Despite its meek size and a population below 8 million, Israel is big on innovation and technology, its medical tourism industry too, is gaining momentum growing in demand:
According to the Medical Tourism Index, Israel ranked third for medical tourism in 2014. In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Israel with the seventh highest life expectancy in the world, thanks to its excellence in healthcare and medical devices. It is also a nation with the highest number per capita of engineers and scientists and a booming life sciences industry, patients can expect advanced medical treatment.
The majority of Israeli doctors have trained overseas in the US or other prestigious institutions, many of which excel, completing further qualifications making them leaders in their respective field. Israel’s high specialist-patient ratio, as well as its 700 general hospitals and medical institutions make it advanced and at the forefront of healthcare. Patients travel from Eastern Europe, Cyprus, US and African countries to Israel; communication between the patient and specialist is effortless, English is widely spoken across Israel –for other languages, a translator is available.
Furthermore, Israeli hospitals continue to invest in the latest medical equipment (some of which were developed in Israel), and its top quality medical facilities perfect the high level of healthcare that a patient receives. Complex treatments and procedures unavailable in other countries are more accessible in Israel and at competitive prices.
Israel is world leading in IVF treatment, even dubbed by some as the “world capital of IVF” – over 4% of babies are born annually to Israeli women who underwent assisted reproductive technology (ART). IVF treatment is far more affordable in Israel than the US – patients can save up to 70% in costs. More importantly, Israel has one of the highest IVF success rates in the world. Other areas of medicine that Israel has a high reputation in include oncology, bone marrow transplants and heart surgery (especially bypass surgery).
Post-treatment patients can recover in an idyllic and multicultural setting, either enjoying the Mediterranean coastline, the healing benefits of the Dead Sea or visit one of its many stunning national reserve parks – not to mention the buzzing cultural and culinary delights Israel has to offer. Additionally, patients can choose to visit Christian, Jewish or Muslim religious sites across the country. Traveling to Israel directly using major airline carriers from major cities across Europe and the US is hassle-free, the majority of medical tourism agencies (or international departments of hospitals) assist with Visa arrangements, making the process a lot smoother and more convenient for the patient.
While the cost of medical procedures in Israel may be higher than that of Asian countries, patients can still save 50% of the cost of treatment than what they would pay in the US, for example. There is no compromise on the quality of treatment and each patient’s case is treated individually using innovative methods, some of which are exclusive to Israel.