2017...