11 million peopled traveled abroad to have medical treatment last year according to a report by Visa and Oxford’s economic department. They travel to foreign countries for higher quality care, lower cost of care, shorter waiting times, and to obtain treatments not available in their home countries.
The Center for Disease Control continues to warn medical tourists of the risks associated with traveling for surgery. The highest risks being infection from unsanitary facilities. One example was last year when 18 women contracted a disfiguring bacteria while traveling to the Dominican Republic for surgery.
The CDC publishes risks to medical tourists including: Counterfeit or poor quality medication, antibiotic resistant bacteria, communication difficulties, and flying after surgery.