n African Renaissance - The role of medical tourism in 21st Century Africa Health system

Volume 3, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Medical Tourism or ''medical outsourcing'' is an industry where people from all around the world are travelling to other countries to obtain medical, dental and surgical care while at the same time touring, vacationing and fully experiencing the attractions of the country they are visiting. Medical tourism began primarily with elective and cosmetic surgery generally not covered by medical insurance. However, growing numbers now travel for life-saving and medically-necessary procedures. It is largely seen as affluent patients in developing countries seeking specialized high quality treatment in industrialized countries with superior healthcare status. Medical tourism is primarily about accessing healthcare and medical treatment in another country rather than tourism, i.e. visiting another country as a tourist and then accessing healthcare services while in that country.

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