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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 15: Government and governance strategies in medical tourism

Meghann Ormond and Tomas Mainil

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


This chapter provides an overview of current government and governance strategies relative to medical tourism development and management around the world. Most studies on medical tourism have privileged national governments as key actors in medical tourism regulation and, in some cases, even facilitation and provision. However, with the multiplication of supra- and sub-national regions, each with their own distinct responsibilities and levels of autonomy, it is important to consider the various nested and overlapping governance types and practices at play in medical tourism. This chapter, therefore, identifies how governments at various levels (e.g., national, sub-national, supra-national) in both source and host contexts play different, yet often overlapping, roles relative to medical tourism as facilitator, regulator and provider.

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