Medical tourism: A new trend for Bali

Medical tourism: A new trend for Bali

While many can go on at length about their experience of surfing and sunbathing in Bali, there is a certain breed of travelers whose stories about the island involves face lifts and tooth repairs.

Medical tourism is an ongoing global trend that sees people willing to travel large distances either for better or cheaper medical treatment.

For Bali it is more the case of value for money when it comes to medical tourism.

"Why choose Bali? It is because of cheaper price here, and people combine it with a vacation so they have time to recover," said Louise Cogan owner of Cocoon Medical Spa, a modern beauty center established early this year in Legian, Bali.

Cogan's establishment states their prices are up to 83 percent cheaper than the United States, UK and Australia.

A full face Cutera skin rejuvenation laser procedure that generally costs US$3,000 (S$3770) in the US can be done for $500 at Cocoon Medical Spa.

The lower cost of labor and medical goods combined with the vast hospitality facilities on the island, has meant that Bali is fast developing medical tourism.

The Bali Indonesia Medika Citra (BIMC) hospital in Nusa Dua is one medical facility that offers treatment and holiday packages.

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