As the world becomes smaller, and medical tourism rises as a global industry, it’s no surprise that countries have been vying for spots on the industry ladder, and working to earn their place as medical tourism hubs.
Here are a few countries hoping to benefit from travelers looking for treatment abroad.
India: India is predicted to have 3 percent medical tourism market by the end of 2013, according to a piece published by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. It’s aiming for more however; that’s why the Indian healhcare industry felt unfairly singled out by President Obama when he criticized medical tourism in April.
South Korea: In 2010, more than 20,000 medical tourists visited South Korea. The majority were Korean-Americans. Overall, medical tourism was up 52 percent from 2009, which public health officials in Korea attribute to expensive U.S. healthcare.
United States: No surprise here; he biggest share of medical tourism dollars actually goes to the United States. Those coming to the U.S., however, aren’t looking to cut costs. No, medical tourism to the U.S. is based simply on the high level of medical technology here.