There are many benefits to choosing South Africa as a medical tourism destination, from the affordable treatments and fantastic customer service to a wide range of tourist attractions. Making use of an experienced and professional service provider such as Medical Tourism SA will also give you access to a range of advantages to make your medical holiday a positive one.
Medical tourism has become a fast-growing industry in South Africa, and it’s not difficult to see why. The main centres becoming popular with medical tourists are in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Between the affordable treatments, the high standard and professionalism of doctors and facilities, and the opportunity to recover in a relaxing and rejuvenating environment, South Africa should become one of the most sought-after medical tourism destinations of the globe. Medical Tourism SA , as a company, combines all the above benefits into all-inclusive ‘surgery and safari’ packages, so you can enjoy a medical holiday to Cape Town or elsewhere at a very affordable price.
The main reason why cost is such a huge benefit when it comes to medical tourism in South Africa is the weakness of the rand (R) our South African currency. At around R11 to the dollar (as of November 2014), many types of fertility treatment, cosmetic surgery, dentistry (just to mention a few) can be requested at a much more affordable price than overseas. Breast augmentation, for example, can cost around $8000 in the UK, but only about $3600 in South Africa. More minor treatments, such as botox injections, can be even cheaper – $310 in the UK vs. $70 in South Africa.
Dental procedures and fertility treatments are also cheaper across the board. In addition, egg donor treatments are available in South Africa, unlike in countries such as the UK and Australia. It is even possible to select your donor, as well as the option of having a surgical or non-surgical procedure, all with very low waiting times and consultation appointments that can be scheduled almost immediately. This provides a large boost to the market for reproductive tourism. Visitors to the country are also eligible for a rebate on the 14% value added tax (VAT) on all purchases. This makes South Africa a highly popular destination for medical travellers seeking affordable treatments.
In addition to the price and range of treatments, the standard of medical care in South Africa is world-class. This means that you never have to compromise on quality in order to get a lower price for medical care. Waiting times for most procedures are also substantially lower than in many other parts of the world, meaning that you can get the treatment you want as soon as possible.
Another great advantage of receiving affordable medical treatment in South Africa is the wide range of options to relax and recover from your procedure away from friends and family. The natural scenery in and around Cape Town as well as the rest of the country is as diverse as it is beautiful, and offers a variety of options such as safari trips or spa visits. With sunshine almost all year round, the weather will not disappoint either. Studies have shown that relaxing in a natural environment promotes healing, so why not take advantage of South Africa’s own natural healing factor?
Of course, South Africa is not only home to many natural wonders, but also modern urban centers such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. Cape Town particularly, is a world-class tourism attraction in it’s own right and is home to a wide variety of people from a range of cultures, as well as some of the best doctors and state-of-the-art medical facilities in the world. And there’s no need to worry about the language barrier either, as English is widely spoken.
Medical Tourism SA strives to take the stress out of your medical holiday by dealing with all of the organisation and administrative tasks, as well as providing all-inclusive care and assistance on a 24/7 basis. This allows you to focus on the important things: having a successful procedure and a restful, rejuvenating holiday.