Written by York University Monday, 11 October 2010 15:17
Medical tourism is to go under the microscope in a major new study, led by an academic from the University of York, which aims to assess its potential advantages and disadvantages.
The study, which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, will examine the motives people have for travelling across national boundaries to receive treatments, such as dental services, elective surgery for hip or joint replacement, cosmetic surgery and fertility treatment.
Dr. Neil Lunt of the York Management School will head a team of researchers that includes health economists, social scientists and clinicians who will research four aspects of medical tourism.
They will spend 18 months studying (1) economic impact; (2) consumerism and patient decision-making; (3) quality, safety and risk; and (4) industry development.