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Medical Tourism

Jeremy Snyder, Valorie A Crooks, Rory Johnston, Alejandro Cerón, Ronald Labonte
BACKGROUND: Medical tourism has attracted considerable interest within the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. Governments in the region tout the economic potential of treating foreign patients while several new private hospitals primarily target international patients. This analysis explores the perspectives of a range of medical tourism sector stakeholders in two LAC countries, Guatemala and Barbados, which are beginning to develop their medical tourism sectors. These perspectives provide insights into how beliefs about international patients are shaping the expanding regional interest in medical tourism...
October 7, 2016: Globalization and Health
Reza Rezaee, Mehdi Mohammadzadeh
BACKGROUND: Medical tourism (MT) refers to circumstances in which people travel for medical treatments. The present study focuses on determining factors affecting MT in Iran. METHODS: The study uses a mixed method approach. Initially, through a qualitative study, 12 experts were interviewed deeply; then, 22 participants in three equal focus groups expressed their ideas about growth and development of MT in Iran. Based on the expressed ideas, 120 factors were identified and accordingly a structured questionnaire was developed...
2016: Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Ben Kerr Winter, Anand Odedra, Steve Green
BACKGROUND: Medical tourism, where patients travel abroad intentionally to access medical treatment, is a growing trend. Some of these patients travel to undergo organ transplantation. This study aims to quantify the number of UK patients who undergo liver transplantation abroad, assessing their motivations and management. METHODS: Questionnaires were sent to all seven UK liver transplant units enquiring about liver patients receiving transplant abroad. Included were questions on destination, motivation, and pre and post-transplant care...
September 14, 2016: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Steven Davenport, Bryce Pardo
BACKGROUND: After decades of internal discussion, the Government of Jamaica recently amended its laws to create a regulated and licensed cannabis industry for medical and scientific purposes. The new law also decriminalizes personal possession and use of cannabis; allows cannabis to be used by individuals for religious, medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes; and permits home cultivation of up to five plants. METHODS: We first describe the statutory changes under the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act of 2015 and compare it with other jurisdictions...
September 2, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
Rosemary M Olivero, Davidson H Hamer, William B MacLeod, Christine M Benoit, Carolina Sanchez-Vegas, Emily S Jentes, Lin H Chen, Mary E Wilson, Nina Marano, Emad A Yanni, Winnie W Ooi, Adolf W Karchmer, Laura Kogelman, Elizabeth D Barnett
We conducted a prospective study to measure dengue virus (DENV) antibody seroconversion in travelers to dengue-endemic areas. Travelers seen in the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network planning to visit dengue-endemic countries for ≥ 2 weeks were enrolled from 2009 to 2010. Pre- and post-travel blood samples and questionnaires were collected. Post-travel sera were tested for anti-DENV IgG by indirect IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and anti-DENV IgM by capture IgM ELISA. Participants with positive post-travel anti-DENV IgG or IgM were tested for pre-travel anti-DENV IgG and IgM; they were excluded from the seroconversion calculation if either pre-travel anti-DENV IgG or IgM were positive...
August 29, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
M Said Yildiz, M Mahmud Khan
BACKGROUND: The scale and scope of medical tourism have expanded rapidly over the last few decades. Turkey is becoming an important player in this market because of its relatively better service quality and large comparative cost advantage. METHODS: This paper compares cost, quality and effectiveness of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in the USA and in Turkey. The data from Turkey were obtained from a hospital specializing in IVF services and the US data came from secondary sources...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
David Schnabel, Douglas H Esposito, Joanna Gaines, Alison Ridpath, M Anita Barry, Katherine A Feldman, Jocelyn Mullins, Rachel Burns, Nina Ahmad, Edith N Nyangoma, Duc B Nguyen, Joseph F Perz, Heather A Moulton-Meissner, Bette J Jensen, Ying Lin, Leah Posivak-Khouly, Nisha Jani, Oliver W Morgan, Gary W Brunette, P Scott Pritchard, Adena H Greenbaum, Susan M Rhee, David Blythe, Mark Sotir
During 2013, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, MD, USA, received report of 2 Maryland residents whose surgical sites were infected with rapidly growing mycobacteria after cosmetic procedures at a clinic (clinic A) in the Dominican Republic. A multistate investigation was initiated; a probable case was defined as a surgical site infection unresponsive to therapy in a patient who had undergone cosmetic surgery in the Dominican Republic. We identified 21 case-patients in 6 states who had surgery in 1 of 5 Dominican Republic clinics; 13 (62%) had surgery at clinic A...
August 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Latania K Logan, Robert A Bonomo
Metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs) are emerging as the most notable resistance determinants in Enterobacteriaceae. In many cases, the genes encoding MBLs are part of complex, mobile genetic elements that carry other resistance determinants. In the United States, there are increasing reports of MBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae, with New Delhi MBLs (NDMs) accounting for the majority of transmissible MBL infections. Many infections caused by NDM-producing bacteria are associated with international travel and medical tourism...
April 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Sarah Coke, Ayelet Kuper, Lisa Richardson, Anita Cameron
BACKGROUND: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes education to be necessary for doctors to provide culturally safe care. Communities in northern Canada have large populations of Aboriginal people and other marginalized groups. Our goal was to identify the elements of appropriate predeparture curricula for these medical trainees. METHODS: We conducted our study in Kenora, Ontario. With the help of a core collaborative group and the support of the local Aboriginal Health Access Centre, we interviewed a purposive sample of community members about their interactions with trainees from southern Canada...
April 2016: CMAJ Open
Abdullah Sarwar, David Yong Gun Fie, Suhaimi Mhd Sarif, Seyed Rajab Nikhshemi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2016: Iranian Journal of Public Health
David P Elder, Martin Kuentz, René Holm
The development of antibiotic resistance is a major problem for mankind and results in fatal consequences on a daily basis across the globe. There are a number of reasons for this situation including increasing globalization with worldwide travel, health tourism, over use and ineffective use (both in man and animals), and counterfeiting of the antimicrobial drug products we have available currently. Although there are huge economical, demographic, legal and logistic differences among the global communities, there are also differences regarding the best approach to dealing with antibiotic resistance...
August 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Diego Marcelo May
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Outpatient plastic surgery is growing around the world. This industry faces unique challenges in terms of patient selection and standards of practice to ensure safety and cost-effectiveness. This review will highlight information about anesthesia practice for outpatient cosmetic surgery in Brazil, especially regarding regulation, legislation, and medical tourism. RECENT FINDINGS: Medical tourism is growing worldwide, with a flow of patients traveling from developed to developing countries where procedures can be done at a fraction of the cost as in the patient's home country...
August 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Eisuke Nakazawa, Yoshiyuki Takimoto, Akira Akabayashi
In 2014, the Japanese government amended the laws concerning regenerative medicine. This reform aimed to contribute to the appropriate promotion of regenerative medicine and new drug discovery for intractable diseases using stem cells. It also helped restrict stem cell tourism, that is, provision of stem cell therapy of unclear efficacy and safety to tourists from abroad, and its relaxed regulations may even lead to the resolution of the drug lag problem. Stem cell medicine is positioned as a part of a national growth strategy that requires cooperation among the industry, government, healthcare field, and academia...
July 2016: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
Viroj Wiwanitkit
OBJECTIVES: Zika virus currently poses a global threat and is a major public health issue throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. However, Zika virus infections in humans have also been observed in other regions, including Southeast Asia, where arboviral diseases are very common. In this study, we summarize the current status of Zika virus in Southeast Asia. This review aims to provide an overview of the current situation and also to suggest ways of adequately managing the emergence of Zika virus in Southeast Asia...
2016: Epidemiology and Health
Sanela Vrkljan, Zvjezdana Hendija
Health tourism can be generally divided into medical, health spa and wellness tourism. Health spa tourism services are provided in special hospitals for medical rehabilitation and health resorts, and include under medical supervision controlled use of natural healing factors and physical therapy in order to improve and preserve health. There are 13 special hospitals for medical rehabilitation and health resorts in Croatia. Most of them are financed through the state budget and lesser by sale on the market. More than half of their accommodation capacity is offered for sale on the market while the rest is under contract with the Croatian Health Insurance Fund...
March 2016: Acta Clinica Croatica
Aaron L Berkowitz, Michael B Miller, Saad A Mir, Daniel Cagney, Vamsidhar Chavakula, Indira Guleria, Ayal Aizer, Keith L Ligon, John H Chi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 14, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Joseph A Dearani, Jeffrey P Jacobs, R Morton Bolman, JaBaris D Swain, Luca A Vricella, Samuel Weinstein, Emily A Farkas, John H Calhoon
Noncommunicable diseases account for 38 million deaths each year, and approximately 75% of these deaths occur in the developing world. The most common causes include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes mellitus. Many adults with acquired cardiothoracic disease around the world have limited access to health care. In addition, congenital heart disease is present in approximately 1% of live births and is therefore the most common congenital abnormality. More than one million children in the world are born with congenital heart disease each year, and approximately 90% of these children receive suboptimal care or have no access to care...
September 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Anuradha Agarwal, Maithili R P Singh
One of the most important parts of healthcare system is diagnostics. Nowadays, Indians have become more aware of their health, due to improved and better availability of health related information, increase in medical tourism, and expanding health insurance. The demand for better diagnostic facilities have increased with the increase in lifestyle related diseases, excesses use of chemicals in agriculture practices and change in food habits. It is expected that the Indian diagnostic market will grow from USD $5 billion in the year 2012 to USD $32 billion by the year 2020 with 20% CAGR (India Brand Equity Foundation 2015 )...
April 2016: Hospital Topics
José Y Rodríguez, Gerson J Rodríguez, Soraya E Morales-López, Carlos E Cantillo, Patrice Le Pape, Carlos A Álvarez-Moreno
BACKGROUND: Mucormycosis caused by Saksenaea erythrospora is rarely reported in humans. Three previous cases have been reported in the literature, two associated with trauma (a sailing accident in Argentina and a combat trauma in Iraq) and one as a cause of invasive rhinosinusitis (India), all in immunocompetent patients . The first case of mucormycosis following esthetic surgery, associated with medical tourism, is reported herein. CASE REPORT: A case study of an S...
August 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Yan Alicia Hong
In October 2015, the "Chinese American Physicians E-Hospital" celebrated its "grand opening" online. All physicians affiliated with this E-Hospital are bilingual Chinese American physicians, who provide services ranging from initial teleconsulting to international transfer and treatment in the United States. Such telemedicine platform for medical tourism not only saves the patients from the hassles of identifying and connecting with an appropriate health service provider but also minimizes the language and cultural barriers...
2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
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