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Medical Tourism: A Look Into The Phenomenon

Omotade, Oluwabukola (2015) Medical Tourism: A Look Into The Phenomenon. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Medical tourism is an up and coming phenomenon in the globalization of the healthcare market with implication on the healthcare industry. The CDC reports that up to 750,000 Americans travel outside of the United States to receive medical care and studies show that this number has trended upwards over the last several years. Medical tourists outsource their healthcare services to decrease the financial burden of healthcare, to reduce wait times and to access quality healthcare services unavailable through their insurance company. However, while the advantages of medical tourism are identified, research also highlights the uncertainties and misconceptions associated with the phenomenon. As more individuals opt out of receiving healthcare in their own developed countries and choose to travel abroad to receive healthcare services in developing countries, the risks and benefits of medical tourism are emerging and necessitates consideration of the role medical tourism will play in the future of the healthcare market. In addition, as medical tourists return home to their developed countries after receiving treatment abroad, medical tourism is significant to the public health field as it impacts the overall population health in developed countries. Depending on the efficiency, quality and effectiveness of care received by international providers, medical tourism can aid in improving the health status of those in developed countries, which is, essentially, the overall goal of public health.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Omotade, Oluwabukola
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDriessen, Juliadriessen@pitt.eduDRIESSENUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMartinson, Jeremeyjmartins@pitt.eduJMARTINSUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 16:09
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2023 11:55


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