Global Patients' Choice

The awards are designed to acknowledge the efforts of global healthcare providers who strive to deliver superior medical services whilst also representing outstanding value for money. In the current global economic climate, rising medical fees in some parts of the world are forcing many patients to seek out more affordable alternatives. Countries such as Thailand, Mexico, Bali, the Philippines and Malaysia are becoming increasingly popular destinations thanks to their affordable treatments, outstanding facilities and medical expertise.

The top-ranked clinics in each of these countries will earn the title of Global Patients’ Choice Awards Winners 2018 and will receive a framed certificate to display in their clinic. The award can also be uploaded onto their website and used to promote their success through the local media. Medical Departures are proud to acknowledge each clinic’s success in providing affordable, top-quality healthcare to thousands of satisfied patients from all over the globe.


Mexico’s stature as a leading provider of low-cost, top quality medical services continues to grow year on year. There is something for everyone in this fascinating country, from spectacular beach resorts to modern cities or traditional Mexican townships. Every taste is catered for, and there are state-of-the-art medical facilities and internationally trained doctors around every corner, all offering outstanding cosmetic services at prices that are hard to beat.


Dr Juan Gordillo Hernandez is a renowned plastic and cosmetic surgeon who works out of the Centro Medico Puerta de Hierro Sur in Guadalajara. He provides specialist cosmetic surgeries for both the face and body, as well as reconstructive surgeries to help correct congenital abnormalities. Perfection Medical Spa in Cancun offer their patients an extensive range of cosmetic surgery and aesthetic skin treatments from within the picturesque surroundings of Cancun’s stunning beaches and the Caribbean coastline. Dr Ricardo Vega Montiel is one of Mexico’s most renowned plastic surgeons, with almost 20 years of experience within the field. His clinic is situated in the Grand Hotel Tijuana, a five-star resort and medical & business centre that has its own 18-hole golf course within the complex.


Dr Itzel Fernández is based in Mexico City and is a specialist bariatric and weight loss surgeon. Dr Fernández has expertise across a comprehensive range of weight loss techniques that include gastric band and gastric bypass, cholecystectomy, abdominal hernia, colon surgery and appendectomy. The Hospital Hispano Americano also provide weight loss treatments, in addition to a range of plastic surgery services which include facial and body procedures for both men and women. They provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that includes a full bathroom, cable TV, radio, air-conditioning, wi-fi and telephone in all of their private rooms. Dr Sergio Arturo del Hoyo Galvan is a gastrointestinal surgeon, also trained in laparoscopic and obesity surgery, who has over 12 years of experience in field. He is based at The Advanced Gastro Surgery clinic at the San Javier Hospital in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta .




Thailand is a renowned holiday and tourist destination, with its unique blend of ancient cultures, beach party scenes and frenetic modern city life. There is something for everyone in this tropical paradise, including exceptional medical services at a price that’s hard to beat. Thailand has been at the forefront of the medical tourism industry for several decades now, offering world-class medical facilities and internationally trained doctors for a fraction of the cost compared to domestic prices.


The Bangkok Hospital Phuket is a multi-specialty hospital in Phuket that offers a comprehensive range of medical services. They are certified and accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and the Hospital Accreditation (HA) in Thailand and are a multi-award winning facility, having received recognition from various organizations such as the Asian Hospital Management Awards and the Prime Ministers Award.


The Yanhee Hospital in Bangkok was originally established in 1984 and is one of the most successful, prestigious and highly-respected providers of beauty and cosmetic services in the country. The hospital itself is a massive 15-storey building and was awarded the gold standard in global health by the JCI (Joint Commission International) in 2000, an honour that the hospital continues to maintain to this day.


The Apex Profound Beauty Clinic in Pattaya offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic dermatology treatments that are non-invasive and require virtually no downtime. Their treatments include modern fat reduction techniques such as Liposonix, Bodytite and Coolsculpting (Zeltiq). They also provide non-surgical facelifts such as Thermage, Ultherapay, Enerjet and Vectorlift. Chiang Mai Ram was originally established in 1993 and is the first international quality hospital in northern Thailand to be granted Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. Located in the center of the beautiful surroundings of Chiang Mai City , this 12-storey facility continues to sustain quality improvement and maintain the JCI’s Gold Seal of Approval.




Indonesia has long been a popular holiday destination, with tourists being drawn to the country’s unique natural heritage, long sandy beaches, tropical climate and, in particular, the island of Bali, In recent years, medical tourism has become a major part of the Indonesian economy. There are custom-built, state-of-the-art facilities springing up throughout the country. Many of the qualified surgeons practicing here have trained and worked overseas, ensuring that the treatments they provide are at least equal to, if not better than, anywhere else in the world. The country itself is a spectacular mixture of tropical rain forests, active volcanoes and ancient cultural hotspots. Visitors can take a trip to Komodo Island, home of the infamous Komodo Dragon, or explore the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are scattered throughout the country. Millions of patients have already taken advantage of the superior medical services that are readily available at a fraction of domestic prices, and many have used the money they’ve saved to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime in an exotic, tropical paradise.


The Rejuvie Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Clinic is located in Bali and they are a specialist provider of non-invasive, cosmetic dermatology procedures. They are in the perfect location for holidaymakers looking to rejuvenate their aging or tired skin through effective, non-surgical solutions. They offer a range of treatments designed to combat wrinkles, lines, scarring & blemishes, reduce enlarged pores, remedy hyperpigmentation issues, stimulate collagen and improve skin elasticity. Their team of internationally trained doctors and highly skilled, professional medical staff are dedicated to exceeding patient expectations and delivering results that rejuvenate the skin, giving a healthy glow and improved health and radiance.


South Korea


South Korea is situated in eastern Asia in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The capital city, Seoul, is one of the largest cities in the world and has become one of the most popular destinations for medical tourism on the planet. In fact, Seoul is said to be the world’s capital of plastic surgery as nearly everyone who lives here has had some work done! During the past 20 years, an abundance of hospitals and medical facilities have sprung up, with over two-dozen clinics being JCI accredited.


Before and after surgery, there are spectacular beaches to relax on or over twenty national parks to explore. South Korea is an intriguing blend of modern day living and traditional cultural values. Their rapid intercity trains and national high-speed internet are evidence of their technical advancement in recent years. They have also built a world-renowned reputation for skin-care and aesthetic innovations, putting them amongst the best in the world when it comes to affordable cosmetic surgery.


ImageUp Plastic Surgery are based in Gangnamdaero , Seoul and provide a one-stop solution for facial, beauty and plastic surgery needs. Their team of medical professionals are all board registered and fluent English speakers. The clinic is a custom-built facility, equipped with the latest technologies, and works within stringent public health, hygiene and safety standards.


ImageUp Plastic Surgery perform a comprehensive range of plastic surgery and beauty procedures for both the face and body. Their expert surgeons can reshape the body through breast and/or nipple reductions, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction or fat grafting. Facial procedures include upper and lower blepharoplasty (eye surgery), dimple creation, forehead lift, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), tip plasty, non-surgical nose jobs, facial contouring, Acculift and PRP injections.




Malaysia is a visually stunning tropical paradise in southeast Asia that offers an eclectic diversity of religions, cultures and landscapes. Medical tourism in Malaysia has been an expanding industry since the late nineties. It is now a major part of the Malaysian economy and is actively promoted by the Malaysian government. Hospitals here are encouraged to adapt their services to accommodate the needs of international patients and as a former British colony English is widely spoken, so many medical tourists will feel right at home here.. Malaysia is the ideal choice for first-class medical treatments at affordable prices. As one of only 17 megadiverse countries in the world, Malaysia provides the perfect backdrop against which to recover from the stress of undergoing medical treatment.


Clinic RX specialize in advanced beauty aesthetics and offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic treatments designed to combat the signs of ageing and help restore a more youthful appearance. Their non-surgical techniques include facial injectables (such as dermal fillers and Botox), stem cell therapy, thread lifting and laser therapies. The Dr Inder Clinic is located in the commercial district of Petaling Jaya, within 50 minutes of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. This world-class facility offers a comprehensive range of aesthetic treatments for both men and women from all over the world. Dr Inger is Board-Certified by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and the Advanced Fellowship in Dermatological Laser Surgery and has over 25 years of experience and expertise in the field of non-invasive health and beauty treatments.


Smart International Aesthetic , based in the Glojas Health Clinic, is a world class modern facility offering cutting-edge procedures in Aesthetics, Body Contouring, Hair Restoration and Skin Regeneration. The head physician, Dato Dr. Jas. G , is the first and only Hair Restoration Diplomate in Malaysia who is Board Certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS). He has over 23 years of experience within the field and has performed many successful procedures during his career.




Colombia’s government has been promoting the country as a world-class location for high-quality medical treatments, particularly plastic surgery and dental care. The country has a growing economy and is strong in other specialist areas, including laser eye surgery and cardiology. Although the main centers attracting medical tourists are Bogota and Medellin other locations, like Barranquilla, are developing their medical tourism industry and the country has a lot to offer in terms of excellent medical facilities, but is also an attractive destination for a holiday with its old colonial Spanish cities, gorgeous coastlines, national parks, ancient ruins and, of course, the coffee region.


Dr Carolina Posso is a plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon based in Medellin. She was a medical graduate of the Ces University in Medellin and took specialist training in Plastic, Maxillofacial and Hand Surgery. Dr Posso also went to the Sorbonne University in Paris where she obtained a fellowship in Microsurgery and Hand Surgery. Highly skilled, she is a teacher of plastic surgery and is a regular speaker on the subject at both national and international symposiums. Dr Posso is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the French Group for the Advancement of Microsurgery and is committed to ensuring her patients reach their goals with her tailor-made treatments.


Dr Carlos Gonzalez Legarda is located in Bogota and is a specialist plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon. He offers a range of plastic surgery options for the face and body and he also has expertise in several subspecialties, including hand, microsurgery and endoscopic nasal surgery.


Dr Gonzalez-Legarda is in demand as an international speaker and his expertise sought in television programmes. He is renowned in his field, committed to delivering an ethical and humanistic approach to his patients welfare, whilst combining the latest techniques.




In the heart of Central America, Costa Rica is rich in ecological biodiversity, tropical rainforests and glorious beaches. In Spanish, its name literally means ‘rich coast’ and it’s natural beauty and attractions certainly live up to the name. It is an incredibly popular destination with a welcoming, friendly people, stunning landscapes and diverse activities to indulge in from adventure sports and wildlife watching to relaxing on sun-drenched beaches and partaking in the local cuisine.


Ranked highly by the World Health Organization (WHO) in terms of the world’s best healthcare systems, its proximity to North America makes it a sought-after destination for American and Canadian global health travelers. It offers a full range of specialist medical care, including cosmetic surgery, dermatology and dentistry, as well as bariatric surgery and orthopedics.


Specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Pablo Solis , who is located in the Costa Rican capital, San Jose, is a popular surgeon who offers reconstructive and cosmetic surgery options to people who have sustained injury, disease or accident, birth defects, or who just want to look better.


Dr Solis and his team are firm believers in open communication and trust offering a friendly and supportive environment to put patients at their ease. Dr Solis is also a sub-specialist in microsurgery as well as in plastic and cosmetic surgery for the face and body.


Working at the prestigious JCI-accredited CIMA Hospital, his patients are assured of medical expertise and pre and post-operative care in a highly-acclaimed facility.