Brief History of Medical travel
There have been references in history of people travelling to distant places for the sake of better treatment. Ancient travellers were mostly to temple for therapeutic effect of its Holy Hot springs.
Ancient Romans built resorts with thermal health spas, and therapeutic temples thrived during the Greek domain. Ancient Greeks were known for their travels to the sanctuary of the healing god, Asklepios, believed to reveal remedies for different ailments in the dreams. This sanctuary was in fact a small territory in the Saronic Gulf named Epidauria – today considered as the birthplace of medical tourism as we know it.
(Ref: Medical Tourism History by Dr. Tomislav Mestrovic (www.news-medical.net)