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Medical Tourism Overview

Medical Tourism: Consequences for Public Health

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Medical Tourism in Developing Countries


Medical tourism happens when people travel to a different country to get therapeutic, surgical, or dental services. Medical tourists may visit developing or developed nations for the most prevalent types of medical reasons. Medical tourism, a rapidly growing component of the healthcare industry, has unique issues for both public health and clinical medicine. Patient travels for medical tourism services may have an impact, depending on whether nations such as India, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cuba, or Brazil import medical tourism services. Medical tourists, particularly overseas travelers, have unique health concerns that should be addressed in addition to following standard travel health precautions. People suffering from follow-up care during treatment, language problems, a shortage of staff, hospital accreditation, and poor service quality are some of the consequences that may affect the public during medical care. Some of these requirements, such as follow-up care after treatment and correct paperwork, include the need for appropriate post-procedure care as well as the necessity to ensure that present medical issues have stabilized enough for travel.

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Bhadiyadra, K., Sharma, S., Chaudhary, B., Dhillon, B.S., Gandhi, N. (2024). Medical Tourism Overview. In: Chaudhary, B., Bhatia, D., Patel, M., Singh, S., Sharma, S. (eds) Medical Tourism in Developing Countries. Springer, Singapore.

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