medical tourism

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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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Gran Canaria was viewed as one of the best health tourist destinations.
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.
In addition, a push for a slice of the growing global health tourist trade is just one driver in the expansion of advanced facilities.
This will improve the trust of any potential health tourist in Dubai, in the sense that if something goes wrong, they are fully covered," Dr Al Yousuf told Gulf News.
Destinations for the health tourist are widespread.
A health tourist is someone who isn't entitled to free NHS care but who travels to the UK to obtain treatment.
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.
The international health tourist influx for 2017 which was approximately 10 per cent higher than 2106 will be announced at the forum, said Dr Al Marzouqi.
This will provide the health tourist a unique opportunity to avail the complete wellness offering in Dubai.
She also revealed on the last day of the forum on Wednesday that the Health Bank in partnership with Dubai Health Experience (DXH) launched DXH SmartCare to provide health tourists with a single point of contact for seamless health care coordination, second medical opinion, flight bookings, visas, accommodation, airport transfers, leisure activities and post-treatment support.
In his opening speech, Humaid Al Qattami, chairman of the board and Director-General of the DHA, said the forum supports Dubai's efforts in attracting more than 500,000 health tourists by 2020.
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