/microdermabrasion4.jpg" width="300" height="244" align="right">Medical
tourism (also called medical travel, health tourism or global
healthcare) is a term initially coined by travel agencies and the
mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of traveling across
international borders to obtain health care.
Such services typically include elective procedures
as well as complex specialized surgeries such as joint replacement
(knee/hip), cardiac surgery, dental surgery, and cosmetic surgeries.
The provider and customer use informal channels of communication-connection-contract,
with less regulatory or legal oversight to assure quality and less
formal recourse to reimbursement or redress, if needed.
Leisure aspects typically associated with travel
and tourism may be included on such medical travel trips. Prospective
medical tourism patients need to keep in mind the extra cost of travel
and accommodations when deciding on treatment locations.
A specialized subset of medical tourism is reproductive
tourism, which is the practice of traveling abroad to undergo in-vitro
fertilization and other assisted reproductive technology treatments.
Medical Tourism trends in Asia
ANNUALLY MORE THAN 250,000 PATIENTS
IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THAILAND AND INDIA WILL
EARN $ 1B YEARLY from Medical Tourism.
The high costs of healthcare in many countries,
the increasing number of uninsured patients, the improved medical care
standards in the Philippines and the lower costs of air travel have
made med tourism a popular trend.
THE APPEAL OF SUBIC
SECURE, CLEAN, UNPOLLUTED, WELL RAN
MANY RESORTS, HOTELS,RESTAURANTS, PARKS, SHOPPING CENTERS, LEISURE FACILITIES
2 ½ HRS. FROM MANILA.
/medicaltourism/sctex.jpg" width="266" height="154" hspace="5" align="left">Subic
Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX)
The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) is a 94-kilometer
four-lane expressway north of Manila, in the Philippines. Its southern
terminus is at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales, it passes through
the interchange with the North Luzon Expressway near the Clark Special
Economic Zone in Angeles City, and its northern terminus is at the Central
Techno Park in Tarlac City, Tarlac. Construction on the expressway began
in April 2005. The expressway is now open to the public