With the high costs of health care in the U.S. and Canada, many North Americans are travelling abroad to go under the knife.
Costs of surgeries and medical procedures in countries overseas are sometimes up to 80% less than in North America.
Some of the countries that are recommended when it comes to medical tourism include:
Argentina - Buenos Aires is the country's largest city and has highly skilled doctors and an advanced health care system;
Brazil - Brazil has become internationally renowned for its famous cosmetic and plastic surgery clinics; they also have many medical travel hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission Internation organization or JCI, which accredits American hospitals.
In India, they have equipped their modernized hospitals with state of the art technology to entice North Americans to medical travel.
English is spoken throughout the country, and they have a large skilled labour pool with a highly educated population. Many hospitals are seeking JCI accreditation.
Malaysia is becoming an excellent place for medical tourism, English is widely spoken and many hospitals are JCI accredited, American managed, or sponsored by U.S. companies. Their national goal is to treat international patients from around the world.
The neighbouring country of Thailand has been established for years for medical tourism and have world-class hospitals.
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