Implications of medical tourism




Cesario, Sandra

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Medical tourism is an emerging industry that facilitates travel to another country for people who seek medical, surgical, or dental care that is unavailable or more affordable than in their home countries. Rapid advances in electronic communication and the ease of international travel have fueled the growth of this industry. More than half of medical travelers are women, especially for services related to cosmetic or reproductive conditions. Medical tourism creates both opportunities and challenges for nurses and other health care providers. Consumers’ increased access to the global health care market necessitates the development of a structure that shapes the medical tourism industry and addresses evolving ethical, political, and human rights concerns related to this industry.


Article originally published in Nursing for Women’s Health, 22(3), 269-273. English. Published online 2018.


Health care globalization, Medical tourism, Medical travel, Reproductive care, Women’s health


This is the post-print version of an article that is available at Recommended citation: Cesario, S. K. (2018). Implications of medical tourism. Nursing for Women's Health, 22(3), 269–273. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.