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Handbook on Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility

Handbook on Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility

Edited by Neil Lunt, Daniel Horsfall and Johanna Hanefeld

The growth of international travel for purposes of medical treatment has been accompanied by increased academic research and analysis. This Handbook explores the emergence of medical travel and patient mobility and the implications for patients and health systems. Bringing together leading scholars and analysts from across the globe, this unprecedented Handbook examines the regional and national experiences of medical tourism, including coverage of the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The chapters explore topics on issues of risk, law and ethics; and include treatment-focused discussions which highlight patient decision-making, patient experience and treatment outcomes for cosmetic, transplantation, dentil, fertility and bariatric treatment.

Chapter 9: Accounting for trade in healthcare

David Morgan

Subjects: economics and finance, health policy and economics, politics and public policy, public policy, social policy and sociology, health policy and economics

Abstract

This chapter considers the globalization of healthcare and recent trends as a rationale for the need to improve the measurement of trade in this area. In order to meet the increasing data demands, the chapter sets out some of the concepts and definitions of external trade in relation to healthcare expenditure and, where applicable, the implications beyond the boundary of healthcare. Where possible, links to existing concepts developed in the domains of international trade statistics and trade negotiations are exploited to ensure close synergy. There is also a discussion of the reporting of imports and exports as part of an international accounting framework, and their relation to other economic statistics.

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