Handbook on Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility
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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.
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Chapter 18: Networks and supply chains: the nature of medical tourism markets

Neil Lunt


In further developing medical tourism scholarship there is a challenge of linking together empirical insights to identify wider processes, relations and dynamics that are empirically founded without being empiricist. This chapter takes such a route, identifying and understanding the components of medical tourism on both supply and demand sides, and their implications. On the demand side this involves moving from singular transactions to a focus on enchainment and networks, and how information, treatment, and support are enmeshed within these. As medical tourism is located in the private sector without regulation and formal referral by public health providers, the role of informal linkages and pathways between patients and clinics is of central importance. For the supply side, the chapter examines organizational responses around service differentiation, integration and centralization.

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