|Treatment:||Addiction and Recovery|
Crossroads Centre, a 12-step addiction and recovery program founded by Eric Clapton, has welcomed international patients from 30 countries.
Barbados Fertility Centre offers IVF and a host of fertility treatments at 40-60% savings. Success rates are improved over conventional strategies by offering a stress-reduced environment in a resort setting.
|Approximate Savings||40-50% (IVF)|
|Treatment:||Cosmetic Surgery, Organ Transplants|
Luxury medical travelers often visit the world-renown Ivo Pitanguy Clinic. Mostly a destination for the luxury traveler seeking “celebrity” doctors. Large medical centers offer excellent complex care.
|Cities:||Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeiro|
|Treatment:||Dentistry, Cosmetic Surgery|
Dentist’s lobbies in San Jose and swanky suburb Escazu are filled with Americans and Europeans seeking savings on expensive restorative and cosmetic work (Crowns, bridges, implants, dentures etc.). Meza Clinic is fully accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Germans, Austrians, Swiss and other patrons flock to Hungary for cost savings on dental work. One town–Gyor–in Northwest Hungary, boasts more than 150 dental clinics serving international patients.
|Approximate Savings||40-75% (for restorative and cosmetic procedures)|
India is the world’s medical travel “thrift” destination with savings of 60-90% on an array of procedures. Harvard-affiliated Wockhardt Hospital has performed more than 20,000 heart procedures, with 98%+ success rates (surpassing US and EU standards).
|Approximate Savings||50-85% (for restorative and cosmetic procedures)|
|Cities:||New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore|
Israel is one of the world’s top producers of medical instrumentation, and a well-known center for inexpensive fertility treatments.
|Approximate Savings||30-50% (IVF)|
|Cities:||Jerusalem, Tel Aviv|
|Treatment:||All Specialties; Health Screenings|
Malaysia is medical travel’s best-kept secret, with fluent English spoken everywhere and cost savings comparable to India in less culturally jarring setting. Savvy patients can obtain a full executive “well-man” or “well-woman” screening–including vision, dental, hearing,MRI, PET Scan–for around $US1500–more than enough savings to pay for a vacation in Kuala Lumpur and environs.
|Approximate Savings||70% Executive Health Screening|
|Cities:||Kuala Lumpur, Penang|
Monterrey boasts four first-rate American-accredited hospitals offering bariatrics and weight-management programs to obese Americans at 40-60% savings.Each year more than 50,000 Americans cross borders into Mexico for dental work alone.
|Approximate Savings||30-60% (Dentistry) 40-70% (Bariatrics)|
|Cities:||Monterrey, Tijuana, Juarez, Puerto Vallarta|
|Treatment:||All Specialties; Stem Cell/Regenerative|
Singapore ranks 6th in healthcare worldwide (compared to the US 36th ranking (source: World Health Organization). For cancer, Singapore’s clinics and hospitals boast some of the world’s best diagnostics. Patients visit for diagnosis, then head home for treatment. John’s Hopkins International Medical Centre in Singapore specializes in cancer treatments.
|Treatment:||Cosmetic Surgery, Cardiac|
The classic “Surgeon & Safari” cosmetic surgery destination. World’s first heart transplant performed at Christiaan Barnard Medical Center in Cape Town
|Cities:||Cape Town, Johannesburg|
Thailand boasts world-renown Bumrungrad International, the grandaddy of international hospitals and Asia’s first American accredited facility, with 225 US board certified physicians and surgeons. BI welcomes 400,000 international patients annually from 120 countries, including 25,000 American patients each year. Thailand also known for meticulous cosmetic surgery, including gender reassignment. Dr. Preecha, a most wellknown for these procedures, has performed 3500 sex reassignment surgeries.
|Treatment:||Vision, Hair Transplants|
Closer to the US and EU and a coveted tourist destination, Turkey has more American-accredited hospitals (41) than any other country. Tourists take vacation breaks for inexpensive eye check-ups and LASIK treatments. Dunya Goz World Eye Centers, based in Istanbul, have centers all over Europe and Asia.
|Approximate Savings||40-50% (LASIK)|