People travelling abroad for treatment need more information on possible problems

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 05 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1337
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

GPs need better training on how to advise people who are thinking of travelling abroad for medical treatment about the potential health and financial consequences, researchers have said after investigating the effects on the NHS of the increasingly popular practice.

In 2010 at least 63 000 people from the United Kingdom travelled abroad for medical treatment, and 52 000 people came to the UK for treatment. However, the study, led by the University of York, concluded that many people were embarking on “medical tourism” without understanding the risks involved.1 These included a lack of redress in many countries should things go wrong and the cost of non-emergency care in the UK to rectify poor outcomes of treatment given overseas. …

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