Medical tourism taking off in Vietnam?

Taking advantage of the publicity that medical tourism to Vietnam is getting, Nip and Tuck has added Vietnam to its international network, using local group Medical Tourism Vietnam. An increasing number of hospitals, clinics and spas in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are taking advantage of the influx of international medical tourists to Vietnam.

Medical Tourism Vietnam is a Hanoi based agency specializing in the top end of the Medical tourism market. On offer are packages that include treatment, flights, accommodation and other services. It also offers MacCredit payment plans for a variety of treatments including cosmetic, dental, laser, hair restoration and infertility surgery. Hanoi can offer five star hotels as well as budget and tourist class hotels at prices far cheaper than many other Asian destinations.

Medical Tourism Vietnam also offers a luxurious spa, Le Spa at the Hotel Metropole with two treatment rooms, two duo spa suites, three individual spa suites, a room for foot massage, a sauna, a steam bath, showers and a chill out lounge.

Medical tourism Vietnam has entered into a partnership with an international group of dentists working in dental clinics in Vietnam to offer dental and cosmetic dental procedures in Hanoi, at 10 to 20% cheaper than in Thailand. Vietnam has emerged as a cost saving option even after considering travel, accommodation and other expenditures.

Most medical tourists come from the USA and Australia; both of whom have a large number of families who came from Vietnam.Ho Chi Minh City in the south of the country is where the majority of hospitals and clinics geared towards medical tourists are located. There are currently more than 50 clinics and eight hospitals.

In Vung Tao, a town on the coast not far from Ho Chi Minh, a medical tourism resort Medicoast, opened in 2007. Medicoast offers visitors complete packages that include accommodation, surgery, post-operative care and use of leisure facilities.