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Health vacations in New Zealand?

October 26, 2008

It’s pretty much common knowledge that New Zealand, the land of mountains and rings, has been a magnent to sufferers of poor health for a long time. Moderate climate, air quality and space, are things you struggle to find in Asia or Europe. But are abundant in New Zealand

Now to my recent discovery, New Zealand has taken the heath vacation one step further – Medical tourism.

Yes medical tourism, the money earning industry of developing nations, has reached the shores of New Zealand with the intent of capturing a share of the medical market. So far it has done exactly that, if not more. Medical tourism is thriving in the land of mountains and rings.

The reasons are countless: New Zealand is an English speaking nation, the medical profession- well trained and qualified. Not to forget the recouperation – absolute luxury.

But one of the main reasons why people are travelling to New Zealand for surgery, is the low cost comparative to their own country. For an American to have heart bypass surgery in the US, the cost is between $110,000 -125,000 US. In New Zealand it’s $38,000 US. 

I read online at TravelAgentCentral that some US luxury travel companies are offering a medical tourism “experience” to New Zealand.  What better way to redefine the preconceived notions of surgery.  

Forget about putting New Zealand at the bottom of your travel list due to the financial crisis, now is a good time to revise that list.

Surgery and a holiday in paradise at a fraction of the cost. What other reason do you need?

Caffeinated Traveller

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6 Comments
  1. Bear permalink
    October 26, 2008 4:33 pm

    So … it would appear that NZ is good for your health whether one is healthy or not!

    An interesting alternative to other countries which provide the same service (e.g., Thailand).

  2. October 27, 2008 4:36 am

    An interesting alternative and easier if you are worried about the language.Its much easier to recouperate somewhere where you can speak the native tongue to anyone. Even if the US and Kiwi accent differs, we can be understood.

  3. Laura permalink
    October 27, 2008 7:14 am

    Does anyone here know what are some of the accreditations or accolades of hospitals in New Zealand or even its healthcare system? I believe Americans like us would want to have such recognized qualifications to base on when making our choices.
    For example, hospitals in India, Thailand and Singapore have JCI accreditation, and Singapore’s health system is recognized by WHO as best in Asia and 6th best in the world. How about New Zealand?

  4. October 28, 2008 9:39 am

    Hi Laura, you raise a good point. I have looked at some sites for you to browse through.

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_/ai_n25471253

    http://www.medtral.com – which is the health provider.

    I don’t think New Zealand or Australia would be setting up business in this field if they couldn’t come up with the quality health care demanded by the customers – just a thought.

    Let me know how you get on with these sites. Thanks for your comments.
    Cate

  5. January 27, 2009 7:41 am

    I am a NZ registered nurse and have worked in Australia and the UK and I have to say that that the health system in NZ is world class. The training and hospitals are all accredited to Local standards which are very high, I am unsure how this relates to the JCI accreditation but am positive our private hospitals in particular would reach the highest standards of any country. And on top of that NZ is a fantastic and beautiful country. So while your here be sure to check out all it has to offer. Take care and stay healthy.

    • January 27, 2009 9:04 am

      Hi James, this is a very good piece of information you laid out. Thanks.
      I intend on revisiting this post topic again in the next month or so and updating info. I’ll link you in then.
      Cheers

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