As high quality health care outside of the U.S. become more known, more patients are opting to travel for health screenings and basic procedures. The advantages include no wait times, affordability, and in many instances, superior care.
Several countries which offer world class health care and medical facilities also have a low cost of living and enjoyable climate. For this reason, they are not only great places for medical travel, but also for full time living as an expat or as a retiree. In fact, many housing developments in these countries are near hospitals for those who wish easy access to a medical provider.
These three countries are international health care hubs and enjoyable places to live, especially for those who are planning on needing frequent medical attention.
Colombia – World class care in a beautiful city
Colombia has always been at the forefront of medical care in South America and now hosts several of the top hospitals on the continent. Many are located in the city of Medellin which is known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’.
Many of the first major organ transplants in South America were performed in Medellin and they continue to set the pace of advancement with a world renowned medical community. Because of this living well is a priority in Colombia and the quality of life in Medellin is rated very highly. Just a 7 1/2 hour flight from Chicago, Colombia is a good choice to research for one’s health and living needs.
Costa Rica – Large retirement communities rely on it’s health care
According to the U.S. state department, as many as 50,000 Americans live in Costa Rica and another 40,000 visit for medical care each year. These numbers would indicate that the health care and living standards are very high. Just a 3 1/2 flight from Houston, it’s possible to do an overnight trip to San Jose, Costa Rica, but many choose to stay longer.
Costs are low and the quality of care is very high. Even though Costa Rica is a tropical country, the higher elevation of San Jose gives it good year round weather. A doctor’s visit may only cost $50 which means you can enjoy your life and stay healthy at a low cost.
Malaysia – Top health care in English
Even though Malaysia (between Singapore and Thailand) is a 24 hour journey from the U.S., its quality health care and lower costs are helping the country see a boom in medical tourism. Because it was a former British colony, English is widely spoken especially by the health care community and doctors.
Many private hospitals, such as Gleneagles KL are recognized worldwide by medical tourism journals and provide ultra modern medical care with high standards of inpatient convenience. Inbound transportation is easy though Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The main hub for hospitals are Kuala Lumpur and Penang Island in the north. Medical tourism is a focus for the country so expect great service. The living standards are high with great food and low prices and excellent affordable holiday spots for recovery after a procedures.
You can search ClinciTrip.com for top hospitals in each of these countries. If you don’t require immediate care, try a health screening at one of the hospitals to become familiar with the services and the local culture. You just may decide to stay!