If your medical expenses are worrying you more than the ailment itself, you should consider medical tourism. Here’s how it helps.
Technological advancements have taken to new heights, and every domain perceivable seems to benefit from this. Healthcare is one such domain that constantly implements technological advancements to introduce innovative treatment methods.
When it comes to keeping up with technological advancements, countries like India, Thailand, Philippines, and Singapore are forces to reckon with. Being at par with cutting edge equipment and unshakeable skills makes this country some of the top countries in Medical tourism.
The blend of affordability and expertise
But that certainly is not the sole driving force, pouring in people to these countries from all parts of the world. The affordability of quality services offered attracts people the most. In the wake of this information, people all over the world are opting for inexpensive treatment options offered by these countries over the ones their own country provides.
People are now realizing the various ways in which their health sector has been scamming them because now they know that an equally affordable option exists elsewhere in the world. For the price at which they go through a medical process, a patient could get treated for less than half the price in countries like India (including the stay and travel).
The exorbitant prices of medical treatments in developed countries that leave one’s savings dry have pushed people to explore their options. What’s worked in their favor is that they have managed to find options.
Swift Advancements in the Public and Private Sectors
Many developing countries are now shifting focus on the latest trends in the healthcare sector. India is one such country that stands as a vanguard in this advancement across both – public and private sectors.
Over the past couple of decades, India has earned quite a renowned name for itself in cardiac care, joint replacement, neurosurgery, and cosmetic surgery. Various super-specialty hospitals in India are expanding at a breakneck speed.
This enhancement in quality is leading to no waiting periods for local or foreign patients, which is more than what can be said about the UK or the US.
India – A Use Case in Medical Tourism Applied Right
As for India, this expansion is the result of the Hospitality Bill came in with the Union Budget. This has changed the face of medical care in India. Some of the Best Hospitals in India, like Wockhardt, Max, and Manipal, Fortis and Apollo have raised their standards when it comes to offering top-notch medical service.
Another main reason for this evident enhancement in quality of service is private sectors being allowed to invest in healthcare. As of today, roughly 75% of healthcare in India is funded by Private sectors.
Privatization of public sectors leads to more technology being brought about, which makes all the difference when it comes to saving lives. Reports suggest that there is nearly a 19 percent decrease in mortality rate from infectious diseases since 1980.
Retrospectively, technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. So it gets easier to imagine the immense impact of technology in medicine.
This humungous amount of success across the public and private sectors has been possible due to three broad technological areas, which have helped build an effective and unparalleled medical tourism solution across countries like Philippines, India, Thailand, and Singapore.
Technology that has made all the difference in Healthcare
Social networking and cloud services serving as the base
Sending one’s medical records from one point on the planet to another would earlier take weeks, if not months. And this is not even an exaggeration. All that time lost in the logistics could have been used diagnostically. But with changing times, it is now possible to get access to someone’s medical records in a matter of moments, thanks to cloud storage and access. Social networking is another factor that has led to the advancement of medical tourism. With the help of social media, getting a consultation with a doctor who’s millions of miles away is no longer impossible. Doctors too can get in touch with other experts so that a patient can be treated at twice the faster rate. Social networking also serves as a great channel for training medical personnel. They get to have insights to cases they would otherwise never ever come across. Such exposure to medical cases being conducted far and wide helps them enhance their skills and sharpen their diagnostic senses.
Data mining technology adding the edge to medical tourism
The second pillar that has hoisted Medical tourism to such great heights is Data mining. Every day, an unimaginable lot of data is generated in healthcare. Digging through so much information would be humanly impossible. With data mining, there can be a continuous compilation of data generated from various medically relevant sources like medical journals, live case studies, etc. All of this can help in the creation of a huge data bank of a disease-diagnosis system. Not just that, but patients can now practically roam around with their medical records on their smartphones. This medical record would remain encrypted for medical and privacy purposes.
Even data-intensive information like X-rays and CT scans can now be stored on servers for on-demand access. What makes this aspect of technology great is that all of this can be accessed even with low-bandwidth in the phone, making it possible to access this from practically any area of the world.
Information technology tying it all together
Just having technology would not have enabled the creation of a system so intricate and yet effective. It is information technology that enables the exchange of information across the various domains so that one does not go far too deep looking for answers. Years and years of medical records can be stored effortlessly, and even the oldest of cases with all its details can be pulled out by doctors in a matter of seconds. If a patient shows similar symptoms to rare diseases, its symptoms can be matched and the next best solution can be implemented to bring about the well-being of the patient. Pharmacies are also pitching into making medical tourism work in their favor. By offering services like medication at one’s doorstep, getting medicine through thorough prescription is now a possibility.
If you run a quick search on the internet, you will find that the pacemaker once was the size of a hockey puck. Today, it is smaller than an AAA battery. The integration of Information Technology has helped medical advancements become more precise and it is this accuracy that it offers that end up saving more lives than ever before.
Wrapping it up
Medical technology is what makes the entire medical process more accurate and life-impacting. Access to this technology may be difficult, but not impossible.
While countries like India, Singapore, and Thailand are benefiting from the economic gulf that lies between them and the more advanced western countries like UK and US, it is also the money-making health policies put in effect by those western countries that are contributing to the widening gap.
Affordability and no compromise of healthcare are earning developing economies like India the edge in medical tourism. All they need is to keep that up and even before they know it, they will stand as vanguards to the most innovative and infallible names in medicine all across the globe.
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