Medical Tourism or cross-border healthcare, global care, globally integrated care, medical travel, organ transplant tourism, dental tourism is discussed at Medical Writing Network - The Online Community for Medical and Health Writers .
The practice – cross-border health-care - is not new, and was very popular in ancient Rome and Greece when citizens traveled to other parts of the empire to visit spas, seek treatments, etc. In later days, it was also popular where one might travel to Colorado to tuberculosis sanatorium, or to warm weather climates to abate rheumatologic symptoms.
Recent studies published my McKinsey and Deloitte cite traffic into the US in 2008 at more than 400,000 non-US. residents who sought care in the United States, known as inbound medical tourism, and spent almost $5 billion for health services.
Not included in this calculation are the cases and revenues that came from other cities and states not typically included in a US providers' relevant geographic market.
More than 750,000 Americans (with enough cash to pay for the cost of their care and the travel expense) left the country last year to access less expensive or unavailable medical treatments, a number projected to grow to six million by 2010, potentially costing our US health care system billions.”
Americans primarily seek this sort of care for elective surgical procedures, but many are medically necessary and have no tourism or leisure component associated with the trip.