Undergoing a medical procedure is daunting for most of us, but what if you could do it in a world-class facility? How about if it is surrounded by lush greenery or sandy beaches, or a vibrant cosmopolitan metropolis complete with sleek skyscrapers and dazzling city lights outside your window?
Whilst medical tourism has been steadily gaining traction over the years, there has been a rise in the number of medical tourism destinations branding themselves as luxury medical travel destinations recently. It was recorded that over seven million people travel the world annually in search of the best medical procedures, ranging from dental and cosmetic surgeries to more serious treatments such as cancer. For these individuals, a medical getaway offers travel, healthcare and accommodation all in one go.
Leading the pack in the area of luxury health travel destinations is the humble but undeniably impressive Asia.
Affordable healthcare amidst lush natural beauty
Think medical tourism in Asia and the country that resonates in most health tourists’ minds is Thailand. The country has been a popular choice for medical tourists over the years largely due to its offering of a myriad of medical procedures at a price tag that is easier to swallow. Comparatively, the cost of getting a complicated procedure done in Thailand can be up to 70% cheaper than in the United States.
The Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok offers patients the height of luxury in health tourism. Welcoming over a million patients each year, 40% of whom are from foreign countries, the hospital offers a state-of-the-art electronic environment, while its campus includes a luxurious five-star hotel and shopping mall. In fact, Bumrungrad is the largest private hospital in Southeast Asia.
A pulsating country with a rich cultural heritage
A close contender that has been cementing its position as a luxury health tourism destination is Malaysia. A pulsating country with a rich cultural heritage, Malaysia is a sight to behold for any tourist, even more so for medical tourists. Home to some of the best hospitals that meet the highest international standards, the country offers a wide array of medical treatments. These hospitals also offer patients comfort and luxury with high-end suites made available. What’s more, the country has an end-to-end system in place where patients are looked after from the moment they arrive in the country. This includes their recuperation period. For instance, the country’s Healing Hotels of the World offer patients wellness treatments and organic food that will facilitate their recovery and enhance their wellbeing after their procedures – all amidst a luxurious setting.
On the holiday front, the country is the perfect blend of lush, natural beauty and modern cosmopolitan city. From its famed Petronas Twin Towers and mega shopping malls to its UNESCO-listed heritage cities, gorgeous beaches, millions-of-years-old rainforests and glorious food, there is plenty to discover and do here.
Recuperate at the height of luxury
Another Asian country making a name for itself in the industry is Singapore. Known for its exemplary healthcare system, the country has been fast gaining popularity, especially with medical tourists looking for more affordable surgery options in a developed country. What’s more, Singapore is home to three hospitals under the Parkway hospital network, which is renowned for its five-star medical care in Asia. The facilities on offer include luxurious single bedrooms with an array of amenities such as a private balcony, a spacious bathroom, as well as room service and personalised assistance.
A well-organised and vibrant cosmopolitan city, Singapore also has a low crime rate, ensuring that tourists get peace of mind during their stay here.