There are pros and cons to almost any decision and having cosmetic surgery is no exception. Consumers will go to great lengths to get a "good deal" so it is no surprise that patients are now "doctor shopping" around the globe in order to save money. Medical tourism allows patients to travel to different countries and receive quality, affordable healthcare services. The term "medical tourism" was created by the travel industry to package the concept into something more luxurious complete with accommodations and leisure activities. Today, medical tourism has grown to become an official industry in more than 50 countries. Plastic surgery is the most popular specialty because it is far more expensive in the United States and United Kingdom as compared to India, Thailand, and Mexico. When traveling to another locale, cosmetic surgery patients are also granted privacy during their recovery.
Reputable doctors participating in medical tourism are board certified and operate in state-of-the-art facilities. "Here at Plastic Surgery Mexico, we are committed to providing the best care we can possibly give. Our clinics offer a wide array of cosmetic surgery procedures including body contouring, face, breasts and post bariatric surgery," shared Dr. Fernando Guerrerosantos. "All procedures are performed under sterile operating room conditions in Guadalajara, Jalisco, and at Hospital Puerta de Hierro Sur. Hospital Puerta de Hierro is a specialty medical center with the same quality standards as any other U.S. hospital. It has an intensive care unit, six OR’s and over 120 patient rooms and highly qualified staff of doctors, nurses and professionals of health."
In medical tourism destinations, not only are the paperwork hassles comparatively less, but also the liability policies are less strict. The medical tourism industry is growing and will continue to rapidly surge unless Western healthcare providers and insurance companies make swift efforts to lower the costs of health insurance. As a trend, cosmetic medical tourism appears to be increasing as the Internet connects patients and doctors from around the globe.