After reading Patients Beyond Borders by Josef Woodman I was even more curious about medical travel/tourism and thought I should find out more about it.
My first experience with this ‘industry’ was in 1991 while I was living in San Diego, CA. Two female colleagues at the office went to Tijuana, Mexico. One woman went for a rhinoplasty and the other for breast augmentation; it being much cheaper for these surgeries over the border than in the US. At the time it wasn’t called medical tourism, in fact, a few of my colleagues called it crazy, if I’m not mistaken.
A lot has changed since then and an entire industry has emerged, from Mexico and Costa Rica to India, Singapore, Thailand and Hungary. Just a quick google search for medical tourism brings up 1.7 million results.