As the Telegraph informs, in 2017 the number of people flying out of the UK for medical treatment overseas has tripled – it is about 144,000 patients per year.
The main reason for that state of affairs is lengthening waiting times for medical treatment in Great Britain. Experts say that there are more than 409,000 people waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment. Such treatments include orthopaedic and cataract operations, fertility treatment (mainly IVF), dentistry and cosmetic surgery.
Secondary reasons for going abroad to get medical services are lower prices for the same options in many Eastern European countries, or returning of foreigners living in the UK to their native countries for medical procedures.