Elective surgery includes those medical treatments which do not require to be treated as emergency and can be put on hold for a span of time before they actually receive medical treatment. Though beneficial to the patient, it is not categorized as essential.
Elective procedures such as cosmetic, plastic, dental and wellness treatments that are not covered by insurance plans or are partly covered are sought after by medical tourists. Some countries list even hip replacements as elective surgery.
The good news is that these elective surgeries can be conducted through medical travel at a time that is suitable for you and that too, at a cost which can be lesser by more than 50% in some Asian countries. A cosmetic surgery for example which costs around $5,000 in the USA would cost 40-60% less in most of the Asian countries.