More Chinese travel abroad for medical treatment


More Chinese are travelling abroad for medical treatment, with the USA becoming particularly popular.

More Chinese nationals have become wealthy enough to afford medical treatment abroad.

In China, six people are diagnosed with cancer every minute, according to government data. The five-year survival rate for cancer patients in China is 25%, compared with 68% in the USA.

A growing number of Chinese patients are travelling overseas and an estimated 70% of them are cancer patients.

Massachusetts General Hospital, in the USA, saw the number of Chinese patients jump from 40 in 2012 to around 100 in 2013.

A dozen medical tourism agencies have been set up in China to help people arrange international medical trips.

Apart from the better quality of medical services abroad, Chinese patients also seek overseas treatments and drugs that are not available in China.



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