Medical Tourism: The Next Big Thing to Come

6 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2008 Last revised: 13 Sep 2008

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Babu P. George

Fort Hays State University

Alexandru Nedelea

Stefan cel Mare University Suceava

Date Written: September 8, 2008


Medical tourism, alternatively called health tourism and wellness tourism, is a term that has risen from the rapid growth of an industry where people from all around the world are traveling to other countries to obtain medical, dental, and surgical care while at the same time touring, vacationing, and fully experiencing the attractions of the countries that they are visiting. It is a silent revolution that has been sweeping the healthcare landscape of India for almost a decade. With countries like India, Mexico, Singapore, Brazil, Argentina, Greece, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Peru, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Lithuania, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand and the Philippines actively promoting it, its future is sure to be bright. The domestic medical industry in India is trying all out to grab its pie from the evolving global health bazaar.

Keywords: Medical tourism, India, health tourism

JEL Classification: L83

Suggested Citation

George, Babu P. and Nedelea, Alexandru, Medical Tourism: The Next Big Thing to Come (September 8, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

Babu P. George

Fort Hays State University ( email )

Hays, KS 67601
United States

Alexandru Nedelea (Contact Author)

Stefan cel Mare University Suceava ( email )

Str. Universitatii nr. 13
Suceava, Suceava 720229
+40740019277 (Phone)
+40230520080 (Fax)


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