The practice of traveling to a foreign country to attain medical services continues to grow as a global phenomenon. Patients around the world are increasingly seeking international healthcare solutions to address prevailing issues with cost, quality, and access. The 2013 Medical Tourism Survey Report conducted by the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) provides helpful updates for potential patients and providers. Here are a few key statistics from the survey:
- Nearly 80 percent of demand for medical travel is driven by cost savings.
- Medical tourists spend between $7,417 and $15,833 per medical travel trip.
- Asia and Latin America are the two leading regions for medical travel.
- Cosmetic surgery is the most popular procedure, representing 38 percent of demand.
- Approximately 92 percent of total spending on medical travel per patient is less than $30,000.
- About 76 percent of patients interested in medical travel are American.