Medical Tourism: An Emerging Global Healthcare Industry

The article takes a closer look at an emerging new healthcare industry.  Medical tourism is a new market bringing together healthcare services on a global level.  Many countries are specializing in healthcare services to attract the medical tourist looking for value in pricing, quality, specialist's expertise, or newest advancements in technology.  

This article also looks at other related emerging businesses such and Medical Tourism professional organizations, Medical Tourism journals, and quality programs with new global healthcare certifications.


Medical tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry today and continues to grow.  There is a current competition to see what countries will capitalize on this growing global industry.  The phenomenon of the industry is the amount of resources countries around the world are putting into attracting the medical tourist by offering high quality, low cost, specialized care with concierge and hospitality benefits.  Medical Tourism is an important part of a growing interest of health care providers in other countries around the world willing to attract and accommodate medical travelers.  As a result there has been a growing concern for the creation of professional standards designed to protect the quality and safety of patient care and the types of business opportunities that are available in this new industry. 

This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Journal Article
Debra S. Sandberg, EdD
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International Journal of Healthcare Management
To be assigned soon published on-line February 2017
Taylor and Francis
Date Published: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017
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On-line International Journal of Healthcare Management
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Editors: - Jilian Skelton
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