Medical Tourism

Cheaper cosmetic surgery gets India US tourists

WASHINGTON
More and more people from the US and other western countries are travelling to India for cosmetic surgeries such as rhinoplasty or breast augmentation procedure as they are much cheaper there, as per a new study. This has also been helped in part by the ease and relatively low costs of travel and staying in the country.

As cosmetic plastic surgery procedures aren’t covered by insurance, they make up a major part of the growing medical tourism market. India alone may have more than one million medical tourists per year, says the study. Other countries with growing medical tourism industries include Mexico, Dubai, South Africa, Thailand and Singapore.

Prices for cosmetic surgery in these countries are typically much lower. For example, a breast augmentation procedure that would cost USD 6,000 in the US can be done for USD 2,200 in India, researchers said. Even after the costs of airfare are factored in, having an operation in these countries can be much less expensive.

Read the full report here, Business Standard

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