People travel to other countries for medical treatments for many reasons, sometimes crossing borders for drugs or medical therapies because of lower costs or because they think the treatments are better.
Lower labour costs can also result in a much higher care-giver to patient ratio.
Sometimes the waiting lists for medical treatments in their own countries are too long.
Other people engage in medical travel because the treatments they want or need are not available in their own country.
Sometimes the medical treatments they seek are not legal in their own country.
The list goes on.
Medical Travel vs Health Tourism
So what is the difference between medical travel and health tourism, a.k.a. wellness tourism?
There is in fact, a broad overlap, and sometimes the terms are interchangeable.
But basically speaking, health tourism is a broader term, which includes not only specific treatments for specific ailments.
Health tourism also includes preventative medicine and various treatments that are conducive to maintaining and even enhancing one’s well-being.
These are sometimes thought of as integrative medicine, alternative medicine, natural medicine, holistic health care, the list goes on.
Treatments can include anything from colon hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation to homeopathy, acupuncture, detox diets, anti-ageing diets, and other holistic treatments.
Wellness and Detox Centre Opens in Phuket!
The LifeCo Well Being and Detox Center was launched in Turkey 11 years ago, and there are now centers in five Turkish cities.
The holistic care provider has recently launched its first international holistic health retreat in Phuket, Thailand.
Four types of treatment are available are available at the holistic healing clinic in the Southern Thai island:
- Juice Fasting and Healthy Nutrition Programmes;
- Holistic Natural Healing Programmes for Pain Reduction and Anti-aging;
- Supportive and Preventative Cancer Programmes; and
- Hormonal Testing and Treatments for Well-Aging.
- Taking a holistic approach to physical and psychological well-being, spa treatments, and complementary therapies are integrated into every programme.
Yoga, meditation, and massage, steam rooms, infrared saunas and scrubs, diagnostic tests, movie screenings and wellness talks are all offered.
Several beauty, slimming, emotional, and exercise therapies are also available.
The retreat is set amid rolling hills overlooking the ocean. Several accommodation options are on offer. Day visits can also be arranged.
Three and four bedroom villas are available for families or friends to share. They ave private gardens, pools, kitchens, and living rooms.
There are 12 suites with balconies and living rooms and 14 bungalow rooms with shared private pools.
There are 14 deluxe rooms with balconies in the main building.
The retreat has state-of-the art faculties.
A therapy building has 11 rooms including IR sonic sauna room, a steam room, and spa treatment rooms.
A clinic building has 11 rooms where specialized alternative and medical services are performed under medical supervision.
Yoga and massage takes place in tranquil outdoors pavilions surrounded by a beautiful lagoon.
Green juices are served at the s beach bar,which is opposite Nai Thon Beach.
The retreat is a five minutes’ drive from Phuket International Airport, which is served by dozens of domestic and international air carriers.
The airport is, in fact, the busiest airport in Thailand after Bangkok’s two airfields.
Several airlines fly non-stop from Phuket Airport to numerous regional travel destinations such as Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The LifeCo Phuket Well-Being Center, Thailand, 75 Moo 3 Tambon Sa Koo Thalang District, Phuket, Thailand. Telephone: + 66 76 328 467.
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