Have you had it? Had it with the chronic pain and all the stress associated with a lifetime of ailments and wear and tear? You've turned to Google and the internet to help find a solution, and you come across alternative healthcare options at a fraction of the cost with less red tape than the ever-booming American tax rate and bureaucracy.
Your search has narrowed down some alternative treatment options to stem cell therapy, dental work, and access to affordable prescription drugs, and then you ask yourself why? Why would I travel halfway around the world? Do I even trust medical capabilities outside of the United States? Why hasn't the U.S. offered these treatments, and why are they so expensive if they do (topic for another day)?
Seeking out offshore medical treatment can result in a significant upfront expense but a lifetime of savings. For example, T1D therapy in the United States can cost hundreds of dollars monthly, adding up for the average family over a lifetime. And while seeking offshore treatment can often lead to an upfront expense on travel, the benefits usually outweigh the risks and costs associated.
Whether seeking lower-cost prescription drugs or taking a leap of faith with an experimental treatment, the ability and opportunity to seek medical treatments outside the United States are on the rise. As the medical tourism industry has expanded, so has the availability of alternative therapy for the average person. Patients suffering from pain or other chronic health conditions can access alternate treatments in locations worldwide. In the past, this treatment has been categorized as accessible by the more affluent clientele. The medical tourism industry is maturing into a credible, researched, and cutting-edge approach to patients who seek relief.
If you are going to seek quality care in a destination location and undergo experimental therapy, why not include the whole experience? With the rise of medical tourism and the ability to travel in a new post-pandemic world, the accessibility to new cultures and lifestyles is booming again! Companies are becoming increasingly savvy at cultivating an experience for their clients and patients.
As the costs of medical procedures skyrocket in the United States, the accessibility of experimental medicine lessens. Americans remain tied up in the political and red-tape firestorm, while other regions worldwide do not. Offshore treatments offer fewer hoops to jump through, less money spent, a pivotal experience, and a chance at seeking otherwise unattainable goals. Whether superficial or not, medical therapies have now become an option for not just the rich and famous.
If you're going to travel halfway around the world in search of a happier, healthier, and more harmonious lifestyle; the medical tourism experience industry becomes the way to go. Spending time on the beach, observing new cultures, and trying fresh cuisine between cutting-edge therapies and appointments can increase the tranquility of the experience. Who doesn't want to recover on a beach for half the cost and no kids or husband to care for? This experience is one of the many reasons Americans are flooding the medical tourism industry.
1. PAIN RELIEF
Pain is not visible, not heard, and frequently hidden. The burden pain places on those it affects disrupt the life of an individual and those around them. Pain can drive fear, hostility, and energy (or lack thereof). But, the idea of pain relief can also cause hope, will, and courage. The courage to travel and strive toward a better quality of life is now supported by medical research, anecdotal success, and new experiences worldwide. Rising costs and soaring wait times have driven many Americans outside its borders to explore more and seek relief.
The goal of seeking alternative treatment for either pain relief, a renewed cosmetic look, or the opportunity to improve the quality of life is now more accessible, affordable, and recognized as a quality-of-life opportunity. In addition to treating ailments or seeking a new look, seeing new parts of the world is an added benefit.
How far would you be willing to travel to seek cutting-edge therapy at a fraction of the price?