medical tourism

(redirected from Health tourists)
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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Owen Hollifield, Caerphilly, South Wales I AGREE with Carol McGiffin's condemnation of health tourists accessing expensive treatments alongside the abuse of the EHIC health card, meant for British tourists when abroad.
We are running an international health service for the world's health tourists, who see us as a carcass to be picked at.
He told the audience he found it "stomachchurning" that elderly people were refused cancer treatment, but up to PS1bn was spent a year on health tourists.
Patients will have to take their passports to hospitals to prove they aren't health tourists
NHS Crackdown on health tourists PATIENTS may be required to show their passports at hospitals under new Government guidelines to tackle health tourism.
Ask health tourists for a credit card WITH the NHS continuously receiving bad press at the forefront of the major political parties electioneering for the forthcoming general election, forgive me if I over-simplify matters.
According to a statement issued by the Korea Tourism Organisation last week, health tourists from the Middle East spent the largest amount of money per person on medical services in South Korea last year, with those from the UAE on top of the list.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The number of foreign health tourists visiting Iran will considerably increase in the near future, a senior Iranian official announced.
Stressing that health tourists in Cyprus can combine their treatment with vacations in luxurious hotels, he added that specialized surveys have shown that the country can develop phototherapeutic tourism, since the sun has special properties for the treatment of individuals who have symptoms of depression due to lack of adequate sunshine in their country.
This is unacceptable, especially when we can fund cosmetic operations, treat health tourists for free, and spend millions on people with self-inflicted problems such as smoking, drinking, drug abuse or overeating.
In addition, there is a cost of between Au70 million and Au300 million from people who deliberately travel to England to get free NHS treatment so-called health tourists which could be significantly reduced through a better cost recovery system and deterring abuse.
Unfortunately, despite the high profitability and the huge potential of Iran for attracting health tourists, health tourism has still not been recognized as a national industry in our country.
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