Hepatitis C Medical Tourism Statistics

Who Opts for Medical tourism?

Anyone who can travel and wants to save money is the most likely candidate. Several people are able to see the savings one can get with treatment abroad, and high-quality treatment at that. the added advantage being you can get your spouse to accompany you and enjoy a vacation post treatment, that too at a fraction of the cost. According to the CDC, in 2009, there were about 16,000 reported cases of acute HCV. Approximately 3.2 million people in the United States are living with chronic HCV. HCV can be found throughout the world. Regions with the highest rates of HCV include North America,South America. According to WHO ,Hepatitis types C and B cause chronic illness for hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Which Country to Choose?

Costa Rica and India are among the top. Costa Rica given the proximity to US, closer to home feeling. India dubbed as the pharmacy of the world is among the top choices.
Here is a list of countries that are most preferred by medical tourists.

  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Israel
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United States

What would be the Savings?

The savings would vary from country to country but there would be a minimum 20% saving based on the place that you choose and the surgery.

Here is a list of savings per country basis.

  • Brazil: 20-30%
  • Costa Rica: 45-65%
  • India: 65-90%
  • Malaysia: 65-80%
  • Mexico: 40-65%
  • South Korea: 30-45%
  • Taiwan: 40-55%
  • Thailand: 50-75%
  • Turkey: 50-65%

What Surgery to Choose?

Here is a list of the most common surgeries and treatment that medical tourists chose.

  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Dentistry (general, restorative, cosmetic)
  • Cardiovascular (angioplasty, CABG, transplants)
  • Orthopedics (joint and spine; sports medicine)
  • Cancer (often high-acuity or last resort)
  • Reproductive (fertility, IVF, women’s health)
  • Weight loss (LAP-BAND, gastric bypass)
  • Scans, tests, health screenings and second opinions.

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