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Medical tourism: A snapshot of evidence on treatment abroad

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JournalMaturitas
DateAccepted/In press - 3 Mar 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 11 Mar 2016
DatePublished (current) - Jun 2016
Volume88
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)37-44
Early online date11/03/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The scoping review focuses on medical tourism, whereby consumers elect to travel across borders or to overseas destinations to receive their treatment. Such treatments include: cosmetic and dental surgery; cardio, orthopaedic and bariatric surgery; IVF; and organ and tissue transplantation. The review assesses the emerging focus of research evidence post-2010. The narrative review traverses discussion on medical tourism definitions and flows, consumer choice, clinical quality and outcomes, and health systems implications. Attention is drawn to gaps in the research evidence.

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  • Medical tourism; Medical mobility; Medical travel; Scoping review

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