Edited by Dallen J. Timothy
Chapter 26: Medical mobility and tourism
International medical mobility is multifaceted but, since the 1990s, medical tourism has grown rapidly in the wake of the Asian financial crisis, to become a growing and distinctive niche in the tourism industry. About thirty countries are key destinations, especially in south-east Asia, for various procedures from cosmetic surgery to check-ups. Numerous countries are anxious to participate. Much international medical travel is over short distances across nearby borders, resulting in the emergence of distinctive border regions. Patient-travellers are often from the diaspora, or from culturally similar regions. Costs and quality and word of mouth influence choice of destination. Urban bias in medical tourism and uneven development have raised ethical questions in contexts where privatization and destination branding are significant. Transnational hospital chains characterize part of the industry and local needs are marginalized. The political economy of health care is no longer tied to locality.
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