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Infections in UK Hospitals Drive British Patients to India

s, tummy tucks, liposuction and face-lifts are among the most popular choices with patients spending around pounds 3,500 each, creating an estimated market worth pounds 50 million.

The most common types of elective surgery for patients travelling abroad are hip or knee replacements, laser eye surgery and cataract removal, with some 10,000 patients spending pounds 37 million in 2007.

According to Treatment Abroad, which received replies from 132 out of 500 companies involved in UK medical tourism, the market rose by 25 per cent over the last year and is expected to increase by as much as 50 per cent in the next 12 months.

It is now worth about pounds 163 million annually, including travel and accommodation, of which pounds 136 million is the cost of treatment. Of the providers who responded, 23 per cent send patients to India, 12 per cent to Hungary and 10 per cent to Turkey.

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