Can it make sense to get some procedures done abroad, in countries where quality is good but prices are a fraction of what they are at home? Not so fast -- there can be pitfalls, too. A look at the pluses and minuses.

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Why India is a leading medical tourism destination

The Financial Express With a millennia-old medicine history, this country now ranks 10th as a destination for people looking to travel for medical treatment, thanks to its combination of 21st-century health modalities, strong pharmaceutical sectior, and its traditional systems of holistic health and wellness. The India-based Financial Express take a look at the country's current situation and trends, and it's an enlightening read:…

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on our blog: medical tourism in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a longstanding tradition of attracting holidaymakers around the world. Most of them have a craving for green, relaxing and adventure. However, people have recently discovered the undeniable fact that this country is nowadays a location where you can find proficient consultants than can provide you with high-quality medical care at a small portion of cost than other places (e.g. United States, Canada and Europe). Year after year one can see the increasing number of tourist who…

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Now on our blog: medical vs. health tourism, more

Tourism and health have taken on two new meanings. Health tourism can be broken down into two components, people who travel to a particular spot for medical reasons, such as cancer centers or for specific operations such a coronary bypass, and people who travel to a location for medicinal reasons such as rest and relaxation.  Medicinal tourism caters not to the sick but to those who seek new levels of wellness.  Examples of medicinal tourism are spa or centers that cater to non-essential…

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Death tourism?

"Expert Panel Concurs: Hawaii Physicians Can Provide Aid in Dying." Why is this reported on eTN, a website about travel? The only answer I can think of is, the prospect of death tourism. Can it succeed? Would you travel 4,000 or 10,000 miles from home so you could die faster?

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