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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 30: Medical tourism developments within the Middle East

Nabil M. Kronfol

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

Abstract

Seeking health care abroad is not a new development for the Arab countries. Medical tourism is reviewed against the background of the fast transformation that has occurred in the development of the health systems of the counties of the region, especially the oil-rich countries. Distinction is made between the recent trend of seeking care abroad as ‘medical tourism’ and treatment abroad due to the relatively underdeveloped medical services in certain countries of the region. The chapter attempts to view medical tourism as an opportunity to improve medical services for all the population ensuring quality, safety and accessibility through the benefits derived from medical tourism. A call is also made to countries and institutions to address the gaps in information and research to improve decision making as regards the international flow of patients to seek care whether regionally or internationally.

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