medical tourism

(redirected from Health tourist)
A term coined by travel agencies and the mass media for the practice of travelling across national borders to obtain health care. It also refers to the practice of healthcare providers travelling internationally to deliver healthcare, which is both pejorative and less common.
Services provided Joint replacement (knee/hip), cardiac surgery, dental surgery, cosmetic surgery, as well as alternative treatments, convalescent care and burial services

medical tourism

Global village The combination of medical care–usually of a type–eg, pediatric neurosurgery or experimental cancer therapy, that is not available to a Pt near his/her home–with pleasure–eg, visit to a theme park, Disneyworld, MGM studios

medical tourism

Travelling abroad to undergo expensive invasive procedures in countries where high-quality, low-cost care is available, e.g., India. The funds saved on the care received are used to sponsor recuperation and vacation in the host country. Medical tourism is a form of outsourcing of health care and is typically used for highly technical, costly surgical procedures such as coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
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According to the industrial firm, Frost & Sullivan in International Medical Travel Journal, a health tourist pays attention to three important matters when choosing the destination for treatment: accredited doctor and nurse, easy access to hospital and accommodation facilities.
Instead of the chimney, Ilkley's economy grew on the back of the health tourist and its general grandness reflects that - even the Oxfam shop stocks most of the classics.
In addition, a push for a slice of the growing global health tourist trade is just one driver in the expansion of advanced facilities.
A health tourist is someone who isn't entitled to free NHS care but who travels to the UK to obtain treatment.
Destinations for the health tourist are widespread.
She's just a health tourist who takes the NHS for granted and then slags it off.
A Whitehall source led the onslaught, saying: "She's just a health tourist who takes the NHS for granted and then slags it off.
Thousands of health tourists are coming here to use the NHS and, even though they are supposed to pay for treatment, many are giving false IDs and can not be traced to pay their bills.
And with its reasonable prices and excellent facilities, it's becoming increasingly popular with health tourists, too.
Steve Dub in Carmarthen One week he would do battle with cowboys in full Apache headdress, the next he would perform keyhole operations on health tourists with the addition of just a white coat and stethoscope.
In this way, we can reduce the number of potential Bahraini nurses and doctors who travel abroad to complete their education and hopefully with this raised quality, we can encourage health tourists to come to Bahrain for treatment.
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