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Top Travel Destinations for Medical Tourism

By Jordan Robertson - 2013-06-25T16:05:31Z

Photograph by Mike Calvo via AP Images

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Sand, Sun and Surgery

Summer's finally here, which means hordes of travelers are packing planes in search of fun and sun. But many others are instead grabbing their passports to get some medical care.

About 7 million people travel abroad each year seeking everything from dental work to weight-loss surgery to cancer treatment. That's fueling an industry worth as much as $40 billion, according to Patients Beyond Borders, a publisher of international medical travel guidebooks. 

To attract foreign patients, many countries are touting their medical technology, low prices and safety standards. So what are the top destinations for medical tourism?

Special Report: Medical Technology: Electronic Health Records