Medical tourism is a popular practice, albeit a controversial one in some parts of the world. There are often misconceptions associated with medical tourism, leading to people not knowing exactly what it is or holding misinformed opinions on the matter. Here is an overview of everything you need to know about medical tourism.
Medical tourism is the practice of travelling abroad to receive medical treatment or to undergo a cosmetic procedure. People use medical tourism to access a wide range of procedures.
There are two main trends in medical tourism today:
While medical tourism is considered a relatively modern phenomenon, it actually dates to at least the fourth century BC. Medical records discovered dating back to Ancient Greece at this time mention pilgrims that travelled from across Europe in order to be treated in the small city of Epidaurus. A more recent historic example of medical tourism, albeit on a local scale, was people with illnesses in 18th century England who would travel to visit spa towns with the aim of finding treatment. It is unknown whether this trend was seen in other countries that have spa towns.
A news report from the news.com.au website in 2014 stated that as many as 15,000 Australians undergo medical procedures abroad, spending as much as $300 million in the process.
There are several reasons why medical tourism is popular. The main reasons typically given by those seeking a medical tourism solution, and as already stated earlier, are that they can both reduce costs and access treatment quicker, while still receiving an excellent standard of treatment and care, by looking abroad.
Advances in medical care and expertise around the world mean that individuals can save significant sums of money by choosing to undergo a procedure away from home, even after considering the costs of flights and accommodation. There are clinics in some countries that even operate with the sole purpose of attracting clients from overseas.
Several countries around the world are hugely popular for medical tourism. Some countries are popular due to their proximity to densely populated nations, while others prove popular because they are easy to get to, offer cheap treatment as well as accommodation, offer reduced waiting times, and in some cases because they’re a desirable destination to take a holiday!
In terms of proximity to Australia, popular medical tourism destinations include:
Thailand; which is the most popular medical tourism destination in the whole world as well as among Australians
If you are considering seeking medical treatment, for whatever condition or procedure, abroad, you should ensure you do so with caution. Paramount in seeking medical treatment abroad is ensuring you are going to be safe, way before you start thinking about being able to save money on your procedure.
The best approach to take is to only consider being treated at clinics that are accredited with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI). This will help ensure that you’re receiving the equivalent standards of care that you would in Australia, and help to ease any doubts or worries you may have over your treatment.
In addition, you should also look at reviews and testimonials from those that have already been treated at the clinics you are considering. Thanks to social media you might even be able to identify and contact previous patients direct if they have been open about where they have been and the treatment they have received.
In some cases, even if a specific treatment is much cheaper abroad, you might still find yourself struggling to cover the costs. MacCredit might be able to help provide you with a medical loan even if the treatment is to be undertaken outside of Australia. You can contact us today on 1300 884 355 to discuss your options if you are considering using medical tourism for your medical treatment or cosmetic procedure.
There have been numerous advances in how technology is used in cosmetic surgery in recent years. In some cases, technology advances have led to treatments becoming available that are cheaper and less invasive, making some cosmetic procedures more appealing and accessible to the wider public.
Here is an overview of how technology has changed some of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery in recent years.
One of the drawbacks of undergoing a traditional facelift is the potential for scarring. Image conscious individuals who would perhaps love to undergo a facelift might be put off for this reason, particularly if the outcome of the surgery makes it obvious they have had the procedure. When undergoing an endoscopic facelift, rather than the surgeon creating an incision from your temples around to and behind your ears, small incisions of 4mm-5mm are made at the temples and scalp, and the endoscope used to perform all necessary elements of the surgery.
What are the benefits enjoyed by undergoing an endoscopic facelift?
The only downside of endoscopic facelifts is that they only focus on the top two-thirds of the face. If you’re looking for improvements in the lower face and neck region, then you will need to opt for a traditional facelift. You do have the option of undergoing both procedures, meaning you can still benefit from the outcomes of an endoscopic facelift if you wish.
This technique of breast augmentation is relatively new and in the medical industry is considered pioneering. It is already a popular procedure owing to its simplicity and non-invasive nature. When you opt for a breast augmentation procedure utilizing the fat transfer method, your surgeon will take fat from a specific area of your body – which you can usually choose yourself in your consultation – and inject it back into the breasts.
Patients undergoing this procedure will usually be required to wear an external expander while sleeping for a number of weeks prior to the surgery. This helps create a vacuum within the existing breast tissue for the fat to be injected during the procedure.
The benefits of undergoing breast augmentation using the fat transfer technique include:
This technique is ideal for women looking for a relatively small increase in breast size or who are simply looking to improve the form and appearance of their breasts. The fat transfer method also leads to a final outcome that is more natural looking.
Despite being a popular treatment, liposuction has long been a source of controversy, with numerous medical professionals and studies questioning its safety. Although liposuction has long been generally regarded as safe, choosing to undergo Smartlipo or a similar non-invasive treatment is an option for anyone looking to lose fat but that still holds concerns.
In contrast to liposuction, which removes fat from your body in solid form using a cannula, laser technology is used for Smartlipo, and fat is melted away and removed in liquid form. Undergoing Smartlipo means your body will experience lower levels of trauma and the recovery time from the procedure can be much quicker.
Laser skin resurfacing is a simple procedure, and is usually completed on an out patient basis, meaning you will leave the clinic the same day. It is a useful procedure for anyone who wants to improve their facial skin appearance, whether to counter the effects of ageing, sun damage, wrinkles, acne, or anything else. This procedure utilizes a laser to remove skin one layer at a time. As you heal, the new skin cells will create a younger and tighter surface, improving your appearance.
Laser skin resurfacing can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial cosmetic procedures. You can choose to undergo laser skin resurfacing to treat specific areas of the face, or undergo a procedure for your whole face. While laser skin resurfacing will not give you perfect skin, it will improve your appearance, and is a non-invasive alternative to other common facial cosmetic treatments.
If you are currently considering undergoing any cosmetic treatment, and are looking for providers that utilize these technologies within their procedures, get in touch. A s well as being able to help you finance your cosmetic treatment, we can connect you to the most technologically advanced practices in Australia.
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