Plastic surgery abroad is likely to become more popular in the coming years in the United Kingdom as UK medical tourism continues to gain appeal among the population. A number of factors are related to the desire to engage in medical tourism, including poor service delivery by the National Health Service, or NHS, expectations of having to spend more time waiting before medical services are delivered, problems with the quality and consistency of dental services delivered through the NHS, and protests and objections involving NHS reforms, which themselves have resulted in delays across the country. Furthermore, the need to deal with the growing problem of obesity has also spurred medical tourism across the UK as people look for options for faster bariatric surgery.
In short, people throughout the country are becoming more interested in obtaining plastic surgery, and they are increasingly turning to overseas options to have such plastic surgery abroad. People do not want to have to continue to deal with the mixed messages from both the politicians and the media, and rather than waiting for the medical industries to come up with solutions, they are taking things into their own hands, getting on with their lives, and looking into overseas options for treatment for all kinds of disorders.
People are not foregoing surgeries they are interested in such as weight loss surgery or cosmetic dentistry; rather, they are simply more apt to consider their options and figure out for themselves whether or not they would be better served by leaving the country to meet their medical needs.
Over the last several years in the UK, there have been a number of increases in spending, but these spending increases have not been matched by equivalent increases in the quality of services received by the average person through the NHS. There have also been a number of cuts, delays, and increases in waiting times related to the services, and all of these reasons have led to increases in public opinion toward considering pursuing medical tourism options abroad.
Studies have shown that thousands of pounds have been spent over the last decade in medical services in the UK, but they have had negligible effects on the performance of the domestic health system. In other words, citizens spend more money each year paying into the health system, but they do not seem to get any more from it with each passing year, and many of the problems that they complain about seem to persist. It is no surprise, therefore, that UK medical tourism is likely to continue to be on the rise as more people decide that they have had enough of the current system and decide to take their chances with plastic surgery abroad.
The latest information regarding passenger surveys of travel indicate that a number of people in recent years have booked tickets expressly to engage in outbound medical travel departing from the UK. These passengers have stated that they are not travelling simply for holidays or business but for the singular purpose of receiving medical services beyond the country’s borders. Furthermore, they are not travelling to receive just any kind of medical services; they are specifically interested in receiving plastic surgery abroad.
Cosmetic surgery has shown a sharp increase in popularity in recent years as people have struggled to find quick and easy ways of losing weight and restoring their bodies to their former appearances. A number of citizens have found that it is actually a faster process to book tickets and travel to foreign countries to receive such services, however, than it is to wait in year long queues domestically for such services to be performed. The fees necessary to perform such services are also driving people out of the country in search of cheaper opportunities.