With the development of society, more and more people take more care of their health. Health tour is a good way for people to cure their disease or maintain their health. It is becoming more and more popular and playing an important role in tourism industry
As it known to all, Asia has many resource for health tour, such as the nature environment and the experience of health care. India and China are famous places for health care. But Health tourism is more booming in Europe than in Asia. Why? Asian health tourism also should be promoted. The purpose of this essay is to analysis the definition of health tourism and the advantages and obstacles of promoting health tourism across Asia. Definition of “health tourism”
Health tourism is also called Medical tourism 、medical travel and global health care. It is a term to describe the rapidly-growing practice of travelling to get health care. And, It is an commercial action that some sellers deliberately promoting its health-care services and facilities to attract tourists. Such as Most of the natural therapeutic resorts, as well as the spa resorts, offer the possibility of combining your visit with a range of holistic treatments. This kind of treatment includes water therapy, Ayurvedic medicine, and conventional massages. And most of the therapeutic resorts are hotels offering special vacation packages that include treatments and pampering, as well as board and lodging.
The advantages and obstacles of promoting health tourism across Asia Advantages:
Firstly, from the angle of the economy, it includes price dominance、physical infrastructures and market economics. Asian countries have many resources for health tourism and adequate labor that can provide comparable medical tourist services at lower prices. For example, China is becoming a destination for Westerners who want to take advantage of stem cell treatments. Hong Kong offered A wide range of health care services. It has 12 private hospitals and 39 public hospitals in 2006, providing 3124 and 27755 beds respectively. India is known in particular for heart surgery, hip resurfacing and other areas of advanced medicine. The government and private hospital groups are committed to the goal of making India a leader in the industry. The industry’s main appeal is low-cost treatment. Singapore has a dozen hospitals and health centers with JCI accreditation. In 2000, The World Health Organization ranked Singapore’s health care system sixth best in the world, the highest ranked system in Asia. Patients from developed countries such as the United States and the UK are also beginning to choose Singapore as their medical travel destination for relatively affordable health care services in a clean cosmopolitan city. Water, Waste management, Telecommunications, Power Transport, Money and Banking are all the physical infrastructures. Thailand, one of the countries in Asia, for 5 years, staring in 2005, the Thailand government plants to invest US$41 billion, or 26 percent of GDP in infrastructure such as electricity, transportation, housing, irrigation, health and education. Market economy is very important to the development of health tourism. Health tourism as a commercial transaction must be develop in a free market. Economic globalization is a trends in modern society. It is the same in Asia. The Asian Financial Crisis in July 1997 is enough to prove it. Medical tourism is a growing segment of Thailand’s tourism and health-care sectors. In 2005, one Bangkok hospital took in 150,000 treatment seekers from abroad. In 2006, medical tourism was projected to earn the country 36.4 billion baht.
Secondly, from the angle of the policy, health tourism needs developed political and legal institutions. It consists of political environment、legal system 、low, order and the provision of a safe environment. China is country who pay more attention to the social health system especially to the poor. So the legal.