As the cost of medical procedures and healthcare continue to skyrocket, more and more individuals are seeking medical treatments abroad to take advantage of high quality medical care that is available in many countries around the world at much lower costs than can be found in North America and Western Europe. Cardiac treatments in particular can be quite expensive and require highly skilled surgeons and medical staff as well as advanced medical equipment, technology and facilities.
Some of the major cardiac treatments include heart bypass surgery, heart valve repair, heart valve replacement and cardiology procedures like angioplasty, pacemaker implantation and RF ablation. These procedures can be quite expensive in North America and Western Europe, ranging anywhere from $30,000 to over $200,000. These same cardiac treatments and procedures can be performed by highly trained physicians in first class medical facilities in other parts of the world for a fraction of the cost. Here are some of the more popular worldwide destinations for cardiac treatment.
The country of India offers among the highest quality medical care at the lowest cost. One of India's medical specialties is cardiac care. The internationally acclaimed hospital accreditation association, the Joint Commission International (JCI), has accredited several of India's hospitals. Many of the country's highly trained physicians and surgeons have received their medical education and training in the U.S. Many of their hospitals feature state-of-the-art medical technology and equipment designed to handle all aspects of heart disease, ranging from the latest clinical procedures to surgical cardiac transplants and surgeries. The average cost for heart bypass surgery in India costs anywhere from 75% to 90% less than in the U.S. The cost for heart valve replacement in the U.S. can run as high as $200,000 or more, while in India the total cost, including travel expenses, will run around $10,000.
Malaysia offers low cost medical treatment within their comprehensive network of clinics and hospitals. One of the country's specialties is cardiology. Malaysia offers world-class, accredited medical facilities along with board-certified physicians at a fraction of the cost in North America and Europe. Patients can expect to save anywhere from 40-75%.
The country of Singapore has numerous JCI accredited medical facilities and exceptionally well trained medical professionals. In terms of cardiac treatment, the cost for heart bypass surgery in the U.S. can run $64,000, whereas in Singapore the procedure would only cost around $12,200. The country's medical infrastructure has been rated by the World Health Organization as No. 1 in Asia and No. 6 worldwide.
The country of Turkey stands at the crossroads between the Middle East Europe. Turkey has a highly sophisticated medical infrastructure, second only to the U.S. in terms of the number of JCI accredited facilities. Cardiovascular surgery is one of the country's medical specialties. Compared to medical costs in Europe and United States, patients can save up to 75-90%. Turkey's highly trained medical staff, state-of-the-art facilities and low medical costs, combined with the country's stunning Mediterranean coastline and ancient ruins, make it one of the leading medical tourism destinations in the world.
The country's close proximity to the U.S. and Canada, coupled with low medical costs and high quality medical facilities, make Costa Rica one of the most popular destinations for receiving medical treatment. Many of the country's physicians and surgeons have been trained in the U.S. Treatment costs average around 60% less than in the U.S.
Thailand's medical facilities are well equipped to support medical tourism. Their hospital culture, highly trained staff and many state-of-the-art medical facilities make it a favorite destination for medical procedures. While the cost for heart bypass surgery in the U.S. can cost around $64,000, in Thailand the cost is only about $10,000.