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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 40: Dental tourism

Arun Chandu

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

Abstract

Like its counterpart medical tourism, dental tourism is on the rise. In Australia, as in most Westernised countries, the main reason for this increase is the issues of access and affordability. Dental tourism offers the opportunity for patients to access dentistry rapidly at a lower cost and easier convenience. Treatments may also be combined with the ability to either have a holiday or visit family and friends making dental tourism even more palatable. Common treatments obtained include general and cosmetic dentistry but also specialist services such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, dental implants and complex restorative work. The main issue with patients seeking these treatment modalities overseas is a lack of accountability and regulation. Complications and the management of complications are a significant issue with the seeking of dental treatment. This chapter addresses the reasons why patients seek dental tourism, types of dental tourists, treatments sought, and the outcomes and issues related to complications and their management.

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