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Medical tourism


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Introdution to medical tourism

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Medical tourism

  1. 1. Medical Tourism -Dr.Sharad H. Gajuryal Medical Tourism /Health Tourism can be defined as the process of travelling from one destination to another with the primary purpose of receiving medical care and secondary purpose of travelling tourist destinations and attractions. Mathieson and Wall (1982) created a good working definition of tourism as "the temporary movement of people to destinations outside their normal places of work and residence, the activities undertaken during their stay in those destinations, and the facilities created to cater to their needs." Latest buzz word for medical tourism -“ Medical Value Travel”. History of Medical Tourism dates back to thousands of years from Greek and Roman period when people use to travel from one territory to other for healing Mineral waters & Hot Spring Visit. Florence Nightingale also gave emphasis on Medial Tourism as she used to direct the patients to the spas of Turkey which is significantly less expensive. Spa, sanitarium and Health farm were also considered as a rising form of medical tourism. Types of Medical Tourism Outbound Medical Tourism: Process of travelling other countries from country of residence for treatment purpose. Inbound Medical Tourism: International Patients coming to country of residence from outer countries for treatment. Intrabound Medical Tourism: Patients travelling from one place to other within same country for treatment. Planning Issues 1.ACCREDITATION 2. LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES Safety & Security Connectivity Accomodation Cultural Issue
  2. 2. Key Drivers for Medical Tourism : The most important factor that drives medical tourism to India is its low cost. Majority of foreign patients visit India primarily to avail of “First world Service at Third World cost “ Threats : Pareto’s Law Strong Competition from countries like China, Thailand, Malasia. Singapore. Socio-religious factor Increased proportion of tourists from non-English speaking countries. Further Issues : Ethical Issues Legal Issues Publicity Issues Local Administrative issues