Medical tourism refers to people traveling abroad from a country another than their own to obtain medical treatment. In large countries like the United States, Medical tourism may also mean traveling out-of-state to fulfill a medical need at a more affordable, specialized or reputable treatment center.

In the past, medical tourism  usually referred to those who traveled from less-developed countries to major medical centers in highly developed countries for medical treatment that is unavailable at home. However, in recent years it may equally refer to those from developed countries who travel to developing countries for lower priced medical treatments. The motivation may be also for medical services unavailable or not covered by insurance in the home country.

Common Reasons for Medical Tourism

Medical tourism often is for surgeries (cosmetic or otherwise) or similar treatments, though people also may travel for dental procedures or fertility treatments. People with rare conditions may travel to countries where the treatment is better understood. However, almost all types of health care are available, including psychiatry, alternative medicine and convalescent care.

Health tourism is a wider term for travel that focuses on medical treatments and the use of healthcare services. It covers a wide field of health-oriented tourism ranging from preventive and health-conductive treatment to rehabilitation and curative forms of travel.

Wellness tourism is travel for promoting health and wellbeing through preventive, integrative and functional medical approaches, physical, and health coaching activities. While Wellness tourism is often correlated with medical tourism, the difference is based on wellness and health interests that motivate the wellness traveler. 

At NIHA, our aim is to treat wellness tourists who are proactive in seeking ways to improve or maintain health and quality of life, and we often focus on prevention. We also treat medical tourists who travel reactively to receive treatment for a diagnosed or undiagnosed disease, or a medical or dental condition. 

Washington, D.C. has much to offer as a cultural experience with numerous attractions and sightseeing that would be alluring to medical tourists. The NIHA clinic is located in the Washington, D.C./Chevy Chase area and  surrounded by high quality hotels and a wide range of accommodations and lodging. It is easily accessible by Metro (Friendship Heights Metro station),  car and taxis. Washington, D.C. is in proximity to 3 major airports: Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Maryland and Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles Airport in Virginia.

Our integrative physicians and biological dentists are very experienced and have an excellent track record in the treatment of a wide range of medical and dental disorders and diseases. We currently see patients from most of the fifty states in the United States.

Overseas Medical Tourism

Dr. Hassan is also able to arrange treatment abroad for patients if they desire.

He has wide international training and comprehensive experience with European Health Conferences, European university hospitals and research centers and may advise a suitable place for treatment in Europe.


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