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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 38: Medical tourism and trust: towards an agenda for research

Michael Calnan and Vid Calovski

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


Theoretical and empirical evidence suggests that trust relations are crucial to healthcare in relation to its use, provision and organization. The body of literature about medical tourism, however, has tended not to explore trust relations, suggesting either it is not salient in this context or it has been overlooked. This chapter argues for the latter, suggesting that trust relations are fundamental to understanding the use, provision and organization of healthcare because trust is a common means for managing and bridging the uncertainties and unpredictabilities that are inherent in it. These uncertainties and unpredictabilities might be exacerbated in the context of healthcare provided in an unfamiliar setting. This chapter explores the importance of trust and trust relations in the study of medical tourism, setting out an agenda for future research in this field.

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