Medical tourism

Leggat, Peter (2015) Medical tourism. Australian Family Physician, 44 (1). pp. 16-21.

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Abstract

Background: Medical tourism is a burgeoning industry in our region. It involves patients travelling outside of their home country for medical treatment.

Objective: This article provides an outline of the current research around medical tourism, especially its impact on Australians.

Discussion: Patients are increasingly seeking a variety of medical treatments abroad, particularly those involving cosmetic surgery and den-tal treatment, often in countries in South-East Asia. Adverse events may occur during medical treatment abroad, which raises medico-legal and insurance issues, as well as concerns regarding follow-up of patients. General practitioners need to be pre-pared to offer advice, including travel health advice, to patients seeking medical treatment abroad.

Item ID: 37437
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Keywords: cosmetic surgery; dentistry; medical tourism; preventive medicine; travel
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 06:37
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 10%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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