Handbook on Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility
Show Less

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.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 30: Medical tourism developments within the Middle East

Nabil M. Kronfol


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.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.