The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has now reached over two dozen countries and has infected over 80,000 people worldwide. With the World Health Organization declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, many are wondering how this will impact the future of medical tourism.
Medical tourism is defined as “traveling to another country for medical care.” It’s become an increasingly popular option for those seeking treatment for everything from plastic surgery to fertility treatments and beyond. And while the industry was already facing some challenges prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, the virus is now causing even more uncertainty.
At Dialpad, we work with a number of companies in the medical tourism industry, and we’ve seen first-hand how Covid-19 is impacting both patients and providers. Here’s a look at some of the ways the outbreak is affecting medical tourism—and what the future may hold for this growing industry.
The novel coronavirus has thrown the entire world for a loop. The outbreak, which started in China, has now spread to over 100 countries, and continues to grow. This global pandemic has forced many people to change their plans, including those who were planning on traveling for medical treatment. Medical tourism, also known as health tourism, is a type of tourism where people travel to a different country to receive medical treatment.