Also referred to as health tourism and medical travel, medical tourism is a term used by the media to describe travelling internationally to obtain health care.
There are several reasons as to why people travel across international borders instead of obtaining health care in their home country. The first reason is lower costs. Surgeries, for cosmetic purposes or not, are substantially cheaper in Asian countries compared to the United States, Canada, or the UK. Even taking the plane ticket and accommodation into consideration, you will pay just a fraction of the price, without sacrificing the quality of treatment. Waiting periods for surgery will be shorter than in your home country, where there can be a one year wait list for certain procedures.
- You need to have a serious medical procedure like heart surgery, but it is very expensive
- You are on a wait list but you have chronic pain or disability
- Your insurance plan does not cover the procedure you need/want
- You want to have plastic surgery in a country where it is practiced routinely
Total savings depend on the procedure you are having, but patients can expect to save at least 50% of the costs compared to their home country.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is advisable to check if any medical expenses incurred abroad are covered by your insurance plan. If that is the case, BTMEDI is happy to produce any necessary documents or receipts for you.
South Korean hospitals have specialized divisions for most procedures patients are looking for, whether it is plastic surgery, neurosurgery, cardiology or weight loss. If the procedure you want is not listed on the website, please email us and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Yes, you could definitely search online for the best hospitals and doctors in South Korea, but the benefit of BTMEDI is that we present everything to you in one package without any additional charge. If you don’t use our services you can search and contact hospitals, book appointments, and find accommodation and local transport, but this takes time and can be a hassle. Moreover, you will pay the same price as if you use BTMEDI. We will relieve the stress surrounding the logistics of your trip, and add the personal touch you need during hospitalization and recovery.
BTMEDI has worked extensively with affiliated hospitals and makes personal visits to all institutes and surgeons. Through our rich experiences in the Korean medical field, BTMEDI has data who and which hospital is best for each treatment.
Yes, BTMEDI will present you with various options for hospitals and physicians regarding your requested procedure and you will make the final decision.