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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740618/ethical-issues-associated-with-medical-tourism-in-africa
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REVIEW
John J O Mogaka, Lucia Mupara, Joyce M Tsoka-Gwegweni
Global disparities in medical technologies, laws, economic inequities, and social-cultural differences drive medical tourism (MT), the practice of travelling to consume healthcare that is either too delayed, unavailable, unaffordable or legally proscribed at home. Africa is simultaneously a source and destination for MT. MT however, presents a new and challenging health ethics frontier, being largely unregulated and characterized by policy contradictions, minority discrimination and conflict of interest among role-players...
2017: Journal of Market Access & Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730984/bariatric-surgery-tourism-hidden-costs-how-canada-is-not-doing-its-part-in-covering-bariatric-surgery-under-the-canada-health-act
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Michel Gagner
Many Canadians seek medical treatment outside our borders. Waiting times, rather than lack of expertise, are the number one culprit, and with globalization of health care, the number of patients who travel to obtain medical care will continue to rise. Though the provinces have covered the costs of complications from surgeries performed abroad for many years, complications from bariatric surgery performed abroad have been receiving negative attention. This commentary discusses associated costs and questions how the Canada Health Act should be covering bariatric procedures...
August 2017: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654593/population-health-implications-of-medical-tourism
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Kian Adabi, Carrie S Stern, Katie E Weichman, Evan S Garfein, Aravind Pothula, Lawrence Draper, Oren M Tepper
BACKGROUND: Fifteen million U.S. patients each year seek medical care abroad; however, there are no data on outcomes and follow-up of these procedures. This study aims to identify, evaluate, and survey patients presenting with complications from aesthetic procedures abroad and estimate their cost to the U.S. health care system. METHODS: A single-center retrospective review was conducted. A cohort of patients presenting with complications from aesthetic procedures performed abroad was generated...
July 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645947/role-structure-and-effects-of-medical-tourism-in-africa-a-systematic-scoping-review-protocol
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John Jo Mogaka, Joyce M Tsoka-Gwegweni, Lucia M Mupara, Tivani Mashamba-Thompson
INTRODUCTION: Some patients travel out of, while others come into Africa for medical care through a growing global phenomenon referred to as medical tourism (MT): the travel in search of medical care that is either unavailable, unaffordable or proscribed at home healthcare systems. While some castigate MT as promoting healthcare inequity, others endorse it as a revenue generator, promising local healthcare system strengthening. Currently, however, the understanding of this component of healthcare in Africa is inadequate...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644279/the-growing-trend-of-medical-tourism
#5
Roxanne Nelson
What nurses need to know about the risks and benefits for patients.
July 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601106/factors-associated-with-korean-immigrants-medical-tourism-to-the-homeland
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Sou Hyun Jang
OBJECTIVES: This study examined factors associated with first-generation Korean immigrants' medical tours to the homeland, which has emerged as a field of study in immigrant medical transnationalism and immigrant healthcare behaviors. METHODS: This paper reports survey data from 507 Korean immigrants and indepth interviews with 120 Korean immigrants in the New York-New Jersey area. RESULTS: About one-fourth of survey respondents have visited their home country for medical care since their migration to the US...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Health Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557971/-travels-and-spreading-of-multi-resistant-bacteria
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REVIEW
Aneta Nitsch-Osuch
The increasing number of international travel for tourism, business and for medical reasons rises the risk of spreading of multi-resistant bacteria. It has been shown that an intercontinental travel, mainly to Asia (Indian Subcontinent), promotes a colonization of the digestive tract, mainly by multi-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (MRE) and increases the risk of symptomatic infections caused by these agents. The colonization of the digestive tract by MRE is reported in 29-88% of travelers. It sustains 3 to 12 months, respectively in 10% and 2% of travelers...
May 23, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548990/outbreaks-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria
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Geeta Sood, Nikki Parrish
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to summarize the emerging literature on nontuberculous mycobacteria outbreaks in healthcare settings. As our ability to identify mycobacterial species develops, we are better able to recognize epidemiologic connections and better understand the prevalence and importance of these outbreaks and pseudo-outbreaks in healthcare settings. RECENT FINDINGS: The number of outbreaks related to nontuberculous outbreaks is increasing because of heightened awareness and better diagnostic tests for species level identification of mycobacteria...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504632/-medical-tourism-and-its-implications-for-patients-and-hospital-services-throughout-the-world
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Kristine Sorgenfri Hansen
This article provides a snapshot of global medical tourism and its positive and negative implications for healthcare around the world presented through selected examples. Medical tourism is an old phenomenon which has seen a rapid increase due to global technological advances thus enabling people to receive treatment anywhere in the world, often combined with a tropical vacation. Treatments are of a non-acute, voluntary nature and are driven largely by high prices and long waiting lists at the home countries and low prices and high service quality at the destination country...
May 15, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461863/validation-of-medical-tourism-service-quality-questionnaire-mtsqq-for-iranian-hospitals
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Mohammad Qolipour, Amin Torabipour, Farzad Faraji Khiavi, Amal Saki Malehi
INTRODUCTION: Assessing service quality is one of the basic requirements to develop the medical tourism industry. There is no valid and reliable tool to measure service quality of medical tourism. This study aimed to determine the reliability and validity of a Persian version of medical tourism service quality questionnaire for Iranian hospitals. METHODS: To validate the medical tourism service quality questionnaire (MTSQQ), a cross-sectional study was conducted on 250 Iraqi patients referred to hospitals in Ahvaz (Iran) from 2015...
March 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460606/the-relevance-and-role-of-homestays-in-medical-education-a-scoping-study
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Bonnie Olivia Hughes, Mosa Moshabela, Jenni Owen, Bernhard Gaede
BACKGROUND: The community-based medical education curriculum is growing in popularity as a strategy to bring universal health coverage to underserved communities by providing medical students with hands-on training in primary health care. Accommodation and immersion of medical students within the community will become increasingly important to the success of community-based curricula. In the context of tourism, homestays, where local families host guests, have shown to provide an immersive accommodation experience...
2017: Medical Education Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451562/designing-a-medical-tourism-website-a-qualitative-study
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Mahnaz Samadbeik, Heshmatollah Asadi, Mohammad Mohseni, Afsaneh Takbiri, Ahmad Moosavi, Ali Garavand
BACKGROUND: Informing plays a prominent role in attracting medical tourists. The enjoyment of proper medical information systems is one of the most important tools for the attraction of medical tourists. Iran's ability in designing and implementing information networks has remained largely unknown. The current study aimed to explore information needs for designing a medical tourism website. METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted in 2015 for designing Hospital Medical-Tourism Website (HMTW)...
February 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417022/role-of-travel-motivations-perceived-risks-and-travel-constraints-on-destination-image-and-visit-intention-in-medical-tourism-theoretical-model
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REVIEW
Mohammad J Khan, Shankar Chelliah, Mahmod S Haron, Sahrish Ahmed
Travel motivations, perceived risks and travel constraints, along with the attributes and characteristics of medical tourism destinations, are important issues in medical tourism. Although the importance of these factors is already known, a comprehensive theoretical model of the decision-making process of medical tourists has yet to be established, analysing the intricate relationships between the different variables involved. This article examines a large body of literature on both medical and conventional tourism in order to propose a comprehensive theoretical framework of medical tourism decision-making...
February 2017: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402562/medical-tourism-medical-migration-and-global-justice-implications-for-biosecurity-in-a-globalized-world
#14
I Glenn Cohen
We live in the age of globalization. In medicine, that globalization has brought many benefits such as the diffusion of technology and the spread of health care training, but it has also brought threats to biosecurity. This article examines how medical tourism and medical migration pose risks to biosecurity. It also argues that designing legal responses to these risks requires not only technical competence but also a theory of global justice to guide that design.
April 11, 2017: Medical Law Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380170/-hotels-and-sanatoria-the-influence-of-tuberculosis-on-mass-tourism-architecture
#15
Eduardo Jiménez Morales, Ingrid Carolina Vargas Díaz
The aim of this article is to verify the influence of tuberculosis on mass tourism architecture. To achieve this, the paper analyses the typological evolution of the hotel since the middle of the nineteenth century, when the first sanatoria appeared in the alpine resorts. A study that creates links between the progress in architecture and the medical therapy advances. The goal is to highlight the hybridisation process between both architectural typologies. Although this overlapping is developed until the Second World War, the influence of its mixture is still present in contemporary mass tourism architecture...
January 2017: História, Ciências, Saúde—Manguinhos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374735/-the-shmakovka-health-resort-the-history-and-the-current-status
#16
L N Derkacheva, A B Kosolapov, Ya A Demeev, O A Skachkov, E V Galenko
The authors distinguish three periods in the history of the «Shmakovka» health resort, viz. pre-revolutionary (from 1870 to 1917), Soviet (from 1917 to 1991) and modern (since 1992 up to the present time). The history of the discovery and the initial development of the mineral springs is highlighted, the foundation and evolution of the major facilities of the «Shmakovka» health resort in the years of socialist construction in the Soviet period is described. Information about the main areas of research carried out based at these facilities at different times is presented...
2017: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364525/complications-after-cosmetic-surgery-tourism
#17
Holger J Klein, Dario Simic, Nina Fuchs, Riccardo Schweizer, Tarun Mehra, Pietro Giovanoli, Jan A Plock
Background: Cosmetic surgery tourism characterizes a phenomenon of people traveling abroad for aesthetic surgery treatment. Problems arise when patients return with complications or need of follow-up care. Objectives: To investigate the complications of cosmetic surgery tourism treated at our hospital as well as to analyze arising costs for the health system. Methods: Between 2010 and 2014, we retrospectively included all patients presenting with complications arising from cosmetic surgery abroad...
April 1, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274263/cross-border-movement-of-older-patients-a-descriptive-study-on-health-service-use-of-japanese-retirees-in-thailand
#18
Yumiko Miyashita, Chutima Akaleephan, Nima Asgari-Jirhandeh, Channarong Sungyuth
BACKGROUND: Thailand's policy to promote long-stay tourism encourages Japanese retirees to relocate to Thailand. One concern of such an influx is the impact of these elderly foreign residents on the Thai health system. This study aims to reveal the current use of and needs for health services amongst Japanese retirees residing in various locations in Thailand. METHODS: In collaboration with nine Japanese self-help clubs in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Phuket, questionnaire surveys of Japanese long-stay retirees were conducted from January to March 2015...
March 8, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271992/evaluating-quality-of-medical-tourism-for-heart-surgery-measures-that-matter
#19
Michael Schlosser, Felix Lee
There are some success stories. Lowe's pioneering flat-rate deal with the Cleveland Clinic for heart surgery has shown both cost savings and quality improvement. Other large employers, notably Walmart and PepsiCo, have followed suit, signing contracts with self-described, single-hospital "centers of excellence" for a handful of elective procedures.
February 2017: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258667/leprosy-one-of-the-many-forgotten-tropical-diseases
#20
Zofia Zwolska, Ewa Augustynowicz-Kopeć
Leprosy or Hansen disease is caused by an infection of Mycobacterium leprae. The large number of undetected cases (2000-2012 years 4 mln people) remains a threat to the elimination of leprosy. Leprosy is an unheard in Poland and generally is considered a condition so "exotic" that it is not worth to spend more attention to it. Forgotten disease in developed countries still thrives in an environment of poor and uneducated. Regardless of the conclusion that in the 21st century none infectious disease should not be treated as a disease on the designated regions of the world, other than our own, it should be recalled that the M...
February 14, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
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