There are three types of Biomedical Tourism: invasive, diagnostic, and lifestyle.
Imagine going on a vacation and coming back rejuvenated. (Instead of the way we normally return, exhausted, broke and fat.) Wellness Tourism is a fast-growing sector of the medical tourism industry. However, it is considered the “softer” side of Biomedical Tourism. Wellness Tourism—also referred to as Lifestyle Tourism—involves nutrition, stress reduction, weight-loss and anti-aging.
Obamacare is driving this train. Within the $3.2 trillion global tourism economy, Wellness Tourism is estimated to total $438.6 billion. Driven by growth in Asia, the Middle East, and developing countries, Wellness Tourism is expected to grow 50% faster than the overall tourism industry over the next five years.
Here are the Top Ten Global Hospitals
and Their Specialties
Here’s what the Medical Travel Quality Alliance organization says about global medical centers and their specialties:
- Prince Court Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Adult Stem Cell Therapy. Provides excellent surgery options for medical travelers.
- Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Hamburg, Germany. Asklepios Klinik Barmbeck hired a new medical tourism manager to improve/ support organizational response for medical tourists. This hospital is of value for medical tourists who need treatment beyond the scope of their top facilities at home. It partners with innovative medical technology companies from Germany to test the most modern medical equipment before it is released worldwide. Asklepios Group is the largest private hospital operator in Europe.
- Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon. Clemenceau has ties with Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and stands out as perhaps the leading hospital in the Middle East. It boasts the use of encryption-protected passwords to access patient electronic records, and introduced multidisciplinary rounds to better coordinate medical treatment for patients.
- Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, India. This Fortis Hospital provides excellent surgery options for medical travelers seeking orthopedic procedures including hip resurfacing and replacement. It works closely with some US-based medical travel agents for follow up care and services of American patients once they return home.
- Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea. This unique hospital is a world leader in medical treatment of the spine, and the only specialized hospital on this Top 10 list.
- Bumrungrad International, Bangkok, Thailand. The most well-known hospital for medical tourists, Bumrungrad has been taking foreign patients for 20 years. heavily in integration of medical records, pharmacy, labs and other hospital departments into a state-of-the-art electronic environment. Its focus on technology and its American style of management carry over to the Bumrungrad website, which is a model for other international hospitals. BI welcomes 400,000 international patients annually from 120 countries, including 25,000 American patients each year.
- Anadolu Medical Center, Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul is home to several excellent hospitals. Anadolu offers a very high standard of treatment and care, and seems to understand the needs of the medical traveler. It has an international focus, with multilingual doctors and nurses, and a keen awareness of the services and support systems a medical traveler should have.
- Bangkok Hospital Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand. The flagship of the largest private hospital chain in Thailand, Bangkok Hospital Medical Center meets several criteria that make it one of the world’s best hospitals for the medical tourist. The hospital lists qualified medical travel companies on its website and operates a network of representatives.
- Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore. The Parkway Hospital Group may well be the standard bearer for private hospital care in Singapore, and Gleneagles Hospital is its flagship. The Parkway group owns and operates hospitals throughout Asia.
- Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, India. It is one of the few centers in the world doing nearly 100% bypass surgeries on a beating heart and with a very significant percentage using total arterial grafting. It’s likened to a 5-star hotel. The hospital boasts the lowest surgical mortality rates in the world with 0.26% in isolated bypass surgeries. And an overall mortality of 0.8%. Some of the most challenging and rare cases are performed regularly at AHI.