According to research performed at the Center for Medical Tourism Research in San Antonio, Texas, medical tourism continues its relentless growth. In fact, the triple digit growth rates arguably make medical tourism one of the fastest growing industries in the US.
Now that healthcare reform legislation is passed, the economy is gradually recovering and the unemplyment rate is stabilizing, pundits are polishing their crystals balls and predicting the impact on the future of the industry.
The disparity in the supply and demand for services, the aging population and more costly technological advances will continue. In response, look for the continuing growth of online care/telehealth, global information networks and transportability of personal health records and continued transparency in quality, price and outcomes. These are all positive steps towards making care better, cheaper and more accessable in the US and around the world.