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Why I don t support medical tourism ?

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” Medical tourism ?!” Both words have contradictory meanings and connotations. Medical, supposedly to be something serious, a no joke business and then – tourism – more like a pleasurable acts.

I disagree with the idea of medical tourism. How can somebody do a Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) bypass on some one and the completely discharge him and later to give an appointment as outpatient?

It is irresponsible.

Is like giving an Above knee amputation ( AKA) and later to discharge to the physiotherapist and occupational therapist. Medical tourism does not settle or cure the problems. Instead it is a method of profiting on the sick and helpless.

That’s my 2cent.


Written by M Khairul Z

June 14, 2010 at 12:07 am

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  1. It’s a concept by the corrupting capitalist countries who want to enjoy cheaper healthcare everywhere else in the world.

    tourism implies money flow into the hosting country healthcare – chosen to supposedly make it attractive for the local gov’t.

    i disagree with medical tourism all the same – because it loads the local resources. the same resources should’ve been used to help the sick and needy locals. not another wealthy capitalist who wants to save some pocket money.


    July 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm

  2. Gentlemen, I am absolutely with you on that. Medical tourism opens an ethical can of worms and there are many viewpoints to consider. It is neither good nor bad, as such. It can be good if done right, it can be very bad, if done wrong.
    I see no problem in providing treatment in our centers to a patient from abroad who cannot have or afford a treatment as long as the process is adequately planned, proper follow up is conducted, and local resources are not used up. In my opinion those offering medical travel solutions to the public have a large ethical responsibility, that is too often ignored at the benefit of the quick buck. I am against that, not medical travel as it can indeed help many patients.

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