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Korea Attracts Big 3 Medical Tourists

The three nations with the most Korea-bound medical tourists are China, the U.S., and Japan, according to industry data. Chinese medical tourists made up the largest share, with some 32,000 seeking treatment in Korea in 2012.


Surrogacy is an arrangement when a woman carries and delivers a child for another person or couple. With traditional surrogacy, the woman acting as the surrogate may be the child’s genetic mother, conceived naturally or through artificial insemination.  A child can also be born through the transfer of a previously created embryo, where the mother is genetically unrelated to the child, which is called gestational surrogacy. 

For both straight and gay singles and couples unable to have children, many are now turning to this sort of fertility tourism by having their children overseas from a surrogate mother.  While commercial surrogacy is banned in most countries, globalization has led to the outsourcing of commercial surrogacy to bypass legal restrictions and provide lower costs. In India, commercial surrogacy is legal and free of regulation, and the practice is booming. India and other destinations including Thailand and Mexico have emerged as medical tourism hotspots because of the affordable prices and high standards of care. For example, surrogacy in the US can cost from $80,000 to $150,000, while in India the price ranges from $20,000 to $60,000. In Mexico, the prices start at around $36,000 without an egg donor.

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A Perfect Match

California, United States

Languages: English

A Perfect Match Egg Donation and Surrogacy Agency specializes in the recruitment of intelligent, well-educated, accomplished, and affordable college-aged egg donors to be matched with intended parents...

Circle Surrogacy

Massachusetts, United States

Languages: English

Family is our inspiration. With more than 18 years of experience and well over 750 births, Circle Surrogacy is one of the oldest and largest surrogacy agencies serving gay and heterosexual parents all...

Coastal Surrogacy

California, United States

Languages: English

Coastal Surrogacy assists people from all over the world with their journey to become parents through surrogacy. We provide an unsurpassed, comprehensive Surrogate Mother and Consulting program comple...

Family Source Consultants

Illinois, United States

Languages: English

Welcome to Family Source Consultants, LLC and thank you for considering our agency as your Surrogacy and/or Egg Donation consultants. Whether you are an Intended Parent hoping to build your family wit...

Creative Conception, Inc.

California, United States

Languages: English

Welcome to Creative Conception, Inc. Our agency prides itself on educating you in the process of egg donation and surrogacy, while providing support along the way.

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