How telehealth can complement medical tourism
Prior to the Covid-10 pandemic, medical tourism was one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. Indeed, according to Grand View Research, the global medical tourism market size was valued at US$44.8 billion in 2019, with compound annual growth of 21.1% expected between 2020 and 2027.
However, the global SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has significantly impacted travel abroad. Luckily, we are seeing signs that things are slowly returning to normal.
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Now, something that has come into its own during the coronavirus pandemic is telehealth. In fact, data shows usage of telehealth services has increased by more than 2,000% since 2019. But what’s going to happen to telehealth services once “normal” travel resumes?
We believe they’ll still play a pivotal role, particularly when it comes to complementing medical tourism.
With telehealth, patients can have consultations with specialists on the other side of the world, negating the need to travel in the first instance. If the patient and clinician agree that travel for surgery or other healthcare is necessary, telehealth can continue to afford benefits, including:
- Improve the quality and efficiency of customer service by helping to coordinate care between providers in the patient’s home country and the medical tourism destination
- Enhance pre-operative and post-operative care
- Optimize patient and family member travel.
If you’d like to find out more about our telehealth services and/or how we can help you get any medical treatment you need in France, get in touch today.
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