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Medical tourism and policy implications for health systems: a conceptual framework from a comparative study of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia

Overview of attention for article published in Globalization and Health, January 2011
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Title
Medical tourism and policy implications for health systems: a conceptual framework from a comparative study of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia
Published in
Globalization and Health, January 2011
DOI 10.1186/1744-8603-7-12
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Authors

Nicola S Pocock, Kai Hong Phua

Abstract

Medical tourism is a growing phenomenon with policy implications for health systems, particularly of destination countries. Private actors and governments in Southeast Asia are promoting the medical tourist industry, but the potential impact on health systems, particularly in terms of equity in access and availability for local consumers, is unclear. This article presents a conceptual framework that outlines the policy implications of medical tourism's growth for health systems, drawing on the cases of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, three regional hubs for medical tourism, via an extensive review of academic and grey literature. Variables for further analysis of the potential impact of medical tourism on health systems are also identified. The framework can provide a basis for empirical, in country studies weighing the benefits and disadvantages of medical tourism for health systems. The policy implications described are of particular relevance for policymakers and industry practitioners in other Southeast Asian countries with similar health systems where governments have expressed interest in facilitating the growth of the medical tourist industry. This article calls for a universal definition of medical tourism and medical tourists to be enunciated, as well as concerted data collection efforts, to be undertaken prior to any meaningful empirical analysis of medical tourism's impact on health systems.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Malaysia 4 <1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
India 2 <1%
South Africa 2 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Czechia 1 <1%
Indonesia 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Other 7 1%
Unknown 459 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 103 21%
Student > Bachelor 71 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 69 14%
Researcher 43 9%
Lecturer 40 8%
Other 90 19%
Unknown 66 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 101 21%
Medicine and Dentistry 81 17%
Business, Management and Accounting 80 17%
Nursing and Health Professions 37 8%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 21 4%
Other 83 17%
Unknown 79 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 15. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 February 2019.
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#1,391,264
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#238
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