Medical tourism: A snapshot of evidence on treatment abroad

Neil Lunt, Daniel Gary Horsfall, Johanna Hanefeld

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
Early online date11 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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

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