Medical tourism, medical travel, health tourism or global healthcare
Medical tourism (also called medical travel, health tourism or global healthcare) is a term initially coined by travel
agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain health care.
Such services typically include elective procedures as well as complex specialized surgeries such as:
However, virtually every type of health care, including psychiatry,
alternative treatments, convalescent care and even burial services are available.
As a practical matter, providers and customers
commonly use informal channels of communication-connection-contract,
and in such cases this tends to mean less regulatory or legal
oversight to assure quality and less formal recourse to reimbursement or redress,
if needed. A specialized subset of medical tourism
is reproductive tourism and reproductive outsourcing,
which is the practice of traveling abroad to undergo in-vitro fertilization,
surrogate pregnancy and other assisted reproductive technology treatments
including freezing embryos for retro-production.
According to Paul Gahlinger the author of the book "THE MEDICAL TOURISM TRAVEL GUIDE" over 50 countries have
identified medical tourism as a national industry.
However, accreditation and other measures of quality vary
widely across the globe, and there are risks and ethical issues that make
this method of accessing medical care controversial. Also, some
destinations may become hazardous or
even dangerous for medical tourists to contemplate.
The Medical Tourism Travel Guide is the essential
guide for anyone considering a medical trip overseas. It tells you
everything you need to know to get top-notch medical care in
world-class medical facilities at a cost far less than treatment in
the United States. The author, Dr. Paul Gahlinger, has personally
visited a great number of the facilities described in this book, and
here he shares information on hundreds of clinics, hospitals, and spas
in about 50 countries, as well as important tips on how to travel, how
to pay, how to prepare, what to do, and what to avoid.
With kind permission of Paul Gahlinger.
For more information visit Sunrise River Press