Contributing to evidence-based health policy decisions
Deloitte.Medical Tourism (2008). Includes projections through 2017. 750,000 Americans traveled abroad for care in 2007; this is expected to double annually until 2010. By 2017, the number will be at least 10 million and possibly as high as 23 million.
Rory Johnston, Valorie A Crooks, Jeremy Snyder and Paul Kingsbury. What is known about the effects of medical tourism in destination and departure countries? A scoping review. International Journal for Equity in Health 2010, 9:24. doi:10.1186/1475-9276-9-24
Noting the figures in the table, it is quite a relief that India is by far the most reasonable destination for medical tourism. I am not sure though if it is only the monetary lure that draws many to third world countries for medical care. There is enough and excellent medical facilities and medical staff and very few regulations that draw the crowds to this destinations.