We are going to quickly look at the best Asian destinations for health travel. This will give you a brief overview of what is available and provide a starting point for deeper research.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China which has been allowed to maintain a high degree of autonomy in all internal affairs, such as economy and culture. SAR has been setting standards in medical treatment since its centuries-long existence as a British Crown colony. It has 12 private hospitals accredited by the British QHA Trent and several of them have dual JCI accreditation. The costs are relatively low and are maintained at 20-23% of US government policy costs. The alliance between government and government has started a joint effort to strengthen the role of medical tourism in Hong Kong. Currently, about 7% of patient beds are occupied by medical tourists, a percentage that is growing rapidly. No visa is required for stays of up to 180 days.
India is a major player in medical tourism, in 2010 it greets over a million medical tourists a year. Unlike many countries, India provides a wide range of health services with an emphasis on heart surgery, joint replacement, bone marrow transplantation and other advanced procedures. . Currently, 10 major hospitals in India have received JCI accreditation, and the Indian government is actively promoting international accreditation and is improving the medical infrastructure problems that are currently hampering the growth rate of medical tourism. Health care costs in India are among the lowest in the world with 10-20% of US rates. India, with the most populous democracy in the world, has a healthy economy and encompasses enormous geographical and cultural diversity. Visas are required for entry but are relatively easy to obtain.
Malaysia soon welcomes nearly a million medical tourists a year to its coast. The country is largely English speaking and health facilities are subject to a strong internal accreditation organization of the Malaysian Health Quality Society. In addition to national accreditation, many better hospitals in Malaysia also seek international accreditation. Medical facilities are concentrated mainly in Kuala Lumpur, perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in Asia. The cost of healthcare is, on average, around 25% of the cost in the US, depending on the somewhat uneven exchange value for ringgit. Medical services are expanding from their original focus on cosmetic surgery to procedures for more serious illnesses.
The Philippines, consisting of thousands of beautiful tropical islands, is growing as a medical tourism destination by approximately 8% per year. There are close cultural, economic and political links between the Philippines and the United States, which may increase the role of the Philippines as a medical tourism destination. Much of the US medical professionals have been trained in the Philippines, reflecting a solid tradition of medical education and culture. The Philippine government has set itself the target of attracting approximately 750 000 medical tourists per year, a target that will soon be within reach. The cost of healthcare in the Philippines is on average about 20-25% of US prices.
Singapore is considered the best healthcare system in Asia and one of the best in the world. A long active medical tourism destination (about a million medical tourists a year!), Providing medical services to international patients is the primary goal of multi-government and industry partnerships. Health tourists come from all over Asia and the world. Health care costs are not the lowest, averaging about one-third of US rates, but thanks to Singapore's reputation as a clean, safe and cosmopolitan city in which English is spoken, there are many more surcharges. A growing number of Singaporean hospitals have been internationally accredited with more than a dozen JCI accreditation since 2006. The constant climate of the tropical rainforest makes Singapore a pleasure in all seasons.
Thailand is perhaps the most active medical tourism destination and welcomes around two million tourists each year. One hospital alone treated more than 50,000 US patients in 2005 at an average cost of about 30% of the cost of the American medical system. Nearly any medical procedure can be delivered anywhere in Thailand. Although many Thai doctors and nurses are trained in the US or the UK and hold these professional certificates, the Thai government does not emphasize the role of international accreditation of its hospitals. However, several of the best private hospitals received JCI accreditation.