In the western part of the world, medical tourism is a recognized industry. As information technology, manufacturing, and technical jobs went to the east, nobody really thought that healthcare will take the same road someday. This is good news for counties like India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Philippines. In Asian countries, the medical care costs just one-tenth of the cost in the U.S.A. Studies say that nearly 50,000 Americans traveled to foreign countries for medical care in 2006. For the patients from America and the U.K, surgical care and dental treatment top the list of healthcare needs. Many hospitals in these countries boast of best, skilled medical professionals and provide medical care on par with western countries. Western insurance companies are also in favor of covering medical tourism as well. Therefore, this will be a great boost to medical tourism in countries like India.
The above-mentioned facts add to the increasing influx of tourists who aim for medical tourism in Kerala, where one of the first steps to be implemented is the use of medical disposables like probe covers into the health care system.