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Experts agree that as long as medical treatments remain less expensive abroad and the quality is good, the medical travel market will continue to grow.

As states and businesses closed down during the onset of the pandemic, consumers also canceled their health care plans–both elective procedures and routine care. Not surprisingly, this correlated to a significant drop in international medical travel. What may be a surprise, however, is how quickly the market for medical tourism has rebounded.

“U.S. traffic of patients at this point is roughly the same as it was before the pandemic,” said Jacob Pope, chief operating officer of Medical Departures. “And in dollar terms, it’s actually up by 20% to 50%, depending on whom you ask. It’s people who’ve deferred larger treatments.”

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