The increase in the number of patients who go for treatment abroad is a concern among many governments. Especially many problems arise in relation to the poor Eastern countries, actively promoting medical tourism: Malaysia, India, Thailand.
There is a whole list of ethical issues relating to the patient and to the inhabitants of countries where people go for treatment to medical tourists.
Medical tourists gathered for treatment in countries of Asia, often does not possess sufficient information about the risk of outbreak of infectious diseases prevalent in these States.
Patients have an incomplete understanding of the legal guarantees provided in the countries where the tourists are going to be treated, in the event of unforeseen complications and mistakes of doctors.
In Asian countries there are often no government guarantee of the quality of medical services and efficiency of the proposed methods of treatment. Medical standards in different States can vary considerably. This is not always developed a proper system of enforcement.
Patients in another state may be offered surgery, which is considered illegal in their home country.
The international market for medical services is not subject to the regulatory influence of the state. Meanwhile, completely “free” medical market in the developed countries of the world. There this area is very highly regulated, creating a national form of health system.
Uncontrolled use rasparennym, but not tested ways of healing makes the treatment ineffective and sometimes harmful to the patient.
In poor States, focusing on medical tourism, often completely ignored the interests of local residents.
To resolve these problems, analysts propose to introduce widespread international accreditation of medical institutions that accept foreign patients.
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