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Med Clin North Am. 2008 Nov;92(6):1433-46, xi. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2008.08.001.

Medical tourism.

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Medical Transmission Team, HIV Prevention Branch, Division of Global AIDS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS E-04, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.


Searches of the literature or Internet using the term "medical tourism" produce two sets of articles: travel for the purpose of delivering health care or travel for the purpose of seeking health care. The first usage primarily appears in the medical literature and is beyond the scope of this article, which focuses on travel to seek health care. Still, there are some aspects these two topics have in common: both are affected by ease and speed of international travel and communication associated with globalization, and both raise questions about continuity of care as well as issues related to cultural, language, and legal differences; both also raise questions about ethics. This article describes some of the motivating factors, contributing elements, and challenges in elucidating trends, as well as implications for clinicians who provide pretravel advice and those who care for ill returning travelers.

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