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International Health Tourism

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  • Alexandru Constantin

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This article gives an overview of the current developments in the medical tourism industry. It describes the globalization of medical tourism and argues that the overall increase in the flow of patients and health professionals, and medical technology, capital funding and regulatory regimes across national borders has triggered new patterns of consumption and production of healthcare services. This is illustrated with brief summaries presenting the state of medical tourism in various countries across the globe.

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  • Alexandru Constantin, 2015. "International Health Tourism," International Journal for Responsible Tourism, Fundatia Amfiteatru, vol. 4(1), pages 59-72, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:amf:ijrtfa:v:4:y:2015:i:1:p:59-72
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    1. Connell, John, 2013. "Contemporary medical tourism: Conceptualisation, culture and commodification," Tourism Management, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 1-13.
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    Keywords

    medical tourism; globalization; international trends in tourism;
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    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • Z3 - Other Special Topics - - Tourism Economics

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