London, England (PRWEB UK) 28 March 2012
A major new study released today reveals the latest trends in travelling overseas for medical treatment, be it for health-related, dental, infertility, obesity or cosmetic treatment or surgery. More than 1,000 patients took part in the study, the largest of its kind in the UK and Europe.
Among the findings of the report commissioned by independent medical tourism advice site Treatment Abroad are new statistics showing where people are going, what they’re having done, how much they’re saving and whether they’d do it again or recommend it to others.
Commenting on the findings, Keith Pollard, Managing Director of Treatment Abroad said he was surprised by some of the figures:
“I’ve been involved in the cosmetic surgery and medical sector for many years and have witnessed the rapid growth in travel overseas for surgery and treatment. I was surprised to see, however, exactly how much money people were saving by travelling abroad, and how satisfied they were with the experience.
“So often overseas treatment is portrayed as being a poor alternative to what is available in the UK and yet it’s clear from this survey that that is simply not true. The vast majority of people who go overseas for treatment are delighted with the not only with the experience and the levels of care but also with the results, be it medical or cosmetic – and that, for most people, is the most important thing – that they get the results they want and need.”
Reason for study
In recent years, increasing numbers of patients in developed countries such as the UK and USA have been travelling to other countries, primarily to save on the cost of treatment within their own country or to avoid waiting lists. The International Passenger Survey suggests that around 750,000 to 70,000 UK residents travel abroad for surgery or treatment each year.
Little research has been undertaken in this area up until now to discover why people have decided to travel for treatment, how medical tourists have viewed their experience and what their satisfaction levels have been with treatment and services in other countries.
This research study, funded by Intuition Communication, aims to fill some of the gaps in knowledge about medical tourists’ motivations and experiences, and to provide the industry with feedback on how well it is delivering treatment and services to these patients. Intuition Communication is a web publishing company in the healthcare sector that manages web sites including http://www.TreatmentAbroad.com, a leading consumer portal for medical tourism, and International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ), the business-to-business online journal for the sector.
1,045 people took part in the survey, which was developed by, and the report prepared by, Barbara Stryjak of European Research Specialists. The survey was conducted online with participants recruited through http://www.treatmentabroad.com and via clinics who promote their work through the site. For every participant, £1 was donated to the charity Smile Train, an international charity that provides cleft palate surgery to those in need.
55% of participants were from the UK – figures quoted above are from UK respondents only wherever possible.
To see the full report and for all media enquiries including case studies and interviews with Keith Pollard of http://www.treatmentabroad.com, please contact Steve Bustin at Vada Media on 07803 729208 or steve(at)vadamedia(dot)co(dot)uk.
About Treatment Abroad
The Treatment Abroad health tourism web site is owned and managed by Intuition Communication. We also manage the Private Healthcare UK site, providing easy access for the public to information about private healthcare services and facilities across the UK, and the Harley Street Guide, for patients from the UK and abroad who are seeking information about doctors, dentists, hospitals and medical and clinical services available in this centre of London’s medical expertise.
The site does not provide advice on medical conditions and treatments. Neither does it recommend specific providers of healthcare services and treatment. All content is reviewed by the editorial team before publication. Information on healthcare services is drawn from authoritative sources to ensure that it is accurate, and up to date.
Our philosopy is "helping you make the right choice". We aim to provide information that is relevant, comprehensive and up to date so that you can make the right choice of healthcare service or provider abroad.
The site is intended to support, not to replace the relationship between patients and their doctors or healthcare providers.
Treatment Abroad is a commercial site which is funded by advertising. However, all healthcare providers are entitled to a free listing in the appropriate directory of services.