Medical Tourism in Australia

Overseas visitors could be adding boob jobs and dental work to their itineraries in a bold bid by the holiday industry to capture some of the $US20 billion ($21 billion) medical tourism market.

While thousands of Australians head to mainly Asian countries for medical procedures, little is being done to lure some of the 19 million annual global health visits here.

Jones Lang LaSalle health manager Lois Towart said Asian travellers saw Australia’s medical system as being of high quality and backed by a legal system mitigating against liability for malpractice.

“For them, Australia is a much more viable option for medical travel than Europe or the US,” Ms Towart said.

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