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Medical tourism – concepts, ethics, and practices

Edited by: Dr Tulsi Patel and Prof Silke Schicktanz

Increasingly consumers are responding to today's economic constraints and global healthcare market by travelling outside of their domestic country to seek alternative options for expensive medical procedures. The availability of apparently reliable medical care in Asia, offered at a fraction of the cost incurred in Western countries has created some lucrative business opportunities. The phenomenon of seeking out healthcare through international travel, known as 'medical tourism', incurs a host of potential moral, ethical, economic and legal benefits, questions, risks and problems.

This cross-journal thematic series explores 'medical tourism' from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Editors declare that they have no competing interests.

Collection published: 20 August 2013
Last updated: 6 May 2014

  1. Research

    UK medical tourists in Thailand: they are not who you think they are

    Travel for medical treatment is an aspect of globalization and health that is comparatively less understood. Little is known about volume, characteristic and motivation of medical tourists, limiting understand...

    Thinakorn Noree, Johanna Hanefeld and Richard Smith

    Globalization and Health 2014 10:29

    Published on: 6 May 2014

  2. Research

    Promoting social responsibility amongst health care users: medical tourists’ perspectives on an information sheet regarding ethical concerns in medical tourism

    Medical tourists, persons that travel across international borders with the intention to access non-emergency medical care, may not be adequately informed of safety and ethical concerns related to the practice...

    Krystyna Adams, Jeremy Snyder, Valorie A Crooks and Rory Johnston

    Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2013 8:19

    Published on: 6 December 2013

  3. Research

    Honeymoon, medical treatment or big business? An analysis of the meanings of the term “reproductive tourism” in German and Israeli public media discourses

    Infertile couples that travel to another country for reproductive treatment do not refer to themselves as “reproductive tourists”. They might even be offended by this term. “Tourism” is a metaphor with hidden ...

    Sharon Bassan and Merle A Michaelsen

    Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2013 8:9

    Published on: 20 August 2013