Developments in medical tourism

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JournalChina Health Review
DatePublished - 15 Dec 2013
Issue number4
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)12-19
Original languageEnglish


As a newly emerging pattern of consumption and production of healthcare services, medical tourism is featured with particular regional characteristics in the range of service for patients elect to travel across international borders with the intention of receiving medical treatment. From perspectives of globalization and supply consideration, this article illustrates the drives, size and scope of medical tourism. Experiences from Korea and UK are introduced to explain commonalities and distinctions of diverse medical tourism treatments and their destinations. In addition, the authors also illustrate payment mechanism, potential challenges and China’s current medical tourism patterns.

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